Tag Archives: temptation

  1. Recognizing and resisting temptations (Matthew 4.1-11) [sermon 1-20-19]

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    January 22, 2019 by jmar198013

    Right after Jesus was baptized, the Holy Spirit led Jesus out into the wilderness. Not to commune with God, but to be tempted by the devil. Why would the Spirit do that? And what can we learn from this story about how to recognize and resist temptations?

  2. Led into temptation (Luke 4.1-13) [Sermon 02-14-2016, Lent 1c]


    February 11, 2016 by jmar198013

    Jesus taught us to pray, “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.” But in Luke 4.1-13, Jesus is led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. These temptations are meant to persuade Jesus to take an easier, softer way than the way of the cross. They are shortcuts that embody “ends justify the means” thinking. And they appeal to comfort, power, and security.

    This story should prompt us to examine what means are willing to use, or to justify, for the ends of comfort, power, and security? What shortcuts are we willing to take in our pursuit of those things? Perhaps we should pray: “Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from shortcuts.”



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