Sermon Luke 4:1-15: Lent -1. The Temptation of Christ. Satan isn't a Metaphor - Biblical Foundations

“The Temptation of Christ,” Luke 4:1-15
Introduction Jesus is divine and man. Jesus is mysterious and yet revealed and knowable. Jesus is many things and can be said to do and have done many more things than we can easily count or know in fullness. Among the things Jesus is and does is that He is the restorative right King who takes back the fraudulent authority given over to Satan by Adam through his original sin. 
CIS: Jesus Restores Kingdoms Seized by Fraud. His offerings are always false.
In his commentary on Luke, the early church father, Cyril of Alexandria stated:

Are we inadvertently trusting Satan more than God? Luke 4:1-13

Luke 4:1-13New International Version (NIV)Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness4 Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spiritinto the wilderness,2 where for forty days he was tempted[a] by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry. 3 The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.” 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’[b]” 5 The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world.6 And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to.7 If you worship me, it will all be yours.” 8 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’

The Homeschooling Missionary Family

I love Christina more and more all the time! 
That isn't because she becomes more lovable... It is because I become more aware of just how special she genuinely is. And how God brought us together to bring different kinds of healing, help, and complementary hope into each others life. Then, astonishingly, He uses a couple of imperfect people to pour life into people's lives in Haiti and America.
Our work in Haiti requires us to spend a fairly significant amount of time apart but that's OK. We've counted the cost of life on mission and we're willing to pay it. Our kids see life on mission as an inherent part of Christian living. It's all they've ever known! They genuinely love Haiti and the local Church is their home.
Homeschooling is intrinsic to this journey and the journey is part of the homeschooling. It's like life schooling. The year of 2015, for example, they studied another country by living in it and acquiring the language and culture and new…

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Sermon, "Robe of Righteousness," Philippians 3:8-9

“Robe of Righteousness,” Philippians 3:8-9
Introduction Last week before the benediction, I made the unplanned comment for the sake of visitors that we aim at about an hour-long service, though we do not always make it. I said, just in case you have somewhere important to be like to meet with your parole officer at noon on Sundays or something. I got to thinking about that after the service. It was unplanned and I would like to think rather obviously meant without any malice, but I thought, you know, somebody could take an off the cuff remark like that the wrong way and I hope nobody did. Now, I think humor is too valuable a tool in preaching and teaching to leave it in the toolbox for fear of possible occasional unintended offense. Some people are very sensitive. Some people just do not know me well enough to realize how terribly funny I really am and may take something in a way completely unintended. While that is a risk I decided was worth taking a long time ago, I hope no one took i…