The gospel and epistle readings today speak of challenges. Whether of the fig tree or of Israel in the wilderness. Challenges come in two ways: as temptation and as a test. Temptation is the strong desire to sin or do wrong. A test is a tough situation to prove our love for God, and our trust in him. Temptation is usually from Satan. Test is usually from God. To deal with temptation; go away from the individual, object and venue of temptation, and stay away. To deal with a test; confide in your pastor, family or friends. In both cases of temptation and test, always pray together, read the Bible more and get attached to church group and activities.
(Luke 13:1-9, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13)
Sermon from The Table on 3/24/19.