Kindness: The Fruit We Need to Taste

  Tell me. What is kindness? And you’re not allowed to use the word “kind” in the definition. That sounds like the kind of trick question your fourth grade teacher used to ask, doesn’t it? That’s because I want to…

Patience: The Gift We Politely Refuse

  Patience? No thank you. But pass me some of that peace, please, and why don’t you top it with a few sprinkles of joy. If the fruit of the Spirit were being served at a dinner party, patience might be the dish with the most…
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But the Fruit of the Spirit is Love

Photo by Emmanuel Phaeton on Unsplash   Love is the first, best, and greatest of the Spirit's fruit. Why? Because Paul puts it first, of course. Also because John tells us twice in his letter that "God is love" (1 John 4:8, 18). John's…
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Free To Bear Fruit (And Give It Away)

Photo by averie woodard on Unsplash   How free do you feel today? Between the 10 month pandemic, the 10+ executive orders from President Biden's first day, and all the other top 10's, I honestly feel more constrained than free. Today…
mystery man

The Mysterious Servant Speaks: Isaiah 49:1-7

Photo by Jakob Owens on Unsplash Three mysterious contestants sat before the celebrity panel. Each of the contestants stood in turn and announced, "My name is Robert Ethan Miller." All three claimed the same name. It was the celebrities'…

Bruised and Burned Out, Like Us: Isaiah 42:1-4

Photo by Andres F. Uran on Unsplash The bruised poinsettia leaves and burned out Advent candles are finally in the trash. I know. It's almost the middle of January. In my defense I love the cheery glow of Christmas decorations so much that…
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Waiting in the Storm: Isaiah 30

Photo by Stephen Walker on Unsplash   Welcome back to the waiting room. Yes, now that the cheer of Christmas and New Year's celebrations have passed, it's time to settle in. We've swept up the pine needles, taken down the lights,…
The Top Ten Things I Loved About 2020

The Top 10 Things I Loved About 2020

Photo by Deva Williamson on Unsplash   The Top 10 Things I Loved about 2020? The Top 10 Things I Hated might be a more appropriate title. At least that's what I hear from everyone around me: I'm so done with 2020. Let's hope 2021…