Article by FATHER JOHN BOGGS
The Cookeville Rescue Mission in Cookeville, Tennessee opened in 1976. It is the oldest and largest rescue mission in Upper Cumberland area of Tennessee. It has persevered in glorifying God through the redeeming presence of Jesus Christ in shaping and transforming the lives of those in need.
In the first nine months of 2014, the Mission has responded to the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs of the homeless, hungry, and the needy. Those served have been men, women, and entire families with children totaling in number 811 persons. This number is projected to increase to 1082 persons by year end.
Beginning with a time of prayer, a Christmas party and dinner for Christ the King church members 60 and up was held at the home of Father Jim and Karen Taylor. Great food, fellowship, and conversation made for a wonderful evening. A game, “How Much Do You Know About Christmas Traditions?” was won by Gerhard and Bonnie Barr.
I first saw the ocean when I was 19 years old. I was a young Marine Corps private stationed at a military base in Virginia and, one weekend, several of us ventured to Virginia Beach. I was awed by the immensity, the power, the beauty, and the mystery of the ocean. That evening, while my comrades were bar-hopping and trying to pick up girls, I sat on the beach until long into the night. It was, for me, a place of peace, of calm, of solace. It has remained so throughout the years.
The Cathedral of Christ the King
First Sunday of Advent
November 30, 2014
Sermon Link: The Advent Tabernacle
DEAR FATHER PAUL: Would you please try to settle a gentle disagreement between me and my friend Ron. Ron says that God does not answer the prayers of unbelievers and I say that he does. Ron quotes John 9:31. Which of us is right? Art.
DEAR ART: Thank you for your question. John 9:31 says this: “We know that God doesn’t listen to sinners, but he is ready to hear those who worship him and do his will” (New Living Translation). Using this single verse, many have taken the position that the only prayer God hears from an unbeliever is his crying out to God for salvation. Taken logically to the next level, by these folks thinking, John 9:31 means that God does not hear and will never answer any other prayers of unbelievers.
The Cathedral of Christ the King
Last Sunday after Pentecost
November 23, 2014
Sermon Link: Sheep and Goats
It is a strong truth that the God of Scripture is willing to forgive—more willing that we often believe. Some find that a difficult concept, especially those whose lives have been filled with terrible decisions and flagrant sins. Yet the Apostle Paul says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” (2 Cor. 5:17-21 NIV)