Why Humility and Confidence are Not Opposites

Why Humility and Confidence are Not Opposites

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We live in a “broadcast yourself,” “hear me roar” kind of culture. It’s what confident people do. To do otherwise is to live timidly. And whether you’re an extrovert or introvert, no one wants to be known as timid. But how does this view of confidence square with...
Jesus’ Clingy Friends

Jesus’ Clingy Friends

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My granddaughters love Beauty and the Beast.  Maybe almost as much as their mother and grandmother.  Recently our oldest granddaughter spent the night and we watched the non-animated remake of the classic movie that my daughter loved when she was a little girl. Like...
Gentleness in a Culture of Outrage

Gentleness in a Culture of Outrage

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How timely our series on the fruit of the Spirit was this weekend.  On the day after the Charlottesville protests turned into violence and then turned into protests again, we talked about gentleness — Biblical gentleness, not its counterfeit displays of weakness...
Why Grandparents are More Patient than Parents

Why Grandparents are More Patient than Parents

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Talk to any parent about which fruit of the Spirit they need the Holy Spirit to grow most in their lives, and I’ll wager that patience makes the top of the list.  Yet when you ask a grandparent that same question, patience might not be the first fruit of the Spirit...
LOVE: a noun or a verb?

LOVE: a noun or a verb?

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I have smart and wise friends and family.  So in preparation for a message on the Spirit’s fruit of love in our lives, I emailed them this simple question—“In simple terms, how would you define love?”  It’s not an easy question, and I received lots of great insights. ...