The Desert Wilderness

You shall not put the Lord your God to the test

Luke 4:13
Luke 4:1-13

Sermon Week/Year

First Sunday of Lent,

Sermon Topic


A former Boston University President owned a very alert little dog named Clifford. Clifford had several good tricks in his repertoire, and he loved cheese. More than meat and bones, he loved his cheese. Clifford learned a little routine in which his master would tempt him with a generous piece of cheese placed between his paws, saying, “Now Clifford, you understand this is a matter of trust.” (In other words, don’t eat the cheese.) Whereupon, Clifford would turn his head to one side, getting it as far away from the temptation as possible. He would hold this position until the master said, “Okay, Clifford” and Wham! Gulp!: down went the cheese.

“Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.” The sixth and last petition of the Lord’s Prayer is, for many of us, the most difficult to comprehend. A post-graduate student who was working toward his doctor’s degree in Theology, discovered this to be true when he appeared before the faculty to…

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