Good Fruit

Tending the Garden of Your Mind

“Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants.” – Matthew 13:7 I will always remember my Grandpa Persley, who lived with us years ago and turned our backyard into a lovely and fruitful garden. In essence, he took boards and created a big sandbox and fertilized it regularly with composted topsoil to help the garden grow, and boy, did it ever! He had tomatoes and all kinds of other veggies until he and my grandma moved to Springfield. Guess what happened then? Unfortunately, as well-tended as it had been, no one else in our household had the time or the interest to keep that garden healthy, so within three or four weeks, it was completely overrun by weeds. In fact, so swift was the destruction that it made a lasting impression on me.  Your mind is just like that garden. Not only must you tend to

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Small Changes Reap Great Rewards

“Likewise, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit.” – Matthew 7:17,18 Today, I want to share a powerful promise: if you change just one small thing in your thinking, it will reap great rewards in your life over the course of years!  When I was in high school and college, we used to go out on boats a lot, especially during the summer months. I remember one vessel we were on had this thing called a fly bridge, which was an area on top of the ship from which it could be maneuvered. Although there was a beautiful chrome steering wheel up there, there was a reason it stayed perpetually bright and shiny. Instead of sailing the boat using the wheel, the captain actually navigated using a little jenky

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The Fruit of the Spirit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” – Galatians 5:22,23 The fruit of the Spirit is something that we talk a lot about, but what does it really mean? While much is written and theologized on the subject, I’m inclined to look at it more simply. First of all, the list of characteristics that Paul gives in Galatians do not define multiple fruits, but components of the same fruit. In other words, it’s one fruit that is multi-faceted and manifests in different ways. Some days love will be the dominant flavor, and other days, peace and gentleness will be primary, but all of them will be evident in some measure. In fact, the different characteristics crossover, and one tends to give rise to the others. This is why I’m leery of religious people

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Enjoying Eden

“Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed.” – Genesis 2:8 Today, I want to share some interesting information about the Garden of Eden. At the beginning of time, Adam and Eve were put in this very specific place where they could have unhindered fellowship with God. Eden itself was a location — possibly a water spring or a building — somewhere near the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, and the garden was the space that surrounded it. While we don’t know this for sure, in reading Scripture, it seems that not all of Creation at the time was part of Eden. It’s quite possible that outside the entrance to this lush and Spirit-inhabited space there was a world that was barren and not nearly as abundant and beautiful. That said, what made Eden so special is

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Good Fruit

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.”  – Galatians 5:22,23 I’m always careful of religious people who don’t have joy or who can’t laugh at a joke. If someone can’t celebrate, they don’t have love. When the Scripture teaches that the fruit of the Spirit is love and joy, it is describing different parts of one fruit. In the same way an apple is red on the outside and white on the inside, so the Spirit of God is love on the outside and joy on the inside. That’s why Jesus uses a wedding and not a funeral as a description for the Kingdom of God. It’s a celebration! It’s awesome and it’s something you don’t want to miss out on! You and I need to become people full of the Holy Spirit,

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