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Looking Back to the Future

Back in 1985, BACK TO THE FUTURE became the year’s highest-grossing movie. And in this sci-fi classic, small-town California teen Marty McFly (played by Michael J. Fox) is thrown back into the 50’s when an experiment by Doc Brown, his eccentric scientist friend, goes awry. Traveling through time in a modified DeLorean car, Marty encounters young versions of his parents, and must make sure that they fall in love or he’ll cease to exist. And even more dauntingly, Marty has to figure out how to return to his present time in order to save Doc’s life.

If only we could go back in time as well, but 2019 is now in the books! We can’t rewind—as much as we’d like to—and we can’t go back and correct anything we did or didn’t do. But we can reflect upon (and evaluate) where we’ve been, and if we’re wise, make some present-day changes that will affect our future. 

So, listen in as we focus on “Looking Back to the Future” (Ps. 39:4-6; Pro. 4:23; Eph. 5:15-17; II Tim. 4:5-7) and reflect upon the opportunities and responsibilities that the New Year holds for each of us.


Resistance to Temptation

When does Satan tempt us? Satan looks for a time that we’re vulnerable. He waits until it’s just the right moment before he hits us with a strong one. In Joseph’s case, the timing was perfect for Satan to tempt him. He was far away from home. He was a slave. He was probably lonely. His prospects for marriage probably wouldn’t have been great. In addition, he was experiencing some success. Somebody has said, “The temptations that accompany prosperity are far greater (and more subtle) than those that accompany adversity.” Satan strategically timed the temptation for the period of greatest impact.

When will you be tempted? When you’re vulnerable. You may be away from home. You may be at a real low point. Or it may be after a period of great success. In times of prosperity, we can expect temptation. Temptation is strategically timed for those periods in which we are most vulnerable. Click to Listen to see how we can learn from Joseph how to handle these temptations....

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