Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit in the wilderness, where for forty days he was tempted by the devil. He ate nothing at all during those days, and when they were over, he was famished. The devil said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become a loaf of bread.” Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone.’ “
Then the devil led him up and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And the devil said to him, “To you I will give their glory and all this authority; for it has been given over to me, and I give it to anyone I please. If you, then, will worship me, it will all be yours.” Jesus answered him, “It is written,
‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’ ” Then the devil took him to Jerusalem, and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down from here, for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you, to protect you,’and ‘On their hands they will bear you up, so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus answered him, “It is said, ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ ” When the devil had finished every test, he departed from him until an opportune time. Luke 4 1:13
Have you ever had one of those days?
You know, one of those days where if it could go wrong it did. One of those days where it seemed as if the entire world had decided that on THAT DAY every single person was going to get on your very last nerve. One of those days when the light at the end of the tunnel was in fact the headlight of and oncoming train.We all have had those days, and we read in this text from Luke that even Jesus was having one of those days. He had just come out of the waters of his baptism, and he was driven into the wilderness where he came face to face with Satan. After forty days of fasting and walking, Jesus is met by the one who thought that he was weak and weary and that he would fold.
An Opportune Time
“Have some food…I know that you are hungry…”
“Have some power, Only I can give you real power”
“Become popular, and everyone will worship you…”
But Jesus knew that none of those things were true, and that only God had the real power. So the text tells us that the devil left him until a more opportune time.
Guess what folks? We are that more opportune time. Satan is trying to convince us that we are weak, that we are weary and that we should give up on God and simply follow his lead. He is causing us to have “one of those days” over and over again, so that we will give on on God and enjoy the promises that Satan has to offer.
But here is a fact for you. The battle for your soul has already been won. Jesus’ death and resurrection sealed that deal a long time ago, and you are free to live your life OUT LOUD knowing that no temptation, no matter how great the offer, will ever be able to separate you from the Love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
So shout, “Get behind me Satan!” and walk in the light of the Cross. Because that headlight in not an oncoming train, but it is the Light of Christ, coming after you.
Soon we will start to hear the birds chirping in the early mornings and the days will begin to get warmer – its time for spring. Most people do a spring cleaning of their homes to get rid of unwanted clothing, shoes, old toiletries and spruce up their homes.
Well don’t forget about your medicine cabinet. Be sure to dispose of expired and medications you no longer use properly. There will be a National Prescription Drug take back day on April 27, 2019.
Tips for dropping off unused or expired medication(s)and over-the-counter (OTC) medicines:
- While not required, it is best practice to cross out your name(s) and address with a permanent marker on all medication labels.
- The bottles are not examined when removed from the drop-box and are safely and securely destroyed.
- Sharps (needles) are not accepted at any drop-box location.
- For medications in cartons, remove the outer carton, but leave medications in the original bottles, as it was prescribed.
- Please don’t dump pills into large bags. We discourage this in case someone is stopped by law enforcement. (If you are stopped, they should inform the officer of their intent to dispose.)
- For large drop-off amounts or any other questions, please contact the location nearest you to see specific location criteria.
Medication Drop-off Locations and Times
National DEA Take Back Day 2019 – April 27 2019. Visit their website for additional info and a Collection Site locator.
The Souper Bowl of Caring is an annual event at Grace bringing together everything that makes a great event – food, fellowship and a great cause. We gather to enjoy breakfast cooked by our youth and support the North Raleigh Ministries Food Pantry with our donations. This year’s event was no exception!
Here are a few pictures from this recent event that raised $ 1080.00 to fight hunger in our community.
The 2019 event was held on Sunday, February 3rd . We’ll catch you again on Super Bowl Sunday next year to do it all again.
The History of the Souper Bowl of Caring
Visit the Souper Bowl of Caring website to read more about the history of this unique movement and its impact in our world since 1990.
An annual physical with a primary care MD is a good way to stay healthy and proactive.
- Make it a goal to get a physical with your primary care provider annually. Sometimes its easiest to schedule this around your birthday so you don’t forget.
- There are certain screenings that need to be done annually or less often so it’s important to talk with your primary care provider about when you need to be scheduling things like colonoscopies and mammograms.
- Women, especially child bearing years, should also see someone for their routine gynecological care. This can be with your primary care provider or an OB/ GYN MD.
- Make sure you are up to date on all vaccines. This can be discussed with your primary care provider as well who should have a record of them.
- In the fall mark the calendar to remember to get your flu shot.
Other Healthcare workers you should see are:
- Dentist: You should make sure you have appointments to see you dentist at least 2 times each year for a basic cleaning and exam.
- Eye Doctor: Most adults should see an eye MD annually as well.
Don’t have a Primary Care Doctor…
If you don’t have a primary care provider contact your insurance company to see who is in network. Local hospitals have doctor referral information on their websites so you can get a list of providers that are accepting new patients .
In February 2019 our Stewardship focus will be Habitat For Humanity of Wake County.Continue reading
Greetings from the Grace Health Team! Often when it’s the start of a New Year people come up with New Year’s Resolutions.Continue reading
It is never too soon to start planning for summer fun!
Agape Day Camp is back once again! Grace Lutheran and St. Philip Lutheran are teaming up to host Agape Day Camp again this year! This unique program led by Camp Agape counselors offers a weekly long program of songs, games, Bible studies, nature activities, crafts, skits, and more!
Who: Rising 1st through 5th graders (this is a program that must adhere to the age minimum and maximum)
What: Agape Day Camp
Where: Grace Lutheran Church
When: June 24-28, 2019, 9 AM til 3 PM
Program Fees: $105 per child
Need based scholarships are available, please contact Caity Stratemeyer
Registration fees also include snacks for the week and a Day Camp t-shirt. Campers need to provide their own sack lunch.
Summer programs fill quickly and many parents need to plan their camp schedules early. Let us know if your child will participate. Registration forms and at least a $50 deposit will reserve your spot!
Space is limited.
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