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Susan Chrystal

Meditation: Mar. 5 Luke 12:22-32 (Susan Chrystal)

This week’s reading serves up a familiar set of verses: God feeds the birds and clothes the lilies of the field, so we can be confident that God will take care of us. In Luke’s rendering, it is a deceptively simple concept. And yet I’ve spent these first weeks of Lent discovering just how very difficult it is for me to follow in practice. Read more
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Scripture for the Third Week of Lent (Luke 4:9-13)

Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, Read more
Lynne Lewis

Meditation: Mar. 3 Luke 4:9-13 (Lynne Lewis)

I have always found the temptations of Christ an interesting section of scriptures. The devil tries bargaining and testing Jesus and it is all to no avail. If I didn’t know that the devil is a fallen angel I would think him a human. Read more
Lisa Basile

Meditation: Mar. 2 Luke 4:9-13 (Lisa Basile)

While I can’t say that anyone has ever asked me to hang from a church tower and jump, the feeling of being baited to do or say something that won’t be helpful to anyone is very familiar. There was a time when I didn’t see these moments coming. When a scene would happen, and I would take the bait and it wasn’t until it was over, that I could dissect it, understand the fear surrounding the interaction, and wonder why I took the bait…again. Read more

Meditation: Mar. 1 Luke 4:9-13 (Brian Bamforth)

In the beginning (to borrow a phrase from Genesis!), I found myself reading and re-reading these meditation verses from Luke, trying to link them to experiences or aspirations in my life. Eventually, I decided that for me, Jesus' words in verse 12 are the core of this passage. When is the devil “testing” me and when am I putting God “to the test”?“ Read more
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Meditation: Feb. 29 Luke 4:9-13 (Lydia Andersen)

Temptation! That word can lead me to the Hershey's minis in the candy aisle of the Shop Rite or it can remind me of Christ's rejection of Satan's wiles and offers of power
and luxury. Read more
Bill Jaglowski

Meditation: Feb. 28 Luke 4:9-13 (Bill Jaglowski)

After fasting in the desert for 40 days, the devil attempts to test Jesus. Are we not tempted in life? We are often fasting in our personal wilderness, seeking a greater meaning to our lives? The devil is always present, to tempt us with foolish acts. Are we tested as Jesus was, knowing that the devil will continue to test us? Do we tell the devil, as Jesus does, that it is wrong to test God? Read more
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Scripture for the Second Week of Lent (Luke 4: 5-8)

Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. Read more
Ken Boccino

Meditation: Feb. 27 Luke 4:5-8 (Ken Boccino)

The “Temptation of Jesus” is the title that is given to the section in Chapter 4 of Luke (verses 1 – 13).  After reading the entire passage, I started thinking abut what Satan was “tempting” Jesus with.  It was food, authority, glory and protection.  Under normal situations and circumstances, I wouldn’t necessarily believe that these things could be considered sinful and contrary to God’s desire for all of us. Read more
Tilly-Jo Emerson

Meditation: Feb. 25 Luke 4:5-8 (Tilly-Jo Emerson)

My chuckle when I read this passage may seem a strange reaction, but I am remembering a time long ago at St Georges when a few of us were teaching what we called "Monday School” (which was our reaction to the ...secular world where sports were scheduled on Sunday mornings). Read more