Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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May 24, 2015                                     Emmanuel Family Emphasis

                                                                    Memorial Day Weekend                       

 

Body of Honor

1 Chronicles 11:10

 

Synopsis: Our RAs will be performing a Flag Ceremony in the worship service as part of our Memorial Day Weekend Celebration.  They will also be handing out small American flags to all in attendance.

      Today churches across the nation stretch Monday’s Memorial Day observance into the weekend as we pause to honor the service and sacrifice of those who have died in military service.  Some of those honored died in action, others in service and many more that have died after their time of service.  The freedom we have to gather and worship has been guaranteed in part by their willingness to serve.

      Our Old Testament is full of stories of those who serve God and the People of Israel.  They were not bystanders in God’s plans, but active participants (1 Chronicles 11:10, NLT).  Both 2 Samuel 23 and 1 Chronicles 11 & 12 list the military heroes of David.  Surely we are no less indebted to the heroes who have served the nation in actions that preserve our freedom.  We thank god for their service.

      We also pause to remember the “Christian Soldiers” of this congregation who have blessed us with lives lived in faithful service to our Lord Jesus Christ.  Surely their service and sacrifice to the kingdom of God has earned them a crown of righteousness that will never fade away (2 Timothy 4:8, NRSV)

 

Scripture Text: 1 Chronicles 11:10, NLT; 2 Samuel 23:8-39, NRSV; 2 Timothy 4:8, NRSV

 

Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 23:13-17

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April 5, 2015                                                               Easter Sunday

 

JOY Resurrected

John 20:11-18

 

Synopsis: Today we gather to celebrate the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  I think it is fitting that we celebrate the resurrection when there are so many things coming to life and a new growing season is in full bloom.  But Spring is not why we are called to celebrate.  We are called to celebrate because it marks the time that Jesus rose from the grave.  The Christian calendar may start with the birth of Christ but it comes into full bloom with the celebration of the resurrection.  The dark night is past and our JOY is Resurrected in Christ Jesus.   

      I love to turn to the stories of that first Easter morning.  Today I will read again the story of Mary coming to the tomb to anoint the body of Christ (John 20:11-18).  She came weeping, grieving searching for a way to express her love and devotion for Him only to find the body was gone.  Now what could she do?  The angels of the Lord speak, but she cannot hear them.  Overwhelmed with grief she doesn’t even realize who Jesus was when she encountered Him until He calls her name.  He’s alive!  Mary experienced JOY Resurrected.

      For some reason while Mary’s story this year reading I was drawn to the story of Miriam’s song (Exodus 15:1-21).  I visualize Miriam and the women singing and dancing with the JOY of their deliverance from bondage in Egypt and I think surely Mary’s Joy is not less full.  All of a sudden I visualize Mary leaving the encounter of the resurrected Lord singing and dancing in the streets on her way to tell the others that she has experience JOY Resurrected.  The perfumes she brought to anoint the dead would have been giving a sweet aroma to those she passed along the way.

      At the end of the sermon this Easter Sunday I want to invite believers to come forward and be anointed with the Oil of Gladness (olive oil with frankincense and Myrrh). 

 

Scripture Text (NLT): John 20:11-18; Exodus 15:1-21

 

Scripture Reading: Exodus 15:19-21

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