March 10, 2019
I need to tell you something I should have years ago. And that is, if you are looking for Pastor Ken Lunsford, it is doubtful he will be at home.
Now don’t get me wrong, I love to talk with people, and I don’t mind the phone calls from friends or congregation members looking for Ken. I am happy to chat with a wrong number. But they won’t find Pastor Ken at home!
The general public thinks ministers’ only work on Sunday or perform the occasional funeral or wedding. They are mistaken. Most Pastors are busy visiting the sick and dying, helping with transients or the homeless, counseling with both church members and non-members, researching the scriptures for a sermon, being part of community activities, and many other things. And now you know.
The invention of the cell phone is a wonderful aid in tracking pastors and husbands in general.
I served as Worship Leader this past Sunday and read the scripture lesson from Luke 4:1-13.
Irene Sohm will have heart surgery this week in Duncanville. She is looking forward to feeling much better and having more energy. We are all praying that the surgery is a success and that Irene comes home soon.
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Rev. Ken Lunsford preached on temptation and Jesus’ time in the wilderness when the devil came to tempt Him.
We all know what it is to be tempted, even Jesus was tempted.
Luke tells us that immediately after His baptism, that Jesus, who was full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for forty days. Christ ate nothing during that time. The devil told Him to turn a stone into bread, but Jesus said, “Man does not live by bread alone.” The devil kept on offering things to Jesus and He kept on refusing them.
Jesus surly frustrated the devil and the devil left Him until an opportune time. The devil did not quit, he just made a strategic retreat.
Jesus knows the power of temptation over the human soul. On the night He was betrayed He told His disciples to “Pray that you may not enter into temptation.”
We need to heed Christ’s teachings and rely on God whose power is greater than the tempter and can give us victory over every evil.