Here the pilgrims enter the Enchanted Ground and face the greatest temptation yet: the temptation to fall asleep. The threat of this temptation to grow cold in religion comes upon us in a time of relative ease when afflictions and trials, which have long kept us awake, are relatively absent. They decide that one of the greatest antidotes to such sinful sleep (remember the Arbor on the way up Hill Difficulty?) is Christian conversation. Therefore Hopeful begins to share how God worked conviction, repentance, and conversion in his life. We’ll continue this discourse over the next several weeks.

Dr. James La Belle

Pastor La Belle was born in Florida, raised in Alabama until he was 15 years old, and then lived in Washington until he was 30, when he and his family left for Seminary in Philadelphia. He and his wife Chantry have been married for 24 years and have 7 children from ages 19 to 9: River, Schylie, Forrest, Terra, Sandy, Rocky, and Chantry. Pastor La Belle has published two books with Joel Beeke (Living by God's Promises and Living Zealously), with a third forthcoming (Living for God's Glory in Marriage) and is currently working on a Doctorate in Puritan Studies.

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