A sermon starter and commentary by Marvin McMickle on 2 Corinthians 5:20b–6:10, for Ash Wednesday in the African American Lectionary.
Temptations and Triumphs of Ministry
Living one’s baptismal identity and sharing in God’s mission is fraught with treacherous temptations and profound triumphs.
Temptation, sin, confession: the beginning of Lent
Richard Culbertson comments on the Lent 1A texts (Genesis 2:15-17, 3:1-7; Psalm 32; Romans 5:12-19; Matthew 4:1-11), highlighting important Lenten themes of sin and temptation. Includes discussion questions.
Temptation of Jesus
Sermon helps for Matthew 4:1-11 (Jesus' temptation): key words and phrases, summary of the main point, connecting to Epistle reading (Romans 5:12-19) and to everyday experience.
Temptation at Forty
Sermon on Luke 4.1-13 highlights "Temptation at 40." Beginning with the 40s of the Bible, sermon discusses temptation, what it means to have bread, the nature of salvific suffering (as opposed to heroism) and glory.
Jamie Jenkins lets us know that there are two things you can count on in life besides death and taxes. The first is temptation and the second is the presence and power of God to resist...
Temptation of Jesus
Commentary by Gregory of Nazianzen on Jesus' temptation: The water and the Spirit given in baptism serve as protections in the face of temptation.
Temptation at Forty
In this sermon on Jesus' temptation in the desert (Luke 4:1-13), Arthur Landwehr observes that often temptations look more like opportunities—for security, power, and privilege.
Explaining that temptation is a pursuit of the temporal over the eternal, this sermon by Katerina K. Whitley on Matthew 4:1-11 discusses Jesus' decision to live with faith that God is in control and deserves service.
This devotional on Mark 4:1 sees the temptation of Christ as evidence of Jesus' full humanity. Because Jesus was truly tempted, he knows how we feel, and he can help.
Temptation of Christ
This 2001 sculpture by Timothy P. Schmalz depicts the temptation of Christ from Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, and Luke 4:1-13, taking the viewer on a visual narrative through our Lord’s own journey of temptation.
Temptation, Salvation, and Eschatology
This commentary reflects on the psychology of temptation (Genesis 3:9-15), universal cry for salvation (Psalm 130), the will of God and Jesus' eschatological message (Mark 3:20-35), and resurrection faith (2 Corinthians 4:13-5:1).
Full Text Hymns on Temptation
Yield Not to TemptationPD
When Trials and TemptationsPD
In time of temptationPD
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Temptations of the Election Cycle
Douglas Sousa's reflection on Deuteronomy 26:4-10 and Luke 4:1-13 emphasizes temptations that Christians face when it comes to political involvements and encourages us to be politically active in response to Jesus’ call to service.
Temptation and Expulsion from the Garden of Eden
This 15th century woodcut by an unknown German master depicts the temptation of Adam and Eve and their expulsion from the Garden of Eden.
"Before working any miracles, before speaking any parables, before gathering any disciples...Jesus confronts Satan's greatest weapon." This daily meditation on Mark 1:12-15 includes prayers and reflection on temptation and what it means to refuse it.
This reflection on Mark 1:12-15 encourages us to deal with temptation the way Jesus did: by trusting in the word of God and not in our own strength.
This 2004 painting by Wayne Forte depicts the temptation of Christ from Matthew 4:1-11, Mark 1:12-13, and Luke 4:1-13.
A poem about temptations and Christ emptying himself for us unto the cross.
‘Temptation of Christ’ in Global Art
This blog post highlights art from across the globe that depict the temptation of Christ in the wilderness and its connection to the High Priest who has been tempted in every way (Hebrews 4:15).
In this reflection on Mark 1:12-15 we see through the temptation of Christ the urgency of our own decision either for a life of faithful obedience or selfish personal pursuit.