The Born-Again Sermons, Part One: Temptation

 Pastor Chico Martin

March 5th, 2017  The 1st Sunday of Lent

Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. -Matt. iv. i.

 

All of us recognize our selfishness; all of us know how bad our heart feels when we give in to the temptation to satisfy our own desire at the expense of hurting another.  Scripture talks about temptation as a trial, test, ordeal or trap.  Sometimes temptation is personified as a temptor.  Other times temptation is identified as foolish and harmful desires, denial of faith, strangeness, wrong motives, pleasures of adultery, friendship with the world, a turn of heart, a wrong path, intent, enticement, shifting shadows… Continue reading

February 26, 2017: Transfiguration Sunday

PREPARED FOR LENT

A Sermon by Pastor Chico Martin

The focus of the Lenten season is renewal; specifically, we engage in the annual discipline of “walking in the way of the cross.”  We affirm the baptismal renunciation of evil and sin, by examining the interiority of our persons; and we share with the world the shine of the joy and light we put on our faces through daily “adherence to Christ.”

Lent is a season to feel the pain God suffered for our sakes, and to set aside the fear and anxiety that arise from the knowledge that we too are called to shoulder the weight of suffering.  This is the message of today’s Gospel [i]:   Continue reading