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Lent Sermon Series: Again and Again, God Meets Us

Matthew 4:1-11, NRSV


But that’s one way we can identify the devil’s voice: It always plays to our fears. It is the voice that tells us we must do something to prove who we are, to prove that we’re worthy, to prove that we are who God has already declared us to be. When we know we are loved by God, we don’t have to prove anything to anyone. There is nothing we can do to make ourselves more beloved than we are.

— Jonathan Martin

  • Jesus is not exempted from hunger, pain, temptation
  • Most dangerous of all water: Sea of self-pity
  • Nadia Bolz-Weber: Identity. It’s always God’s first move… Everything else is temptation. Quote
  • The timing, the test, and then the truth
  • Faith is the refusal to panic
  • Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil (Psalm 37:8)
  • Empathy doesn’t require that we have the exact same experiences as the person sharing their story with us…Empathy is connecting with the emotion that someone is experiencing, not the event or the circumstance. — Brene Brown.


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