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16 March 2014

Sermon: Lent 2A (OT)

16 March AD 2014
The Second Sunday in Lent

Title: Blessed (MP3 Audio)

Abram's Caravan Summary: God blessed Abram and through him blessed all mankind. Abram didn’t earn the Lord’s favor — he received it as gift and thus also became a gift to future generations. This wasn’t because of what he did but because of what God did through him.

The Lord promised a landless man a homeland and guaranteed a family to a man without children. Thus did God also provide a homeland and a family for His Son — and an eternal family and an everlasting homeland for all who would, like Abraham, trust His promises and believe in His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Text: Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother’s son, and all their possessions that they had gathered, and the people that they had acquired in Haran, and they set out to go to the land of Canaan.

When they came to the land of Canaan, Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land. Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your offspring I will give this land.” So he built there an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

From there he moved to the hill country on the east of Bethel and pitched his tent, with Bethel on the west and Ai on the east. And there he built an altar to the Lord and called upon the name of the Lord.

And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb. (Genesis 12:1-9)

Scripture quoted from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

Audio: Click to hear the MP3 of Blessed.

NB: For some reason, a few people have had problems trying to play the inline audio if Windows Media is their default MP3 player. If this occurs, you can either change to QuickTime or another default browser player, copy and paste the link directly into a selected player, or download it to your computer, where it seems to work regardless of which player. Several folks have suggested VLC Player from VideoLAN.

Other Readings: Psalm 121; Romans 4:1-8, 13-17; John 3:1-17

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