Happy Monday

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Happy Monday is running a little late this morning. We blame the time change. No, that doesn’t happen for another week but we’re talking about changing time, the fact it hasn’t happened yet is irrelevant.

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The Temptation of Jesus

Jesus tempted by SatanI have written on this subject before but certainly not recently. This post from 2009 focuses on the nature of sin as the easy way out. Stealing is easier than hard work, one night stands are easier than putting time and effort into a relationship, etc. Just about every example of sin that can be listed involves an easier or quicker way of getting something that would take time, effort, patience or involve suffering to obtain otherwise. Is also involves settling for less than what God has in mind for us were we to to do it his way instead.

I want to focus here on Jesus’ responses to each of Satan’s suggestions. Read the story in Matthew 4:1-11 and notice some things with me. Continue reading

Happy Monday

rejoice and be gladThat verse has been used on more than one Monday morning but the imagery if different each time. We’re in full on autumn mode in these parts, despite the temps being unseasonably warm. The leaves are going right ahead like clockwork. Speaking of moving ahead, good to see you’re up. Let’s Happy Monday! Continue reading

From the Archives: Lessons from the Garden of Eden

I have been physically ill for much of this week and there hasn’t been a new post since Monday. I’ve been digging in the archives and to be honest probably don’t post “reruns” often enough. It’s been six years since this post was published. There is constant turnover online as blogs disappear and new ones are created. I certainly have many more friends and followers today than way back when. And of course some things are worth repeating. From July 2008, here is Lessons from the Garden of Eden.

 

7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. 8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed. 9 And out of the ground the Lord God made to spring up every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.    -Gen. 2:7-9

 

Lesson 1: We are special to God. Human beings are made in God’s image and likeness (Gen 1:26-27).  What does that mean exactly?  I’m not even sure.  People will tell you what it means, but truthfully, we don’t really know for sure.  We do that no other being in creation is described this way.  Continue reading

Wednesday Link List

Screenshot 2014-10-08 at 8.57.58 AMFollowers of our Facebook page know that every Wednesday we post a link to the Wednesday Link List via Thinking Out Loud. That site is acting a little buggy right now and the The Master’s Table page is not working at all. Not everyone is on Facebook so it’s good to share a little link love right here every now and then. I don’t know how he does it but Paul also posts every other day of the week, not just Wednesdays, so you might want to check out some of his other work as well.