Sunday, March 26, 2017

“THY WILL BE DONE”, but: SCS 110

Grandma and Grandpa Tutt

Sunday, March 26, 2017, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 110

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.

MORNING WORSHIP MUSIC:

Don Williams - You're my best friend 1982

SCRIPTURE LESSON for Today:
Matthew 6:5-15 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Lord's Prayer
5 “And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6 But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
7 “And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8 Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 9 Pray then like this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.[a]
10 Your kingdom come,
your will be done,[b]
   on earth as it is in heaven.
11 Give us this day our daily bread,[c]
12 and forgive us our debts,
   as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation,
   but deliver us from evil.[d]
14 For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, 15 but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 6:9 Or Let your name be kept holy, or Let your name be treated with reverence
  2. Matthew 6:10 Or Let your kingdom come, let your will be done
  3. Matthew 6:11 Or our bread for tomorrow
  4. Matthew 6:13 Or the evil one; some manuscripts add For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen


SERMON for Today:


My grandpa Tutt always asked. “Have you ever heard of a preacher saying he got a calling from God to go to a smaller church with less pay?”   He was questioning whether or not they were being truly being called.  We pray for God’s will, but we mostly want Him to do what we want.  Grandpa was saying the preachers were going where they wanted.  Are we doing what God wants or what we want?  Are we praying for His will or our desires?


How do we know God’s will?


  1. We study His life and actions while He was on earth in the form of His son Jesus.  We can learn much about what His will for us is by knowing what He did while He was living as a human.  For example He was always approachable by the sick.
  2. We must study His words until they are like our own.
  3. We must be in constant prayer.


1 Thessalonians 5:14-22English Standard Version (ESV)
14 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle,[a] encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 15 See that no one repays anyone evil for evil, but always seek to do good to one another and to everyone. 16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not despise prophecies, 21 but test everything; hold fast what is good. 22 Abstain from every form of evil.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Thessalonians 5:14 Or disorderly, or undisciplined


May God Bless You and Walk Beside You This Week. Amen


© Ed Cooper, March 26, 2017, Stoney Creek, Tennessee, Appalachia  
All rights reserved
(Ed Cooper is Director of Project Dream Again and an ordained minister in the Christian Church/Churches of Christ.  He lives with his wife Patty in the mountains of East Tennessee.)

Sunday, March 19, 2017

IF PRESIDENT TRUMP MET JESUS ON THE WAY TO Mar-a-Lago?: SCS 109

Mouth of Buffalo, Near Salyersville, KY

Sunday, March 19, 2017, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 109

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.


MORNING WORSHIP MUSIC:

Elvis Presley - Why Me Lord (Live in Memphis 1974)

SCRIPTURE LESSON for Today:

Matthew 19:13-30 English Standard Version (ESV)

Let the Children Come to Me

13 Then children were brought to him that he might lay his hands on them and pray. The disciples rebuked the people, 14 but Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of heaven.” 15 And he laid his hands on them and went away.

The Rich Young Man

16 And behold, a man came up to him, saying, “Teacher, what good deed must I do to have eternal life?” 17 And he said to him, “Why do you ask me about what is good? There is only one who is good. If you would enter life, keep the commandments.” 18 He said to him, “Which ones?” And Jesus said, “You shall not murder, You shall not commit adultery, You shall not steal, You shall not bear false witness, 19 Honor your father and mother, and, You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 20 The young man said to him, “All these I have kept. What do I still lack?” 21 Jesus said to him, “If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.” 22 When the young man heard this he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.
23 And Jesus said to his disciples, “Truly, I say to you, only with difficulty will a rich person enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished, saying, “Who then can be saved?” 26 But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” 27 Then Peter said in reply, “See, we have left everything and followed you. What then will we have?” 28 Jesus said to them, “Truly, I say to you, in the new world, when the Son of Man will sit on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will also sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. 29 And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or lands, for my name's sake, will receive a hundredfold and will inherit eternal life. 30 But many who are first will be last, and the last first.

SERMON for Today:

I don't know if you care about Appalachia or Eastern Kentucky at all?  My mother, father, two sisters and I were all born and mostly raised in Eastern Kentucky.  I presently live in Appalachia. What President Trump has proposed in his budget is personal to me.  I do not apologize for this sermon taking a personal tone or a political tone.  I can stand in the David M. Cooper Cemetery near Salyersville, KY and stand next to my kin from the Revolutionary War.



“ A baby born today to parents in Wolfe County [KY] can expect to live eight years less than a baby born in Fayette County [KY].
The reason is that while Campton [KY] and Lexington [KY] are just an hour apart, they differ significantly in ways that have an impact on health and how long people live, such as education levels, poverty level, opportunities to be physically active and access to health care, according to a researcher who mapped life expectancy in the state.”
Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/news/state/article81990682.html#storylink=cpy

My imagination is that if President Trump met Jesus on the way to what he calls his winter “white house”  he would change his budget proposal.  Instead of reducing every program that helps children in Appalachia and elsewhere, he would be expanding the programs and trying to find innovating new ones.

“An agency that pumps millions of dollars each year into economic development in Eastern Kentucky and other Appalachian states would lose federal funding if President Donald Trump’s proposed budget prevails.
Trump would help pay for increased military spending and a U.S.-Mexico wall by eliminating money set aside for several independent agencies financed by the government, including the Appalachian Regional Commission.
The agency, which covers all or parts of 13 Appalachian states, has been a conduit for hundreds of millions in aid to Eastern Kentucky since it was founded in 1965, when poverty rates exceeded 50 percent in some counties and much of the region lacked adequate water, highways and health care.”
Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/news/politics-government/article138835108.html#storylink=cpy

The agency targets extra money and services to so-called distressed counties with high unemployment, low incomes and high poverty. Kentucky has the largest concentration of such counties of any Appalachian state — 37 in fiscal year 2017.

I am not making a judgement about the state of President Trump’s soul or of the souls of those who voted for him, but I am making a statement about the soul of the nation I live in.  We cannot call ourselves a Christian nation and turn our backs on children, the elderly, the homeless, the poor and the disabled.  Jesus will not call us his if we do.  That is truth.  The truth He said Himself when He was here on earth.

If you do not believe that the government should take care of needy children, the elderly, the homeless, the poor and the disabled then as a professing Christian you should make sure you and your church do.  The early church did.
Acts 2:42-47 English Standard Version (ESV)
The Fellowship of the Believers
42 And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. 43 And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. 44 And all who believed were together and had all things in common. 45 And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. 46 And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, 47 praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.

May God Bless You and Walk Beside You This Week. Amen

© Ed Cooper, March 19, 2017, Stoney Creek, Tennessee, Appalachia  
All rights reserved
(Ed Cooper is Director of Project Dream Again and an ordained minister in the Christian Church/Churches of Christ.  He lives with his wife Patty in the mountains of East Tennessee.)

Sunday, March 12, 2017

CAN YOU TRUST MARK 16:9-20?: SCS 108



Sunday, March 12, 2017, Stoney Creek Sermonette: Number 108

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.


MORNING WORSHIP MUSIC:


SCRIPTURE LESSON for Today:

Mark 16:9-20 English Standard Version (ESV)

[Some of the earliest manuscripts do not include 16:9–20.][a]

Jesus Appears to Mary Magdalene

9 [[Now when he rose early on the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, from whom he had cast out seven demons. 10 She went and told those who had been with him, as they mourned and wept. 11 But when they heard that he was alive and had been seen by her, they would not believe it.

Jesus Appears to Two Disciples

12 After these things he appeared in another form to two of them, as they were walking into the country. 13 And they went back and told the rest, but they did not believe them.

The Great Commission

14 Afterward he appeared to the eleven themselves as they were reclining at table, and he rebuked them for their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they had not believed those who saw him after he had risen. 15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover.”
19 So then the Lord Jesus, after he had spoken to them, was taken up into heaven and sat down at the right hand of God. 20 And they went out and preached everywhere, while the Lord worked with them and confirmed the message by accompanying signs.]]

Footnotes:

  1. Mark 16:9 Some manuscripts end the book with 16:8; others include verses 9–20 immediately after verse 8. At least one manuscript inserts additional material after verse 14; some manuscripts include after verse 8 the following: But they reported briefly to Peter and those with him all that they had been told. And after this, Jesus himself sent out by means of them, from east to west, the sacred and imperishable proclamation of eternal salvation. These manuscripts then continue with verses 9–20

SERMON for Today:

You cannot rely on your study Bible to get everything right.  As you can see above the ESV would lead you to believe you cannot trust the last verses of the last chapter of Mark’s Gospel.  The best way I know of deciding if it is true is seeing if it matches with the rest of the accounts in the New Testament.  The following comparison leaves no doubt in my mind that Mark 16: 9-20 can be trusted.

Quoted from http://www.greatbiblestudy.com/mark_16_9-20.php


“For readability sake, I quoted the Mark verses in bold, and below I explain how I feel those statements were backed up elsewhere in scripture.
Verse 9) Now when Jesus was risen early the first day of the week, he appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had cast seven devils.
John 20:1-13 tells us that Mary Magdalene was the first one that Jesus appeared to after rising from the dead.
Verse 10) And she went and told them that had been with him, as they mourned and wept.
John 20:18 tells us that she went and told the rest of the disciples.
Verse 11) And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.
Luke 24:11 tells us that the rest of disciples didn't believe her when she told them that the Lord has risen.
Verse 12) After that he appeared in another form unto two of them, as they walked, and went into the country.
Luke 24:13-15 tells us that two of them were walking along talking, when suddenly Jesus appeared to them.
Verse 13) And they went and told it unto the residue: neither believed they them.
Luke 24:35-38 tells us how the rest of them didn't really believe that Jesus appeared to the two.
Verse 14) Afterward he appeared unto the eleven as they sat at meat, and upbraided them with their unbelief and hardness of heart, because they believed not them which had seen him after he was risen.
Luke 24:35-41 tells us how He appeared to the 11 of them, and got onto them for their unbelief.
Verse 15) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
Matthew 18:19, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost."
Verse 16) He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.
John 3:18 tells us that he who believes will not be condemned, but he who doesn't believe will be condemned. Acts 2:38 tells us to repent and be baptized for the remission of our sins. Notice that this verse in Mark doesn't say that if you aren't baptized, you won't be saved. It simply puts baptism along side believing, both of which are preached elsewhere in scripture. I believe the believing part is what makes a person saved, and the baptism part is preached elsewhere in scripture as a recommendation for new converts.
Romans 10:9-10 also teaches something 'beyond belief' for salvation: "That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." I believe this is where the sinner's prayer comes in, because it gives the person that opportunity to confess with their mouth the Lord Jesus.
Many other verses in the early church preach and practice water baptism. Water baptism (baptism unto repentance) is preached in Acts 2:38, Acts 22:16 and Acts 10:48, and it was practiced in the early church in Acts 19:5, Acts 18:8, Acts 16:15, Acts 16:33, Acts 9:18, Acts 8:38, Acts 8:12-13 and Acts 2:41.
Verse 17) And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
Believers casting out devils is backed up by John 14:12, when Jesus said that those who believe will do the works He did (and casting out devils was a big part of what He did). I believe Jude 1:20 helps back up the part on tongues when it tells believers to be building themselves up by praying in the Holy Ghost. Praying in the Spirit and tongues is clearly linked in 1 Corinthians 14:14-15.
Verse 18) They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.
The first part, about taking up serpents, etc. is either referring to spiritual protection, or physical protection... or maybe both!
Physical protection can be backed up with Acts 28:3-6, when Paul got bitten by a deadly viper, and it did not harm him at all.
Spiritual protection could be backed up with Luke 10:19, where Jesus told His disciples that they will tread on serpents and scorpions and nothing by any means will harm them.
Healing the sick is one of the works that Jesus did, and said that we would do the works He did and greater in John 14:12.
Verse 19) So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God.
He ascended into heaven after speaking to them also took place in Luke 24:51. Acts 2:33 tells us that Jesus went and sat at the right hand of God.
Verse 20) And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen.
Hebrews 2:4 speaks of God confirming the Word with signs and wonders.”

CAN YOU TRUST MARK 16:9-20? Yes.

May God Bless You and Walk Beside You This Week. Amen

© Ed Cooper, March 12, 2017, Stoney Creek, Tennessee, Appalachia  
All rights reserved
(Ed Cooper is Director of Project Dream Again and an ordained minister in the Christian Church/Churches of Christ.  He lives with his wife Patty in the mountains of East Tennessee.)