Patience is a much needed commodity in the fast paced world in which we now live. Our world has sped up. Thanks to tremendous developments in technology we now have the world at our finger tips. There has been research done over the past decade that indicates technology might actually be changing our brains! Nicholas Carr, in his 2011 book The Shallows: What The … Continue reading Patience
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:27 We come this week to the third characteristic of fruit of the Spirit: peace. As Jesus is on his way to cross he makes this remarkable promise to his disciples … Continue reading Peace
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control.” Galatians 5:22-23 In our study of joy we are going to look at the story of how one man in the Bible who came to discover real joy in the Lord. I am talking about the prophet Habakkuk. Little is known about him. He lived in the southern kingdom of … Continue reading Joy
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” Galatians 5:22-23 It’s no mistake that Paul places love first in the list of the fruit of the Spirit because from love flows everything else. Love is foundational to our faith. A lawyer once asked Jesus what the most important commandment was. Jesus said it was first to love … Continue reading Love: The Most Excellent Way
Last fall I preached through Paul’s letter to the Galatians where we heard these well-known verses: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 Paul presents this fruit of the Spirit here in contrast with the works of the flesh. The works of the flesh are what come … Continue reading Why Study the Fruit of the Spirit?
Take Heart, Get Up, He is Calling You! In our passage this week, Mark records Jesus’ last stop before entering Jerusalem. Mark will use the rest of his Gospel (chapters 11 to 16) to share the details of Jesus’ last week on earth. On this last leg of his journey into Jerusalem, Jesus is met by a blind man named Bartimaeus. This episode is recorded … Continue reading Mark 10:46-52
True Grit Confidence is widely celebrated in our culture as a good thing. Call it grit or determination or conviction but when we see it we generally applaud it. From our movies celebrating an unsung hero whose determination wins the day, to our sports figures who overcome the odds stacked against them, we celebrate determination when we see it. But sometimes the lines get … Continue reading Mark 10:32-45