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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 …

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 …

16
Nov

The Judas Kiss

In our post last week I talked about the various failing of the apostles and how those failures did not impact our Savior’s love for us.  I had a series of technical difficulties and though I could have included Judas’s sin, I opted not to at the time, but since Judas was the motivation for …

19
Oct

Sour Grapes and Sin

“Like Father Like Son” is a statement that we sometimes hear around our world today.  It is an unfair analogy and it unjustly hurts people whom are judged by a family member’s conduct.  It happened to me in high school.  I, like my brother, played in various band courses but in my tenth grade year …

12
Oct

The Vision Fulfilled

Life is not destined to carry on as it is now.  Some things we can control and some we cannot.  The worst thing we can do is resign ourselves to poor life circumstances.  In our finances, many people will believe that they will always have a car payment or a credit card balance.  How many …

14
Sep

Gnats and Camels

I went to pick up a young teenager to take him to church as I usually did one Sunday and his visiting half-brother wanted to go with us, so I drove both of the boys to church that day which happened to be Halloween, but one of them was wearing a fedora that was part …

31
Aug

Twice the Son of Hell

As we live our life in awareness that we are here to spread the Gospel (Romans 10:14-15), we need to remember that faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1).  This means that we should walk in faith, not putting our trust in a program or a …

27
Jul

Lessons from the Desert

When we think of a desert, we think of hot sun, dry weather, and no water; the vary place that you probably do not want to live in for the long term.  God sent the Israelites into the desert wilderness to test their strength.  Would they complain about the lack of water? Yep.  How about …

20
Jul

Your Brother’s Keeper

We have no doubt heard the phrase, “I am not my brother’s keeper” usually uttered in annoyance in reference to how we may have let a church member or a friend falls into sin.  The first time that phrase was ever uttered was in another context.  After Cain kills Abel, the Lord asks where his …

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