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Lent Devotionals: Friday, March 10

Fake News….NOT
Over the past few months there has been a debate between the White House and much of America’s mainstream media.  The debate stems from what the White House claims to be “fake news.”  According to the claim, the reports being shared with the American public are without merit, they are based on falsehoods and half-truths.
I’m not here to debate either side of the argument or whether the argument carries any merit at all, for that matter.  I’m more interested in news I have complete confidence in, news that not only has earthly implications but eternal ones as well.
You see, news is only as reliable as the source or sources from which it comes.  Reports coming from people with questionable character, from people with their own agenda, from people with ulterior motives is, at best, biased and, at worst, false.
According to Mark’s gospel, Jesus spent forty days in the wilderness being tempted by Satan prior to his public ministry;

“At once the Spirit forced Jesus out into the wilderness.  He was in the wilderness for forty days, tempted by Satan. (Mk. 1:12-13a).”  Matthew and Luke provide a more detailed account.  But all three provide evidence of Jesus’ success against these temptations.  
In overcoming these temptations in his wilderness experience, Jesus earns credibility, integrity, and reliability.  Therefore, the “good news” he shares with the world after this experience is reliable, dependable, and trustworthy.
That’s the kind of news I can count on.  How about you?

God’s richest blessings to you all,
Pastor Scott

“Also, let’s hold on to the confession since we have a great high priest who passed through the heavens, who is Jesus, God’s Son; because we don’t have a high priest who can’t sympathize with our weaknesses but instead one who was tempted in every way that we are, except without sin.” (Hebrews 4:14-15, CEB)
Rev. Scott Goodfellow

Senior Pastor

Lent Devotionals: Thursday, March 9

I Need a Charger!

I think the most used phrase in our household is, “Where’s the phone charger?” or some variation thereof.  Our phones have become our lifeline, and when the power level of that lifeline is in the red we scurry around to find the one thing that can resuscitate the item that we somehow have come to view as our connection to the outside world.  Ok…I’m over exaggerating, but the fact remains that our spiritual lives are no different.
In our scripture for this coming Sunday, Moses and his “encouraging” band of followers find themselves in a time and place where they really are cut off from the rest of the world and are forced to rely solely on God’s provision. Were I in that situation, I would likely react in much the same way as they did…panic and complaining. 
The point is, that if we want to not only, live, but thrive we must have times and seasons where we are unplugged from our normal routine so that we can recharge.  Not all cell phones require the same type of cord to charge, and in much the same way we each have our own thing that helps us recharge.  For me, there is nothing like being in the middle of the mountains with a fly rod in my hand.  Just me and my creator, alone in the wilderness,  with only the sound of the creek gently flowing over the rocks will restore my soul like nothing else. 
Throughout these 40 days of Lent, I invite you on a journey.  What do you need to unplug from to recharge?  What do you need to plug in?  Moses and the Israelites were forced into the wilderness to meet God…what is your wilderness?
Rev. Corey Moses

Associate Pastor