Body Disciplines

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Overcoming Temptation

“And he ate nothing during those days. And when they were ended, he was hungry. The devil said to him, ‘If you are the Son of God, command this stone to become bread.’ And Jesus answered him,  ‘It is written,  “Man shall not live by bread alone.”’” Luke 4:2-4 Jesus began his ministry by following the Holy Spirit’s guidance to pray and fast for forty days…

Slug g a r d . . .

Derek Kidner, in his 1964 commentary on Proverbs, writes about thesluggard (pp. 42-43): The sluggard in Proverbs is a figure of tragi-comedy, with his sheer animal laziness (he is more than anchored to his bed: he is hinged to it, 26:14), his preposterous excuses (“there is a lion outside!” 26:13; 22:13) and his final helplessness. Kidner identified four features of the sluggard according to…