252013Aug

A Fork in the Road: Manipulation or Faith?

What causes quarrels and what causes fights among you? Is it not this, that your passions are at war within you? You desire and do not have, so you murder. You covet and cannot obtain, so you fight and quarrel. You do not have, because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive,…

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162013Aug

When the “Fruit” Seems to Lie

Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the heart. (Proverbs 21:2, ESV) Taking time to examine our hearts is a crucial yet underused discipline. Much of the time, we can look at the fruit in our lives, or lack of it, and be clued into what is going…

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42013Aug

Why Call It Fruit?

I know I have touched on the subject of “fruit of the spirit” here several times. Paul coins this phrase in Galatians 5:22. Although the exact phrase is not always used, this idea of “fruit of the spirit” is discussed other times in Scripture as well (for example, Colossians 3). Jesus, Himself, talks about fruit….

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