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March 5, 2019

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. (Matt. 4:1, NIV)

Jews of the first century would have been astonished by this statement! They never imagined that the Messiah could actually be tempted by the devil. A lot of us are pretty amazed, too. The most interesting feature to me, however, is that fact that Jesus was led into the wilderness by God’s Spirit. Something needed to transpire there spiritually. We have just finished a sermon series on calling. Jesus was “called” by God to go into the wilderness. If disciples are called to follow him, then there will be times that we are called into a wilderness time as well.

Actually, we need wilderness time. In the church year the season of Lent is a time for stepping back and reflecting more deeply on our spiritual journey and what it entails. Where do we need to be going? Where is God trying take us? Where are we being held back in some way?

Jesus spent 40 days in the wilderness. Lent is a 40-day season of reflection leading up to Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday, which is tomorrow, March 6. This year we have set up a 7-station exercise as a way to help you mark the beginning of the season and focus your heart on a spiritual course of growth. Each station allows you a time of guided reflection as you retrace Jesus’ steps and temptations in the wilderness. You can take as little or as much time as you want, and you can go through the middle stations dealing with Jesus’ temptations in any order you want.

The stations will be set up at The Point from 10am until 7:30pm tomorrow. A guidebook will be provided in addition to the instructions provided at each of the stations.

If you want to come and have preschool children, there will be a room set up between 10 and 11am for your little ones where adults can watch them while you go through the stations.

If you plan to bring elementary age children with you, the best time to come would be after school, between 3 and 5pm. We will have a child-friendly booklet available to help walk your children through the process. However, this is a more reflective and quiet experience for our church members. You know your child best to be able to determine if this would be a positive experience for them.

For some of you this will be a new and different kind of experience. I hope many of you will be able to take advantage of it. I think it will spiritually enhance your appreciation of the Lenten season.

Yours for the journey,

Frankly Speaking ©2019, Frank Boswell | office@huntvalleychurch.org | (410)-771-0690 
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