How Temptation Works

Photo by Agafonova Photo on Pexels.com "God blesses those who patiently endure testing and temptation. Afterward they will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.  And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.” God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts …

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Widows

Photo by Benjamin Lehman on Pexels.com "Honor widows who have no other family members to care for them. A woman who has no other family members to care for her and who is left all alone has placed her hope in God and devotes herself to petitions and prayers night and day." I TIMOTHY 5:3, 5, …

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Love

Photo by Pixabay on Pexels.com "Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud  or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged.  It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out.  Love never gives up, never loses …

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After the Kiss

A month had passed since the cocktail party and after trying rather unsuccessfully to get Melania to see him or to answer his calls, he finally heard from her. She called him that morning and asked him to meet her outside of the office building where she worked. The call was brief and Melania hung …

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It Was No Use

Try as she did, Leticia couldn't stop thinking about Patrizio and what he had asked her the last time they saw each other. He had asked, "...is there still hope for us?” It struck her that she hadn't said "no." Instead, her answer had been, “I don’t know.” Why hadn't she just said no, there …

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Patrizio Goes to Leticia

"What are you doing here, Patrizio?" "I needed to see you." "Why?" "I didn't like how things were left between us the last time we saw each other." "They were left the way they were because you wanted to think about breaking off your engagement even though you and I both know that it's the …

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A New Lease on Life

Some years ago, I was down in the dumps because I found out that my girlfriend, Rachel was cheating on me. I was hurt and livid. After I tore into her, I left her flat and drove for how long, I don't remember. I was tempted to go to a bar and get plastered but …

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Love Compels Us

Because we understand our fearful responsibility to the Lord, we work hard to persuade others. God knows we are sincere, and I hope you know this, too.  Are we commending ourselves to you again? No, we are giving you a reason to be proud of us, so you can answer those who brag about having a spectacular …

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The Lord Will Hear

For in You, O Lord, I hope; You will hear, O Lord my God - Psalm 38:15 When I read this, I thought of blind Bartimaeus. He sat begging on the road and when he heard that Jesus was in Jericho, he cried out, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Many of the people in the crowd told him …

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