1. Spiritual Health
    16 May, 2018
    Spiritual Health
    So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.  A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.  Matthew 7:17-18 I've been asking myself a question lately . . . What does good spiritual health look like? I'm sure the answer to this question can take various forms, but for now I've been focusing on things like truth, humility, faith, and love. All four of those qualities are necessary for good spiritual health. I think that's
  2. Joy and Trials
    06 Mar, 2018
    Joy and Trials
    Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4   I remember this time I was talking with a lady whose daughter had been diagnosed with an incurable disease.  Tears were in her eyes as she spoke.  I could see the pain on her face.  This situation was obviously wearing on her. I said, "I'm
  3. Both/And Living
    26 Apr, 2017
    Both/And Living
    We put no obstacle in anyone's way, so that no fault may be found with our ministry, but as servants of God we commend ourselves in every way: by great endurance, in afflictions, hardships, calamities, beatings, imprisonments, riots, labors, sleepless nights, hunger; by purity, knowledge, patience, kindness, the Holy Spirit, genuine love, by truthful speech, and the power of God; with the weapons of righteousness for the right hand and for the left; through honor and dishonor, through slander