3/26/17 – 4th Sunday Youth Led Worship, Ross Shipman preaching, Temptation 3

Satan challenges Jesus once again with the temptation to worship him. It is a challenge many of us face in our lifetime, thus it is important to understand it. Come hear Youth Director Ross Shipman talk about it inadmin-ajax (2) his message “The Pride of Life.”

The youth introduce the sermon with a skit. Nyadia Thorpe and Brittany Tucker sing a duet. It will be a great Sunday! Worship service at 10:30 and Sunday school for all ages and stages of spiritual growth at 9:15. Join us!

Read Luke 4:5-8, 13-15

 

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3/19/17 – Beware, the Devil Quotes Scripture: Temptation 2

Satan continued to test Jesus. Since Jesus is fully human, we can expect the same kinds of tests in our lives. At the same time, Jesus is also fully divine, so his response to the test informs our responses. How blessed we are to have his example. The second test involves the challenge of who and what is at the center of what we do.

I hate to spoil the temptation and the solution to it, so let’s lay it out like this: it lies somewhere between desiring something and whining that you do not have it. For example–I want that new pair of designer shoes, special jacket, sports car, but (whine, whine) my husband, boyfriend, parent, etc. has not gotten it for me. I want that important job, but (whine, whine) I didn’t get it because . . . Do you ever wish you could force God’s hand?

This Sunday we talk about life’s tests so do not delay, plan to attend today! 9:15 for Sunday School and 10:30 Worship. After worship, stay for a celebration of Roy Jensen’s 90th birthday! Lunch is provided. I can’t wait to see you!

READ: Deuteronomy 6:6-19 and Matthew 4:5-7

READ the MESSAGE:  Beware, the Devil Quotes Scripture

 

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3/12/17 – The Wilderness, Temptation 1

Do you ever feel like you are in the wilderness? Do you feel like you’ve had a long dry spell about what to do with your life? Is your day monotonous, only to play “repeat” tomorrow? You need change but change never comes! There should be a club out there for those of us who are in the wilderness.

Jesus can identify because he, too, experienced the wilderness, where he was tempted by Satan. He had started his ministry, and this was the first event, right after his baptism. He truly did become one of us–experiencing the good and bad of life. Through his battle with Satan we can learn a great deal to help ourselves in our own battles. Do you feel like you’ve had a dry spell and you don’t know what to do with your life? Come Sunday and let’s explore it together. 9:15 Sunday School and 10:30 for worship. For all ages! I can’t wait to see you.

READ: Matthew 4:1-11 and Deuteronomy 8:1-10

READ the MESSAGE:  Important Achievements in God’s Eyes: Temptation 1

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3/5/17 – Overcoming the Tyranny of the Urgent

When you think of limits, what comes to mind? The speed limit? Limited time? A line in the sand? Would you like to have a boss with no limits? That might mean you get unlimited resources to do your job, or it could mean you are expected to work unlimited hours to do more and more!

This Sunday we talk about Jesus’ dinner with two special ladies. One of them pulls out all the stops and sets no limits. Is that what we are expected to do as Christians? How do we find the balance between no limits and passivity? We will talk about it in worship at 10:30– BRENDA EVERETT tells the story. LINDA SIMONS’ Sunday school class leads the Children’s Message. Oh yes, and don’t forget Sunday School begins at 9:15 for all ages and stages of faith. I can’t wait to see you!

READ: Psalm 1 and Luke 10:38-42

READ the MESSAGE:  Overcoming the Tyranny of the Urgent

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