Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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October 26, 2014                                       


Burned Over Stumps

Mark 4:14


Synopsis: There are about 60 of Jesus’ parables, metaphors and similes in the synoptic gospels.  Joachim Jeremias lists forty one of them in his classic work The Parables of Jesus.  The first one on his list is the one I am using for my text today.  It is one of only five that all three of the synoptic include.  Let’s look first at some background information about parables and then move on to this particular parable and lessons we need to learn from Jesus, the master storyteller.

      Today at Emmanuel we are hosting a luncheon for our senior adults (55 and over crowd).  Throughout their life time they have drawn a lot of attention from sociologists, politicians and religious groups trying to take advantage of their numbers in various ways.  They have influenced the market place in many ways and continue to do so.  They are moving now into the retirement years and promise to challenge the Social Security reserves because they are expected to live longer than the previous generation.  With that being said, other generations are on the rise now.  The Millennials and Generation X garner the most attention today.  So many campaigns simply ignore the Baby Boomers in favor of the up and coming waves of society, but not so with Jesus. 

      Jesus’ parable of the sower serves as a directive to the church to never neglect one generation to serve another.  Every seed of the Gospel sown has the potential of producing fruit.  We are not to be the judges of the fit nature of the soil, but faithful sowers of the seed.


Scripture Text (NLT):  Mark 4:1-20, NRSV


Scripture Reading: Luke 8:4-8

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October 19, 2014                                                                               


When Pennies Count

Mark 12:41-42


Synopsis: Have you noticed how easy it is for some people to discard pennies.  Many people just leave them at cash registers so others will be able to use them and avoid getting pennies themselves.  You can find them lying in parking lots, on sidewalks, in seats wherever you go.  Most people don’t even bother to bend over to pick one up.  The value of pennies is getting so low their use so bothersome that the government is looking at the possibility of doing away with them all together.  Can you imagine a world without pennies? 

      Mark 12:41-42 and Luke 21:1-4 record a story about “When Pennies Count.”  The bottom line for this story is that this widow made her pennies count when pennies were all she had.  There are many other stories in the Bible like this one.  One in particular that comes to my mind is that of Elijah.  Remember how he and a widow and her son were sustained through a draught with only the hand full of meal and a little oil.  She made her pennies count by giving to the man of God.  In both of these cases the man of God did the will of God to honor the gift and make their pennies count.

      How can you make your pennies count?  Invest them?  Good idea!  Where?  In a bank!  Really?  At current interest rates pennies is all they count.  Stock Market investments, the last time I checked, they were going down.  Jesus recommended that you “Lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven.”  Now that is a sure investment.

      So, if you’re having trouble making your pennies count you might try doing what the widow did.  Give them to the church and watch what Jesus can do.  The Bible is filled with stories of how God makes pennies count.  Why not be a part of what God is doing today by making your pennies count.


Scripture Text (NLT): Mark 12:41-42

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October 5, 2014                                                                                 


The Race Is On

Hebrews 12:2a


Synopsis: The Race Is On!  Now is not too late to ask the question, Are you running away from something or are you running toward something?  It is NOT just a matter of perspective.  It is a matter of focus.  You can joke about it all you want but it does matter in the race of life.

      Paul used the races and athletes of the Olympic Games as metaphors for life.  He was not the only New Testament writer to do so.  The Preacher in Hebrews 12:1-4 drew heavily on the metaphor to drive home the importance of running with the right focus.  He said believers were to keep their eyes on Jesus.  Believers are not to be focused on running away, but rather running toward the finish line in heaven always focused on Jesus who successfully ran the race ahead of all believers.


Scripture Text (NLT): Hebrews 12:1-4


Scripture Reading: Hebrews 12:1-4

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