Christian Home & Family: Why The Fruit Of The Spirit Is Not A Checklist

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If you’ve been in Christian circles for any length of time, you’ve heard a sermon or talk about the fruit of the Spirit. You’ve seen it on plaques in people’s homes, you’ve heard children’s songs about this list of virtues.Galatians 5:22 says – “the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control.” Our human tendency is to take list of character qualities like that and make them into a checkl … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 104: Amazing Love, How Can It Be?

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[display_podcast] From Dewey Bertolini, Pastor of The Safe Haven in McMinnville, OR: Well, I’ve got good news for you. Great news, at least as far as Jesus and His disciples were concerned. Just in case you were worried about this. As you will hear in this PODCAST, Jesus finally got a break in the action. Finally, mercifully, after His enormously long and draining and tiring day -- in which He taught a series of seven parables, sailed to the other side of the sea, stilled a raging storm, s … [Read more...]

Jesus in HD 103: No Wonder They Hated Him, and We LOVE Him

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[display_podcast] From Dewey Bertolini, Pastor of The Safe Haven in McMinnville, OR: OK.  So, I’ve got to tell you that I find this entire series of events that we will be discussing in this PODCAST… All of which I will remind you took place in less than 36 hours… This entire series of events that took place in just one day in the life of Jesus… I find to be remarkably REFRESHING, while at the same time to the followers of Jesus’ faith utterly unsettling... Absolutely REVOLUTIONARY to me, w … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 33: Walking in the Spirit – Goodness

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[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 29 – Walking in the Spirit – Kindness

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[display_podcast]The Greek word for kindness means tender concern for others.  It has nothing to do with weakness or lack of conviction, rather it is the genuine desire of a believer to treat others gently, just as the Lord treats us... the term possesses the harmlessness of a dove.  It is a tender heart and a nurturing spirit.  Each quality of the Holy Spirit is absolutely divine. They are impossible goals for the unbeliever, yet attainable graces for the true believer.  They are man … [Read more...]

Reflections of Grace 25: Walking in the Spirit – Agape Love

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[display_podcast] Galatians 5:22-23 says:   “But the fruit of the Holy Spirit the work which His presence within accomplishes is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, Gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law.1 Corinthians 13:1-3 says: If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging … [Read more...]


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