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Lent -- Genesis 9:8-17, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Mark 1:9-15 -- First Sunday in Lent - B
Surely most readers know that the original meaning of the word "Lent" is associated with springtime
A watery grave -- Mark 1:9-15, 1 Peter 3:18-22, Genesis 9:8-17 -- David Kalas -- First Sunday in Lent - B
A photograph of the earth from outer space reveals how much of our world is water.

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Jim's open-heart surgery was... -- Mark 1:9-15 -- First Sunday in Lent - B -- 2000
Jim's open-heart surgery was a month away. It was a time of preparation and anxiety.
One way to understand Jesus... -- Mark 1:9-15 -- First Sunday in Lent - B -- 1997
One way to understand Jesus` temptation, and our own, is to say that the Evil One wants to change so
The Scriptures of Mark 1... -- Mark 1:9-15 -- First Sunday in Lent - B -- 1991
The Scriptures of Mark 1 are frequently used to describe the three steps of ministry: baptism, or an
Many years ago the rulers... -- Mark 1:9-15 -- First Sunday in Lent - B -- 1991
Many years ago the rulers of China built a great wall to keep the barbaric hordes of the north from
Alice was one of the... -- Mark 1:9-15 -- First Sunday in Lent - B
Alice was one of the many shut-ins in the church. She was 82 years old.
Tradition has it that George... -- Mark 1:9-15 -- First Sunday in Lent - B
Tradition has it that George Friderick Handel was so overwhelmed and awed by his reading of the book
In the space of seven... -- Mark 1:9-15 -- First Sunday in Lent - B
In the space of seven verses Jesus is baptized, temped by Satan, hears of John the Baptist's death,
A pastor in Texas tells... -- Mark 1:9-15 -- First Sunday in Lent - B
A pastor in Texas tells about a spiritual reality that affects most Christians.
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Genesis 45:1-15  

“Calm down. Calm down. I know what’s going on,” the chief steward said. Beside him a handful of Joseph’s Egyptian servants stood outside the royal complex looking around nervously. Joseph, already acting strange this morning, without explanation had swept his arms toward his servants and shouted, “Everyone out. Everyone out.”

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Genesis 45:1-5
This is a lesson about forgiveness. Martin Luther reminds us how Joseph’s forgiving actions were functions of God’s grace:

Therefore the Holy Spirit and grace are a medicine, so to speak, for nature – a medicine by which what had been ruined or destroyed in the original corruption through sin is set to right and restored. (Luther’s Works, Vol.8, p.16)

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