Tag: Fruit of the Spirit

When I Grow Up I Want To Be . . .

Learning key Christian beliefs and putting into practice key spiritual exercises is of no value unless the end result of our faith is our becoming new people in Christ.

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The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Self Control

As I talked about the failures of Tiger Woods, Bobby Humphrey and Bill Bennett this morning; I thought how easy it is to be judgmental and self righteous when the sins of others come to light. As far as Humphrey and Bennett are concerned: they have both risen above their moral failures and appear to […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Gentleness

I remember as a child singing, “Jesus, meek and gentle; Son of God Most High.” If you are as old as I am you may be hearing those melodious notes going up and down while singing, “Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiigh.” The vision of Jesus that came from this song to my childlike mind was a soft, passive man […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Faithfulness

Everyone admires faithfulness; but many are not willing to pay the price to actually be faithful. As I reflect on the sermon this morning it occurs to me that everything we do in the Sunday morning assembly has something to do with faithfulness. We began this morning with a baptism wherein our new sister in […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Goodness

As I was contemplating the meaning of the word good out loud on facebook (my favorite new way to begin sermon preparation), my friend Glenn Drysdale raised an interesting point. He said something to the effect, “what if we focused more of our attention on being good rather than being right?” There is certainly nothing […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . . Kindness

Several asked about the book I read from during the sermon this morning. It was Tortured for Christ, by Richard Wurmbrand. As I stated in the sermon’s introduction, the fruit of the Spirit is not a to-do list; it is a description of the person who is cooperating with what the Spirit is creating in […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Patience

Our “quick fix” mentality wants to find a short cut for everything: especially patience. (“Give me patience and give it to me NOW!”) My goal in preaching this series on the Fruit of the Spirit is not so much to tell us how to get love, joy peace, patience, and the rest; as much as […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Peace

There are times like this past week, when I realize just how OLD 50 really is. I asked my facebook friends to tell me their favorite war protest song. Shockingly (to me at least), some had no idea what I was talking about. I grew up in the 60’s when everyone knew some war protest […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Joy

“Doesn’t God want me to be happy?”, said a woman one day from my counselor’s couch. She was in a bad marriage and was convinced in her mind that she needed to get out. What convinced her was her feeling level of unhappiness. The most profound thought I had this week while preparing this sermon, […]

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The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Love

I’m embarrassed to tell you readers about a conversation I had around 30 years ago. I was a Bible major at Harding University and, like many others in my degree path, was preaching for a small congregation near Searcy, AR. The conversation I mentioned was between myself and another “preacher boy.” I asked my fellow […]

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