Temptation

Coal Into Diamonds

In the last half of John’s Gospel, Jesus spends a lot of time in the upper-room, talking to His disciples, preparing them for what is to come: His death and His Resurrection. He wants them to understand that no matter what happens, He will not abandon them. “I will come to you,” He tells them. …

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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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Thine Is The Power

In the last conversation recorded in Luke’s Gospel, Jesus talks to the disciples about His Crucifixion and His Resurrection. He opens up for them a deep understanding of these events. He tells them that as a result of His Crucifixion and Resurrection, they will be clothed with power from on high. They will be empowered …

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The Earth Is The Lord’s

A young man named Buddy had been working in the oil fields of New Mexico in order to earn money for college. One winter day, when he was ninety feet above ground on a derrick platform, Buddy slipped on some ice that had formed. He began to fall toward the ground until his safety rope …

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The Only Life You’ve Got

As Jesus hung on the Cross, dying, the people mocked Him, saying, “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Messiah of God” (Lk. 23:35). The Roman soldiers made fun of Him too. “If you are the King of the Jews, save yourself,” they jeered (Lk. 23:37). One of the great ironies …

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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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The Deciding Vote

An American philanthropist went to Israel to inspect several Houses of Worship to which he had been sending contributions. In an obscure corner of Negev he met with the rabbi of an impoverished synagogue. “We need more help,” the rabbi pleaded. “This place is falling apart and the congregation is too poor to do anything …

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If Not You, Then Who?

Professor Abraham Maslow, one of the most widely-read social scientists of our time, often challenged his students with questions like … Which of you is going to be a great writer? Which of you is going to be a great saint like Francis of Assisi? Which of you is going to be a great humanitarian …

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The Most Comforting Word

Dr. Wilfred Funk who became famous as a composer of dictionaries, once was asked to list the ten most expressive words in the English language. He gave the following answer: The most bitter word is “alone.” The most reverent word is “mother.” The most tragic word is “death.” The most beautiful word is “love.” The …

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To Be Or Not To Be King

Sean Connery and Michael Caine are the stars in an adventure film entitled “The Man Who Would Be King”, based on a story by Rudyard Kipling. Each plays the part of an ex-sergeant-Danny Dravot and Peachey Camehan-from Her Majesty’s Royal Army in India. Their love of adventure takes them on an arduous journey to the …

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