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'Repent or perish': it sounds really harsh. Sounds like bad news. In Luke 13 Jesus pulls no punches.

But the other side of the coin is 'Repent AND flourish.'  God is inviting us into LIFE: not just survival, but flourishing, full, fruitful life.
Isaiah 55 shows us this flourishing life, and offers us many wonderful promises of God, as it calls us into repentance.
This sermon was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church on Sunday 28th February, 2016.
It can be used in conjunction with the Prezi zooming visuals found at this link.

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The bible says Jesus was tempted in every way, as we are, yet without sin.
I don't know about you, but I've never been tempted to turn a stone into bread.

So how do Jesus' temptations during his 40 days in the wilderness relate to our own temptations?

As we explore Jesus' temptations a bit more deeply, we find that they arise because of problems that are common to all human beings.
The problem of provision.  The basic question is - How will I live? Will God provide? The temptation is to believe the lie that God is not good.
The problem of power. The basic question is - what will I worship? Is God in control? The temptation is to believe the lie that God is not great - and to take matters into our own hands.
The problem of pain. The basic question is - why must I suffer? Does God care? The temptation is to believe the lie that God is not loving.
Jesus knows that temptation, and any battle with evil, is not a power encounter but a truth encounter. He stands up against every lie with the truth - the Word of God. And through his overcoming of evil, proves to us the truth of God - that God is good, that God is in control, and that God is loving.

This sermon was preached at Pakenham Lakeside Church ( www.pakenhamlakesidechurch.org.au )on Sunday 14th February, 2016 (Lent 1).
It can be used with the Prezi zooming visuals found at this link.


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