To Be A Saint

**Be off, Satan** (Matthew 4:10).

Matthew 4:10
Genesis 2:7-9,3:1-7; Psalms 51:3-6,12-14,17; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11

Sermon Week/Year

First Sunday of Lent,

Sermon Topic


To celebrate their newly acquired freedom almost ten years ago, thousands of Czech citizens gathered in Wenceslaus Square in the City of Prague. They sang a song made popular in more trying times:

May peace be with this land!
Let hate, envy, fear and conflict pass!
May they pass!
May they pass!

In the midst of the celebration, a Czech citizen said to a New York Times reporter, “You Americans have known freedom for many years. We have known it for only a month.” But, whether we’re American or Czechoslovakian, whether we’ve had freedom for a month, a year, or always, we need to ask ourselves the question, “Freedom for what?”

Freedom is what a society makes of it. Freedom is what each member of a society makes of it.

Freedom is not some final condition that guarantees the well-being of those who enjoy it. Freedom is not a panacea. What counts, ultimately, is how we exercise our freedom — the kind…

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