Ouxano 93: Getting More Out of the Epistles

[display_podcast] From Pastor Matt Tague, author of Read the Word: The Bible was written for you: In this week’s podcast, we look at some of the key elements to keep in mind when reading the New Testament Epistles and how to apply them to each of our lives. Remember, there is ONE correct interpretation - or original meaning - of what the apostle meant, but there can be MANY correct applications. One example comes from 2 Corinthians 8:20-21 –20 We are traveling together to guard against an … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 33: Walking in the Spirit – Goodness

[display_podcast]Paul listed nine godly virtues that constitute the fruit of God's Spirit—the inward and outward effect of having the gift of the Holy Spirit dwelling within us. They are "love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control"(Galatians 5:22-23)The spiritual fruit of goodness enables man to do good and to be good—good in the truest sense of the word. Goodness, after all, is the essence of God's nature. We all are fighting a batt … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 27: Walking in the Spirit – Peace

[display_podcast]“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3)What does that phrase mean exactly?  Okay, I had to think this through…what is perfect peace– especially at the times of our lives where we feel anything but peace?What about when we lose our jobs?  Or our kids are out of control?  What happens when we are conflicted with a friend or family member?  Or, our marriage is troubled or a complete mess.  Or someone we l … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 26: Walking in the Spirit – Joy

[display_podcast]Galatians 5:22-23 says:   “But the fruit of the Holy Spirit the work which His presence within accomplishes is love, joy…” let's stop there for a moment and talk about Joy:Joy, what a source of attractiveness to a broken and needy world.  It makes sense that joy is the second characteristic of the fruit of the spirit. Love melts the heart of stone.  Joy touches the deepest part of that heart.  We need joy, and our world needs believers who evidence the fruit of joy.  Rem … [Read more...]