temptation…

But one is tempted by one's own desire, being lured and enticed by it; then when that desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin, and that sin, when it is fully grown, gives birth to death. Do not be deceived, my beloved. James 1:14-16 NRSV All too often... we don't want to take responsibility… Continue reading temptation…

the wilderness…

The good news according to Mark... the story of Jesus... next leads us into the wilderness... Read Mark 1:12-13 in your Bible... or click the Scripture reference to read online... Immediately after baptism... the Holy Spirit drove Jesus into the wilderness... drove... the Greek translated here is a force-full word... ekballo... 1 to cast out, drive out, to send… Continue reading the wilderness…

temptation… an important reminder…

Tempt... the word and the topic... for the children's after school Bible lesson ... Jesus's forty days of temptation in the wilderness the story... I'm reminded as I teach... and share with the second graders... It's not a sin to be tempted... and I ask... Do you believe it...? They look at me funny... some half raise… Continue reading temptation… an important reminder…

does it matter…?

The thought flashed through my mind today...Does it matter...?The it of Bible study writing...blogging on two blogs...prepping for prayer...And really... I know what brought on the thought...weariness...driving home from the shop...but my day not yet done...When the work is all unseen...really nothing to show for it...nothing tangible... visible...except words on paper...when the world is all… Continue reading does it matter…?