Central United Methodist Church
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Endicott, New York
Central United Methodist Church, Endicott, NY

A Choice in the Wilderness
Rev. Dr. Michelle Bogue-Trost
Feb. 14, 2016
      

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DESCRIPTION PRESENTER(s) START TIME
Greeting and Announcements Cyndi Tedeschi 1:12
We Are Called to Worship Cyndi Tedeschi 8:39
"A Mighty Fortress is Our God" Song # 110 10:07
A Time for the Child in All of Us Pastor Michelle 12:35
"Lenten Contemplation" Festivo Ringers 16:50
Romans 10:8b-13 Bob Wilcox 20:28
"Fairest Lord Jesus" Chancel Choir 22:35
"There's a Wideness in God's Mercy" Song # 121 28:45
Pastoral Prayer & Lord's Prayer Pastor Michelle 32:22
Luke 4:1-13 John Obusek 41:07
The Sermon Pastor Michelle 43:15
"Saranam, Saranam" Song # 523 55:50
Blessing Pastor Michelle 57:30

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Scripture

 

Romans 10:8-13   The Message (MSG)

4-10 The earlier revelation was intended simply to get us ready for the Messiah, who then puts everything right for those who trust him to do it. Moses wrote that anyone who insists on using the law code to live right before God soon discovers it’s not so easy—every detail of life regulated by fine print! But trusting God to shape the right living in us is a different story—no precarious climb up to heaven to recruit the Messiah, no dangerous descent into hell to rescue the Messiah. So what exactly was Moses saying?

The word that saves is right here,
    as near as the tongue in your mouth,
    as close as the heart in your chest.

It’s the word of faith that welcomes God to go to work and set things right for us. This is the core of our preaching. Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!”

11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help.”

 

 

Luke 4:1-13The Message (MSG)

Tested by the Devil

1-2 Now Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wild. For forty wilderness days and nights he was tested by the Devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when the time was up he was hungry.

The Devil, playing on his hunger, gave the first test: “Since you’re God’s Son, command this stone to turn into a loaf of bread.”

Jesus answered by quoting Deuteronomy: “It takes more than bread to really live.”

5-7 For the second test he led him up and spread out all the kingdoms of the earth on display at once. Then the Devil said, “They’re yours in all their splendor to serve your pleasure. I’m in charge of them all and can turn them over to whomever I wish. Worship me and they’re yours, the whole works.”

Jesus refused, again backing his refusal with Deuteronomy: “Worship the Lord your God and only the Lord your God. Serve him with absolute single-heartedness.”

9-11 For the third test the Devil took him to Jerusalem and put him on top of the Temple. He said, “If you are God’s Son, jump. It’s written, isn’t it, that ‘he has placed you in the care of angels to protect you; they will catch you; you won’t so much as stub your toe on a stone’?”

12 “Yes,” said Jesus, “and it’s also written, ‘Don’t you dare tempt the Lord your God.’”

13 That completed the testing. The Devil retreated temporarily, lying in wait for another opportunity.

The Message (MSG)

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