SELF-CONTROL—THE LIBERATING FRUIT

SELF-CONTROL—THE LIBERATING FRUIT

The secret to building self-control is to yield our lives to God and let His Holy Spirit guide our thoughts, our actions and our life. “Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world,” Paul advises, “but let God transform you into a new ... Read More »

TAKE ME TO YOUR MASTER!

TAKE ME TO YOUR MASTER!

Children—and many adults, including this one—love the story of Aladdin. Adventure, magical artifacts, good versus evil, and the ultimate success story of a beggar boy being transformed into a prince by an awesome genie. There’s something ap... Read More »

THE LAUNDRY BASKET

THE LAUNDRY BASKET

A while back I read some tips on how to get along with people: 1) Speak cheerfully. 2) Smile. 3) Address people by name. 4) Be friendly and helpful. 5) Communicate openly. 6) Be concerned about others. 7) Be generous with praise, encouragem... Read More »

GAINING CONTROL

GAINING CONTROL

Self-control is the ninth fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22–23. Though it’s listed last, it’s clearly an important one. It takes a lot of self-control to manifest the other eight fruits. I recently read about the Stanford Marshma... Read More »

THE THORN FACTOR

THE THORN FACTOR

I don’t think that God intended any marriage to be perfect. I think of it as the “thorn” factor that He allows into the equation—that element that we shrink from, but that He knows we need. You may wonder, Why would we need differences of o... Read More »

REGAINING THE PLOT

REGAINING THE PLOT

Ever feel like you’ve “lost the plot”? You’re reading a novel and can’t quite figure out who is who, or you tuned out during a film and now it doesn’t seem to make sense anymore. Your life is busy, busy, yet sometimes you’re no longer sure ... Read More »

HOW TO HAVE A HAPPIER HOME

HOW TO HAVE A HAPPIER HOME

According to Dr. James H. Bossard, a former professor of sociology at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the greatest weaknesses in family life is the way parents talk in front of their children. After studying extensive recordings of t... Read More »

ANGRY WITH EVIL

ANGRY WITH EVIL

Question: I realize that love and humility are Christian virtues, but what about when you see injustice? I sometimes get so upset when I read about some of the terrible things going on in the world. Is it always wrong to be angry? Answer: “... Read More »

UNDER CONTROL

UNDER CONTROL

I like the definition of meekness that’s in my Bible dictionary. It says meekness is “an attitude of humility toward God and gentleness toward men, springing from a recognition that God is in control.” It is strength and courage under contr... Read More »

7 GREAT WAYS TO A HUMBLER YOU

7 GREAT WAYS TO A HUMBLER YOU

Most of us wouldn’t mind being a little more humble, but oh, how we hate to be humbled! That hurts our pride, but that kind of pain is good for us if we can welcome it and let it accomplish its purpose. Remember the mantra of Olympians: No ... Read More »

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