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  • February 5 2017 “Lift Your Lamp” - Matthew 5:14-16   “You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. No one after lighting a lamp puts...
  • February 19 2017 “What You Have Heard” (part 2) - Matthew  5:38-47  (Responsive) Listen to the teaching of Jesus!  “You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for...
  • February 26 2017 “Got Worries?” - Matthew  6:25-34     Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body,...
  • March 5 2017 - Matthew  4:1-11 Narrator:            The Spirit leads Jesus out into the desert to focus his resolve for the journey ahead of him.  He went without...
  • March 12 2017 “Need a Lift?” -  John 3:1-17 Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus by night and said to him,...
  • March 19 2017 “Give Me a Drink” - John 4:5-30    “The Woman at the Well” 5 So he came to a Samaritan city called Sychar, near the plot of ground that Jacob had...

Upcoming Church Events

Date/Time Event
03/26/17 9:45am Sunday Service
03/28/17 6:15pm-7:30pm T.O.P.S.
03/28/17 7:00pm Bible Study
03/29/17 7:30pm AA
03/30/17 11:00am Janet and Jim in Office
04/02/17 9:45am Sunday Service
04/04/17 6:15pm-7:30pm T.O.P.S.
04/05/17 7:30pm AA
04/06/17 11:00am Janet and Jim in Office
04/09/17 9:45am Sunday Service
04/11/17 6:15pm-7:30pm T.O.P.S.
04/11/17 - 04/12/17 7:00pm-8:00pm Bible-based book study
For a complete calendar see the events page by clicking Events on the top menu for a complete calendar or click Read More below for a chronological list.

Bible Study

Our church has a wonderful Bible Study group that generally meets every 4th Tuesday of the month from fall through spring.
We are a very friendly and somewhat informal group of folks that just love to get together to read and learn from God's word.
We would be so pleased if you would join us to share thoughts, questions, and insights concerning the teachings of our Lord.
Click the read more link below to view our blog with upcoming study information and highlights of past studies.

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Contact Information

Byron First Presbyterian Church

Street Address:

6293 West Main
Byron NY 14422
Mailing Address:
PO Box 206
Byron, NY 14422-0206

Phone: 585-548-2800

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The Jan-Feb newsletter is available online as a special web version.
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9 Nicodemus said to him, “How can these things be?” 10 Jesus answered him, “Are you a teacher of Israel, and yet you do not understand these things? 11“Very truly, I tell you, we speak of what we know and testify to what we have seen; yet you do not receive our testimony. 12 If I have told you about earthly things and you do not believe, how can you believe if I tell you about heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven except the one who descended from heaven, the Son of Man. 14 And just as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him may have eternal life. 16“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. 17“Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. [John 3:9-17]

Although this part of the story contains one of the most memorized verses in all the Bible, let’s focus on “lifting”. Moses lifted the serpent in the desert and Jesus is lifted on the Cross. What in your life needs lifting? Some of the things that weigh us down seem to hard to lift. But as Jesus is lifted, those burdens of ours are lifting, too. What do you need lifted in your life?
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Jesus answered him, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born from above.” 4 Nicodemus said to him, “How can anyone be born after having grown old? Can one enter a second time into the mother’s womb and be born?” 5 Jesus answered, “Very truly, I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and Spirit. 6 What is born of the flesh is flesh, and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not be astonished that I said to you, ‘You must be born from above.’ 8 The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.” [John 3:3-8]



Jesus answers, but Nicodemus is stuck on the logic of the answer, not yet ready to grasp the spirit of it. Now, some would say that spiritual rebirth is the only way to be an authentic Christian, but I think there are plenty of other images consistent with Jesus’ teaching, that get at what Jesus is trying to convey to Nicodemus. The spirit that Jesus describes could involve a moment of rebirth, but it could also be a journey, it could be a gradual feeling of waking up, it could be the feeling of being under water and surfacing for a fresh breath, it could be a series of different moments that accumulate meaning over time. This is how Jesus answered Nicodemus, but how might he answer your questions?
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“Nicodemus came to Jesus by night and said to him, “Rabbi, we know that you are a teacher who has come from God; for no one can do these signs that you do apart from the presence of God.” [John 3:2]



A good way to get into this story is to think about what question you might have for Jesus. Nicodemus had his question, something along the lines of “Who are you and why do you do the things you do?”. You might have a different question. What would it be?
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“Now there was a Pharisee named Nicodemus, a leader of the Jews. 2 He came to Jesus by night …” (John 3:1-2)



We will breading the entire story in John 3:1-17, but let’s start with the beginning. Nicodemus visited Jesus at night, most likely because he was afraid for his reputation. If people saw him with Jesus he would be criticized and ridiculed. How about you, are you afraid to be seen with Jesus? Or, more to the point, is there something about Jesus thatmakes you want to keep your connection with him hidden?
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"I made the devil do it"

Matthew 4:1-11: Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came
and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of
bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “Again it is 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 splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it
is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’ ” Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.

My friend Alex, while driving with me to our session meeting many years ago, noticed my frustration with all of the red lights we had to stop for. He blamed the devil for placing all those red lights to keep us from getting there. It seemed to me that Alex was putting the devil on the same level as God. God is powerful, but the devil is equally powerful, and all we can hope is the God will win today's tug of war. How much power do you give to the devil? Maybe Geraldine should have been more honest and said something like "I made the devil do it". Do you give up your power too quickly?
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"The devil made me do it?"

Matthew 4:1-11: Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came
and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of
bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “Again it is 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 splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it
is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’ ” Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.

Is temptation something only within yourself? Or is there someone you can blame for placing temptations in front of you? The devil appears in this story as the personification of evil. Is the devil the one at fault for exploiting our weaknesses? I remember the comedian Flip Wilson whose character Geraldine was quick to blame the devil for everything she did wrong: "The devil made me do it". But that seemed to remove all personal responsibility for dealing with the temptations we experience. Are we truly helpless, or do we have strength?
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Matthew 4:1-11: Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished. The tempter came
and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of
bread.” But he answered, “It is written, ‘One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ ” Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple, saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down; for it is written, ‘He will command his angels concerning you,’ and ‘On their hands they will bear you up,
so that you will not dash your foot against a stone.’ ” Jesus said to him, “Again it is 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 splendor; and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! for it
is written, ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve only him.’ ” Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.

Quick! Name three things that tempt you. Feel free to add a few more, or even a few thousand more to your list!

Would you consider these three temptations "small" or "big"? A small temptation would be along the lines of "should I eat that cookie or not?" A big temptation could be "should I live in fear or hope?" Which means some temptations are in your power to control, but others might be called systemic or structural temptations that are very difficult for one person to stand against when everything is set up to distract or defeat you. How shall we handle the big temptations?
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Matthew 6:25-34
25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you
will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food,
and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap
nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more
value than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of
life? 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field,
how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory
was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is
alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you--you
of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we
drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things;
and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first
for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will
be given to you as well. 34“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.
Today’s trouble is enough for today.
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