The Process of Redemption

Everybody loves a story of redemption. But try to define it. Most dictionaries define redemption as “to buy back.” But who is buying what from whom? I think redemption is better defined by seeing it in action. The Book of Ruth is a great example of a redemption story....

God With Us: The REAL Meaning of Christmas

We are told Emmanuel means “God with us.” But what does that really mean? What does it look like? And how does it affect our lives? This Christmas I hope you will get a glimpse of God With Us and what Christmas is all about. Again the Israelites did...

Real Religion

“I’m not religious; I just have a personal relationship with Jesus.” Is that really possible? While it is certainly important to know and experience a personal relationship with God, if we ignore others and isolate ourselves like hermits, aren’t we more selfish and worse off than before? Our faith...

The Four Pillars: Where Our Ministry Is (hopefully) Going

For the last eight weeks, I have been asking myself and the leadership team and anyone else who would listen, “Where is our ministry going?” There are many different opinions and theories. The short answer is simple: wherever God wants to take us. So I searched the Bible (always...

A Fruit of the Spirit is Kindness

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” –Aesop After patience, the next fruit of the Spirit is kindness. Interestingly, Paul lists kindness right after patience in another list as well. In 1 Corinthians 13:4, Paul starts listing the characteristics of love by saying, “Love is...

A Fruit of the Spirit is…Patience

If you have ever been stuck in a traffic jam or waited in line to get your driver’s license renewed or been within ten feet of a two year old having a temper tantrum, you might have noticed that patience is in short supply these days – maybe even...

A Fruit of the Spirit is Peace

Why is it that when life becomes complicated or hard, we yearn for “peace and quiet”? I know sometimes it is tempting to try to find a cave to dwell in and get away from people forever. Some days I  think to myself how nice it would be to...

Love is a fruit of the Spirit – not a vegetable (Galatians 5)

Paul begins the list of virtues with “love.” One reason why it is listed first is that all of the virtues that follow require love working with them in order to be evident in a Spirit-led believer’s life. This is alluded to when Paul writes “neither circumcision nor uncircumcision...

The Fruit(s) of the Spirit and The Works of the Flesh in Galatians 5

By contrast, the fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against such things. (Galatians 5:22-23) When I was younger, I was told to memorize this verse. Unfortunately most of the translations are inadequate and make things more...