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Scandal

The Plot

Ever since the Enemy first rebelled, his greatest goal has been the destruction of everything and anything good that God has made. As a liar and deceiver, he has succeeded in leading us astray time and again. But now Satan has set his sights on the ultimate prize—the Son of God, the promised Savior of the world.

Scriptures: Deuteronomy 26:5-10; Joshua 7:16-26; Romans 10:8b-13; Hebrews 4:14-16; Luke 4:1-13; Psalm 91; Psalm 3

Sermon Text:  Luke 4:1-13; Luke 22:1-6

My Next Steps

A Thought to Ponder: Lent doesn’t tell us what to do. Lent tells us what has been done. How does the world, or sometime even the church, turn this truth upside down?

A Treasure to Share: “For we do not have a high priest [Jesus] who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s 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).

A Challenge for the Week: Prayer is a great way to arm yourself against temptation. Here’s a short prayer to memorize for the start of each new day of God’s grace: I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger. Keep me this day also from sin and every evil, that all my doings and life may please you. Into your hands I commend my body and soul and all things. Let your holy angel be with me, that the wicked foe may have no power over me. Amen. – Martin Luther’s “morning prayer”

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