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The Great Escape

The things that tempt us are common to all mankind, and God promises to help us not yield to those temptations.

Look in your Bibles at 1 Corinthians 10:13. Paul says, "No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."

New father, Michael Breissen, was not about to let his wife's first Mother's Day pass uncelebrated. But she was a nurse and on that particular Sunday was working at the local hospital, and they weren't able to celebrate together at home. So Michael plunked new son, Jason, in the baby carrier, drove to the hospital, and in front of patients and he surprised Miriam with candy and flowers and balloons that said, World's Greatest Mom.

It was a great Mother's Day. But after celebrating, it was time for Miriam to go back to work and Jason and Michael to go back home. Michael gathered all the things that had been part of the celebration: the candy, flowers, and balloons. It wasn't as much fun taking those things out to the car as it was taking them in to the hospital for the surprise. He begrudgingly tossed the candy on the front seat and got the flowers arranged on the floor where they wouldn't tip over. He pulled the balloons in out of the wind and got everything arranged, and headed home.

That's when life got interesting. People began to honk their horns and flash their lights at him. He didn't realize what was going on until he hit 55 miles per hour on the highway. He heard a long scraping noise go down the roof, followed by a loud thump. He watched in horror in the rearview mirror as the baby carrier bounced off the trunk onto the highway and began to toboggan behind the car.

Michael screeched to a halt. ...

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Bryan Chapell is the senior pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Peoria, Illinois.

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I. The Apostle Paul makes it clear that sins and temptations are common to all of us.

II. Temptation isn't just common to us, but common in us.

III. Temptation has terrible power…and effects.

IV. While temptation is common, God is faithful.