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Mar

Wednesday, March 13 — God Meets Us in the Deep Darkness

Wednesday, March 13 Where we left off yesterday, God was talking Abram down from his despair.  We were told Abram believed God’s promise that the day was coming when Sarah would give birth to a child and that countless descendants would follow afterwards in the future.  But Abram isn’t finished with his doubts.  In today’s […]

12
Mar

Tuesday, March 12 — When Faith Seems to Disappear

Tuesday, March 11 The Apostle Paul in the New Testament looks back at the Old Testament figure of Abraham as the original example of what it means to live by “faith”.  Late into middle age Abraham (who at this point in the story we are about to read is still known as “Abram”) along with […]

10
Mar

Paying Attention to the Forks in the Road

A sermon preached on March 10th, 2019 – the first Sunday in Lent – based upon Luke 4:1-13 Fourteen years ago I was fortunate to receive funding to take a three month, clergy renewal Sabbatical.  The central piece to this time involved a trip I made to northern California where I spent four days alone […]

09
Mar

Saturday, March 9 — Trusting in the Midst of Uncertainty

Saturday, March 9th We continue on with the third and final temptation. Luke 4:9-13 Then the devil took (Jesus) to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning […]

08
Mar

Friday, March 8 — The Seductions of Power

Friday, March 8th Luke 4:5-8 Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I […]

07
Mar

Thursday, March 7 — Jesus Casts His Lot with US

Thursday, March 7 Yesterday, I talked about the significance of Jesus feeling famished – that he didn’t try to distract himself from his desire for food.  Jesus has gone out into the wilderness to face specific desires that arise within him which if he were to seek to satisfy would take him away from the […]

06
Mar

Ash Wednesday — Lent Begins

Ash Wednesday, March 6th Every year on the first Sunday in Lent we hear the story of the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness tempted by the devil.  The forty days of Lent are modeled on those forty days, as well as, on the forty years that the Hebrew people spent wandering in the […]

05
Mar

Preparing for Lent: Confronting Our Fears

Tuesday, March 5th In the Old Testament there are 150 psalms that were written nearly three thousand years ago and have been used ever since to bring before God the range of emotions we are capable of feeling in life.  Jesus himself would have used the psalms, as a part of the spiritual disciplines of […]

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