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Who else would react this way? (Self-Control) [Fruit of the Spirit Series]

It’s hard to believe we are at the end of the Fruit of the Spirit Series already. These 9 weeks have flown by. I hope you have enjoyed this study. If you missed any post in this series, just click here to be

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Can You Possess Both Gentleness and Strength? (Fruit of the Spirit Series)

Interested in listening to this post? Click on the CD image to get the free audio download of this post and the 9 other Fruit of the Spirit blog posts.   Aside from moments when my children are sick or injured,

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Living a Life of Faithfulness [Fruit of the Spirit Series]

We’re in our seventh week of the Fruit of the Spirit Series. If you missed any of the previous series’ posts, click here to catch up. This week we tackle faithfulness. (If you would rather listen to this series, click here for access to

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The Secret to Bearing the Fruit of Goodness [Fruit of the Spirit Series]

Anyone who has spent a few days with a young child knows it is impossible for little ones to avoid misbehavior. Even the most passive of children make poor choices and behave badly from time to time. Yet the age-old

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Why Is Kindness Considered a Fruit? [Fruit of the Spirit Series]

Exercising kindness isn’t always easy. In fact, sometimes it’s downright hard. When busy, sick, or tired, being kind doesn’t come second nature. Yet kindness is a standard the Lord calls Christians to.  I’ve occasionally wondered why God would mention kindness,

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Necessary Thorns: Patience [Fruit of the Spirit Series]

When younger, I didn’t think much about acquiring patience. It never seemed that important. Yet this virtue is perhaps one that is most tested—and needed—during our adult lives. Name one adult who hasn’t faced trials or times of discomfort. We

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The Truth About Peace (Fruit of the Spirit Series)

World peace sounds like just the thing. It’s politically correct. It’s a lofty goal. And who would argue against it? But it is impossible. Since that fateful day when Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden, we haven’t had peace

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How To Secure Joy [Fruit of the Spirit Series]

Who doesn’t want joy—that feeling of well-being and delight? I venture to suggest we all want it. But if you’re like me, you find joy somewhat elusive. It slips quietly into my day, only to leap away before I can

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Real Love: Drop the “But” [Fruit of the Spirit Series]

Our culture has it wrong. Love is not about how we feel or what we get … or even about what we give. It is about how we give. True love is demonstrated by affectionately giving to others while freely

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Getting into the Bible [TV Miniseries and Blog Series]

Have you heard about the new epic 10-part miniseries based on the Bible? It is set to debut Sunday night, March 3, from 8 to 10 p.m (7 to 9 p.m., central) on the History Channel and will run for

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Hello, I'm Julie, an imperfect wife and mother of four. Life in this broken world is not always easy. Yet, joy can be found in each day through the grace and mercy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

I find it's easy for our day's BLESSINGS to get lost in its HAPPENINGS. But God's "mercies never end" (Lamentations 3:22) and His "grace is sufficient" (2 Corinthians 12:9).

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