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Sermon resource for Lent 1
A 'New And Improved' Jesus? Sermons For Lent and Easter Are You A Basket Case?
Sermon based on Deuteronomy 26:1-11 by Barbara Brokhoff excerpted from A 'New And Improved' Jesus? Sermons For Lent and Easter (SermonStudio).
We have a large, cylindrical basket by our fireplace which holds firewood. And we have another wonderful basket, perhaps a half-bushel in size, which was given to us by friends. It is hand-woven and crafted by a 92-year-old man who cut the tree, shaved off the strips, soaked them, and then created this lovely container; solid and stable, a here for the full sermon

Children's Sermon for Lent 1

Cynthia CowenJesus First
Children's sermon by Cynthia Cowen based on Luke 4:1-13 from CSSPlus (Children's Sermon Service...Plus).
This is a story about a boy who is tormented by bullies, but his life is transformed when he makes a special discovery. He has to negotiate a dark and scary tunnel to make his discovery, but the discovery enables him to find inner strength and purpose which he hadn't realised he possessed.... click here for the rest of the children's sermon

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Mary Austin

The Devil Is Quick

Luke 4:1-13

When I visit a nursing home near my church, I stop to say hello to the receptionist as I sign in. “How are you?” I ask her, and she always gives the same answer with a charming smile and a lilt in her voice, suggesting that she is not defeated by her answer. “The devil is busy,” she says. I had never heard this phrase before she taught it to me, and I find her answer charming. When we look at the sorrows of the world and the messes we get ourselves into, it’s easy to imagine a busy devil stirring up trouble behind the scenes. 
     The devil, the personification of the forces of evil, is certainly busy with Jesus, as we find Jesus in the wilderness at the beginning of his public life. Just after his baptism the Spirit leads Jesus into the wilderness, and the devil gets busy tempting him for the whole time he’s there. 
      A deeply spiritual life is its own kind of wilderness in a full and busy world. The things that connect us to God are time and space, and most of our lives suffer from a shortage of both. Like Jesus, our temptations come in the form of a quick way out. Each temptation offers Jesus the power to take a shortcut -- and if he’s tempted, we are even more so....
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Behold The Man Who Was Tempted As We Are

A man who owned a small town grocery store saw a little boy come in one afternoon. The little fellow stood near the front door looking at a barrel of apples. He would look up at the man and back down at the apples. Finally, the man went over and said to him, "Son, are you trying to steal one of those apples?" The boy replied, "No, sir. I'm trying to keep from it."
     There are times in our lives when we are tempted to be less than we are. There are times when we are faced with the possibility of settling for less than the best; when we are more concerned with reaching goals than how we reach them; when we think that all that matters is results.
     Today is the First Sunday of Lent. On these Sundays we will be thinking about Jesus heading toward Jerusalem. As we do this, I remind you of the words of Pilate as Jesus....
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Wayne Brouwer

Love that hurts

The story is told of a young girl whose very best friend lived just down the street. They were playmates and almost sisters, with visits back and forth nearly every day.
     When Jennifer was killed in an automobile accident, Tracie and her family were drawn through the same trench of grief. Two families were heartbroken and shared the awful blackness of funeral clothing together.
     The day after the funeral, Tracie disappeared for a few hours. Her mother was worried and searched the house and yard in growing concern. When she went out to the street in front of their home she saw Tracie at a distance, slowly meandering toward her on the sidewalk, oblivious to her surroundings....
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Keith Hewitt

In the Wilderness

Luke 4:1-13
Sid wandered into the hotel restaurant and picked up the menu. He wasn’t really hungry at this late hour but there was nothing on television and nothing for him to do until the morning. He took a seat and considered his choices.
     “What’s good?” he asked the waiter.
     “Pretty much everything.” The waiter pointed at a few selections. “Personally I like the fried platter or the burger with the works.”
     Sid scanned the options. “I think I’ll go with the chicken sandwich.”
     “Fries with that or a salad?”...
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The Village Shepherd

Janice Scott

Thanking God Appropriately

As a young and relatively newly qualified physiotherapist, I was privileged to treat an elderly, retired doctor who had suffered a severe stroke. He was paralysed down one side of his body and his speech was affected, but over the course of a number of months some movement returned so that he was able to walk and his speech became almost normal again....
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Cynthia Cowen

Your Greatest Treasurer

Object: a piggy bank
The Point: Your greatest treasure is not laid up on earth but in heaven
The Lesson: Good morning, boys and girls. Thank you for joining me as we share God?s word together. This is my piggy bank. (show the piggy bank) Yes, I have a piggy bank. I think everyone should have one. When I come home at the end of the day, I place my pocket change in this bank....
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