The Lure of Greatness
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This week is on Deuteronomy 6:13; Matthew 4:1-11. In the 3rd temptation, Jesus is offered complete power and control. We don’t have to give in to these temptations, the battle has been won and we celebrate that. By Pastor Paul Sausser
This week is on Deuteronomy 6:14-17; Matthew 4:1-7. In the 2nd temptation, Jesus is asked to do something spectacular, to win applause. This lure is not to prove one worthy of God’s love, but just for the ovation and praise of others. It is in God’s unconditional love that we find the lure of this temptation powerless. By Pastor Paul Sausser
This week is on Deuteronomy 8:1-3 and Matthew 4:1-4. In Jesus’ first temptation that wants Jesus to be self-promoting, Jesus shows us that we have no need to try to impress others with any personal adornments because our true identity is by being a child of God. True identity is not found in the applause from others. By Pastor Paul Sausser
This week is on Genesis 45:4-7. Being long suffering is the exact opposite as impatience. Impatience and following Jesus don’t go together. Being long suffering is more than being patient with circumstances, but especially being patient with others. By Pastor Paul Sausser
This week is on Acts 9:19-30. Barnabas put his whole reputation on the line to be there for Saul, who changed from Christian persecutor to Christ follower. Barnabas engaged with Saul having no expectation in return. Barnabas stood up as Saul’s advocate and then helped Saul to see God’s plan for him. By Pastor Paul Sausser
This week is on 2 Samuel 9. In King David’s relationship with Mephibosheth we see David caring when Mephibosheth, Jonathon’s son, had nothing to give him in return. Kindness goes to those undeserving; caring for others is about fulfilling our promises to God to show a life of gratitude, even if there is a possibility of a threat. By Pastor Paul Sausser
This week is on Mark 5:21-24, 35-43. We might think of a soft person as being mild or meek, but definitely not a leader, but it is—Jesus is gentle of heart. So am I thoughtful, calm, and considerate in my dealings with others? Do I treat people like fine china? By Pastor Paul Sausser
This begins a new series called Befriend: The Art of Hospitality Being a devoted follower of Jesus is about taking what we know and are learning and applying it to our daily life. This series takes a look at how a disciple of Jesus responds and initiate’s the characteristics of friendship to those around her—those she is friends with already, and for those who will be future friends. A...
Psalm 19 Psalm 19 is an ancient and beautiful hymn that calls us to pay attention to the world around us in all its beauty as the beloved creation of a loving God. We’ll spend some time reflecting on what this psalm means for us today, and how we can more faithfully reflect the glory of the God who made us. By Evan Tinklenberg
Mark 1:1-13 Jesus’ first advent was to form a new humanity, a redeemed people. While we want the “niceness” of Christmas to last, this Nativity account shows the reality of the fierce challenges and evil’s opposition that face Jesus’ mission. Our Savior has overcome it all, and through His Spirit in us, He enlists us to join in bringing His redemption to the world. Key Verse: John said, “I...
Micah 5:1-6 God has sent our Savior and Shepherd to be born in Bethlehem. The promise of His coming is given at a time full of problems and heart aches. Yet, His coming is the light that not only pushed back the spiritual darkness when He was born in Bethlehem, His light pushes back the hurt, brokenness, and pain we have today. Key Verse: But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among...
Advent, Week 4 God’s promise to stay faithful to David’s royal line, to maintain His presence with his family, is fulfilled in Jesus. His presence within us through faith sustains us today and gives hope towards our future. Key Verse: Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever. (2 Samuel 7:16 [NIV]) By Pastor Paul Sausser