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Compassion – Living Hand in Hand

Compassion – Living Hand in Hand

Compassion makes life beautiful. Compassion makes life worth living. Compassion gives us a glimpse of heaven here on earth. Because God is is the epitome of compassion. If we want to be compassionate we need to become more like him. The fifth spiritual fruit discribed in Galatians 5:22 has traditionally been translated kindness (NIV/NRSV)or gentleness (KJV). The Message uses “a sense of compassion in the heart”. I think it is more provoking than kindness or gentleness. It gives us an…

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I Am the Vine; You Are the Branches – What Does It Mean?

I Am the Vine; You Are the Branches – What Does It Mean?

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not remain in me, he is like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be given you….

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An Ability to Marshal & Direct Our Energies Wisely

An Ability to Marshal & Direct Our Energies Wisely

Self-control has always been the spiritual fruit that has intimated me. Somehow it has felt like a court order, a requirement that I could never meet. Then I read about the nine spiritual fruits in the Message and I had a revelation that has changed my approach to self-control, the ninth spiritual fruit found in Galatians 5:22-24. But what happens when we live God’s way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an…

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Joyful Living – a Sin or a Spiritual Fruit?

Joyful Living – a Sin or a Spiritual Fruit?

Is joyful living a sin? Is it wrong to have fun and enjoy life? Is it okay to love life? These are questions that used to haunt me as a teenager. I was on the verge of independence, eager to start out my own life. I had grown to love the Lord more than anything but I didn’t know if it was okay to have fun, enjoy life. I have a bubbly personality so this was indeed an important question…

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(Re)making Jesus Christ the Center of My Life, part 4/5.

(Re)making Jesus Christ the Center of My Life, part 4/5.

This is the fourth part of a series looking at how to (re)make Jesus Christ the center of our lives. We’ve talked about focusing on God, repenting and confessing our sins. Today we talk about bearing fruit because fruits should naturally follow repentance and confession. As John the Babtist said “Bear fruit worthy of repentance.”(Matt. 3:8). Peter is a great example of a person who repented, confessed his sins and then moved on to produce spiritual fruit in his life….

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