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The Fruit of THE SPIRIT

Fruit of the Spirit Blogpost

The fruit of the Spirit is a popular concept within the Christian faith. The fruit that Paul lists in his letter to the Galatians (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control) is succinct, yet not exclusive nor exhaustive. What I mean is that the idea that the Christian life should bear the fruit of genuine conversion is tau...

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The Church in America...A Vital Mission Field

Hebrews Blog Post

Can I shoot straight with you guys??? There is a lot of crap (pardon my crassness) that passes itself off for or assimilates itself into and under the banner of Christianity these days. And a lot of it is being manufactured in and exported around the world from right here in the United States. False teaching has always been a concern among God's people, dating all the way ...

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What is Your Standard???

Hebrews Blog Post

What's my point in this little economics lesson? The standard of measurement that you use matters! In this week's scripture lesson from Hebrews, the author provides a number of practical instructions for Christian living. By worldly standards, most of these would be of little concern? Why would anyone care much about my level of hospitality towards others or my concern...

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A Consuming Fire

Hebrews Blog Post

This past weekend I had a bonfire in my backyard of trash lumber and yard waste. It began with some kindling, but I quickly piled things on until I had a massive pyre built. Before long it was fully ablaze. It was so hot that I could barely stand to get close to it for more than a few second to "stir" it around as it burned. In a matter of a couple of hours, all of tha...

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Words Matter

Hebrews Blog Post

One of my favorite things about studying the Bible is digging into the words. We all agree that words matter, but nowhere is this more apparent than in our study of the scriptures. The challenge we face every time we approach God's word is to uncover the meaning of the text. Everyone agrees that the human authors of scripture wrote to convey a message with meaning. In ...

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The Truth About Fear and Doubt

1ST PETER BLOG POST

Many of us may object to the old saying, "knowledge is power," because we don't feel very powerful. In fact, we may more often than not struggle to believe and implement what we know to be true. The struggle of fear and doubt is not something that is foreign to the Christian. If it were, then the encouragement we find in scriptures like 1 Peter would be unnecessary. In...

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Striving Towards the Prize

Hebrews Blog Post

Don't grow weary. Don't quit. Don't give up. Don't stop pushing towards the goal, the prize, the finish. Keep fighting. Run the race with endurance. And on it goes......

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Wrapping Up Faith

Hebrews Blog Post

This week we concluded our extended look at chapter 11 in the book of Hebrews. The famous "faith chapter," as it is known, has had much to teach us. In an attempt to "put a bow" on this section of our study, I want to briefly just summarize a few key points or important takeaways for us in regards to faith - what it is, how it works, and why it is so important to us as ...

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Abraham Skywalker???

Hebrews Blog Post

One of my favorite books of the Bible is Genesis and in particular from chapters 11 onward as we are introduced to Abram (Abraham). For the "uninitiated," Abraham's family is the Bible's equivalent of the Skywalkers in the Star Wars franchise (if you don't know what I am talking about, I just can't help you!). I say that partly in jest, but it's actually not a bad analog...

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Faith Like Gravity

Hebrews Blog Post

Over the last few weeks in our study over the book of Hebrews we have slowed down to reflect on various aspects of faith. We've looked at what faith is and how it is manifest in the lives of believers through examples that the author puts forward from the Old Testament. What has hopefully started to come into focus is that faith is far more complex than one would probabl...

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