Putting the Lord to the Test (Sermon)

This is an adapted form of the sermon I preached this morning, the First Sunday in Lent. The gospel text was Luke 4:1-13.  When I think about this gospel story, I often picture Jesus sitting in the desert, and then the devil arrives, walking close to him, whispering temptation after temptation in his ear. And … Continue reading Putting the Lord to the Test (Sermon)


Forty is a very important number in the Bible. During the flood, the rain fell for forty days and forty nights. The Israelites walked from Egypt to the promised land. It took them forty years. Moses was "with the Lord" on Mt. Sinai for forty days and forty nights while he awaited the Ten Commandments. Goliath challenged the Israelites for forty days … Continue reading Forty