Ordinarily We Keep For Ourselves

March 9 Bulletin Temptation

Out of the Ordinary … Human beings are born with the capacity for selfishness. We are also born with an apparent deficit with regard to understanding what it truly means to take care of ourselves in healthy ways. For the next two Sundays we are exploring what in life we need to share with others, and what in life we need to keep for ourselves.

We begin with a word from Moses and the tempting of Jesus. What happens to us when we forget where our strength comes from? What kind of people do we become when we assume heaven-given talent is our own private possession to be used exclusively – or mostly – for our own personal gain?

Moses cautions the people of Israel against the temptation to take credit for what, in fact, is a gift of God. And Jesus comes face to face with the tension that exists between human frailty on one hand and God’s faithfulness on the other. Ends don’t necessarily redeem motives any more than they justify the means. In the case of the temptation to assume power and glory for one’s self, is Jesus confronting the notion that, in the right hands such things are guaranteed to be used for the greatest good?

With stewardship as our canvas, we invite you to ponder what we often (ordinarily?) are tempted to keep for ourselves. Do we still need to learn what it means to share?

 Scriptures:   Deuteronomy 8        Matthew 4:1-11

Message:   Ordinarily We Keep For Ourselves

A Video:  Honesty; Generosity

 

Mark Demers

Want to talk about sex, politics, spirituality? So do I. I grew up in a religious home in the 1950’s and 1960’s. Our country was reeling from assassinations and the devastation of the Viet Nam War. Looking for something beautiful, I got a degree in music, married the love of my life and had children. Looking for God, I then went to seminary. Looking for something that might transform the world, I became a local church pastor. Now, I’m always looking for people who want to talk about important things. I cherish conversations with emerging leaders, people who are antsy to try an idea they believe would change the world for the better. I’d would love to hear from you.