The Fruit of the Spirit – Self-control

“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). The final fruit of the spirit is self-control. The words here translated self-control combines two Greek words, en, meaning in, and kratos, meaning strength, power, might, or dominion. It implies an inner strength. But we must…

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The Fruit of the Spirit – Gentleness

“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22-23). Gentleness is a difficult fruit to live out, because it requires you to have an honest opinion of yourself. Paul tells us in Romans, “by the grace given me I say to every one of you:…

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Fixing our Eyes on Jesus (The Bronze Snake)

Most people, Christian or not, are familiar with the words of John 3:16, arguably one of the most popular verses in Scripture. It is found in the midst of a conversation Jesus is having with a religious leader who comes to Him in secret, trying to learn and understand, while not risking his station. But…

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A Non-Technical Look at Intelligent Design – Part VI

We are examining four examples of intelligent design drawn from the website intelligentdesign.org,  “The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. Through the study and analysis of a system’s components, a design theorist is…

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A Non-Technical Look at Intelligent Design – Part II

In Part I we gave the following description of Intelligent Design from the website intelligentdesign.org,  “The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. Through the study and analysis of a system’s components, a design…

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A Non-Technical Look at Intelligent Design – Part I

What is Intelligent Design? According to the website intelligentdesign.org,  “The theory of intelligent design holds that certain features of the universe and of living things are best explained by an intelligent cause, not an undirected process such as natural selection. Through the study and analysis of a system’s components, a design theorist is able to determine whether…

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The Laws about Leprosy

“A man with leprosy came and knelt before him and said, ‘Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. ‘I am willing,’ he said. ‘Be clean!’ Immediately he was cleansed of his leprosy. Then Jesus said to him, ‘See that you don’t tell anyone.…

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His Strength is Made Perfect

During her last few years, my mother suffered from some very debilitating health issues. After more than six decades of serving God first as a missionary in Africa, then in home-based missions, the day came when she was pretty much confined to a chair or to her bed.

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Is Believing in God Enough?

James’ epistle has always been considered a very practical approach to our faith. He still affirms that we are saved by faith alone, but if works are not coming in response to our faith, it is a dead faith. It is important to understand that James and Paul are not in conflict with each other.

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Does God Care When We Are Going Through Hard Times?

Question: Does God Care When We Are Going Through Hard Times? I have been reading through the Gospel of Mark and came to the passage in Mark 4:35-39 where Jesus calms the sea. The last part of verse 38 really “jumped” out at me. It was a terrible storm with the wind and waves threatening the disciples…

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