The break of self-control

“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” –Proverbs 25:28 Throughout graduate school, my classes included issues of social psychology. How do people behave alone, in groups, and as part of a larger society? We read study upon study. And the one that sticks with me to this day…

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The conundrum of gentleness…

In a world seeking to exalt everything but Christ, it can seem that the only way to fight fire is with fire. Yet gentleness makes the exact opposite claim. “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for…

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Faithfulness is never alone

Search for “faithfulness” in scripture and “steadfast love” is most frequently not very far away. Time and time again, the concept of faithfulness partners with steadfast love to create quite the dynamic duo. And it occurs to me that faithfulness without steadfast love would be quite unfulfilling–for both the faithful one and the receiver of…

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The Source of Goodness

It seems goodness would be a choice. A clear distinction between good and bad. An unmoving line delineating what is good from what does not make the cut. Many things can be nice, but to reach the label of “good”, there remains a higher standard. Scripture draws this line pretty clearly. “I will make all…

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Kindness is an action

Love. Joy. Peace. Patience. Kindness. Our fifth fruit of the Spirit. In studying kindness in scripture, one thing emerged above all else: kindness is action. In Genesis, we see two ways kindness is expressed. “Behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life…” –Genesis…

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