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The Earth Is The Lord's

And He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan
Mark 1:12-15

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Sermon Week First Sunday of Lent Cycle B

Scripture Summary Mark 1:13


A young man named Buddy had been working in the oil fields of New Mexico in order to earn money for college. One winter day, when he was ninety feet above ground on a derrick platform, Buddy slipped on some ice that had formed. He began to fall toward the ground until his safety rope took hold. He dangled precariously in the air for a long time before being rescued. Speaking about it later, Buddy could not stop saying how grateful he was to God for saving him. He said that he learned from the experience that he could trust God to watch over him. The friend with whom he was talking asked, "Did you ever fall again?" Buddy said, "No. After that experience I always took a hatchet and some sand with me up to the platform. I would chop the ice away and then spread the sand." The friend, half-jokingly, said, "If you really trust God to look after you, why do you take all of those precautions?" To which Buddy replied, "I trust God to look after me, but what I learned in that accident was that God is also trusting me to do my part." And God is trusting us to do our part as stewards of the feast of life.

"John" was one of the volunteer workers in the Stewardship Campaign of a large Church. Being a highly disciplined person, John meticulously carried out his responsibility. He visited each family that had been assigned to him, without exception. He called back several times if necessary if no one was at home. He filled out the record cards he had been given with great precision. He presented the Church's case for loyal support with great enthusiasm. His very last call was to an elderly woman who listened to his pitch for a while but then became very angry. She said to him, "John, I knew your grandfather, I knew your father and now you come along. You people are all alike. I've despised you for years and if you don't leave this house I'm going to [...]

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