Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast

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

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April 16, 2017                                                                         Easter

 

This Is The Day

Jesus Called My Name

Psalm 118:24

 

Synopsis: I opened my time with you today with the prayer from Psalm 118:21-24, NRSV.  This is the day that theLord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”  Yes!  Praise the Lord!  And what a day it is.  We have been anticipating its arrival for weeks.  Our excitement has been building throughout Holy Week and now it is here.  This is the day we call Easter.  This is the day the Lord has made.  The resurrection of Jesus Christ is not our doing.  This is what God has done and has promised to do for all who believe.

      This is the day, Mary would later recall, Jesus called my name (John 20:1-18).  What a wonderful way to remember that first Easter morning.  She went early to the tomb not expecting to hear anything, but what she heard changed her mourning into rejoicing.

      Jesus came out of the grave as the first fruit of the resurrection.  Believers of every generation continue to live in the hope of everlasting life in Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:1-4)

      This is the day Jesus is calling your name.  Can you hear Him?  Are you listening?  It is personal.  Not brash nor angry but rather soft and filled with compassion.  He calls to you so that you will know that he is alive.  He calls to you so that you will know the way of salvation is prepared for you. 

 

Text: Psalm 118:21-24, NRSV; John 20:1-18 CEV; Colossians 3:1-4, CEV

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April 2, 2017 

 

All Dried Out and Ready for Life

Ezekiel 37:3

 

Synopsis: It’s a contradiction.  Things that are all dried out are not ready for life…right?  Life on this planet is based on water and yet all good gardeners know the seed they buy to plant are all dried out and ready for life.  All they need is to be planted, watered and get some good sun and a new plant will emerge from the old.

      Ezekiel’s prophecy starts with out with a valley full of dried out bones.  They looked hopeless!  And then there is the question, “can these bones come back to life?”  Ezekiel knew that the only one to answer that quest was the Lord God (Ezekiel 37:1-14).  This is a resurrection promise and story.  New life was not to be found in the dried bones but in the life of the Spirit.  I believe that this story has much more to tell us if we will speak to the “wind” the Spirit of the Life-giving God and Father of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

      Let’s follow this analogy and apply it to the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead (John 11:17-44).  Jesus spoke to the “wind” and called forth Lazarus.  What a story!  What an image!  Surely, those who saw Jesus put to death on the cross felt the pain of the question, “can he live again?”  But that was Friday.  Sunday brought a totally different image. 

      Maybe you feel like you are “all dried out,” but that doesn’t mean you are hopeless.  It just means you need the life of the Spirit to bring new life in you so that you will be “ready for life.”

 

Text (CEV): Ezekiel 37:1-14; John 11:17-44

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