First Sunday

March 10th, 2019

Scripture(s)
  • Deuteronomy 26:1-11

    Firstfruits and Tithes

    When you have entered the land the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance and have taken possession of it and settled in it, take some of the firstfruits of all that you produce from the soil of the land the Lord your God is giving you and put them in a basket. Then go to the place the Lord your God will choose as a dwelling for his Name and say to the priest in office at the time, “I declare today to the Lord your God that I have come to the land the Lord swore to our ancestors to give us.” The priest shall take the basket from your hands and set it down in front of the altar of the Lord your God. Then you shall declare before the Lord your God: “My father was a wandering Aramean, and he went down into Egypt with a few people and lived there and became a great nation, powerful and numerous. But the Egyptians mistreated us and made us suffer, subjecting us to harsh labor. Then we cried out to the Lord, the God of our ancestors, and the Lord heard our voice and saw our misery, toil and oppression. So the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; 10 and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, Lord, have given me.” Place the basket before the Lord your God and bow down before him. 11 Then you and the Levites and the foreigners residing among you shall rejoice in all the good things the Lord your God has given to you and your household.

  • Psalm 91:1-2, 9-16

    Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
        will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.
    I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress,
        my God, in whom I trust.”


    If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
        and you make the Most High your dwelling,
    10 no harm will overtake you,
        no disaster will come near your tent.
    11 For he will command his angels concerning you
        to guard you in all your ways;
    12 they will lift you up in their hands,
        so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
    13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
        you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

    14 “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
        I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
    15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
        I will be with him in trouble,
        I will deliver him and honor him.
    16 With long life I will satisfy him
        and show him my salvation.”

  • Romans 10:8b-13

    “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.” 12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

     

  • Luke 4:1-13

    Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

    Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and at the end of them he was hungry.

    The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, tell this stone to become bread.”

    Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’”

    The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor; it has been given to me, and I can give it to anyone I want to. If you worship me, it will all be yours.”

    Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.’”

    The devil led him to Jerusalem and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down from here. 10 For it is written:

    “‘He will command his angels concerning you
        to guard you carefully;
    11 they will lift you up in their hands,
        so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

    12 Jesus answered, “It is said: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

    13 When the devil had finished all this tempting, he left him until an opportune time.


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Many of us are haunted by our pasts. We have done some horrible things. We have failed to do some good things. We experience the heartache of missed opportunities. During the season of Lent, we are encouraged to unsubscribe from allowing the past to be the prime mover in our lives. The blood of Jesus washes us clean and launches us into to newness of life.

Sunday, March 10th, 2019

by Dion Frasier