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Summary: Here’s a sermon you can use for the Sunday before Halloween. The true story of the Red Baron is used for the illustration.

Don’t Be Another Red Baron


13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.

Ephesians 6:10-20

10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. 11Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

13Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

15and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.

17And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God;

18praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints-- 19and for me, that utterance may be given to me, that I may open my mouth boldly to make known the mystery of the gospel,

20for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.

It’s the Halloween Season.

Trees are decorated with toilet paper!

Signs are posted inviting us to visit Haunted Houses.

Kids are getting their Trick or Treat costumes ready.

People are stocking up on candy treats

to hand out to Trick or Treaters who come to their doors.

To me, it wouldn’t be Halloween Time

without watching the TV program

"It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown."

In the program, Charlie Brown’s dog "Snoopy"...

Pretends to be a World War I fighter pilot.

He hops on top of his doghouse

pretending that it’s his Sopwith Camel airplane.

Then Snoopy goes out to battle the infamous Red Baron.

Did you know that there really was a Red Baron?

Manfred Albrecht von Richthofen was a German fighter pilot known as "The Red Baron" because he flew a distinctive red Fokker three-winged aircraft. He was the most successful flying ace of World War I, officially credited with 80 confirmed air combat victories. Richthofen began military training at age 11. Upon completion of cadet training in 1911, he joined a cavalry unit. When World War I broke out, Richthofen served as a cavalry officer. However, traditional cavalry operations became obsolete. Disappointed with not being able to participate more often in combat operations, Richthofen applied for a transfer to the Aerial Combat Forces and joined the flying service in May 1915.

We’ll get back to the story of the Red Baron later.

Let’s return to our Bible passages for today.

There’s a difference between being tempted and sinning.

However, Temptation can lead to sinning!

But temptation does not need to result in sin.

Jesus was tempted in all points as we are, yet was sinless.

Paul said that whatever temptations we face are common to man

and that God will always limit the temptation

and make a way for us to escape.

We all face temptations.

The important thing is not to allow temptation to become a sin.

The important thing is to get away from temptations

as much as we can.

How are we going to do that?


11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

If we hope to stand against the tempter, proper dress is essential.

That would be God’s armor.

§ Gird the loins with truth.

§ Put on the breastplate of righteousness.

§ Equip your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace.

§ Take up the shield of faith.

§ Take the helmet of salvation.

§ Take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Now, how do you do that?

When you want to get dressed in the morning,

you go to the closet and the dresser drawers

and select your clothes and put them on.

But the Armor of God is not something we can see or touch.

It is put on by prayer and Bible study.

There are certain types of protective clothing for different jobs:

§ Firemen wear boots, heavy coats, pants and special hats.

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