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LENT 2020 The Goodness of God
March 1, 2020
First Sunday of Lent
"The Goodness of God...Over Sin"
Focus Scriptures: 
Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7
Matthew 4:1-11

Genesis presents both the placement of humankind within creation and the reality of sin that is part of life in the midst of that creation. Sin produces isolation, shame, and fear of God. Sin is also part of everyone’s life within creation itself. Jesus is led by the Holy Spirit out into the wilderness and faces temptations to: turn stones into bread, throw himself down to be rescued by God, and power over all the kingdoms of the world. By trusting in the power of God, leading of the living word, and staying focused on his true calling within creation Jesus is able to withstand all the temptations brought before him that day. Seeing the nature of Sin and the ability of Jesus to conquer this reality gives us confidence in the goodness of God over our sinful nature. We are being called into a deeper level of trust in the power of God’s goodness over the reality of all of our sin.

Daily Devotion
February 27, 2020
Mercy for Us

“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me.” Psalm 51: 1-3. We all fall short in our daily lives and the psalmist is correct when lamenting that our “sin is ever before” each of us. We should also remember the goodness of God that this psalm writer is praying to. Yes, our sin is real and present but so is the love, grace, and mercy of God who never leaves us. The journey of lent is about recognizing this reality in our daily living and letting that transform how we understand ourselves and the world. Prayer: “Draw me deeper into your grace, loving God, that I may understand your forgiveness of my sin. Amen.”

Written by Pastor Matt Henning


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