Sunday, February 21, 2021

Sunday Scripture & Prayer Requests

First Sunday in Lent

Christ in the Wilderness, Ivan Kramskoi, 1872,
Tretyakov Gallery, Russia. [PD-US]

The Spirit drove Jesus out into the desert, 
and he remained in the desert for forty days,
tempted by Satan.
He was among wild beasts,
and the angels ministered to him.

After John had been arrested, 
Jesus came to Galilee proclaiming the gospel of God:
“This is the time of fulfillment.
The kingdom of God is at hand.
Repent, and believe in the gospel.”

Mark 1:12-15

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  1. I love these Sunday reminders of who we are, that we're children of God, bound by faith, hope and love! Thank you, Debby! When I think of what Jesus did, I'm gobsmacked... but then, He's God. He's supposed to do big things! But then his cousin John... standing for the faith. Being killed for the faith. The power surrounding them from the government to temple leaders who feared the loss of power.

    And we see the same thing being played out today because so many humans lust for power or sex or money.

    And yet we stand firm in our faith and sisterhood and brotherhood.

    Because that's exactly who we are.

  2. I admit that sometimes I take who I am in Christ for granted, but we should always be gobsmacked! What a great word. To be freed from sin and assured of our eternity should always make us fearless. Thanks for that reminder.

  3. Ruthy and Glynis, I'm agreeing with both of you.

    The painting of Christ in the Wilderness is haunting and reminds me how much Christ suffered for I could have Eternal Life. I am so NOT worthy of his love!

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  5. Godsmacked!

    I wince as I can feel again being slapped in the face by the bishop during my confirmation!

    We would sing "Onward Christian Solders" each morning at the start of the class day -- warriors in our faith.

    Give me that old time religion!

    Glory be!

    The seasons may come and go but God is always in season.


    It will wake you up and show you the way.

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