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Lord, May We Not Crack Under Pressure - PB#58


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"Keep watch and pray that you will not give in to temptation. For the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak!" (Matthew 26:41)

Today, we had the national Capital Region Pastor's Prayer Summit. The theme was "Contending." We were reminded that we are called to contend for the faith and contend against the enemy. Although the situation we find ourselves in with social distancing is new, our enemy's tactics are the same as ever. He puts on the pressure in incremental amounts, almost imperceptibly until the cracks begin to appear. Unless we "keep watch and pray," isolation can quickly become a pressure cooker.

"Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil." (Ephesians 6:11.)

Prayer Points For This Week

Fireside Chat - Thursday 7pm EST

Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/862038098 Questions for Thursday based on last Sunday's message, "Lead Us Not."

  1. What are the differences between "formal equivalence", dynamic equivalence" and paraphrase?

  2. The NTE Bible translates Matt. 6:13 as; "Do not bring us into the great trial." What did that mean for the first-century disciples and Jesus?

  3. What does; "Lead us not into temptation" mean for us, the Church, in the 21st century?

  4. What are 3 areas of basic human need, and how does God provide fulfilment for each one?

  5. Where does James (1:14-15) say temptations come from and how does that relate to the basic human needs?

  6. How do we overcome temptation?

If you need to refresh your memory, you can listen to the message here:


Extra Trivia question: Which Saint is depicted in the woodcut above and why?

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