“The Grass is Not Always Greener” is the title of the Reverend Courtney Cromie’s latest sermon. “The Grass is not always Greener.” She will be the guest pastor for Sunday, September 29th, 2019, then again on October 20th and 27th. You can meet her here, if you have yet to do so: Courtney Cromie
Here is the Old Testament lesson for the sermon: Ecclesiastes 7:1-14: (NKJV)
A good name is better than precious ointment,
And the day of death than the day of one’s birth;
Better to go to the house of mourning
Than to go to the house of feasting,
For that is the end of all men;
And the living will take it to heart. a]”>[a]Sorrow is better than laughter,
For by a sad countenance the heart is made b]”>[b]better.
The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
But the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.
It is better to c]”>[c]hear the rebuke of the wise
Than for a man to hear the song of fools.
For like the d]”>[d]crackling of thorns under a pot,
So is the laughter of the fool.
This also is vanity.
Surely oppression destroys a wise man’s reason,
And a bribe e]”>[e]debases the heart.
The end of a thing is better than its beginning;
The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry,
For anger rests in the bosom of fools.
Do not say,
“Why were the former days better than these?”
For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.
Wisdom is good with an inheritance,
And profitable to those who see the sun.
For wisdom is f]”>[f]a defense as money is a defense,But the g]”>[g]excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.
Consider the work of God;
For who can make straight what He has made crooked?
In the day of prosperity be joyful,
But in the day of adversity consider:
Surely God has appointed the one h]”>[h]as well as the other,
So that man can find out nothing that will come after him.
a. Ecclesiastes 7:3 Vexation or Grief
b. Ecclesiastes 7:3 well or pleasing
c. Ecclesiastes 7:5 listen to
d. Ecclesiastes 7:6 Lit. sound
e. Ecclesiastes 7:7 destroys
f. Ecclesiastes 7:12 A protective shade, lit. shadow
g. Ecclesiastes 7:12 advantage or profit
h. Ecclesiastes 7:14 alongside
Here is the New Testament lesson for the sermon: Ephesians 3:14-21 (NKJV)
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father a]”>[a]of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
a. Ephesians 3:14 NU omits of our Lord Jesus Christ
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