Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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January 20, 2013                                                                              

Sermon Series: What On Earth Are We Doing?

 

What On Earth Will You Think of Next? 

The Great Tomorrow Question

Matthew 4:18-20

 

Synopsis: My sermon title come from the third of Robert Fulghum’s “Great Mother Questions” in What On Earth Have I Done: Stories, Observations, and Affirmations.  Fulghum writes that this question has “ongoing relevance”. It is a way of asking if my mind is a stagnant cesspool of worn-out notions or if I am mentally active—still replacing archaic information with fresh and better ideas?  Am I still thinking—still asking—still learning?

      I remember being asked that question as a child.  Now as an adult, husband, father, grandfather and pastor I get asked that question for a whole different set of reasons and expectations.  As a believer I hear that question within the context of imagination. 

      Can you imagine a reality different from what you are experiencing now or have experienced in the past?  If you can then maybe you are ready for the next step in your journey to that new reality.  What has been doesn’t have to be the only determining factor in what will be.  “Come, follow me,” Jesus said to a group of fishermen, “and I will show you how to fish for men.”(Mt 4:19, NLT)  Imagine that!

 

Scripture Text (NLT): Matthew 4:18-20; 2 Corinthians 5:1-10; 1 Corinthians 15:51-57

 

Scripture Reading: Matthew 4:18-20

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January 13, 2013, Sermon Series: What On Earth Are We Doing?

 

What On Earth Are You Doing?

A Question For Today

Mark 12:28-34

 

 

Synopsis: What’s different about today?  It is not yesterday.  Life is different today.  Just a few hours ago today was known as tomorrow and in just a few more hours it will be yesterday.  And even now most of what’s different about today has yet to be determined.  Today happens quickly so stand at the ready.

      Today we need to concentrate on doing, and not just remembering or planning.  Today we need to be executing our plans from yesterday in the hope of making good memories to celebrate tomorrow.  We will of course spend time planning and remembering, but today needs to be about doing.  What on earth are you doing?  Are you still making good on that vow you made to make 2013 different from years before or have your initial plans already been discarded.

      Today in God’s Kingdom is a forever term. 

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Mark 12:28-34; Luke 10:27; Matthew 6:19-34; Romans 8:38; Luke 23:43; 2 Corinthians 6:1-2; Hebrews 3:12-14, 13:8

 

Scripture Reading: Matthew 22:34-40

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January 6, 2013                                               First Sunday of 2013

Sermon Series: What On Earth Are We Doing?

 

Introduction to the “Great Mother Questions”

What On Earth Have You Done?  The Great Yesterday Question

 

Synopsis: What’s different about today?  It is not yesterday.  Life is different today.  Just a few hours ago today was known as tomorrow and in just a few more hours it will be yesterday.  This is where life is lived but before we go too quickly into today let’s take a moment to recognize some of the things that happened to get us where we are.  How are you feeling about yesterday, or last year?

      Robert Fulghum wrote a book titled What On Earth Have I Done:        Stories, Observations, and Affirmations.  It’s first chapter is the inspiration for this four part series on the great mother questions.  The first one being “What On Earth Have You Done?” 

      The question did not originate with mothers, in fact, according to Genesis 3:13 Eve (the mother of all living) was the first to hear it asked.  God did the asking.  God asked it again in Genesis 4:10.  This time it was Cain, the first born.  These two references certainly lend a lot of relevance to the question.

      Looking back, what you did and what was done to you become parts of your unique story.  There isn’t another you and there isn’t another story just like your story.  How do you feel about your story so far?  Maybe, a more important question is how do you think God feels about your story?

 

Scripture Text (NLT):  Genesis 3:8-13; Genesis 4:8-12

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Guest Speaker Robert Young.

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