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Book of James, Paramahansa Yogananda, Max Lucado


Dear Readers,

Well, the subject of temptation isn't very "sexy," although the temptations
themselves hold great allure. But since we rarely struggle to desire those
kinds of things, I doubt we need any inspirational quotes on how to sin!
(Hmmmm...let me think...nope, don't need that!)

So instead, here is a fresh look at what temptation isn't. Often when we
explode our misconceptions about a subject, we uncover a lively truth.

Have I tempted you enough to read about temptation?

- Lisa

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St. James the Just: The Book of James most likely was
written by this James, who was a relative of Jesus
and a pillar of the early Christian Church.

Let no one say when he is tempted, "I am tempted by God";
for God cannot be tempted with evil and he himself tempts no
one; but each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed
by his own desire. Then desire when it has conceived gives
birth to sin; and sin when it is full-grown brings forth death.

Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. Every good endowment
and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father
of lights with whom there is no variation or shadow due to change.

Behold, we call those happy who were steadfast. You have heard
of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of
the Lord, how the Lord is compassionate and merciful.

James 1:13-17, 5:11
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition


Desires are the most unrelenting enemies of man;

he cannot appease them. Have only one desire:
to know God. Satisfying the sensory desires
cannot satisfy you, because you are not
the senses. They are only your
servants, not your Self.

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Indian yogi and guru


If God does not tempt us, then why pray, "Lead us not
into temptation?" These words trouble the most
sophisticated theologian.

But they don't trouble a child. And this is a prayer for
the child-like heart. This is a prayer for those who
look upon God as their Abba...

The phrase is best understood with a simple illustration.
Imagine a father and son walking down an icy street. The
father cautions the boy to be careful, but the boy is too ex-
cited to slow down. He hits the first patch of ice. Up go the
feet and down plops the bottom. Dad comes along and helps
him to his feet. The boy apologizes for disregarding the warn-
ing, and then, tightly holding his father's big hand, he asks,
"Keep me from the slippery spots. Don't let me fall again."

...So we place our small hand in his large one and say,
"Please, Abba, keep me from evil."

Excerpted from "The Great House of God,"
by Max Lucado
W Publishing Group, 1997


...(F)irst make Thyself known to us -- that we  may
realize that Thou art more tempting than temptation...

Paramahansa Yogananda (1893-1952)
Indian yogi and guru

The Last Word:

Therefore confess your sins to one
another, and pray for one another,
that you may be healed.

James 5:19
The Holy Bible
Revised Standard Version

































































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

When you are arguing against Him, you are arguing against
the very power that makes you able to argue at all.

C. S. Lewis (1893-1963)
Irish scholar, novelist and Christian apologist


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