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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Sermon for Feb 27th - second temptation of Christ

11pm Saturday - I am not quite there with this one yet, it seems like it is missing something.  I have been reading commentaries to try to figure out what is missing.  In the meantime, I will post it, and you can read what I have so far.  If you are up late and you want to drop some thoughts, I would love your input.  

This series on the Temptations of Christ has been really fascinating to me.  There is a lot more to these interactions between the Devil and Jesus than I realized.

Its gonna be a great day tomorrow.  I can not wait to see where we end up going with this one.  Have you ever put God to a test?  Maybe you put a fleece out to see if God was really asking you to do something that you already knew for sure that He was asking you to do.  

Sermon for Feb 27, 2011

5 Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6 “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

   “‘He will command his angels concerning you,
   and they will lift you up in their hands,
   so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’[c]”

 7 Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’[d]” 

Step one: discern the sin

a) It is true - God will protect Jesus
b) Angels are available to God to send, should Jesus ask for them
c) There is an upside to such an act - thousands of people would see and worship Jesus as a result of this clear display of his identity.

But...It is not God's will that Jesus put himself intentionally in harms way in order to prove God's love for him.  

Step two: Where might we be tempted to do the same thing?

a) Some forms of anti-environmentalism show a "God will protect us, why should we worry" attitude.
b) Being reckless with our health is a way of saying "God will protect me."
c) Putting our jobs before our families, or our spouses, and saying "God will protect them" is not Biblical
d) Being careless in our worship of God and expecting to be given a "free pass" is very dangerous.

Step three: What does Jesus affirm in his decision not to put God to the test

1) That trusting God means a walking with conviction, not sensationalism
2) Since we know we have God's protection, there is no need to "prove it" to others, or ourselves.
3) There is a fine line between showing God's power (Elijah) and demanding God's favor (Ark of the Covenant).

Apply it to your life this week

1) Identify what areas of your life are reckless and undisciplined.  Particularly look for places where your pride allows you to continue that behavior.  Phrases like, "Others can't handle this kind of temptation, but I can."  "I know I am an idiot, but I am a lovable idiot."  "I will stop one day, but not today because..."
2) Name this reckless behavior as sin.  "For me to do stupid things and expect God to bail me out is clearly "testing God" and we are not to put God to the test.
3) Of particular concern in this passage is the kind of actions we do, thinking that God is pleased with our "faith" in his ability to save us.  This is where real discernment is necessary.  

Lots of stories in the Bible of people taking risks as a result of their faith - Peter steps out of the boat.  Shad-rack Me-shack and Abednigo stand when everyone else bows.  These are true acts of amazing courage.  

Samson continues to tell Delilah lies how to steal his strength from him.  She continues to ask the source of his strength.   Everything he says, she does.  Until finally he tells the truth.  He is overconfident and his story ends poorly.  

So what is the moral of the story.  Are we to stop taking risks?  Are we to live a boring, uneventful life?  On the contrary.  God has a life of incredible adventure that will unfold as we take steps to obey him.  

I don't know if I will include this video tomorrow, or just talk about it.  It is about a man that was arrested, his legs were broken and he was thrown in jail, and later on, Jesus visited him in jail will have to watch the video to get the rest.

Testimony of Brother Yun, Heavenly Man

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Friday, February 25, 2011

Mikey's Funnies is good today. Fwd: 02.25: A Learned "Funny"

As I look at this list, I have learned most of these.  I must be getting old.

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Date: February 25, 2011 1:30:02 AM MST
Subject: 02.25: A Learned "Funny"

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I've learned...
that you can do something in an instant that will give you heartache for the rest of your life.

I've learned...
that it's taking me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I've learned...
that you should always leave loved ones with loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I've learned...
that you can keep going long after you can't.

I've learned...
that we are responsible for what we do, no matter how we feel.

I've learned...
that either you control your attitude or it controls you.

I've learned...
that heroes are the people who do what has to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I've learned...
that money is a lousy way of keeping score.

I've learned...
that sometimes when I'm angry I have the right to be angry, but that doesn't give me the right to be cruel.

I've learned...
that true friendship continues to grow, even over the longest distance. Same goes for true love.

I've learned...
that just because someone doesn't love you the way you want them to doesn't mean they don't love you with all they have.

I've learned...
that no matter how good a friend is, they're going to hurt you every once in a while and you must forgive them for that.

I've learned...
that it isn't always enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you have to learn to forgive yourself.

I've learned...
that just because two people argue doesn't mean they don't love each other. And just because they don't argue doesn't mean they do.

I've learned...
that two people can look at the exact same thing and see something totally different. Same goes for hearing.

I've learned...
that I can be bitter or better.


In God's beanery being roasted to please His taste buds.


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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Today's sermon Matt 4:1-4 The Real Hunger Games

Matthew 4:1 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted[a] by the devil. 2 After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3 The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

 4 Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’[b]” 


The Devil combines the words Jesus has just heard from heaven, with a simple request for a physical need.  "Son of God" you need bread.

Without our ears attuned to God's voice, we might not even see the sin here.  The Devil is not tempting Jesus to sin, he is simply pointing out Jesus' identity, and then referencing the power that comes with the title.

But it is sin.  Will Jesus use his ability to transform rocks into bread to provide for his needs, or will he allow God's word to provide for his needs.

Notice the Bible says, "Not on bread alone..." So it is not a denial of our need for bread, it is instead an acknowledgment of where that bread comes from.  What is the source?

The Spirit sent Jesus into the dessert to fast and pray.  The Devil is hoping that while he is there he will change a few rocks into loaves of bread.  Because if Jesus is willing to do that, it would be an indication that Jesus is ready to create his own agenda, apart from God's.  He is willing to deviate from the plan, in order to meet his own needs.  To turn rock to bread at this moment would be saying to God, "I am hungry, and you are not doing anything about it, so I am going to take this one into my hands.  I will solve the problem."

How often do we do this.  God is not aware of my situation, and since he is not doing anything about it, I will take matters into my own hands.  And the whole time the Devil is cheering us on.  "Yes, that's it.  Turn that rock into bread!  You know that God knows that you are hungry, so how can this be a bad thing."

It can be a bad thing when we do not allow God to be God.  When we give our lives to him, we become dependent upon him for our marching orders.  "Not my will, but yours be done."  

Our father, who art in heaven, hollowed be thy name.  Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth, as it is in Heaven.  Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Jesus is aware of the Devil's scheme and his response is to quote the Bible.  In fact, he quotes the Bible in all three of these temptations.  And each time his quotes come from Deuteronomy.  One writer suggests that it is because the sermons at the local synagogue must have been on Deuteronomy, and that is why it is fresh in the mind of Christ.  I like that.

‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.  The image is that God's word is pouring forth, and is a source of strength.  

God's word satisfies our hunger.  It is a deeper hunger.  If you do not allow your soul to eat God's word, you will go looking for satisfaction in other places.  Your body will find other ways to occupy itself.  


1) Meditate on this- Jesus has been victorious where we have failed.  His perfect life is given in exchange for our sinful life, and we are credited with his righteousness.  So we stand and cheer and we watch this interaction take place in the desert.

2) Jesus lives as an example to us.  How can we become more like Christ?  We can spend more time in God's word.  We can acknowledge this truth, that God's word is more important to us than technology, or family, or friends, even the bowl of cereal we had this morning or the oxygen we are breathing.

3) A lesson about temptation.  James makes it clear that God does not tempt.  The Spirit leads Jesus into the desert so that He might be tempted by the Devil.  And Jesus overcomes the temptation through the power.  We must commit God's word to memory, so we are prepared when we are tempted.  We will continue to succumb to temptation until we arm ourselves with the one thing that lights the darkness, and makes clear the path we should take.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Brasil 2011 Team Update

Hey Brasil team,

Looks like a good year for Brazil.  We may be taking as many as people with us this year.

I have included below our training schedule, our application, and a link to plane tickets.

As a reminder, there are three things you need to be doing this week.

1) Fill out and return the application
2) Apply for your passport if you have not already done so.
3) Write a support letter.  

If you have questions, call me, 720-308-4051


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Mark Kraakevik
The EDGE Colorado - Live The Message

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Matthew Chpt 3. John the Baptist, Hellfire and Brimstone!

Sunday morning

Sermon about John the Baptist

Question: When you hear God's voice, what does it sound like? What do you hear?

Movements in this chapter (Matt 3)

Point one: John the prophet (doing what God called him to do...get ready for Jesus!)

Point two: John the weird man in the wilderness (living a "set apart" life)

John was committed to his cause. Sold out! A man of integrity.

Point three: John the harsh preacher "the coming wrath" (has no patience for the appearance of repentance/righteousness without true fruit)

John was not soft and cuddly, he was harsh, direct and intense.

Point Four: John the baptizer (the act of being baptized is a big deal)

He called people to baptism. He called people to radical life change.

There are at least 4 reasons Jesus came to earth. 1) to conquer evil 2) to die in our place 3) to set us free from slavery 4) to show us the way to live - This is the one that is represented here. Jesus is showing us how to live a righteous life. He is identifying with us and showing us how to be righteous. And in this case, that road leads to baptism.


1) Its time to get radical. Fulfill your life calling.
2) Its time to get real. There is a coming wrath, and for us not to tell people is irresponsible.
3) Its time for radical, real life change.

When you hear God's voice, what does it sound like? Is it urgent, is it firm, is it clear?

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Monday, February 07, 2011

Thursday, February 03, 2011

Winter is beautiful

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Wednesday, February 02, 2011