The agony of waiting – Fruit of the Spirit: Patience, Preview

In December my daughter turned 16, and we went to the PennDOT Driver’s License Center at East Town Mall so she could take her permit test.  We walked in the front door, and she received her number from the receptionist.  At the far side of the large waiting room, we found seats near the bankContinue reading “The agony of waiting – Fruit of the Spirit: Patience, Preview”

How to grow peace in your life – Fruit of the Spirit: Peace, Part 5

This week we welcome guest blogger, David Hundert, who is a Master of Divinity student at Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown, PA. What I hope is that you will be able to walk away from these blog posts about peace and have peace; to be at peace with God. How do we do that? First, inContinue reading “How to grow peace in your life – Fruit of the Spirit: Peace, Part 5”

What is trust? – Fruit of the Spirit: Peace, Part 4

This week we welcome guest blogger, David Hundert, who is a Master of Divinity student at Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown, PA. Charles Blondin was a world famous tightrope walker in the 1800s who decided that he wanted to be the first person to walk a tightrope stretched across Niagara Falls. During his first attempt crossingContinue reading “What is trust? – Fruit of the Spirit: Peace, Part 4”

Finding peace like a child – Fruit of the Spirit: Peace, Part 3

This week we welcome guest blogger, David Hundert, who is a Master of Divinity student at Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown, PA. What else does Jesus say about peace? In John 14:27, Jesus, in the midst of telling the disciples that he was going away, is trying to comfort them. Jesus states, “Peace I leave withContinue reading “Finding peace like a child – Fruit of the Spirit: Peace, Part 3”

Trusting in God as Shepherd – Fruit of the Spirit: Peace, Part 2

This week we welcome guest blogger, David Hundert, who is a Master of Divinity student at Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown, PA. In the previous post we learned that the first step to experiencing peace is to trust in God. But what does it mean to trust in God? There are two analogies that the LordContinue reading “Trusting in God as Shepherd – Fruit of the Spirit: Peace, Part 2”

What is Shalom? – Fruit of the Spirit: Peace, Part 1

This week we welcome guest blogger, David Hundert, who is a Master of Divinity student at Evangelical Seminary in Myerstown, PA. As I’ve been going through my studies, the one thing that I’ve really been enjoying is using the tools available to me to do word studies. Now, I do have a confession to make.Continue reading “What is Shalom? – Fruit of the Spirit: Peace, Part 1”

The “Gate” scandals and the problem of peace – Fruit of the Spirit: Peace, Preview

You know that image of US President Richard Nixon stepping off the presidential helicopter flashing peace signs with both hands?  It’s a classic moment in US history, as Nixon had recently been on a diplomacy trip to China, an extremely rare feat for presidents before and after. It was quite a successful trip, and uponContinue reading “The “Gate” scandals and the problem of peace – Fruit of the Spirit: Peace, Preview”

How to grow joy – Fruit of the Spirit: Joy, Part 5

Joy is a deep inner stability from the Lord, gained in his presence.  My wife Michelle told me the story of a conversation she had the other day with one of the women she works with.  The woman has resettled here in Lancaster, along with her husband and two kids.  They fled the African countryContinue reading “How to grow joy – Fruit of the Spirit: Joy, Part 5”

When joy is not easy – Fruit of the Spirit: Joy, Part 4

Joy as inner strength during trials is not to be confused with a bubbly or outgoing personality.  Not everyone has such a charismatic personality, but they can feel joy deep within them.  Also, not everyone who is bubbly and charismatic is feeling joy.  Extroverts most often seem joyful.  Introverts not so much.  But we’re notContinue reading “When joy is not easy – Fruit of the Spirit: Joy, Part 4”

Joy is a choice and a strength – Fruit of the Spirit: Joy, Part 3

Many Christians might wonder, “But what if I don’t feel joy?  Does that mean the Spirit hasn’t given this gift to me?”  Remember that being led by the Spirit requires action.  It is not a series of characteristics that he magically gives to us.  While the Spirit does work in, we also cultivate joy, weContinue reading “Joy is a choice and a strength – Fruit of the Spirit: Joy, Part 3”