An Honest Opinion of Yourself

It takes strength to be gentle. Our independent, hero-loving society often equates gentleness with being soft, A gentle person, especially a man, is often derided as being a milquetoast, a weak person. He could be harassed and even called “pussy-whipped”. The original meaning of gentleness

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A Maytag Life

Remember the old Maytag commercials? The bored repairman complained about the washing machines being too dependable and he didn’t have anything to do. A more recent example could be Ford trucks. The announcer always touts their dependability. If either of these guys had been talking about a person, he might have said they were .…

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Be Good, For Goodness’ Sake

Did your parents ever say to you, “Be good, now, or God won’t love you”? As an adult, you probably know that’s a lie. He loves you no matter what—even when you act “bad”. But He does highly recommend goodness. It’s the next fruit of the spirit. I looked up the Greek reference for “good”.…

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Put on a Happy Face?

Does it irk you when someone puts on a happy face when you just want them to be honest with you? One Sunday morning I was in a group meeting for the prayer teams when the leader asked us to share our needs so the others could pray. Each group only had four or five…

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Who Gets the Credit?

It’s often been said that there is no limit to what a person can do as long as he doesn’t care who gets the credit. I think acts of kindness can fit into that category. We can do all sorts of apparently kind things, but when a motive of wanting some credit or reward comes…

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I Want Patience, and I Want it NOW

Wait a second . . . longsuffering, the fourth fruit, is a good thing? Ouch! Sounds pretty painful, doesn’t it? It can be, but not necessarily. And this word is often used interchangeably with patience, so let’s dispense with the King James English and just call this fruit “patience.” Have you ever prayed for more…

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In the Eye of the Hurricane

What does peace look like in real life? “When peace like a river attendeth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot Thou hast taught me to say, ‘it is well, it is well with my soul’”. Do you know how this grand old hymn came to be written? It’s clear it…

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How Does Your Garden Grow?

How does growing a physical garden relate to our spiritual lives? Surely you didn’t think I’d leave you hanging! Remember the things we need in order to grow a productive garden? Sow the right seeds or plants. In our lives, that means we should

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God, Deliver Me From Myself!

Ever compare yourself to other people and come up lacking? Sure you have. We all do, no matter how much we try to avoid the comparisons. Others are more loving, more joyful, more patient, etc, etc, etc. We want to appreciate ourselves, but how do we get there? “For the fruit of the Spirit is…

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Drop Your Weapons!

The raging bull never cares about running over people. Stomping, goring, and snorting to achieve his ends is a way of life to him. His weapons are part of him. He can’t put them down. How about you?

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