Temptation...

What tempts you?… Most of us are tempted by something! I can think of a few things that tempt me… a “Hot and Now” Krispy Kreme doughnut, Chick-Fil-A nuggets, hot pumpkin pie and whipped cream… the list goes on and on. ‘Wonder why I associate temptation with food? Probably because temptation has to do with being “baited”. In fact, when James, in the Bible, talks about temptation, he uses a fishing term, “enticed”, which means “to bait.” Take a look at this verse: 14 but each person is tempted when they are dragged away by their own evil desire and enticed. James 1:14 The dictionary defines temptation as a desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise. Indulging ourselve

Life is hard

The verdict is in…. Life is hard! Maybe you’ve heard. In fact, chances are close to 100% you have! No doubt, we all experience our share of hard knocks in this world. When James talked about them in the Bible, he said we would face trials of “many kinds.” Those will include relational, emotional, physical, financial, and spiritual… yeah, James is right, no doubt we will face our share. Maybe you are facing one today or you have just come through one or you have one looming. James offered a compelling challenge when he said: “Consider it pure joy,… whenever you face trials…”. James 2:2. On the surface, that might seem impossible. How can I consider a trial a joy? Notice that Ja

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