Sometimes healthy relationships need boundaries – Relationships: Family, Part 5

Sometimes family relationships need boundaries.  As a family grows, we simply cannot care for everyone deeply, and frankly some people don’t want to be cared for.  Worse, some people are toxic.  Some are abusive.  When people behave badly, it is okay to impose boundaries on theme.  We place boundaries on relationships to stop the hurt,Continue reading “Sometimes healthy relationships need boundaries – Relationships: Family, Part 5”

Self-control is choosing – Fruit of the Spirit, Self-control, Part 5

Editor’s Note: This post is written by guest blogger, David Hundert. David is a current Master of Divinity student at Evangelical Seminary. I want to leave you with one last thought as quoted from the author, Max Lucado. He states, I Choose Love…No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today IContinue reading “Self-control is choosing – Fruit of the Spirit, Self-control, Part 5”

Why self-control is vital to leadership – Fruit of the Spirit: Self-control, Part 4

Editor’s Note: This week welcome guest blogger, David Hundert. David is a current Master of Divinity student at Evangelical Seminary. Self-control is so important to Paul, that several times, in several letters, Paul includes it in his list of requirements for Church leadership. Paul states in Titus 1:7-8, “Since a leader manages God’s household, heContinue reading “Why self-control is vital to leadership – Fruit of the Spirit: Self-control, Part 4”

Mastery over your passions – Fruit of the Spirit: Self-control, Part 3

Editor’s Note: This week welcome guest blogger, David Hundert. David is a current Master of Divinity student at Evangelical Seminary. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 the Apostle Paul writes, “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get theContinue reading “Mastery over your passions – Fruit of the Spirit: Self-control, Part 3”

What the Bible says about self-control – Fruit of the Spirit: Self-control, Part 2

Editor’s Note: This week welcome guest blogger, David Hundert. David is a current Master of Divinity student at Evangelical Seminary. In his book, The Three Edwards, Thomas Costain describes the life of Raynald III, a 14th century duke in what is now Belgium. Grossly overweight, Raynald was commonly called by his Latin nickname, Crassus, whichContinue reading “What the Bible says about self-control – Fruit of the Spirit: Self-control, Part 2”

The concerning effortlessness of “works” – Fruit of the Spirit: Self-control, Part 1

Editor’s Note: This week welcome guest blogger, David Hundert. David is a current Master of Divinity student at Evangelical Seminary. One of the interesting things that I read this week in preparation for this blog series, is that when Paul lists in Galatians 5 what the New International Version of the Bible refers to asContinue reading “The concerning effortlessness of “works” – Fruit of the Spirit: Self-control, Part 1″

Four suggestions to grow faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 5

What can help us to grow faithfulness? In addition to removing the four roadblocks we talked about in the previous post, here are four suggestions that might help you grow faithfulness in your life. Serve people.  Is there someone you have a bad relationship with?  Serve them.  Reach out in kindness to them.  Sometimes itContinue reading “Four suggestions to grow faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 5”

Four roadblocks to faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 4

What causes people to not be faithful? See if any of these potential roadblocks resonate with you. Roadblock #1: Fear – If we have an opportunity to step out of our comfort zone, to step out in faith, we can be afraid that we can’t handle it.  We hold back rather than trust God toContinue reading “Four roadblocks to faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 4”

The surprising definition of faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 3

In the previous post we learned that for faith to be true faith, it must lead to a life that is faithful.  And that brings us to the surprising definition of the word Paul used in the Fruit of the Spirit passage. The word Paul used in Galatians 5:22, “faithfulness,” is defined as “the stateContinue reading “The surprising definition of faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 3”

The important difference between faith and faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 2

In the previous post we studied a couple passages of Scripture that declare God’s faithfulness. You might read those verses and think, “Okay, I see the words of Scripture, but based on what is happening in my life, it doesn’t always seem that God is faithful.”  If we’re honest, we can feel like lamenters inContinue reading “The important difference between faith and faithfulness – Fruit of the Spirit: Faithfulness, Part 2”