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First Sunday of Lent

Mark 1:13 – “And he was with the wild animals, and the angels were ministering to him.” 

God the Father cares for Jesus even in the midst of His temptation in the wilderness. God cares for us in every situation as well.

Jesus realized this and always acted from the basis of trust in God the Father's provision. This is likewise the basis for our life lived in Christ: God cares for us, so we need not act out of fear or greed.

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First Sunday of Lent

Genesis 22:1–18; James 1:12–18; Mark 1:9–15

Christ Jesus Defeats Our Temptation and Saves Us by His Faithfulness

In faith and the fear of God, Abraham prepared to sacrifice his beloved son, Isaac. At the Word of the Lord, he “took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son.” And “when they came to the place of which God had told him,” Abraham bound Isaac “and laid him on the altar” (Genesis 22:6, 9). Then God stayed Abraham’s hand and provided “for himself the lamb for a burnt offering” (Genesis 22:8).

That Lamb is God’s own beloved Son, Jesus, in whom “all the nations of the earth” are blessed (Genesis 22:18). As the Substitute for all the sons of men, Jesus is driven by the Spirit “into the wilderness” to be “tempted by Satan” (Mark 1:12–13) in order to endure and defeat all temptation.

We are tempted by our own desire, which conceives and “gives birth to sin” (James 1:14–15). But this blessed Man, Christ Jesus, remained “steadfast under trial,” and He has received “the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him” (James 1:12). His faithfulness, His victory and His life are now given to us by His grace in the Gospel.

 

Mid-Week Lenten Vesper Service

Wednesday, 6:30 p.m.

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Life Thoughts for the Week

First Sunday of Lent — We proclaim not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord (2 Corinthians 4:5) of body and sexualiy. The Lord God forbid father Abraham from sacrificing his boy Isaac (Genesis 22:12). The lesson extends to us, too. 

Abortion is immoral because it is unnecessary. Jesus alone serves as beast of burden in the solemn rite of righting wrongs (Mark 1:13). Death always hatches from sin (James1:15), but we belong in the business of redemption. 

If God’s forgiveness forgets even abortion (Psalm 25:7), we ought to forget about it also.

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Regular Service Schedule
Divine Service - 8:00 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. 
               Holy Communion is offered at both services.
Adult Discipleship Class / Children's Sunday School - 9:30 a.m.
Wednesdays in Lent and Advent: 6:30 p.m. Vespers

 

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