After the Temptation

The old saying is “It is easier to avoid temptation than to resist it.” And while that may be true, our real lives have shown is that we will most likely have to resist temptation more than we will be attentive enough to avoid it! But that isn’t all bad. The truth is learning to resist temptation builds those spiritual muscles that give me the confidence to grow in my faith and…

Surviving Temptation Means Preparing for Next Time!

My teenage daughter and I have some great conversations in the mornings when I take her to school. Recently, we talked about the importance of a foundation for our thinking and choices. I was encouraging her to learn HOW to think so that she can maneuver all of life’s situations with a consistency and strength. That means learning how to examine the WHY of my choices, feelings, and motivations. What shapes the…

The Temptation of Christ

What a provocative Gospel Lesson today! This is the passage that recalls our Lord’s 40 day sojourn in the wilderness after His Baptism. You know the story well. The Lord is led by the Spirit into the wilderness to pray and prepare for His public ministry that will eventually lead Him to the Cross, the Tomb, the Third Day rising, the Ascension, and, one day, the Second and Glorious Coming. While there…

The Devil Tempts the Lord

What a provocative Gospel Lesson today! This is the passage that recalls our Lord’s 40 day sojourn in the wilderness after His Baptism. You know the story well. The Lord is led by the Spirit into the wilderness to pray and prepare for His public ministry that will eventually lead Him to the Cross, the Tomb, the Third Day rising, the Ascension, and, one day, the Second and Glorious Coming. While there…