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Mary Austin

Walls and Temptations

Matthew 4:1-11
Readers of the Fox News website may believe that construction of a border wall with Mexico has already started -- a headline the other day stated “Trump administration makes first tangible step to building border wall,” and was accompanied by a picture of an already existing structure. What has been built, each day of this new administration, is a border wall between Trump supporters -- who are pleased with the president -- and others who are afraid and angry. 
     Trump himself seems determined to draw dividing lines between the people who support him and those who don’t. The president has been using the phrase “enemy of the people,” a relic of Stalin’s Russia, to attack the media in recent speeches. His staff also reportedly excluded critical news organizations from a White House press event.
     In this time of high emotion, there are strong temptations for all of us. We come into Lent tempted by stony self-righteousness, which looks like filling bread for us. We see ourselves at the pinnacle of reason, and people with other beliefs as deeply flawed. The temptations to divide, label, and take refuge in our certainty are strong this Lent.  
     These temptations offer us a refuge from all the uncertainty around us, but Jesus calls us in a different direction as Lent begins. He offers us a place of hungry humility instead, if we’re willing to go there....
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The Temptation Of His Life

Robert Penn Warren wrote a novel called All The King's Men. It was the story of a governor of Louisiana and his rise to power. His name was Willie Stark. At the end of his story he is shot down dead.1 Here was a man who gained a kingdom and lost all he ever had.
     Two thousand years earlier a man from Galilee said, "What would it profit a man if he gained the whole world and lost his soul?" Perhaps when He made that statement He was not only addressing it to those who heard Him, but also was looking back to a time of decision in His own life.
     There is something so very curious about the man from Galilee. He has captivated the imaginations of people throughout twenty centuries. He transcends time and place, culture and custom, race and language. Something there is in Him that always speaks clearly to us. We see it throughout the gospels, everywhere He went, in everything He said and did. Son of God and Son of Man, we know He became one of us....
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Sandra Herrmann

Being sinners

It’s the beginning of Lent, and having worshiped on Ash Wednesday, we have declared that we are separated from God by our own doing. Oh, wait. We probably evaded that idea by talking about “the sins of man.” That does not absolve any of us. WE are sinners. WE disappoint and offend each other on a daily basis. (If you think that’s not you, ask your spouse or children.)...
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Keith Wagner

A Little Soul Searching

Matthew 4:1-11

Several years ago there was a television program that was called "Super Nanny." The show was about a British woman who visited homes where the children were completely out of control. After a few weeks the families were miraculously transformed and the children were well behaved. One of the major problems that parents had with their children was their inability to say, "no."...
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Janice Scott

The sin of Adam

It always strikes me as strange that St Paul puts so much emphasis on Adam's sin, but that the Church has consistently blamed Eve for the introduction of sin into the world. In fact, if we stick strictly to the story in Genesis, it was neither Adam nor Eve but the serpent who introduced sin, for the serpent lied to Eve and put temptation in her path (Genesis 3:1-6)....
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Mary Kay Eichelman


Object: A beautifully wrapped present or gift bag
What do you think of when you see a beautiful present (let kids respond) Maybe birthdays...Let's imagine that it is your mom's or dad's birthday and you want to give them something very special. We are often anxious for them to open our gift first and to notice our amazing gift and kindness....
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