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Five Lessons we should learn from Christís time in the Wilderness
http://www.integratedcathloliclife.org ^ | February 17, 2013 | Deacon Mike Bickerstaff

Posted on 02/22/2013 2:48:16 PM PST by NKP_Vet

In the Gospel of Sunday of the First Week of Lent, we are given a lesson of what it takes for us to attain salvation through the saving work of Jesus Christ.

“Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil. He ate nothing during those days, and when they were over he was hungry” (Luke 4:1-2).

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"In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." - John 1:1-4
1 posted on 02/22/2013 2:48:19 PM PST by NKP_Vet
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we are given a lesson of what it takes for us to attain salvation through the saving work of Jesus Christ

The difference between Catholics and Protestants. Protestants would say that Christ HAS obtain salvation for us.

2 posted on 02/22/2013 2:59:46 PM PST by HarleyD
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**Protestants would say that Christ HAS obtain salvation for us.**

So Protestants can then go out and abuse children, kill priests, be an adulterer, lie, slander, abandon their parents, not keep holy the Lord’s Day, not love God above all things ————————— and they are still saved?

Once Saved — Always Saved is nonsense in my thinking. We are all sinners.


3 posted on 02/23/2013 9:33:06 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Key Lessons to Remember

The lessons taught by our Lord through the example of His time in the wilderness include:

 
Christ in the Desert by Kramskoy
 

Deacon Mike Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life™. A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

He is a co-founder of the successful annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference; the Chaplain of the Atlanta Chapter of the Woodstock Theological Center’s Business Conference; and Chaplains to the St. Peter Chanel Business Association and co-founder of the Marriages Are Covenants Ministry, both of which serve as models for similar parish-based ministries.

4 posted on 02/23/2013 9:37:53 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Five Lessons we should learn from Christ’s time in the Wilderness
The Temptations of Jesus Christ
Christ's temptation and ours (Reflection for the First Sunday of Lent)
Christ's temptation and ours
THE PATHOLOGY OF POWER: 3rd temptation of Christ - Part 1
5 posted on 02/23/2013 9:39:44 AM PST by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Once Saved — Always Saved is nonsense in my thinking. We are all sinners.

Christians are nothing more than sinners saved by God's grace. We can and do murder, abuse children, lie, slander, think bad thoughts and all sorts of things. Even be busybodies. Funny that Peter should link the sin of murder to the sin of busybody. The only difference between Christians and non-Christians is that we don't make sin a practice. We repent and ask God for forgiveness because to us Christ is glorified. We HAVE OBTAINED mercy.

As far as Once Saved Always Saved as being nonsense, yes the doctrine is muddled. But I believe you'll find Perseverance not to be so...

As Peter states, Christians are a holy nation called out and set apart by God's grace. We may fall. We may stumble. And, like King David, we might even murder after the lust of our own hearts. Yet in spite of ourselves, God is always loving and gracious to bring us back to Him. We are a people who have obtained mercy-not by our doing but because God looked upon us.

Our salvation does not rest on how well we live for God. Our salvation rest on the perfect work of Christ. Our will should be to do His will. However, our evil nature gets the better of us from time to time. Even as busybodies-meddling in other people's affairs. But it is our assurance that when we stray, we know that He will correct us and brings us back. This is what a Good Shepherd does.

6 posted on 02/24/2013 3:12:24 AM PST by HarleyD
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