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No army general worth his salt enters a battle without a plan. He knows his strengths, his weaknesses, his tactics, his contingencies. Most of all, for his plan to be successful, he’s got to know his enemy. If he doesn’t, even his best intentions won’t keep him from being quickly destroyed.

When it comes to battling temptation in our lives, many of us assume that good intentions are sufficient. We really do want to overcome temptation. But then Satan comes after us, and before we know it, we’re back to our old, sinful habits. We may be surprised at how little resistance we offered. We’re left feeling defeated.

As long as we’re awaiting the resurrection, we’re going to have temptations. And we’re going to stumble—sometimes quite often. But we don’t have to throw our hands up and simply give in. If we know a little about Satan’s tactics, we can have much more confidence when he attacks.

1. Satan puts question marks in your life where God has put periods.

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Your weekly installment of what we’ve been reading (and watching) around the web.

Articles of the Week

Reflections on House Bill 2, Chris Pappalardo & J.D. Greear. Earlier this year, Governor Pat McCrory signed into law House Bill 2 (HB2), a piece of legislation that aimed to “create statewide consistency” regarding public restrooms—specifically, to codify into law the notion that men cannot use women’s restrooms (and vice versa). The bill was attacked from many quarters as a bigoted and discriminatory anti-LGBT maneuver. While the arguments about HB2 never completely subsided, they did wane … until this week. Earlier this week, the NCAA and the ACC announced that they would be removing many of their championship games from North Carolina. The decision, which will lose the state millions of dollars, has re-ignited the debate about the meaning of HB2. More discussions will be necessary in the days to come. But as a first volley, we offer the following resources from around the web to help Christians think through the issues surrounding this debate.

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On March 23 of this year, Governor Pat McCrory signed into law House Bill 2 (HB2), a piece of legislation that aimed to “create statewide consistency” regarding public restrooms—specifically, to codify into law the notion that men cannot use women’s restrooms (and vice versa). The bill was attacked from many quarters as a bigoted and discriminatory anti-LGBT maneuver.

While the arguments about HB2 never completely subsided, they did wane … until this week. Earlier this week, the NCAA and the ACC announced that they would be removing many of their championship games from North Carolina. The decision, which will lose the state millions of dollars, has re-ignited the debate about the meaning of HB2.

More discussions will be necessary in the days to come. But as a first volley, we offer the following resources from around the web.

Continue Reading…

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