Saturday, July 24, 2021

Patience: Giving people an opportunity to change

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Patience is the fruit nobody seems to want, the kale of the Spirit’s produce aisle. It’s supposed to be good for you, but you...

Faithfulness: Doing what you say you’ll do

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I can be a pretty flaky guy. I say I’ll do something, and I have the best of intentions to do it, but then...

Gentleness: Grabbing power or growing gentleness

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"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth" (Matthew 5:5). I am convinced that we Christians have a gentleness problem. Let me start with...

Self control: Can we master ourselves?

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“Put on your brakes!”  I remember saying those words to my young son years ago. A lot. He needed no encouragement to take risks,...

Promises, puzzles and Pentecost

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Pentecost, a 50-day time span beginning Easter Sunday, celebrates culminated promises and a new beginning. The story of Pentecost in Acts 2 contains some...

Power to do the impossible

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One of Jesus’ most startling statements is found in John 14:12: “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works...

Knowing the Holy Spirit

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You could tell me that your eight-year-old granddaughter is cute, smart and generous. Or you could show me her photo looking disappointed that she’s...

Confessing God

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Hear, O people: The LORD our God, the LORD is one! Almighty in power, perfect in wisdom, righteous in judgment, overflowing in steadfast love. The LORD is our Sovereign, who reigns...