Category Archives: fruits of the Holy Spirit

Crane Song and Common Grace

“And now in these final days, he has spoken to us through his Son. God promised everything to the Son as an inheritance, and through the Son he created the universe.  The Son radiates God’s own glory and expresses the … Continue reading

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“The Serenity Prayer” (the Full Version)

GOD, grant me the Serenity to accept the things I cannot change Courage to change the things I can and the Wisdom to know the difference. ——————————-Complete addition—————————— Living ONE DAY AT A TIME; Enjoying one moment at a time; … Continue reading

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The Pruning Knife

“He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” John 15:2, NLT In order to become fruitful we must accept the knife.  It … Continue reading

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Becoming a Gentle & Meek Person

Gentleness means recognizing that the world around us is fragile, especially other people. It is recognizing our own capacity to do harm and choosing instead to be tender, soft-spoken, soft-hearted, and careful. To be careful means that you are becoming … Continue reading

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Living Tethered to the Cross

St. Francis of  Assisi once wrote, “The devil never rejoices more than when he robs a servant of God of the peace of God.” Sometimes I think I’ve made the devil dance far too many times. I confess that peace has … Continue reading

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He Was at Home

“A few days later, when Jesus came back to Capernaum, the news spread that he was at home.”  Mark 2:1 You can’t hide the presence of Jesus.  There is a ‘built-in’ need for Him in the hearts of men and … Continue reading

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How Things Grow, [Work]

A farmer slowly walks behind his plow. The ground is hard and unyielding, but the steel cuts the heavy sod like a knife. He is preparing the soil for receiving the seed. He knows that what he is doing is … Continue reading

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