Sunday, February 05, 2017


The Lester Cooper Family 1960

Sunday, February 5, 2017, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 104

PRAYER for Today:
Matthew 6:9-13 King James Version (KJV)
9 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread.
12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.


Proverbs 16:24 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
24 Pleasant words are like a honeycomb,
   sweetness to the soul and health to the body.

James 3:1-12 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Taming the Tongue

3 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers and sisters,[a] for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For all of us make many mistakes. Anyone who makes no mistakes in speaking is perfect, able to keep the whole body in check with a bridle. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we guide their whole bodies. 4 Or look at ships: though they are so large that it takes strong winds to drive them, yet they are guided by a very small rudder wherever the will of the pilot directs. 5 So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great exploits.
How great a forest is set ablaze by a small fire! 6 And the tongue is a fire. The tongue is placed among our members as a world of iniquity; it stains the whole body, sets on fire the cycle of nature,[b] and is itself set on fire by hell.[c] 7 For every species of beast and bird, of reptile and sea creature, can be tamed and has been tamed by the human species, 8 but no one can tame the tongue—a restless evil, full of deadly poison. 9 With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse those who are made in the likeness of God. 10 From the same mouth come blessing and cursing. My brothers and sisters,[d] this ought not to be so. 11 Does a spring pour forth from the same opening both fresh and brackish water? 12 Can a fig tree, my brothers and sisters,[e] yield olives, or a grapevine figs? No more can salt water yield fresh.


  1. James 3:1 Gk brothers
  2. James 3:6 Or wheel of birth
  3. James 3:6 Gk Gehenna
  4. James 3:10 Gk My brothers
  5. James 3:12 Gk my brothers

SERMON for Today:

In the late 70’s my oldest sister and her husband, now deceased, published Christian-graphic in which they were kind enough to publish some of my early attempts at writing poetry.  When I published a piece about Thomas R. Edwards on this blog (February 14, 2014), I was reminded of the discussion that took place about whether or not to publish my poetry since it did not have any punctuation.  The words hurt then and they hurt again when I was paying tribute to the publisher of Christian-graphic who was more than a brother-in law.  He was my friend.

I recently ran across a poet who won the Pulitzer Prize in 1971 and 2009.  In the books The Carrier of Ladders (1971 winner) and The Shadow of Sirius (2009 winner) William S. Merwin, former Poet Laureate of the United States, did not use any punctuation.  It did not do my inner being any good to know that the form I had used was legitimate.  The words had already left their wounds.

I use this example
to simply say
try to watch
what comes out
the opening in your head

Use your mind
before you speak
so the people around you
will have less wounds
as they live
their lives.

May God Bless You and Your Loved Ones and May God Walk Beside You Each Step You Take This Week. Amen

© Ed Cooper, February 5, 2017, Stoney Creek, Tennessee, Appalachia  
All rights reserved
(Ed Cooper is an ordained minister and Director of Project Dream Again. He lives with his wife Patty in the mountains of East Tennessee.)

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