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In Galatians 5:22, the Apostle Paul provides a list of qualities produced in the life of the community of persons who follow Jesus Christ. He calls these the “fruit of the spirt.” When we are connected to God through faith in Jesus Christ, these qualities are evident...

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I am briefly pausing my series on the fruit of the spirit here this week in order to talk a bit about “Brave Space.” I was familiar with the idea of “safe space” which is an environment in which people are free to speak and listen without fear of discrimination,...

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KINDNESS   In Galatians 5:22, the Apostle Paul provides a list of personal qualities produced in the life of those who follow Jesus Christ. He calls these the “fruit of the spirt.” When we are connected to God through faith in Jesus Christ, these qualities are...

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“The fruit of the spirit” is a phrase the Apostle Paul used in Galatians 5:22 to describe the personal qualities produced in the life of those who follow Jesus Christ. When we are connected to God through faith in Jesus Christ, these qualities are planted in our lives...

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          The third fruit of the spirit Paul identifies in Galatians 5:22 is PEACE. When we think of peace, we think of the absence of conflict. But peace is more than this. It also means order and a sense of personal security. It means one is...

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  Fruit of the Spirit: JOY         The second "fruit of the Spirit" that Paul mentions in Galatians 5, is joy. Take a look around and you can see plenty of people who are grumps and gripers, negative about virtually everything that happens in...

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In his letter to the Galatians, the apostle Paul writes, "The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness & self-control." (5:22) Fruits are the natural product of healthy growth. When we are connected to Christ,...

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It’s been a while since I started the project of describing the scenes in the eight stained-glass windows along the sanctuary aisles. The last window to mention is the one closest to the lectern up front. It shows Jesus standing at the bedside of a child with one hand...

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Back in a previous sermon a couple of years back, I shared the story about Kate Bowler, author of Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved. She landed her dream job and had a wonderful family when she was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and had to...

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After months of staying home and limiting our exposure to others, wearing masks and practicing social distancing, we are nearing the end of the covid 19 pandemic. With infections rates going down and vaccinations rates going up, Gov. Larry Hogan has lifted many of the...

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