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22
Feb

The Fruit of Goodness

In our continuing study on the fruit of the spirit, we have come to goodness, which seems very related to kindness.  It is does differ however in that kindness is more passive, like a toleration of other people.  Goodness has an implication of strong moral character, the opposite of badness.  The character traits that would …

15
Feb

The Fruit of Kindness

In our discussion of the manifestations of the fruit of the Spirit, we have come to kindness.  This word could hold two possible meanings: fraternal affection or tender concern.  The difference between the word meanings are subtle, yet present.  In fraternal concern, we feel a desire of well-being towards our friends and loved ones that …

8
Feb

The Fruit of Patience

We come now to the fourth manifestation of fruit of the spirit, and that of patience.  I can say without a doubt this is a manifestation that is really missing from our current culture.  Even the worst of parents can muster some love for their children and the most difficult person can see some joy …

18
Jan

The Fruit of Peace

Last week we looked at the manifestation of joy in our life with Christ.  That joy, stemming from the love of Christ, will thus lead us to peace.  This manifestation melts away the worries of life and leads us to be calm in Christ.  Examine the advise Jesus gives us in the Sermon on the …

11
Jan

The Fruit of Joy

Joy. This is a misunderstood principle in our modern culture. It is not happiness, but instead a deep rooted sense that is independent of life circumstances and fully dependent on our knowledge of God’s truth that we are not in control of anything in our world, yet we know that our God, a good God, …

21
Dec

The Fruit of Love

When I was a young man and not devoted to God, I had an intense hatred for all the world.  I did not merely dislike the world, nor was I passively disinterested.  Hate is a strong feeling, but it is the word that best describes my attitude toward people that I was forced to see …

14
Dec

Testing the Fruit

Our world is one of choices.  We choose our education, occupation, and even those people that we follow as we live our life in the world.  We can decide many aspects of our life as long as we are focused on the God who saved the world.  We need not be missionaries as long as …

7
Dec

A Life Without Fault

For non-believers in the world, the greatest argument against the Christian life is the regular hypocrisy among Christians.  Of course, we are not perfect people, and the Christian life is certainly one of struggle.  The greatest sign of being a believer is that you feel remorse and seek repentance when you doing something that you …

30
Nov

Only the Foolish are Saved

I have listened to many sermons over the years, and like many, I have my favorite pastors that I like to listen to on the radio or online. A trap that we may encounter is trying to find that one sermon or that one book to really help us to learn what we need to …

23
Nov

Fighting Against God

We all love a good story and the best stories are epic battles between good and evil.  Your typical story will be a good guy laying waste to some bad guys, then the leader of the bad guys defeats the good guy until some moral lesson is learned.  The story ends when the good guy …

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