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Week of February 15, 2016
That You May Know… He understands temptation
Hebrews 4:15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin
Monday [Luke 4:1-2]

Adult Connect

Sometimes we are led into the wilderness because of the Spirit not necessarily for our sins. We often wrongly believe that it is always our sin that leads us into difficulty. In contrast to this, the Bible clearly shows us that we have moments where the Spirit leads us into the wilderness that we may know our Lord helps us overcome our temptations and trials. If faced with difficulty today, let the testing of your faith prove your confession to your Lord.  

"My temptations have been my Masters in Divinity." (Martin Luther)

The “Masters in Divinity” is the gold standard of theological education. Luther recognized his temptations as a change to grow in his faith.

Youth Connect

You may have a low grade in a particularly difficult subject. You have studied all night and you need a good grade to bring your average up. This has been a very difficult semester and you feel like you are in the wilderness. The temptation to cheat presents itself and now you have a choice to make. Will you take the easy path and fall into this temptation or will your faith endure? The test you take in class may be a testing of your faith. We find ourselves in trials everyday where we have a choice to bring glory to our Lord or fall into temptation.  Although Jesus was led by the Spirit remember he also teaches to pray: lead us not into temptation (Matthew 6:13).  

James 1:2-3 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

Temptation is when we have the option to choose doing right or wrong. It’s important to remember that the wrong choice isn't always a bad choice. For example, choosing to play video games isn't necessarily bad, but choosing to do that instead of cleaning your room is choosing to give in to temptation.

Parents, this is a really good time to emphasize knowing the difference between right and wrong.

Barnyard (Preschool)

Temptation is when we have the option to choose doing right or wrong. It’s important to remember that the wrong choice isn't always a bad choice. For example, choosing to play video games isn't necessarily bad, but choosing to do that instead of cleaning your room is choosing to give in to temptation.

Parents, this is a really good time to emphasize knowing the difference between right and wrong.

Prayer Connect

Take time to pray and ask the Lord to lead you not into temptation but deliver you from the evil one. Also pray that when we are led into the wilderness the testing of your faith will result in obedience to the Father.    



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Tuesday [Luke 4:2)

Adult Connect

A pastor once said the devil HITS when you are hungry, isolated, tired. The strength of temptation is often found in your moments of weakness. We see this in Scripture. Jesus was tempted when isolated in the wilderness and after a lengthy fast. Do you find yourself hungry, isolated or tired? Remember: even in your weak times God is stronger than our temptations.

“If we do not abidein prayer we will abide temptation” (John Owen)

Youth Connect

Most believers would not openly want to jump into sin, yet often times we cannot resist falling into it because our flesh is not strong enough to resist. We place ourselves in situations or fill our minds with lustful passions, and that leads us into sin.

Matthew 5:29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell.

This seems drastic! Sin can destroy us if we don’t set up drastic measures to avoid it. Jesus is not saying that we literally need to remove body parts. Jesus is teaching us that if necessary, a drastic measure should be taken to avoid sin. If you know you are tempted by certain sin how are you establishing boundaries to help you fight temptations?

Matthew 26:41 Watch and pray that you may not enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.”

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

Take a moment to think about the choices you struggle with. Maybe it’s choosing play time over homework, or maybe it’s talking back when your mom/dad has asked you to do something? No matter what you struggle with you can always seek God’s help through prayer and reading the Bible, because God is stronger.

Parents, can you identify some things your child struggles with? Do you have struggles that you are passing on to your children? Its never too early to help identify your kid’s problem areas.  

Barnyard (Preschool)

Think about the story The Three Little Pigs. In the story there are three pigs who build their own houses. The first two pigs quickly built their houses so they could play the rest of the day, but the third pig took time to build the strongest house. When the wolf came, he was able to easily blow down the first two houses, but was unable to blow down the house of the third pig. There are several things we can learn from this story, but let’s focus on the patience of the third pig. The third pig made the choice to take the time to build the best house. He could have been like the other two pigs and quickly built a house so he could go play, but the house wouldn’t have been able to withstand the wolf.  

In the Bible we read that Jesus was tempted to hurry, but he made the choice to not give into temptation. Parents, we encourage you to slow down in the fast-paced world we live in and teach your kids that sometimes waiting for things yield better results than instant gratification

Prayer Connect

Take time to pray and ask the Lord for strength in the weak moments and areas of your life today.



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Wednesday [Luke 4:3-13]

Adult Connect

Temptation is temptation because it is tempting.  Henbry Ward Beecher once said, “all men are tempted. There is no man that lives that can't be broken down, provided it is the right temptation, put in the right spot.” In Luke we find Jesus being tempted to turn stones into bread during his fast, quickly gain worldly authority, and choose comfort over the will of His Father. Yet, in all of these temptations Jesus proved that He is our High Priest without sin. Remember today: outside of Jesus Christ there is no man or life that cannot be broken down provided the right temptation.

Youth Connect

We live in a free market society. Most teenagers will encounter over 3000 advertisements a day. The formula for most ads is: You are not happy. You will be happy if you purchase this product.

Very often, temptation comes with a fake promise that may give you satisfaction temporarily. Remember that the devil is a “Liar”, and wants you disobey and alienate yourself from God, sin often comes with secrecy, cover-ups and separation. Remember Jesus overcame temptation and provides a way out for you.

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

Think about the story The Three Little Pigs. In the story there are three pigs who build their own houses. The first two pigs quickly built their houses so they could play the rest of the day, but the third pig took time to build the strongest house. When the wolf came, he was able to easily blow down the first two houses, but was unable to blow down the house of the third pig. There are several things we can learn from this story, but let’s focus on the patience of the third pig. The third pig made the choice to take the time to build the best house. He could have been like the other two pigs and quickly built a house so he could go play, but the house wouldn’t have been able to withstand the wolf.  

In the Bible we read that Jesus was tempted to hurry, but he made the choice to not give into temptation. Parents, we encourage you to slow down in the fast-paced world we live in and teach your kids that sometimes waiting for things yield better results than instant gratification

Barnyard (Preschool)

Think about the story The Three Little Pigs. In the story there are three pigs who build their own houses. The first two pigs quickly built their houses so they could play the rest of the day, but the third pig took time to build the strongest house. When the wolf came, he was able to easily blow down the first two houses, but was unable to blow down the house of the third pig. There are several things we can learn from this story, but let’s focus on the patience of the third pig. The third pig made the choice to take the time to build the best house. He could have been like the other two pigs and quickly built a house so he could go play, but the house wouldn’t have been able to withstand the wolf.  

In the Bible we read that Jesus was tempted to hurry, but he made the choice to not give into temptation. Parents, we encourage you to slow down in the fast-paced world we live in and teach your kids that sometimes waiting for things yield better results than instant gratification

Prayer Connect

Take time to pray and ask the Lord to help you build spiritual boundaries for times of temptation. Jesus responded to temptation with the Word of God. May we infuse our lives with the truth of the Scriptures.



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Thursday [Luke 4:2-13]

Adult Connect

How do we respond to temptation? Jesus responded with the Word of God. Have you hidden His Word in your heart that you may not sin? The Bible is not simply a manual or guide for our lives. Even more than this, the Scriptures are living and active. As we live our lives facing difficulties, trials, and daily temptations, the holy Word of God also works in us through His Spirit to give you everything you need for godliness and a righteous life. Take time today to put God’s Word in your heart and meditate upon Hebrews 4:15.

"The reason why many fail in battle is because they wait until the hour of battle. The reason why others succeed is because they have gained their victory on their knees long before the battle came...Anticipate your battles; fight them on your knees before temptation comes, and you will always have victory.” (Reuben Archer Torrey)

Youth Connect

Are you prepared today for temptations that you may face tomorrow? We see in Luke the importance of prayer and the Word of God in our lives as deep roots that help us in times of difficulty. Each time Jesus was tempted He used the Word of God, “as it is written”. By quoting scripture, Jesus made it clear that there is something much more important than physical needs. It is the need to know the word of God.

“The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.” Dwight L. Moody

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

One way we can respond to temptation is by using self-control. Self-control is making the choice to do the right thing, even if it isn’t what you want to do. How did Jesus show self-control when tempted?

 “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” (Prov. 25:28, ESV)

Barnyard (Preschool)

One way we can respond to temptation is by using self-control. Self-control is making the choice to do the right thing, even if it isn’t what you want to do. How did Jesus show self-control when tempted?

 “A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” (Prov. 25:28, ESV)

Prayer Connect

Take time to pray over and through God’s Word today. Let the watering of the Word help you respond in righteousness to temptations.



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Friday [Hebrews 4:15]

Adult Connect

Jesus understands your temptations. We have no excuse because Jesus was tempted in every way that we are. We also have a Savior who knows our struggles and can show us the way of escape. Remember today that your temptations are known to your Savior. Let the one who knows your weaknesses carry you away from and give you victory over those things that compete for your allegiance and worship today.

1 Cor 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.

Youth Connect

Have you fallen into temptation? Do you feel like you have no way out? Remember Jesus was tempted and he understand and gives us triumph over our difficulties. Your struggles are real but know that you can have victory over your struggles. Victory is in Jesus because he provided a way.

“Many of us suffer from temptations from which we have no business to suffer.”  - Oswald Chambers

Clubhouse Connect (Kids)

Have you ever struggled to make good choices? How did it feel when you made the right choice? Sometimes the harder choice is the better choice. Always remember that Jesus understands and will help you make good choices. Parents, sometimes our kids do not realize that adults sin or make bad choices. Affirm/emphasize to your child that God helps you choose good.

Barnyard (Preschool)

Have you ever struggled to make good choices? How did it feel when you made the right choice? Sometimes the harder choice is the better choice. Always remember that Jesus understands and will help you make good choices. Parents, sometimes our kids do not realize that adults sin or make bad choices. Affirm/emphasize to your child that God helps you choose good.

Prayer Connect

Spend time praising the Lord in prayer today and thank Him for your salvation, deliverance, and victory over sin.   



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