April 07 - “When Temptation Comes A-Knockin"





Readings: James 1:12-15 and Matthew 4:1-11


I know as we have been journeying through the Lord’s Prayer, you’ve all been waiting for the week when we could talk about…TEMPTATION!! As we consider temptation this week, there’s a little story written by Ray and Anne Ortlund about Toad and Frog:


Toad baked some cookies. "These cookies smell very good," said Toad. He ate one. "And they taste even better," he said. Toad ran to Frog's house. "Frog, Frog," cried Toad, "taste these cookies that I have made."

Frog ate one of the cookies, "These are the best cookies I have ever eaten!" said Frog.

Frog and Toad ate many cookies, one after another. "You know, Toad," said Frog, with his mouth full, "I think we should stop eating. We will soon be sick."

"You are right," said Toad. "Let us eat one last cookie, and then we will stop." Frog and Toad ate one last cookie. There were many cookies left in the bowl.

"Frog," said Toad, "let us eat one very last cookie, and then we will stop." Frog and Toad ate one very last cookie.

"We mus