Reminders · Sin · Temptation · Truth

temptation… an important reminder…

Tempt… the word and the topic… for the children’s after school Bible lesson … Jesus’s forty days of temptation in the wilderness the story… I’m reminded as I teach… and share with the second graders… It’s not a sin to be tempted… and I ask… Do you believe it…? They look at me funny… some half raise…… Continue reading temptation… an important reminder…

Faith · Perseverance · Temptation · Weary

does it matter…?

The thought flashed through my mind today…Does it matter…?The it of Bible study writing…blogging on two blogs…prepping for prayer…And really… I know what brought on the thought…weariness…driving home from the shop…but my day not yet done…When the work is all unseen…really nothing to show for it…nothing tangible… visible…except words on paper…when the world is all…… Continue reading does it matter…?

Faith · Growth · Holy Spirit · purpose · Spiritual Discipline · Temptation

sometimes… His way is just counterintuitive…

Teaching fourth graders Bible today… we talked about temptation…and Jesus’s bout with it in the wilderness… right after His baptism…Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wildernessto be tempted by the devil.Matthew 4:1 NIVI asked the question… Who led Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted…?Not one… but two said… Satan… The devil…Then I…… Continue reading sometimes… His way is just counterintuitive…

Enemy · Intercession · Temptation

three days…

Three days… till Christmas…What more can get done…?What more can be said… about Him…the Babe who came down like dew…to teach us… show us… love… and how to…?He came to bring justice…fulfill the law… as only He could…interceding between Creator and created…He came to make peace…He not only stands between us and the Father…He stands…… Continue reading three days…

Battle · Defeat · Temptation · The Journey

The Journey Readings: Week 59… and defeated believers…

The Philistines drew up in line against Israel, and when the battle spread, Israel was defeated by the Philistines, who killed about four thousand men on the field of battle. And when the troops came to the camp, the elders of Israel said, “Why has the Lord defeated us today before the Philistines? Let us…… Continue reading The Journey Readings: Week 59… and defeated believers…

Journeying · Settling · Temptation

beware settling… for where you are…

Israel settled down and remained…Numbers 25:1 AmpSettling down… sounds good to most of us…We long for routine…Knowing what’s next… brings a sense of security…Change can be exhausting…The problem with Israel’s choice to settle… was that they were on a journey… and not yet to the end…They had not reached the Promised Land… the place where…… Continue reading beware settling… for where you are…