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The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler

A Friend of the Devil

Matthew 4:1

1st Sunday in Lent - Year A

February 10, 2008

The Very Rev. Samuel G. Candler (TEC)

When I was seventeen years old-over five years ago-I gave up all my rock music albums. At seventeen years old I gave them away. I had quite a collection and I was a true fan.

But I grew more religious in those days. I paid more attention to the movement of God's Holy Spirit in me, and-somehow-I heard that I was supposed to give away all my music. I don't really know-to this day I do not know-whether it was the right thing to do. But it was sure the right thing at the time.

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The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler

What Will We Choose?

Luke 4:1-13

1st Sunday in Lent - Year C

February 25, 2007

The Rev. Dr. James B. Lemler (TEC)

There I was in the very wilderness where, by tradition, Jesus had been tempted by the devil. It was arid, it was isolated, it was frightening in so many ways. And there I was sitting in that wilderness on top of a camel. We were at a significant elevation on a steep hillside, and the pathway was oh so very narrow. The verse of Scripture that we heard on this first Sunday of Lent kept going through my mind, "God will command his angels concerning you to protect you… On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone." Luckily, that proved not to be necessary. The camel got me safely down the little mountain to the Bedouin tent and the waiting supper.

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