A surprising definition of gentleness – Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness, Part 1

This week we welcome guest blogger, Daymarr Jackson. In addition to being Faith Church’s youth leader, Daymarr is a Chaplain candidate in the PA Army National Guard, and a MDiv student at Evangelical Seminary. Daymarr and his wife, Danielys, have two children. This week he continues our series on the Fruit of the Spirit. HowContinue reading “A surprising definition of gentleness – Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness, Part 1”

What I learned about gentleness when I got bit in the hand – Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness, Preview

A couple weeks ago I was at my son and daughter-in-law’s house playing tug-of-war with their huge German Shepherd, Kash.  He grips one end of his toy stuffed-animal, while I hold the other end, usually tugging side to side.  Kash is way better at the game than me.  If he wants to hold tight, there isContinue reading “What I learned about gentleness when I got bit in the hand – Fruit of the Spirit: Gentleness, Preview”

Some practical steps to increase your goodness – Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness, Part 5

As we have learned with the other qualities in the Fruit of the Spirit, we can grow goodness by walking in step with the Spirit, by spending time with him, by asking him repeatedly, “Spirit, infuse me with your goodness.”  This is what Jesus was teaching when he talked about abiding in him, remaining inContinue reading “Some practical steps to increase your goodness – Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness, Part 5”

The complexity of defining goodness – Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness, Part 4

This week we are studying the quality of goodness, which is listed in the Fruit of the Spirit. What we’re going to find is that defining goodness is not as simple as it might seem. We learned in the previous post that numerous Psalms declare that God is good. In today’s post we jump overContinue reading “The complexity of defining goodness – Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness, Part 4”

The first and most important step to growing goodness in our lives – Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness, Part 3

During my first few years as senior pastor, I remember a thought I had nearly every Sunday when I was studying for and writing the sermon each week.  I thought, “the people don’t need to hear this…they already know it…look at them…look how good they are.  What could this sermon possibly say that they needContinue reading “The first and most important step to growing goodness in our lives – Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness, Part 3”

What to do when Christians disagree about what is good and what is bad – Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness, Part 2

What is good…and what is bad? In Christian circles there are plenty of disagreements about what are good actions and bad actions.  Many times on the blog I’ve talked about many of these disagreements.  What clothing styles can people wear to worship services?  What beverages can people drink?  What films, music, TV, books, magazines, canContinue reading “What to do when Christians disagree about what is good and what is bad – Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness, Part 2”

You good? – Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness, Part 1

“You good?” Have you ever said that to someone? Maybe a person appears to be coughing or choking, and as they struggle to maintain composure, we say, “You good?”  After they regain composure, they respond, “It’s all good.”  Or maybe a person has a particularly emotional reaction to a situation, a reaction that we thinkContinue reading “You good? – Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness, Part 1”

Oh my goodness! – Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness, Preview

“Oh my goodness!!!”  How many of you say that phrase?  Usually we say “oh my goodness” when we feel surprised, disappointed or disgusted.  Why, then, do we not just say “I am surprised,” or “I am disgusted”?  Certainly there are times when we do say, “I am surprise” or “I am disgusted,” but my guessContinue reading “Oh my goodness! – Fruit of the Spirit: Goodness, Preview”

How to be kind even when you don’t want to be – Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness, Part 5

Kindness can get a bad rap.  Some people who are extraordinarily kind can come across as fake.  We tend to think that there is no way people can be that kind.  We want people to be real.  “I’m just keepin’ it real,” we say, as if it is always good to express ourselves however weContinue reading “How to be kind even when you don’t want to be – Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness, Part 5”

What to do when kindness doesn’t work – Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness, Part 4

This week we are studying kindness, so let’s go back to our definition of kindness. Kindness is “to provide something beneficial for someone as an act of kindness.”[1] My college, Lancaster Bible College, has an annual mission conference.  During the years Michelle and I were students, the mid 1990s, one feature of the mission conferenceContinue reading “What to do when kindness doesn’t work – Fruit of the Spirit: Kindness, Part 4”