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Why confusion about God’s Call is good for you.

Why would God call you to something and then make it so hard? Does He give you a Call and then abandon you? Maybe you have: Taken a job that ended up being so different than you thought. Married your knight in shining armor, only to have him end up being a nightmare....

Precious

I've been thinking about communion a lot for the past few days. There have been times when I've taken communion as a deep act of worship where the memory of what Jesus Christ did for me is very rich and vivid. There have been times when the devotion was so pure and...

A Time to Reflect

"This is the LORD’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes."  Psalm 118:23 For some time now, a group of guys, brothers really, have gathered twice each month to talk about life—family life, church life, Kingdom life. They also like to share a meal—always fish—a small...

Chain Breakers

I heard some disturbing news a few days ago. A young man from our part of town passed away. He was raised in a Christian home. He attended Christian schools. He was well liked and much loved. He had all the advantages any of us have. He died of a drug overdose. He was...

Praying for Persistence

"For most people the disaster of life is that they give up just one effort too soon." - William Barclay Have you prayed for that child enough? Have you witnessed to that brother enough? Have you invited that neighbor to church enough? I know it can get hard, but let’s...

Praying for the Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control

I was reading the third chapter of Luke’s gospel this morning. I paused at the verses that have John the Baptist saying, “I baptize you with water, but He who is mightier than I is coming, the strap of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with...

Praying for the Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

Are you looking for a gentle man? Here's some current advice from the World Wide Web. puckermob.com #20 - He has a good job. He works hard for his money. He’s very intelligent. thoughtcatalog.com #10 - He’s not afraid of commitment, but he’s not rushing into it...

Praying for the Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness

As a teenager, I was fortunate to live and work on my Grandfather’s farm. Our family was apple farmers in the Yakima Valley in central Washington. We had rows and rows of apple and pear trees growing on 160 acres on the side of a small hill on the north side of the...

Praying for the Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness

When the Spirit is in Control “That old law about 'an eye for an eye' leaves everybody blind. The time is always right to do the right thing.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Sometime, the fruits of the Spirit are difficult to tell apart. We see spiritual fruit in the way we...

Praying for the Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

At a glance, it seems like kindness might be the smallest of the Fruits of the Spirit. Kindness can just be random. Kindness is giving the guy on the corner a dollar. Kindness is holding the door open for a mother and small child. Kindness is letting that other car...