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Lectio Divina

The Lord’s Prayer Redux Matthew 6:9-13 Oh, my sweet, heavenly Father, I gaze upon and am marveled by Your creation and glory this morning. The symmetry and patterns of a single leaf are revealed in the rising of Your sun.   Please let Your kingdom come upon this tired, fearful, broken, violent earth just as […]

In Chains

I wonder sometimes how the rules and laws of the first century, Middle Eastern Jewish community have managed to bind chains around this 21st century, Western Christian community in a way that causes the latter to beatify those chains. Until the freedom of God’s love, mercy and grace are longed for, we will not have […]

Fruit of the Spirit: Conclusion

The Choice is Ours Since we live by the Spirit, let us follow the Spirit in every part of our lives. Galatians 5:25 Thanks and Thoughts First, I want to thank again the poets who helped to unify and enhance these themes. They are all listed at the end of this post with links to […]

Fruit of the Spirit: Self-Control

The Spirit which God gave us does not make us afraid. His Spirit is a source of power and love and self-control. 2 Timothy 1:7 “The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against these things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23 As we practice the fruit […]

Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness

God’s Gentle Grace Paul, in his letters, continually reminded followers that we are heirs of God’s grace, and because of that inheritance, we are to, “Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,” (Colossians 3:12) and “to speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to […]

Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness

Faith without works is dead. James 2:26 The entire quote from James 2:26 is, “For just as the body without the spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.” It’s important to understand that James, the brother of Jesus, does not contradict the apostle Paul, who tells us, “For by grace you have […]

Fruit of the Spirit: Peace

Blessed Are the Peacemakers… Matthew 5:9 But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. And a harvest of righteousness is sown in peace by those who make peace.  James 3:17-18 The lone student in Tiananmen Square. Harriet Tubman. Mahatma Gandhi. […]

Fruit of the Spirit: Joy

Understanding and Embracing Joy “As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Now remain in my love. If you obey my commands, you will remain in my love, just as I have obeyed my Father’s commands and remain in his love. I have told you this so that my joy may be […]

Fruit of the Spirit: Love

We love because he first loved us. 1 John 4:19 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 There are so many facets to love it was difficult to know where to begin; yet, as a Christian, […]

Fruit of the Spirit

 Spirit Living “For the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against these things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:22-23) The apostle Paul wrote his letter to the church in Galatia in an attempt to strongly remind them that adhering to religious law was a dreadful return […]