Fruit Of The Spirit, pt. 4: Patience

Fruit Of The Spirit: Patience

The spiritual importance of this one doesn’t immediately jump out at me. Sure, patience is a virtue, but how is it a fruit of the Spirit? When I look back at my own life, it begins to make some sense. I was very impatient growing Continue reading

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Laying my Mother’s Day cards on the table

I am not one given over to gambling unless you call life a gamble and then all bets are off. I do not even play the lottery because I would end up paying out $1,987.14 in order to win $10. I have a difficult time parting with my money because Continue reading

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I Lost My Mind But I Really Haven’t Missed It

I am notorious for losing things. I do not know what it is about me, but I cannot keep track of anything I own. If you want to lose something and never find it again, simply put it into my trust. I am the king of losing things. My problem Continue reading

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Fruit Of The Spirit, pt. 3: Peace

Fruit Of The Spirit: Peace

I’m noticing now that the nine fruit of the Spirit build on each other. The gift of God’s love brings joy and joy brings peace. Peace with God and peace with ourselves. A few months back, a new phase in my life began. After years Continue reading

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Who’s Smarter Than A Fifth-Grader?

Sometimes an idea will take possession of my mind and literally run with it. Most of the time when an idea sees the condition of my mind it slowly walks away shaking its head. Someone said a mind is a terrible thing to waste, but I’m sure they had no Continue reading

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Fruit Of The Spirit, pt. 2: Joy

When I started considering how I wanted to approach the second fruit of the Spirit, Joy, I was reminded of something that happened to me back in the late summer of 2005. The story begins with a mistake. Normally, when I decide to take a vacation, I pick the dates Continue reading

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Fruit Of The Spirit, part 1: Love

In my last blog How To Attain (Name Your Desire Here), I talked about how our desire for intimacy with Jesus affected our pursuit more than following any certain plan or formula. It probably was no coincidence that I’d just finished reading Paul’s Epistle to the Galatians right before Continue reading

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I Don’t Get Headaches, I Give Them

This past week I got myself into some rather unnecessary trouble. I say unnecessary because it was trouble that I could have avoided if I only would have thought before I spoke.

This is one of the greatest crosses that I bear in my married life. I always speak before Continue reading

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How To Attain (Insert Your Desire Here)

By Gregor Southard

I’ve had the opportunity to do a lot of reading lately (thank you, Jesus) while doing research on getting my spiritual memoir Christianity Is A War– faith and the war that comes with it published. Apparently, it is very important that a book on Christian living propose Continue reading

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Tasty Mushrooms: The Misuse Of Romans 6:23

How many church marquees have you passed by in your car (or truck) that read “the wages of sin is death” in your lifetime? It seems like hundreds to me. A good message, right? Well, yes but the unfortunate fact is that the verse is being taken out of context. Continue reading

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Are Cows Really Holy?

As an amateur wordsmith, I am fascinated with words and phrases. I love my cell phone because I have a dictionary and thesaurus all ready for my personal touch and I can research any word or phrase I hear.

You can tell a lot about a person by the words Continue reading

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Grace Is Winning

Her Saturday morning text gave the final verdict. She had been sick all week, and there was no way she could teach on Sunday morning. “I’m so sorry to fail you and the church,” she added.

I have to confess that it made me angry – not at her; but Continue reading

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Never Wasted

I know your deeds and your toil and yourperseverance . . . (Revelation 2:2)

Sacrifice.

No one knows how its claws can tear the soul like the one who for decades gave up a dream, a life, a goal, a purpose . . . .

Given up.

Thirty. Forty. Years. Continue reading

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What We Remember

Have you ever been on top of a volcano?  If not, you should put it on your bucket list.

Standing on top of Volcan Osorno, you can look out at the expanse of Lago Llanquihue, as sky blue stretches down to meet lake blue.  Dotting the edges of the lake Continue reading

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Into Thy Hands . . .

Good Friday. Jesus is on the cross. Crucified at 9AM, it is now 3PM. Six hours. Crucified prisoners often lasted much longer than the six hours Jesus hung between heaven and earth. That’s why when Joseph asked Pilate if he could take Jesus’ body and bury it, Pilate was surprised Continue reading

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