According to Galatians 5:22, a believer in Jesus who yields himself to be led by the Spirit of God experiences joy. Joy is a profound feeling of happiness, such as the one experienced by a woman when her child is born (John 16:21). In that moment, something truly wonderful happens to the woman: her wait … Continue reading The Fruit of The Spirit Is Joy
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love" (Galatians 5:22, KJV) The Spirit of God leads every true believer who yields himself to Him to love fellow believers (1 John 3:14), family (1 Timothy 5:8), strangers (Luke 10:25-37), and even enemeis (Luke 6:27). When we surrender ourselves to the Spirit, He teaches us that all human … Continue reading The Fruit of the Spirit Is Love
Last week, I was saying good-bye to one of my supervisors at my secular job. After serving the company and the youth for which it cares for some eleven years, he had decided to follow a different path (may God bless him with peace). He is a brother in Christ, and thefore I invited him … Continue reading You Too Have a Calling
Psalm 127:3, and Proverbs 4:3 While watching Seinfeld on Hulu, not only have I been laughing, but I have also been remembering those moments when my parents and I watched the show for the first time in the 90's, when I was a teenager. For better or for worse, I watched much TV as a … Continue reading A Father Building Memories
From time to time, my wife, my son, and I attend church on Saturday night instead of Sunday morning, especially when I have to work overnight on Saturday. Tonight was such a night. The pastor spoke tonight on Galatians 2:11-16, which teaches that we are justfiied (declared just) by faith in Jesus Christ only. The … Continue reading Justified by Faith Only
Read Ephesians 6:16 and Isaiah 46:9-10. In 2007, I had a haunting conversation with a friend who is not a beliver. As he shared his thoughts and fears, I sensed his fear crawling over me like some clawed creature, causing me to shake. After my conversation with him, I found myself researching what we had … Continue reading Darts of Fear, Dreams of Light
Fra Angelico [Public domain or Public domain]Wikimedia Commons Recently, someone asked me, "How do you know whether you are saved?" It seemed to me this person wanted to know whether God had truly been at work in my life, and whether I was a true believer. Sometimes, when people ask this question, they want to … Continue reading How Do You Know that You Belong to Him?