02: Baptism and the Temptations – Thought Starters

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1. The luminaries. What important personalities seemed to create a circle of history around the death and resurrection of Jesus? Why was it important for Luke to include the names or these people such as Tiberius Caesar, Annas and Caiaphas in his introduction (first verses of Luke 3) at the start of his account of … [Click to read more …]

Authority and Power Over Temptation


One day at work many years ago, my boss crossed the line and really upset me. I felt I was being pressured beyond what I could endure. I was about to march into my boss’s office and spew out a series of un-Christlike words. Not that it is wrong to confront your boss when he … [Click to read more …]

03: Enduring Temptation – Hit the Mark

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For the last two weeks I have been engaged in a war of wills with a family of squirrels. Those cute little creatures always scampering about my yard had now become my opponents. Unbeknownst to me these creatures had taken up residence in my house. My wife had suggested some time ago that there could … [Click to read more …]

03: Enduring Temptation – Thought Starters

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Introduction. “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.” James 1:12. What does our love for God have to do with victory over temptation? Will we be tempted even if we love God supremely? Will we be … [Click to read more …]


In his book, The Three Edwards, Thomas Costain tells the story of three kings of England from 1272 to 1377 all of whom were conveniently and confusingly named Edward. According to a well-used illustration from Costain’s book, in the mid to late 1300’s, there was a Duke Raynald III. He was extremely overweight. He was … [Click to read more …]

How Do We Know What’s Really Real?

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I began collecting baseball cards when I was 11, and Topps was the only baseball card company.  Soon after that, Donrus and Fleer joined the baseball card-making industry. In order to compete with the unwelcome newbies in the market, Topps started printing on their baseball card packages, “The Real Ones!” Even at 11, I knew … [Click to read more …]