Satan

Person-to-person

Many months ago, the “Daily Oklahoman” newspaper ran a little tale about what happened when Satan agreed to be interviewed on the “Larry King” show … _What do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?” Satan was asked. The devil thought about it for a moment, then replied, “I always look back with a smile …

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Making A Comeback

According to an old rabbinical story… In a small East European country there lived a pious Jewish lad who wanted to become a Rabbi. He walked several miles each day, to and from the synagogue, for his Scripture lessons. Between the boy’s home and the synagogue there stood a fruit stand, owned by an atheist. …

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Don’t Panic

A married couple had lived together for twenty-five years in what outwardly seemed like a reasonably good union. The husband was a good provider. The wife was a good housekeeper. They went to Church together every Sunday and prayed together every night before they retired. But they did have one problem that seemed insurmountable. They …

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The Irresistible Temptation

Before Jesus began preaching the Gospel of God, He was moved by the Spirit of God to retreat alone into the desert for an extended period of self-examination. He was about to put His very life at risk for the sake of the Gospel of God. He was empowered by God to carry out His …

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Is This How You Love Me, God?

Repent! There is that command from the Lord Jesus again! It’s time to ask yourself once again, “What does repentance mean for my life? Does it mean anything at all for my life?” We may be a bit fuzzy on the meaning of repentance, but we can be certain that it involves more — much …

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Out Of The Ashes

There is a Lenten story about Satan, the ”master ~ seated on his throne. All the minor devils are gathered at his feet, waiting for instructions. Satan speaks: “Who will go out to work for the destruction of souls on earth?” One of the minor devils immediately answers, “I will, master, I will!” “How will …

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It’s Your Move

An older couple was driving down the road on a Sunday afternoon. He was driving; she was leaning against the door on the passenger’s side. They caught up to a very slow-moving car. A young man was driving; a young woman was cuddled up to him. Seeing this, the older woman looked across to her …

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What’s In It For God?

Have you ever wondered what kind of man Judas was? Have you ever wondered what he looked like, who his friends were, what his personality was like? He has been pictured, mostly as a wiry, beady-eyed, sinister-looking fellow, distant from the other Apostles — isolated. Did you ever wonder if the real Judas actually fit …

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What’s In It For Me?

It has been said that “millions of Christians live in a sentimental haze of vague piety, demanding little except lip service to a few harmless platitudes. It is much safer, from Satan’s point of view, to vaccinate a person with a mild case of Christianity so as to protect that person from the real disease.”1 …

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Moment Of Truth

In the Manchester Art Gallery in England there is a painting by Spencer Stanhope entitled, simply, “Eve.” In it the serpent is whispering ideas into Eve’s ear. You can tell from the look on her face that she likes what she is hearing. She is enticed by the ideas. Unseen by her, the serpent is …

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Our True Nobility

In a book called “One Hundred Years of Solitude,” the author gives a fictional account of what happened when a strange disease invaded the Village of Macondo, Columbia. So powerful was the sickness — a form of insomnia — that every person in the village became infected. No one could sleep because the disease made …

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Lay The Bright Temptation Down

In today’s Gospel Lesson, Jesus moves from the banks of the Jordan River (scene of His baptism) into the dry, barren, lonely wilderness. He had heard His Father’s voice from the heavens: “You are My Son, the beloved; My favor rests on You” (Lk. 3:22), and in these words, His ordination was complete. Now His …

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To Be A Saint

To celebrate their newly acquired freedom almost ten years ago, thousands of Czech citizens gathered in Wenceslaus Square in the City of Prague. They sang a song made popular in more trying times: May peace be with this land! Let hate, envy, fear and conflict pass! May they pass! May they pass! In the midst …

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A Family Affair

One Sunday afternoon, a Washington, D.C. pastor received a telephone call from a woman parishioner. “I heard you preach this morning and I thought the sermon was fine,” she said, “but I object to your use of masculine pronouns every time you refer to God. It’s always ‘He’ or ‘Him,’ never ‘She or Her’.” And …

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You Must Remember This!

There is an old legend about St. Martin of Tours and his encounter with a mysterious visitor: One day as St. Martin sat in his prison cell, a knock suddenly came at the door. Instantly a majestic figure entered his cell. St. Martin asked, “Who are you?” “I am the Savior,” was the reply. St. …

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