Less Appetite...More Fulfiment

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21 February, 2021Pastor Mat von StankeAddition by Subtraction

They are found on our computers. Used by mechanics, health professionals, teachers, coaches and employers. Diagnostic tools. Their purpose is to determine a fault, exclude an illness, gain insight, highlight vulnerabilities, explain causes, aid in self-understanding, monitor situations, restore to original condition, promote well-being and improve life. They are gifts in our journey. In our spiritual walk, we also have a diagnostic tool that hightlights emptiness, exposes vulnerabiities, determines faults, gives insight into those deep places of the soul that are needing to be filled.   In the face of all that would lead us away from him or causes us to distrust his goodness & love, God comes in our tempted moments...to satisfy, fill, & repair all that is broken, empty, & weak...to take us deeper into his presence & power so that in Christ we receive less appetite & more fulfilment...eternally. We'll explore and experience that today.

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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled Matthew 5:6



Temptation is a tool developed and deployed by the devil but used by God to return us to the truth and certainty of who we are - a precious child whom the Father delights in and in whose presence we have nothing to prove, nothing to hide and nothing to fear.

Bible Reading

Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“‘He will command his angels concerning you,

    and they will lift you up in their hands,

    so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’”

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’”

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendour. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’”

11 Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.

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Do you remember this "Snickers Ad campaign. "You are not you when you're hungry." Is that you? Are you prone to becoming 'hangry'? Or irritable, or impatient, or easily annoyed. How do you react when your plans are interrupted? How do you respond when someone asks you for something that is more than you think you can give or more than you think they deserve? Deliberate discipleship is asking Jesus to deepen our trust and dependence on him and be present with compassion however life unfolds. It is asking Jesus to use us as he pleases for the purposes of his kingdom at whatever cost. It is asking Jesus to empty us of our plans and intentions to serve the immediate needs of those right before us. As Jesus works in us we discover that God meets our needs in the most unexpected ways for whenever there is less self and more sacrifice, God promises that there is always an abundance for all. We'll explore that today.

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(The disciples said) "Send the people away so that they can go to the surrounding countryside and villages and buy themselves something to eat.”

But he answered, “You give them something to eat.” Mark 6:36-37


Interruptions are opportunities to participate in and witness the generosity of God's every day present grace in every day ordinary life.


1. Finish the sentence: “When I am interrupted, I _________.” (what would be your general response)

2. If Jesus told you to “sit down” while he miraculously met your most immediate need; what would he do for you?

3. What is the 'five loaves and two fish' that you can offer to God this week so he can bless others through it?