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"Lead us not into temptation" means we do not walk alone.

"Lead us not into temptation" means we do not walk alone. We walk with others. We are communal. Abba is our inner leader but only if we choose Abba. Otherwise we follow others. Lead us not into temptation is like saying to someone, Hey, I don't want to go there. It is also saying that temptation is a fact of life. Sometimes constant, most often real. Temptation is the state of desiring what can harm. Whether substances or domination or foolish risk. Abba is so present within us that the more you recognize the reality and converse with Abba, the more you are aware that out of the mystery of all there is a person who is universal and in all who call upon him, beyond all religions and creeds. This Abba leads us by inviting us to become our own leader of ourselves. Mindful. Tolerant. Democratic. Helpful. And without idolatry aka obsessive fandom or fixed ideology. 

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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…