February 22 – Temptation

The Season of Lent has begun—a time of reflection and preparation.

What are your priorities? Do you have goals in life? During Lent we are considering seven truths about life from the Scriptures. While it might sound as if this is a bit of a “downer” – here are the seven “words”:

You are mortal (you are going to die). You are going to lose. It’s not about money. You have to start over.  You will be tempted (that’s the one for this week.) It’s not about you. You are not in control.

If these statements are true, we might simply throw our hands up in the air, enjoy life as best we can and ride it for as long as we can. However, what if the very meaning of life resides in these statements? What if joy and blessing are the actual result of our taking them seriously?

Temptation – What is it that really tempts you? Is there a commonality among us when it comes to “temptation”? Everyone has their own individual battles they must fight; but is there a testing and tempting we all face? St. Paul writes to the Corinthian Christians: “No testing has overtaken you that is not common to everyone.” (I Corinthians 10:13.)

Whether we want to hear it or not, we are facing temptations – every day. Join us for worship this Sunday as we prepare to celebrate Resurrection by facing our temptations head-on – together.

Our Scripture is Mark 1:9-15.

The message title for Mark’s Sermon is We All Are Tempted.

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Here’s how Perry Como put it.

Here’s how The Muppets put it.

A conversion – tempted; tested. Is it true?

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.