God’s provision for sexual temptation

It is no revelation to say that we live in a sexually-provocative culture. The clothing and entertainment industries are highly sexualized, romance novels with sensational covers abound, advertisers use sex to sell virtually every category of product, news programs are filled with sexual content that would have been considered inappropriate for airing a generation ago, […]

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Prayer and temptation

I’ve been to the Grand Canyon once.  I was in my early 20s and was just there for one afternoon while on a cross-country trip.  Because I wasn’t sure when or if I would ever return, I took many pictures.  But I wanted only the pure beauty of the canyon; I didn’t want man-made objects […]

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How Christ resisted temptation

The New Testament is clear that our Savior did not sin (cf. Mt. 5:17-18; Heb. 4:15; 7:26; 2 Cor. 5:21).  However, the question is how did He not sin?  Did He rely on His deity and use His divine power to keep from sinning?  If so, it is hard to conceive that such obedience can […]

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Who made David do what he did?

Late in David’s life, he make a foolish and sinful decision.  You would expect a man to mature with age and his decision-making to become more God-honoring the older he gets, and in some regards, that was the way David lived.  But not on this day.  As David prepared to transition the kingdom of Israel […]

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How to Overcome Temptation

From Desiring God: Meet Ben Stuart. He leads Breakaway, a campus ministry at Texas A&M University. Over the past decade, Ben has taught the Bible every week to thousands of students in the throes of college life, often speaking practically into their sins and struggles. In this short video, building off the Book of James, […]

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Grab bag

“When Your World Caves In” (Paul Levy) — a sober reminder of the cost of sin in general and the cost (and protection against) sexual sin in particular:  “Recently I’ve spent some time with two friends who were in ministry but have fallen morally and so now find themselves out of a job that they loved, […]

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Standing against temptation

A father and son were on an errand to the grocery store for a loaf of bread.  Of course the bread aisle was in close proximity to the donut case and very quickly the inevitable request was voiced.  And that dad, being a “dad,” allowed him to get one.  While they were getting into the […]

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Protect yourself

To protect itself from aggressors, the Texas horned lizard (more commonly known as the horny toad) uses some unique defense mechanisms, as the Smithsonian reported a few years ago: When the creature is threatened by a large predator, it runs through an elaborate behavioral repertoire. First, the lizard will hiss and swell its body with […]

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How Satan tempts

His name means “adversary.”  He is a slanderer, a liar, and a deceiver.  He lives to lead people astray from the truth.  He is crafty and cunning in all He does.  Just as Christ is trustworthy in all that He does, so Satan is untrustworthy in all that he does. But how does Satan tempt […]

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An example and a hope

The Old Testament can sometimes seem obscure and difficult to understand.  There are all the laws, sacrifices, and festivals in the Pentateuch that often seem quite disconnected from where and how we live, then there are some weird stories in the historical books (e.g., Judges 19 and 21), and it all culminates in the prophets […]

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