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Ever hear your inner voice chiding you to bite your tongue, don’t say a word!? Temptation convinces, cajoles, or even threatens us into inaction. But when, if ever, is temptation good? Should we routinely pray "Lead us not into temptation" or is greater self-reflection the antidote? Today, Pastor Tony Minear, Ph.D. wraps up his sermon series on the Lord’s Prayer and explores the meaning behind this line. Listen and discover the Bible’s rich heritage of a dualistic God actively imposing good and evil on humanity. Do we still consider God responsible today for both calamity and shalom in the world? Or is it time to rethink our passivity when trials come and discover the opportunity for self-awareness and growth that can occur when we let go of always playing the victim? Perhaps, there is freedom in reframing difficult challenges as tests to better see into ourselves and quiet that inner reproaching dialogue. Are you ready to transform The Lord’s Prayer?
Recorded live at Beatitudes Church in Phoenix, AZ on 09/26/21
Preaching: Rev. Tony Minear, Ph.D.
1st Reading: Excerpt from “Human Rites” by Hannah Ward and Jennifer Wild
Scripture: James 1:12-14
Scripture Reader: Janelle Tapphorn
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