Fruit of the Spirit vs. Idolatry: Self-control vs. Marching to Your Own Beat

I used to have such a wrong idea about the Fruit of the Spirit. I’d read the verses in Galatians like a laundry list of so many things I couldn’t do enough, be enough. I would either flip to another book of the Bible, or vow to work on being more loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, etc. But the next day, I wouldn’t even be able to list all nine.

This post is the ninth in a series on walking with God instead of pursuing idolatry. You’ll find the previous one here.

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Learning to walk by the Spirit isn’t without its stumbles.

When I started this series, I commented to a friend, “I can already tell I’m going to be seriously tested.” Little did I know, God planned to show me so much more than I wanted to know about my own tendency (or lack thereof) to keep in step. Read more

Fruit of the Spirit vs. Idolatry: Gentleness vs. Weakness

I used to have such a wrong idea about the Fruit of the Spirit. I’d read the verses in Galatians like a laundry list of so many things I couldn’t do enough, be enough. I would either flip to another book of the Bible, or vow to work on being more loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, etc. But the next day, I wouldn’t even be able to list all nine.

This post is the eighth in a series on walking with God instead of pursuing idolatry. You’ll find the previous one here.

Fruit of the Spirit, gentleness, weakness, Galatians, idolatryOut running errands the other day in the sweltering heat, I noticed one thing about the people in my normally friendly, helpful town: they were grumpy.
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Bill Cosby Wants to Teach Youth to Avoid Sexual Assault? Physician, heal thyself!

I didn’t want to believe it. When the first few women spoke out about being drugged and sexually assaulted by Bill Cosby, I admit, I’m guilty of being dubious.

No one wants to get out the pitchforks for America’s dad. He’s the lovable, 79-year-old man we invited into our living rooms every week. Not even a jury of his peers will convict him in court, apparently.Bill Cosby, sexual assault, youth, Time Magazine

I get it. He’s Dr. Huxtable, for crying out loud! And he brought us Jello Pudding Pops. Who doesn’t love some creamy, frozen chocolate bliss on a stick?
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A Father for the Fatherless: Learning to Trust God

This weekend we celebrate our fathers, father figures, and fathers of our children. Dads across the country will open ties, BBQ gear, and their cold beverage of choice, along with handcrafted cards out of construction paper, glue, and markers.

Father's day, Father, Dad, Trust, Heavenly Father, Father of the FatherlessBut if you’re like me, you’re also half-bracing yourself against the blast of Happy Father’s Day wishes this year. For whatever reason, thoughts of your father are less than happy. Whether he’s passed away or your relationship with him is painful, the day comes as a barrage of reminders about something you lack.

Many of us who’ve had a wrong understanding about the character of God—about who He is as our heavenly Father—derived those beliefs, whether consciously or unconsciously, from our relationships with our dads.
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Silence Isn’t Mercy: Undoing Duggar’s Damage to Society

I planned to post the next installment in my Fruit of the Spirit series today, but after reading about Josh Duggar’s lawsuit against In Touch Weekly, I can’t be silent. For the sake of all those who shut up and acted like everything was okay after enduring the crime of sexual predators, I’m going to throw my tiny voice out there and join a growing chorus of advocates.

Silence, Duggar, pedophile, In Touch, societyIf you’re not familiar with the story, Josh Duggar is requesting to join his sisters’ lawsuit against the magazine, which originally reported his molestation of them in 2015. They’re also suing the police department that released the reports, claiming that the police department and the magazine violated minors’ privacy rights, despite the fact that all minors’ names were redacted and never published.
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Fruit of the Spirit vs. Fruit of Idolatry: Faithfulness or Performance

I used to have such a wrong idea about the Fruit of the Spirit. I’d read the verses in Galatians like a laundry list of so many things I couldn’t do enough, be enough. I would either flip to another book of the Bible, or vow to work on being more loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, etc. But the next day, I wouldn’t even be able to list all nine.

This post is the seventh in a series on walking with God instead of pursuing idolatry. You’ll find the previous one here.

Fruit of the Spirit, faithfulness, performance, Galatians, talents, Parable, Jesus Well done, good and faithful servant!” As a Christian, these are the words I long to hear at the end of my days.
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Fruit of the Spirit vs. Fruit of Idolatry: Goodness or Wickedness

I used to have such a wrong idea about the Fruit of the Spirit. I’d read the verses in Galatians like a laundry list of so many things I couldn’t do enough, be enough. I would either flip to another book of the Bible, or vow to work on being more loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, etc. But the next day, I wouldn’t even be able to list all nine.

 This post is the sixth in a series on walking with God instead of pursuing idolatry. You’ll find the previous one here.

Fruit of the Spirit, Apostle Paul, Galatians, goodness, wickedness“Be good.” It’s what parents tell their children all the time. I usually said it when leaving mine in the care of someone else.

What we mean when we say it is, “don’t misbehave.” It’s a measure of their outward actions.
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Fruit of the Spirit vs. Fruit of Idolatry: Kindness or Callousness

I used to have such a wrong idea about the Fruit of the Spirit. I’d read the verses in Galatians like a laundry list of so many things I couldn’t do enough, be enough. I would either flip to another book of the Bible, or vow to work on being more loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, etc. But the next day, I wouldn’t even be able to list all nine.

This post is the fifth in a series on walking with God instead of pursuing idolatry. You’ll find the previous one here.

I remember the day I vowed, “No more cash for strangers. Ever.”Fruit of the Spirit, idolatry, kindness, callousness, Apostle Paul, Galatians
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Fruit of the Spirit vs. Idolatry: Patience or Misplaced Trust

I used to have such a wrong idea about the Fruit of the Spirit. I’d read the verses in Galatians like a laundry list of so many things I couldn’t do enough, be enough. I would either flip to another book of the Bible, or vow to work on being more loving, joyful, peaceful, kind, etc. But the next day, I wouldn’t even be able to list all nine.

This post is the fourth in a series on walking with God instead of pursuing idolatry. You’ll find the previous one here.

patience, Fruit of the Spirit, idolatry, mistrust, trust“Lord, give me patience!”

Ever pray this prayer? I have. Many times.
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