Growing Fruit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” Galatians 5:22–23 Yesterday I told a former pastor that I’d love to see pastors take the nine qualities Paul lists as the fruit of the Spirit and tell their churches they were […]

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Shadow People

There are people in the shadows of many churches: the poor, the afflicted, the widows and singles, the married couples in difficulty, the parents and children in crisis, the jobless, the handicapped, the life-scarred, the strugglers—the different. Christians who don’t fit in and who live in the shadows. These are the people who persevere sometimes […]

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Job 33–34

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 17: Thursday Thursday’s Bible reading is Job 33–34. This is another post to add to my list of catch up. The last few weeks have been quite difficult. Thanks for understanding. May God bless you as you read His Word. _________ Isaiah 42 Photograph: ChristianPhotos.net – Free High […]

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2 Samuel 1–4: Civil War & Vengeance

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 17: Tuesday “The time that David was king in Hebron over the house of Judah was seven years and six months.” 2 Samuel 2:11 Tuesday’s Bible reading of 2 Samuel 1–4, tells of the events following Saul’s and Jonathan’s deaths in battle. It is a gruesome record of […]

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Exodus 13–16: Deliverance & Provision

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 17: Monday Then Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and said, “The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea. The LORD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation; This is my God, and I will […]

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2 Corinthians 1–3: Love & Ministry

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 17: Sunday “You are our letter, written in our hearts, known and read by all men; being manifested that you are a letter of Christ, cared for by us, written not with ink but with the Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on […]

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The Road to Emmaus

That very day two of them were going to a village named Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and they were talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing together, Jesus himself drew near and went with them. But their eyes were kept from recognizing him. […]

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Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 17

Week 17 of Read the Bible in 2011 begins today. As I read through the Bible this year, I’m writing down some of my thoughts to encourage you to read the Bible. And if you didn’t start on January 1, that’s not important—you can begin right now. Easter Sunday is a wonderful day to begin […]

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Easter Song

“For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures…” 1 Corinthians 15:3–4 Into the devastation of our world came the God-man Jesus Christ. […]

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Sabbath Mourning

Then Jesus said to them, “You will all fall away because of Me this night, for it is written, ‘I WILL STRIKE DOWN THE SHEPHERD, AND THE SHEEP OF THE FLOCK SHALL BE SCATTERED.’” Matthew 26:31 Men scattered by their fears to bleakest grief, Into mourning without hope, despairing sorrow. Two days locked in now […]

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Jeremiah 17–21: Discouragement & Faithfulness

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 16: Friday The heart is more deceitful than all else And is desperately sick; Who can understand it? Jeremiah 17:9 Friday’s Bible reading is Jeremiah 17–21. Last September, in Fruit, I contrasted Jeremiah 17:5–8 with Psalm 1. These chapters contain many other well-known passages from this prophet, including […]

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Mark 11–12:

Read the Bible in 2011 ◊ Week 16: Saturday “He had one more to send, a beloved son; he sent him last of all to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son.’ But those vine-growers said to one another, ‘This is the heir; come, let us kill him, and the inheritance will be ours!’ They […]

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O Sacred Head, Now Wounded

O sacred Head, now wounded, with grief and shame weighed down, Now scornfully surrounded with thorns, Thine only crown; O sacred Head, what glory, what bliss till now was Thine! Yet, though despised and gory, I joy to call Thee mine. What Thou, my Lord, hast suffered, was all for sinners’ gain; Mine, mine was […]

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