The fruit of Spirit and any other Christian virtues rise to their highest level when they are accompanied by love. Otherwise, as the Apostle Paul says, “they are a clanging cymbal.”
The Apostle Paul provides a simple but profound message to the Galatians: Don’t be a slave to the law or a slave to sin; instead, live in the Spirit. The message is still good today.
When might being discontent be a good thing? Reading: Philippians 3:7-14.
The 4th Sunday of Advent. Reading: Luke 2:8-15.
Isaiah 9:2, 6-7. On this third Sunday of Advent, we look at the situation of the shepherds and the wise men in the story of Christ’s birth.
2nd Sunday of Advent; Isaiah 40:9-11. When we think of the Incarnation, perhaps the best way to put it is, “When Love came down.”
We begin the Advent season with a reminder to hope in what we know, even if we can’t see it.
Philippians 4:4-9. We encounter thousands of random facts every day – things pop up on our phones, we read them in newspapers, we hear talking heads report them on TV. Most of these facts have little relevancy to our daily life. “The Lord is near” is not one of those irrelevant facts. It’s a truth that sends ripples through our being and behaving – it inspires us to rejoice, calls for prayer, and so much more.
It is so easy to stay focused on things in this world – after all, we live here. But we are challenged by the Apostle Paul to keep our hearts and minds on things above. Let’s try to understand how to apply this advice.
Romans 8:1-15. Sin is the ultimate slavery. We were made for freedom, not for slavery. In Jesus Christ we have been set free to live the life God designed for us.