Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

The Podcasts

November 25, 2012                                  Advent Series: REJOICE

 

Rejoice: A Note in the Chorus of Worship

Philippians 4:4-5

 

Synopsis: Rejoice!  The biggest shopping day of 2012 is now history.  How did you do?  That is the big question for shoppers, merchants and probably credit card companies as they tally up their booty.  Black Friday may be a good indicator of the US economy, but I don’t know if it really tells us much about what kind of Christmas we are going to have. 

      With black Friday behind us I wonder “Is It Already Too Late?” to talk about Christmas.  Today is November 25thand I am sure you know that one month from today it will be Christmas Day.  Actually the First Sunday of Advent isn’t until next Sunday, and yet I think some people have already lost sight of the reason for rejoicing?

      What a difference the gift of Christmas makes when the focus of our rejoicing is in Jesus.  No it really isn’t too late to let Jesus be the source of our rejoicing.  Whatever else might be the source of rejoicing it will in time pass away, but Jesus lives forever.  The value of Jesus’ gift to us will grow more precious in time.  That is why believers continue to rejoice in the miracle of Christmas.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  1Chronicles 16; Psalm 118:24; Philippians 4:4-5; Luke 2:8-12

 

Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 16:8-11

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November 18, 2012                                           Miracles of Stewardship Series

 

Thanks Offerings Don’t Stop With a Word

The Remembrance

 

Synopsis: Our service today draws us to the Lord’s Table for a time of Remembrance.  We are a congregation drawn again and again to this special service to acknowledge our gratitude to God the Father for sending the Son, to Jesus who gave Himself for us and to the Holy Spirit who continues to move us forward in faith.

        There were ten lepers pleading with Jesus for healing.  All were healed, but only one returned to give thanks and he was a Samaritan.  Believers everywhere want to be counted with that one who represents all of us outcasts who have been healed and allowed to come to Jesus.  We bow at the Table of Remembrance, acknowledging our sins and giving thanks again and again for our salvation.  Our thanks offerings only start with a word because a word is never enough.

        As we gather at the Lord’s Table I invite you to listen carefully as Scott Waisner and Michael Burleson lead us inFor This We Give Thanks.  Their words will remind us of the many names we use to remember why we are so thankful.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Luke 17:11-19; Isaiah 54:4-6

 

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 54:4-6

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

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November 11, 2012                                           Miracles of Stewardship Series

Veterans Recognition

 

Returning for Thanks

Luke 17:17-19

 

Synopsis: To me, some of the most haunting words in the Gospels come from Luke 17:17 where Jesus asked, “Didn’t I heal ten men? Where are the other nine?”

        Gratitude is personal.  The crowd went on their way, but not this one.  They all received the miracle of healing, but he alone came back to give thanks to his healer. I am convinced that miracles do not make believers.  We all receive miracles in our lives.  Believers are the ones who return to give thanks to the one they believe “healed” them.

        The one returning leper wasn’t told to return to give thanks.  He didn’t have too.  I have to think he just want to.  What about you?  In your life, are you included in the nine or singled out with the one?

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Luke 17:11-19

 

 

Blessings,

Dr. Sonny Strange, Pastor

 

Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1916 Overlook Ave., Jefferson City, TN 37760

Sharing Hope, Meeting Need, Through Word, Gift and Deed

Web Page: www.emmanueljeffcity.com, Podcast of sermons available online.

Direct download: ebc_podcast_11_11_12.mp3
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November 4, 2012                            Miracles of Stewardship Series

 

Even the Blind Can See

Mark 10:46-52

 

Synopsis: In the Gospel of Mark Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem actually starts at Bethsaida (house of fishing) which is located on the northern end of the Sea of Galilee.  In chapter 8 Mark records some defining moments as Jesus deals with the demands of the Pharisees and the needs of his disciples and those in need around Him.

      Jesus refuses to give the Pharisees the miraculous signs they demanded.  Then Mark tells of a blind man that was brought to Jesus.  Jesus took him outside of the village and healed him in a two step process and told him not to return to the village.

      Two questions come from this text that I think is repeated all the way to Jerusalem.  Can you see?  Can you see clearly?  Jesus asked the disciples who people say He was.  Then he wanted to know who they say He is?

      The section ends with another story of healing a blind man.  This time He and the disciples were traveling through Jericho.  Bartimaeus calls out to Jesus wanting to see.  Jesus said, his faith has made him well and Bartimaeus followed Jesus on down the road to Jerusalem.

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Matthew 11:4-6; Mark 8:11-13; 8:22-26; 8:34-38; 9:21-24; 10:45, 46-52;

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