Saturday, March 12, 2011

Lent 1

Pastor Anderson reports that regular services at Heritage are scheduled at 8:00 and 10:30 AM.  Adult Bible class will meet at 9:15.  We are studying the Lutheran Confessions at Heritage.

Pastor Anderson offers this preview of tomorrow's sermon.

"The sermon for the First Sunday in Lent will be based on the Gospel
lesson, Matthew 4:1-11, the wilderness temptation of Christ. The story
of Christ's temptation in the wilderness is the traditional Gospel for
the first Sunday in Lent. It teaches us that Christ's suffered for us
throughout his ministry- not just the last day when he was arrested,
brutally treated, and crucified. Satan attacked Jesus continuously in
many ways throughout his ministry. Satan, in his evil, twisted, genius,
thought he could tempt and ruin the Son of God just as he had tempted
and ruined the first man of God- Adam. But Christ Jesus demonstrated
that he was wiser than Satan, alert to his wicked tricks and
temptations, and too strong to stumble and fall into sin. Yet in his
human nature, Jesus truly felt and suffered these attacks, so that he
truly knows what it is like to be tempted and tormented by Satan.
Therefore the Scripture says, 'For we do not have a high priest who is
unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been
tempted in every way, just as we are--yet was without sin. Let us then
approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive
mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.' "

-Hebrews 4:15,16.

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