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Praying for the Fruit of the Spirit: Patience

Patience is another word with two meanings, each important to our walk of faith.   First, patience is steadiness in difficult circumstances. It is a word describing the power it takes to bear a burden as we wait for our sovereign Lord to act. Strength will rise as we...

Praying for the Fruit of the Spirit: Pursuing Peace

What does the idea of peace bring to mind? Absence of war? Sure. Absence of personal conflict with others? Absolutely. No anxiety? 100% correct. The apostle Paul wrote: Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to...

Praying for the Fruit of the Spirit: The Joy of Deliverance

JOY is based on something God is doing. “Any fool can be happy. It takes a man with real heart to make beauty out of the stuff that makes us weep.” ― Clive Barker “God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but He does what is still more...

Praying for the Fruit of the Spirit: Love’s Foundation

“I used to think that the worst thing in life was to end up alone. It’s not. The worst thing in life is to end up with people who make you feel alone.” – Robin Williams Elie Wiesel wrote: “The opposite of love isn’t hate, it’s indifference.” I think this indifference...

January 3, 2016. Authentic Faith: Loved So I Can Love Others

Authentic Faith: Loved So I Can Love Others John referred to himself as “the disciple whom Jesus loved.” The love of Christ transformed his life, and he was not ashamed to talk about it. By understanding who John was, we will better identify with him as he applies...

King Jesus: Love. Joy. Hope. Peace.

The Jesus Season doesn’t end in the manger.   (Listen to "Mary, Did You Know" by Pentatonix.) The Jesus Season, which begins in the days before Thanksgiving, as we consciously turn our hearts in gratitude toward God, and continues through Advent, as we look forward to...

December 27, 2015. How to Have Your Best Year Yet

How to Have Your Best Year Yet: Biblical Essentials from the Life of Daniel The book of Daniel is an amazing snapshot into a godly man's life. The way Daniel lived gives us a great guide on how we, too, can live more intentionally. If you want to have the best year...

Messiah: Love. Joy. Hope. Peace.

I guess they just left their sheep behind...   When the angels had left them and gone into Heaven, the shepherds did what so many of us won’t do. They left behind what had to be left and went seeking the Kingdom of God. They went into Bethlehem seeking the baby. So...

December 13, 2015. This Child: The Present of Peace

This Child: The Present of Peace Jesus was more than a good teacher or a perfect man. He was God in flesh form, fulfilling the will of God in everything He did. In Christ, we find the perfect counsel, absolute peace, and strength for the road of life. Josh...