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Looking Toward Sunday, January 19, 2020

Presbyterian churches have been challenged by the Rev. Diane Moffet, the Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, to explore what it means to be a Matthew 25 church. (You can read Matthew 25 here. But in the Cliff’s Notes version, it’s about paying attention to the workings of God, using our talents, and caring for the least of these.) Throughout the spring, we will join many sister churches from across the denomination in exploring the gospel according to Matthew. This week, we encounter the passage that falls between Jesus’ baptism and the start of his ministry — his time in the wilderness.

I don’t know if you have ever experienced voices in your head telling you that you’re not good enough, or that you need to show the world what you’re made of. I sure have. Our inner monologue can be rather loud sometimes with our shadow voices measuring our worth against those around us. This week, we get to see what happens when Jesus hears the voice of temptation calling him to prove himself, to choose riches over God.

Join us Sunday, as we explore what we can do when the monster of comparison takes over our minds. How do we turn those voices off and dwell in the promises of God that God is enough for us, and God created us with goodness and beauty.

Scripture: Matthew 4:1-17

Sermon: “Enough.”

I am grateful to be able to open God’s word with you each week. See you Sunday,