When We Trust Christ for All Things

Sunday, March 9th 2014

Matthew 4:1-11 New Living Translation (NLT)

The Temptation of Jesus

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted there by the devil. For forty days and forty nights he fasted and became very hungry. During that time the devil came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become loaves of bread.” But Jesus told him, “No! The Scriptures say, ‘People do not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”

Then the devil took him to the holy city, Jerusalem, to the highest point of the Temple, and said, “If you are the Son of God, jump off! For the Scriptures say, ‘He will order his angels to protect you. And they will hold you up with their hands so you won’t even hurt your foot on a stone.’” Jesus responded, “The Scriptures also say, ‘You must not test the Lord your God.’”

Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”10 “Get out of here, Satan,” Jesus told him. “For the Scriptures say, ‘You must worship the Lord your God and serve only him.’”

11 Then the devil went away, and angels came and took care of Jesus.

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Temptation, seduction, betrayal. "Taglines of a new Hollywood blockbuster? No, just an overview of the biblical readings appointed for the first Sunday in Lent! From the Genesis story of Adam and Eve's fall from grace, through Paul's exploration of how Jesus functions as a "second Adam," to Matthew's portrayal of Jesus' temptation in the wilderness, these readings cut to the chase of what it is to be human." Join us this Sunday as we discover that everything we need as humans to live as faithful followers of Christ.

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From Assumptions to Gospel Clarity

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Matthew 5:21-37

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The Big Picture approach to God's word resides in our relationships; with God, and at the same time, with others. Relationships matter to God, so wouldn't it make sense that the biblical witness about the nature and purpose of God's commands is rooted there? Join us this Sunday as we move from assumptions to Gospel clarity. 

The Graceful Challenge

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Matthew 5:38-48

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Eye for an eye, lob off your hand, turn the other cheek, walk the extra mile? When reading this text, I would have more questions than answers about following this Christ. However, the real approach to the challenges of following Christ is to see the law of God through the lens of God's grace. Join Certified Lay Servant, Ron Powell, as he shares his perspective this Sunday.

Jesus Reaches Out to Us, Raising Us Up

Sunday, March 02, 2014 (Communion Sunday, Potluck Fellowship)

Matthew 17:1-9

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If I asked you to share your story of faith in Christ, I imagine some rendition of a "mountain top" experience would rise up from within us. AND, we could readily lay claim to  it's importance to our lives. But most times, we live in the valley of everyday life with all of its challenges, some of them deep. How can we speak about the "most days" of our journey with Christ? I think, there in particular, we can discover how it is that Jesus is there, reaching out to raise us to life again. Join us this Sunday as we discover this truth about our gracious God.