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Matthew 4:1-11 (AS BUILT; #251 Amite; 3-5-17)

“advice vs Example”( follow advice, or follow example…)
… It’s the early 1900’s…. he goes by the name… ‘Chestnut’, he is one of eight children… born just outside of Dallas, Tx… he makes it only the 5th grade! His family moves to Dallas…and that is when things went south… you see he tried to make money selling turkeys…and then found out he could make stealing turkeys! Then he tried to rent cars…found out he could make more money…stealing cars! He made stealing cars… a new Profession!!! And while, chestnut is stealing cars… another guy… Henry…Henry Ford is trying to build cars… Did you know, that Henry Ford was a mechanical genius… he started out making watches and now…he is fixing, building cars… his business is doing ok, but he has not been at it long and he has been looking for someone to stand up and say… “Henry Ford’s cars are that Good”! He is looking for someone to put their stamp of approval on the car… to verify that is a good deal… to ‘INSURE’ potential owners that this car runs…and runs well!!! Henry Ford was up to about 60 a month in building cars… but he still lacked that seal of approval… that INSURANCE for his new owners… then one day his secretary walked in… Mr. Ford, you need to read this letter.. he reads it… and he can’t believe it…!!! This is the stamp of approval he has been looking for… this is the INSURANCE, if you will, that will make his cars become popular… he reads the letter out loud……..
“Dear Sir, While I have breath in my lungs, I want to tell you, that you make a Dandy of a Car! I drive Ford’s exclusively, when I can get away with them. With regards to Sustained Speed and Freedom from problems, you have them all skinned. Granted, that what I may do is not always legal, I just wanted to let you know you make a dandy of a v-8!

Yours truly,
Clyde chestnut Barrow

THE GOSPEL … IS kinda about Clyde, not really! For a first century jew… let us know this… 40 days of Christ is reminding them of 40 years in the desert, 40 days it rained on noah (Sundays too)… 40 days on the mountain top for Moses…elijah as well.. that Christ went to the desert to be tempted…The Good Lord goes into the Desert…. To meet with Lucifer… He does not wait for Satan to come to Him…and Lucifer tempts in 3 distinct ways… he, Lucifer proclaims… ‘Turn the stones to bread’…and when that doesn’t work…he works on Jesus’ desire… ‘If you desire, you could throw yourself down and the angels will save you…you will not even dash your foot’…and would that would not sell…he tries with the aspect of power… ‘Bow down and worship me…and I will give you all this…(show the entire kingdom with your hands…)…as if it was his to give…and this too fails… MISERABLY!!!! Does this temptation sound familiar….go back in time… to ... the very beginning…. To ‘IN THE BEGINNING’… TO GENISIS… Man and Woman are in the Garden……they see the fruit of the tree…’and it looks good…. It will taste good…’…then they see the tree with all the fruit and they want it…they DESIRE it…and if they eat of it… they will be ‘like god’….POWERFUL… My Friends in Christ… Don’t you see…. (show hands….) stones to bread…. Fruit of the tree…. Desire to be thrown down but not hurt…. The Desire to have the power over all these Kingdoms… the power to be like God, should you eat the fruit….
…the TEMPTATIONS show Christ was fully human… stones to bread… no food, kingdom is all yours… kingdom is the people, the devil will give them to God, so He will not have to suffer…no pain, throw yourself down… psalm 91 exorcism prayer…
What was true… IN THE …VERY BEGINNING… WAS TRUE 2000 YEARS AGO, IS STILL TRUE TODAY… THE 3 TEMPATIONS… ARE LUST OF THE FLESH, LUST OF THE EYES (DESIRE…) AND POWER…. The unholy Trinity! The short of it…it is all centered on PRIDE…. The table setter for the Seven Deadly Sins….
Pilate took the advice of the Jewish leaders… King Herod, took his own advice…. See where that took them… Simon of Cyrene led by example… pick up a cross not meant for you, today, 2000 years later we know his name…its in the book of LIFE… Arimathea… gave up tomb…talk about leading by example…
…SO HERE WE SIT SOME 2000 years later… how will you and I lead our families, our children, our coworkers, friends…. By advice or example!!!??? Will we tell people how to stop cursing by telling them to stop, or by example… will we tell people how to stop drinking by telling them or by example… will we will people how to stop gossiping by telling them, or walking away…by example… will we show our kids how important it is to go to Mass, go to confession by advice or example… will we show or tell our kids to drive better, make better friends, do what you promised to do…no excuses. By advice or example???
I LEAVE YOU WITH THIS… someday, fathers and mothers…you children will come to you for help… what do you wish them to follow your advice or your example?!
Amen!!!

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