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Fruitful Curiosity

By on Nov 30, 2013 in Blog | 2 comments

My Dad decided to experiment with his homegrown apples one year. He let them sit out on the counter under the window for several weeks until they shriveled up, dry, wrinkled and hollow. “Why’d you do that Daddy?” I asked him during a visit. “I wanted to see what would happen,” was his simple answer. He was an avid gardener and liked to study his produce. While he studied the physical, I would one day consider the spiritual impact of this experiment.   I wasn’t a Christian yet at the time of this visit, but years later after God lassoed and secured my heart and I had begun to read the Bible, I was intrigued when I came upon the Fruit of the Spirit passage in Galatians 5:22-23But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.. I was eager to grow in this fruit of love, joy,...

Please, NO Shriveled Fruit

By on Nov 29, 2013 in Inspirations | 0 comments

My dad decided to experiment with his homegrown apples one year. He let them sit out on the counter under the window for several weeks until they shriveled up, dry, wrinkled and hollow. “Why’d you do that Daddy?” I asked him during a visit. “I wanted to see what would happen,” was his simple answer. He was an avid gardener and liked to study his produce. While he studied the physical, I would one day consider the spiritual impact of this experiment.   I wasn’t a Christian yet at the time of this visit, but years later after God lassoed and secured my heart and I had begun to read the Bible, I was intrigued when I came upon the Fruit of the Spirit passage in Galatians 5:22-23But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.. I was eager to grow in this fruit of love, joy,...

Love

By on Nov 29, 2013 in Inspirations | 0 comments

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7 It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 8 Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there...

Whatever

By on Nov 29, 2013 in Inspirations | 0 comments

Philippians 4:8-9 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. (I should blog on this one soon to explain this image, huh?) Share...

God’s Closet

By on Nov 29, 2013 in Inspirations | 0 comments

Colossians 3:12-15 12 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. 13 Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. 14 And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. 15 Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. Share...

The Armor of God

By on Nov 29, 2013 in Inspirations | 0 comments

Standing can get exhausting. How many of us have stood in lines at the grocery store, amusement parks, voting halls, or black Friday sales lines, to name a few of the biggies? However excited we may have been at the outset of our standing, as the minutes and hours (or sometimes days) passed, the all-important end goal began to fade from its original glory. This can be true even in our faith. There are so many reasons why I love the Armor of God passage in Ephesians. I have prayed through and studied this passage for many years. But I’ve only recently discovered the power in a phrase I’ve been skimming over all these years. It’s a command that is actually repeated all throughout the Bible. And here in this passage, it is the main purpose and goal of putting on God’s armor, and that is to stand firm against the devil’s schemes to draw us away from God. I...