Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

Sermons presented at Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jefferson City TN by Dr. Sonny Strange

The Podcasts

The Joy of Christmas Angels Luke 1
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The Power of the MIte Psalm 127; Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17; Hebrews 9:24-28; Mark 12:38-44
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Traditions of Thankfulness Psalm 132:1-12; 2 Samuel 23:1-7; Revelation 1:4b-8; John 18:33-37
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Happy Happy, Psalm 1; Let’s Start at the Beginning, Psalm 1; The first word of the Psalms is “Happy.” Proverbs 31:10-31; James 3:13-4:3, 7-8a; Mark 9:30-37
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A Simple Truth November 1, 2009 A Simple Truth Mark 12:28-34 Sermon Synopsis: Although we establish thousands of laws, public ordinances, and rules of order people seem to have a great deal of difficulty simply doing the right thing. Jesus said that “doing the right thing” was not that complicated. When asked about complicated issues of life Jesus spoke “A Simple Truth.” In Mark 12:29-30 you will find a simple statement Jesus gave in response to what some think is a very complicated question. Jesus said the most important things in life are made simple when we put God first and treat others as we want to be treated. That simple truth works in stewardship too. How much should a believer give to God through the church? Some have said ten percent (tithe). Others ask is that before or after taxes? The simple truth Jesus said was that the believer should give to the government the things that pertain to government and to God the things that belong to God. The New Testament doesn’t talk a lot about the tithe. Maybe that was because believers were giving a lot more than ten percent. Some were giving their all. The simple truth is that God has given us time, talents and personal treasures to use in ways that honor our relationship with God and our responsibilities with those around us. Scripture References (NIV): Mark 12:28-34; Psalm 146; Matthew 7:2; Genesis 14:19b-20; Matthew 24:15-22; Luke 4:8
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From Victim to Victor October 11, 2009 From Victim to Victor Psalm 22:1-2; Job 23:16-17 Sermon Synopsis: From Victim to Victor serves as an introduction and an invitation to the Lord’s Table. Last week during the dedication of our Restore the House Projects we erected an Ebenezer (1 Samuel 7:12, “rock of hope”) made from the tools and supplies used in the project. On top of the construction platform we raised a cross. The renovations were not an end within themselves, just a platform for the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The cross of Christ means a great deal to us. It is the focus of our worship center inside and out. The cross represents the suffering and death of Jesus of Nazareth. He was the victim of those who wanted to silence his message. When Jesus rose from the grave he became the victor. We gather at the Lord’s Table to remember his suffering and celebrate his victory. God was not defeated by the worse that man could do to Jesus. Instead of defeat God used it as an occasion to bring redemption to all of creation. Salvation is the finished work of God the Father through Jesus Christ the Son as revealed through the continuing work of the Holy Spirit. Jesus has issued an invitation to whoever will come. Jesus invites you to take him into your body as bread and drink the cup of the new covenant established in his death and life everlasting. Scripture References (NIV): Psalm 22:1-15, Job 23:1-9, 16-17
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Whatcha Thinkin' ? Dr. Sonny Strange asks: What do you think about Jesus?
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The House Restored The Restore the House project culminates with the dedication of our new Sanctuary.
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Ephphatha (Open Up) Ephphatha (Open Up), Mark 7:24-37; James 2:1-10 Open Up to new possibilities of inviting others to join you in worship next Sunday. Open up to the guests who will sit next to you or even in the seat your are sitting today. Open up to the movement of the Spirit of Christ in your life.
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Without a Prayer Without a Prayer, Psalm 84; 1 Kings 8:22-30, 41-43 Do those on the outside of faith stand Without a Prayer unless those within the kingdom lift them up to God in prayer? Is it not the work of the faithful to make a way of faith for those on the outside of faith?
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Welcome to Episode 4 of On the Path. On this episode we try a new format and have a round table discussion on why we should go to church. We stay on topic for most of the discussion but as with any group we go off on a few tangents. Our panel includes Scott Waisner, Susan Waisner and Jeff Smith. We continue our presentation of the Practice of the Presence of God by brother Lawrence. If you have any comments please send them to m423studios@gmail.com.
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 A Metaphor of Life Sermon: A Metaphor of Life, John 6:51-58; Ephesians 5:15-20 Jesus offers Himself as a Metaphor of Life in John 6 and Paul invites us to see ourselves in that role with one another and with those outside of the church.
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Homecoming: 40th Anniversary of move to Emmanuel Homecoming: 40th Anniversary of move to Emmanuel Sermon By: Rev. Charles Phillips
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Nathan's Story Nathan’s Story, 2 Samuel 12:1-13; Psalm 51:1-12 Nathan’s Story forced David to reevaluate his actions and assumptions. Stories do that. That is part of the power of the Gospels. Certainly, it is one of the reasons Jesus told stories.
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On the Path Episode #3 On the Path Episode #3 A Tribute to Steven Jones Ending Music "Callie's Eyes" composed by Jeff Smith performed by Joseph North
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That's Smart July 26, 2009 That’s Smart Psalm 14, Ephesians 3:14-21 Sermon Synopsis: That’s Smart deals with the source of wisdom. The Bible presents God as the starting point for wisdom and the relationship between God and mankind as key to the path. Some start without God in the equation and rely on scientific “facts” as key. The sermon ends with the story from John of Jesus walking on the water. How did He do that? Did Jesus know something the rest of us don’t know? I think Jesus knew that wisdom begins with faith in God the Father. I don’t know how he did it. By faith I cling to the who. Scripture References (NIV): Psalm 14; Ephesians 3:14-21; John 6:1-21 Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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Left Behind Left Behind, Mark 6:53-56; Ephesians 2:11-13
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Freedom Sermon Synopsis: This is the Fourth of July weekend. People all across the United States continue to celebrate the nation’s independence. The word “freedom” is spoken often, but it’s meaning is anything but clear. This sermon deals with issues of freedom and prerequisites for finding freedom. Freedom doesn’t mean the absence of rule. The Declaration of Independence served as a prerequisite for freedom from British rule. Jesus made his own declaration by quoting Isaiah 61:1-2 as found in Luke 4:18-19. Jesus was determined to be ruled by the will of God the Father. Psalm 51 tells how that can happen. Paul talked about his “out of the body experience” and some seem to think that is a good definition of freedom. Paul saw it as a reason to trust his all in all to God in Christ Jesus. He said that trusting Christ is the true prerequisite for freedom. Jesus’ final cry of freedom came for him and us as he cried, “It is finished.” Now that’s freedom. Scripture References (NIV): Luke 4:18-19; Psalm 51:1-12; 2 Corinthians 12:2-10 The Message
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Father's Day Welcome to this Episode of The Emmanuel Podcast Happy Father's Day! In addition to Dr. Sonny Strange's sermon we have a short drama presented by Susan Waisner and Sharon McGinley.
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Gideons International In this episode Rick Finchum of the Gideons International gives a report on the activities and mission of the Gideons. More than Missionaries The Gideons International is an interdenominational association of Christian business and professional men who are members of Protestant/evangelical churches. Our members are dedicated to saving the lost through personal witnessing and the distribution of God's Word in more than 180 countries around the world. The majority of Gideons live and serve in their local communities, making us very effective and efficient because . . . They know the local language and customs. They know where the hotels, schools, prisons, hospitals and other locations where Scriptures need to be distributed are located. Sometimes, we're able to establish local groups of Gideons in countries where traditional missionaries aren't allowed to go. http://www.gideons.org
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On the Path Episode #2 Welcome to On the Path Episode #2. In this episode we have an interview with Gail Hickman of Samaritan House and Angie Bergess of Appalachian Outreach. http://web.cn.edu/ao We also have the first installment of a new audio drama written by Scott Waisner and performed by Mark McGinley and the second installment of the practice of the presence of God by Brother Lawrence. Thanks to the following: Scott Waisner Mark and Sharon McGinley Angie Bergess and Gail Hickman Beatsuite.som Librivox.org Merritt Music Productions
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Overflowing Presence May 31, 2009, Pentecost Sunday Lord’s Supper Overflowing Presence John 16:12-15; Acts 2:1-4 Sermon Synopsis: The worship on this Pentecost Sunday is different in many regards. First, worship will start in our Fellowship Hall which has served as our temporary place of worship while the sanctuary was being renovated. Second, the seats are arranged so that people are facing one another as much as possible. Third, children will remain in the worship service with adults and will teach the congregation a lesson on unity. Fourth, following the Lord’s Supper the congregation will move into the newly renovated worship center. All of these factors combine to fill this service with wonderful teaching opportunities. Lessons on various elements of worship are included throughout the service. Overflowing Presence is a reflection about the work of the Holy Spirit in the life of believers. It is intended to prepare believers for taking part in the Lord’s Supper on this Pentecost Sunday and for making the move into the newly renovated worship center. The prayer is: May the “Wind” of the Spirit of God’s presence overflow our assembly and fill the lives of those around us. Scripture References (NIV): John 16:5-15 Acts 2:1-21
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Establishing a Worthy Memorial We will all be remembered for things that we have done. That is not always good. Establishing A Worthy Memorial deals with factors the Bible associates with establishing memories that we would like for others to remember. It starts with Psalm 1 (righteous/wicked), Acts 1 (Judas/Matthias), God established the greatest memorial 1 John 5:9-13; John 17:6-19.
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Child of God Child of God deals with the declaration that “Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God...” 1 John 5:1 and that as believers Jesus’ calls us to “remain in my love.” John 15:9-17.
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"Every Mother's Child" Every Mother’s Child deals with the need to proclaim the righteousness of God to all. Philip was sent into the desert region of Gaza in search of one mother’s child who was rejected by others but made acceptable to God. As believers we are called to love every mother’s child as God loves them. That kind of love is possible only through the supply of God’s love flowing through us. Our attachment to Jesus causes us to search for every mother’s child until the love of God is realized in all. Psalm 22:30-31; Acts 8:26-40; 1 John 4:7-21; John 15:1-8
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Welcome to the first episode of On the Path. We are a monthly podcast bringing you Christian and family oriented content. We are a companion podcast to The Emmanuel Podcast from Emmanuel Baptist Church in Jefferson City TN. In this episode we have an interview with Dr. Sonny Strange covering the new Prayer Garden and the ongoing renovations of Emmanuel Baptist Church's sanctuary. We also have a presentation from Bob and Alisa Lemons on their Honduras Mission trip. To round out our first episode, we have an Essay from our very own Geek Deacon on the ESRB video game rating system and the first installment of The Practice of the Presence of God. Contributors: www.merritmusic.com www.beatsuite.com www.librivox.com Dr. Sony Strange Scott Waisner Bob and Alisa Lemons
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The Shepherd is Calling The Shepherd is Calling presents Jesus as the “good shepherd” who is calling “his sheep” to follow him to fullness of life. Salvation and fullness of life is found in no one else because no one else has laid down his life for us like Jesus. Psalm 23; John 10:11-18: Acts 4:5-12; 1 John 3:16-24
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I Didn't Do It! April 26, 2009 Second Sunday Worship in the Fellowship Hall I Didn’t Do It Acts 3:16 Sermon Synopsis: Acts 3 tells the story of the healing a lame man who sat at one of the entrances to the Temple. The people who knew him realized that a true miracle had taken place. They gave Peter credit for it. Peter said, “I didn’t do it. Faith in the name of Jesus did it.” Peter went on in Acts 3 to offer the same hand of faith to the crowds who were gathered in the Temple. “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Peter’s word to the crowd was “Repent and turn to God.” Faith in the name of Jesus that healed the lame was offered as the way of spiritual healing for the crowd that had betrayed Jesus. That same hand of faith is extended to all of us today. “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” Well! What are you doing just sitting there? Get up and get going. “Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known.” (1 John 3:2) Scripture References (NIV): Acts 3:12-19; 1 John 3:1-7 Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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The Touch of Christ Guest speaker Brad Bull talks about the healing power of touch and how often Jesus used touch to heal. This is the first podcast from our temporary Sanctuary while our main Sanctuary is being remodeled.
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An Easter Affirmation of Life April 12, 2009 An Easter Affirmation of Life John 20:1-18 Sermon Synopsis: An Easter Affirmation of Life makes three observations. The first word from the tomb was centered on the fact that Jesus had risen from the grave. The second word affirmed the fact that Jesus lives. That word came from many witnesses after the resurrection and even from Paul who affirmed it after the ascension. The third word comes from the church in its continuing affirmation that Jesus lives. Jesus has not only risen from the grave, He was seen alive by many witnesses. Worship continues to reveal that Jesus lives. That reality is affirmed in the hearts and lives of believers every day and especially on Easter. Scripture References (NIV): John 20:1-18; Acts 10:34-43; 1 Corinthians 15:1-11. Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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His Eyes: A Palm Sunday Presentation We hope you enjoy this special episode of The Emmanuel Podcast. Actors: Jesus of Nazareth: Micheal Burleson Nicodemus : Scott Waisner Joseph of Arimathea: Mark McGinley Disciple: Norman Eskridge Peter: Darryl Hendricks Narrorator: Dr. Sonny Strange Music for this episode in order of appearance Shout Praise: Words by Scott Waisner, Music by Joseph North, Arranged by Jeff Smith Action Kevin McCloud (incompetech.com) As We Come Words and Music by Mark Hussung, Harmony by Joseph North, Arranged by Jeff Smith Peter's Song - Words and Music by Mark Hussung, Harmony by Chris Merritt (Merritmusic.com) Sung by Darryl Hendricks and Mark Hussung Callies Eyes Music by Jeff Smith, Performed by Joseph North As We Come Words and Music by Mark Hussung, Harmony by Joseph North, Arranged by Jeff Smith Cafe Diem Music by Jeff Smith
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Did You Ask Me Why? March 29, 2009 Did You Ask Me Why? John 12:27-28 Sermon Synopsis: Children like to ask the question “Why?” I suppose we all do. This message deals with some of the answers about Jesus’ journey to Calvary. Why did the Geeks coming to see Jesus tell Jesus that it was time. Knowing what lay ahead, why was Jesus willing to be obedient to his Heavenly Father? Why the voice? The Hebrews passage gives a lot of possibilities for answers. Everything about Jesus made him better than any other alternative. He provided the way of salvation to who every will come. Have you responded to his invitation? Why not? Time is running out. Scripture References (NIV): John 12:20-33; Heb 5:5-10 Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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Celebration of Church March 15, 2009 Celebration of Church Dedication of Renovated Baptistry and Baptism, Deacon Ministry, The Lord’s Supper Text Sermon Synopsis: This year Baptists around the world are celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Baptist Movement. Today’s service will celebrate three distinctive of the Baptist Church: baptism, deacon ministry and Lord’s Supper. We are Baptist partly because we celebrate the distinctive of believer’s baptism. The church works to bring people to faith in Jesus Christ and attempts to lead new believers to make a public profession of their faith. Then, in obedience to the command of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ believers are baptized (immersed in water) as a “living sign” of their death, burial and resurrection with Christ. It is a public celebration of faith. We have a newly renovated baptistry at Emmanuel and today we dedicate it with a baptism service. A second part of our worship will feature Emmanuel’s deacon ministry. Deacons are, as the name implies, servants of the congregation and minister to various needs of people in the church. A third part of our worship will feature a celebration of the Lord’s Supper. Like baptism, the “breaking of bread” has been celebrated by people of faith since the very beginning. This service is also identified as The Last Supper, Eucharist, or communion. It is a celebration in remembrance of Jesus Christ. We invite people to receive Jesus, broken so that they might be made whole. Participants receive a small piece of bread as a “living sign” of their acceptance of Jesus into their life. And they receive a small cup of grape juice as a “living sign” of entering into the New Covenant of life through the blood of Jesus Christ.
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Why Should We Forgive? Our sermon this week is presented by Dr. J. Randall O'Brien, Carson Newman College's new President. Dr. O'brien is an ordained Baptist Minister and published author. Dr. O'brien speaks on forgiveness and why we should forgive.
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Happy Anninversary Pastor Sonny! Join us as we celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Pastor Sonny Strange at Emmanuel Baptist Church. You will hear stories and testimonies from church staff, community leaders and church members who have been touch by this wonderful man of God. Thank you Sonny for allowing us to produce and distribute this podcast. Without you we would not be here to spread the message of Jesus Christ Emmanuel Podcast Team emmauelpodcast@gmail.com M423 Studios m423studios@gmail.com
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Chariots of Fire February 22, 2009 Chariots of Fire 2 Kings 2:1-12 Sermon Synopsis: Chariots of Fire highlights God’s presence among the saints. The sermon starts and ends with an African-American Negro spiritual first recorded in 1909, Swing Low Sweet Chariot. Like the song, this sermon is inspired by the “chariots of fire” that separated Elijah and Elisha and the whirlwind that took Elijah to heaven. Elisha never lost sight of those chariots of fire. He knew they were always there watching over him. This story provides insights into what was happening on the Mount of Transfiguration when Elijah and Moses came to meet with Jesus. Peter, James and John said Jesus glowed bright with the glory of God. The fire had not lost its power. The chariots had not come to separate Jesus from his disciples not even death could do that. There was no whirlwind that day, but there would be. Jesus didn’t take off that day because he knew we needed him to finish the course laid out for him. Paul talked about the need of others keeping him in the fight. How much more important was it for Jesus to stay. Though others cannot see him, he is with us still. The day is coming when he will once again come in the power and glory of God to take the redeemed to be with him forever. Are you ready to climb on board? Scripture References from NIV: 2 Kings 2:1-12; 2 Kings 6:12-17; Mark 9:2-9; Philippians 1:23-26; 2 Corinthians 4:3-6. Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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Are You Willing? February 15, 2009 Are You Willing? 2 Kings 5:1-14 Sermon Synopsis: Has any one ever approached you with the question, “Would you like to try something new?” If so, what were your first thoughts? Were you suspicious or adventurous? Sometimes our response depends on how much we trust the one making the offer or on how desperate we are at the time. Leprosy Bible times was feared as much then as AIDS is today. Naaman had it. He was a mighty general but had no power over the disease. Was he desperate enough to trust word of a captive slave girl, a prophet he never saw, a method he had never tried? Was he willing? Yes, and he was healed. There were people with leprosy in Jesus’ day who were just as desperate as Naaman. Mark 1:40-45 tells about one asking Jesus if he were willing to heal him. The man found that Jesus was willing. Jesus is still willing to heal men and women, boys and girls of the most dreaded disease that plagues humanity, sin. The consequences of this disease lead to death, eternal separation from the blessings of God. The question is “Are you willing to be healed?” God has a plan to heal all who are willing to come to Jesus. Scripture References in NIV: 2 Kings 5:1-14; Mark 1:40-45; 1 Corinthians 9:24-27. Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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Until Everyone Knows February 8, 2009 Until Everyone Knows Mark 1:29-39 Sermon Synopsis: We begin with a statement about the importance of story in determining cultural and religious identity. Isaiah 40:21-24 supports this concept with a series of questions. “Do you not know? Have you not heard? Has it not been told you from the beginning? Have you not understood since the earth was founded?” These question emphasize the role of people in a society (civil or religious) to tell their story and the role of the individual to understand or accept the story. A New Testament illustration is found in Mark 1:29-39. It is the story of Jesus raising Peter’s mother-in-law from her death bed. The news of the miracle spread to others in the area and many who were sick came to Jesus to be healed. I suppose that as the news spread throughout the community one could hear the lines of Isaiah, “Have you not heard?” Once everyone knew, Jesus moved on to tell others the good news. His goal was to share the story of redemption until everybody knew. In 1 Corinthians 9:29-39 Paul shared his since of urgency in telling the story. He said he was compelled but wanted to do it voluntarily instead of forced. Therefore, he made himself the slave of the gospel so that he could share the good news with all types of people. The burden is placed upon the people of faith to tell the stories of the faith. Those stories give us our identity. In order to tell the stories we must first learn the stories. That is a part of what church is all about. Then we must experience the truth of the stories in our own lives. Then we must demonstrate the truth of the stories in our relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit and all the others we encounter. We must become tellers of the story in “Word, Gift and Deed.” Scripture References from NIV: Isaiah 40:21-24; Mark 1:29-39 (Jesus heals Peter’s mother-in-law); 1 Corinthians 9:16-23 (willing slave); Isaiah 40:21-24, 28-31. Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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The Fire Still Burns February 1, 2008 Souper Bowl Sunday The Fire Still Burns Mark 1:21-28; Deuteronomy18:15-20 Sermon Synopsis: Cold winter weather brings out a threat of house fires and dramatically increases the since of loose associated with a fire. Why would we then go without smoke detectors and fire alarms since they are so readily available? Every time a house fire is reported our since of urgency mounts as does the demand for us to do something! The fear of fire caused the people of Israel to distance themselves from God. The fire that guided them was no natural fire and that made them even more fearful of it. They feared the fire and the voice of God that spoke through the fire. John the Baptist introduced Jesus as the one who baptizes with fire. That may explain why some are afraid to approach him. Fire not only heats our homes it has the potential of destroying them. The fire of Jesus purifies and empowers believers in the face and adversity and frees them of the fear of a judgment of fire. The job of the church is to keep the fires of the Gospel burning bright. The fire of Jesus still purifies and empowers believers for life. Let’s keep the fires burning. Scripture References from NIV: Deuteronomy 18:15-20 (people afraid of the fire); Matthew 3:11 (baptism of fire); Mark 1:21-28 (Jesus in Capernaum). Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
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Restore the House: Now is the Time Restore the House: Now is the Time Presented on January 25 2009
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Restore the House: Called to Action January 18, 2009 Restore the House Called to Action Sermon Synopsis: This sermon examines the call of Samuel in 1 Samuel 3:1-10 and the call of Nathanael in John1:43-51. Both calls demonstrate the importance of the voice of the Lord to bring light to the darkness they were experiencing. When people neglect their place in worship and their place of worship darkness sets in. Notice too that the call of God must be followed by acts of obedience. Make no mistake about it, God knows you. God knows your hiding place and all your excuses. God knows where you are right now. God knows your need of transformation and is ready to turn on the light. Are you ready for the transformation that the light brings? This year transform everything! Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
Direct download: EBC_Podcast_January_18_2009.mp3
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Restore the House: It Is the Time for New Beginnings January 11, 2009 Restore the House It is the Time for New Beginnings Sermon Synopsis: Sermon continues the theme of transformation. Three passages of Scripture provide a metaphor for the uncontrolled aspects of life. In the story of creation, Genesis 1:1-5, the God of Creation is introduced as the God of New Beginnings. God looked down on creation and breathed life into it. You and I often see the dark and murky side of life. God wants to turn the light on so we can see new possibilities with God. The story of Jesus’ baptism, Mark 1:4-11, provides another look at what happens in the water. Jesus’ baptism transformed the baptism of repentance to the baptism of the Spirit. Again, the breathe of God descended on creation. This time God’s light illuminated Jesus as the Son of God. The baptism of John’s disciples by Paul, Acts 19:1-7, provides the backdrop for us to consider our own baptism. The God of creation wants to be the God of transformation for all of us. Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
Direct download: EBC_podcast_Jan_11.mp3
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Called  to Restoration: This Year Transform Everything "Of the Father's Love Begotten" Of the Father's love begotten Ere the worlds began to be, He is Alpha and Omega, He the Source, the Ending He, Of the things that are, that have been, And that future years shall see Evermore and evermore. January 4, 2009 The First Sunday of the New Year Called to Restoration: This Year Transform Everything 2 Chronicles 24:4-5 Sermon Synopsis: The sermon is a challenge for believers to start the year off “right” not mounting up debts, but paying tribute instead. We begin with the story of Joash King of Judah calling the people to “restore the temple of the LORD.” The people responded by providing funds for the restoration, but the Levites, the priests, did not act. Joash realized the time had come to do the right thing so he stepped in to get the work started. It was time to restore the house. I hope 2009 will be your “Year to Transform Everything.” At the beginning of this New Year, I invite you to survey the house in which you live. Assess the damages. Evaluate the needs. Estimate the cost. Start now! Set aside personal resources. Address what is needed. Begin to work where you are. Don’t wait! Prayer of Restoration O God help me restore my house: Body, Mind, and Soul/Spirit. I don’t want to be defeated again this year. O God help me restore my relationships with others. Family: Start at home, we all have homework to do. Spouse, Parents to children and children to parents, Brothers and Sisters Friends and Associates O God help me, restore my place in worship. Start with the restoration of your relationship with God and with your brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus. O God help me, restore my place of worship. We’ve waited long enough. The time has come to do the right thing. It is time to restore the house! This Year Transform Everything Grace and peace to you in Christ Jesus, Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor Emmanuel Baptist Church 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760 Phone (865) 475-9424 Sermon podcasts available online at www.emmanueljeffcity.com
Direct download: Emmanuel_Podcast_Jan_4_2009.mp3
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