Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 4 August 2022. Today’s topic: Walking Dangerous Ground

Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted.  Galatians 6:1 This is dangerous ground.   Without going into the gory details, I’ve fallen into this trap before.  More than once, in fact, and each time itContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 4 August 2022. Today’s topic: Walking Dangerous Ground”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 1 August 2022. Today’s topic: The Right Thing

Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.  Galatians 5:25 This one is so much tougher than it would seem to be.   I know so many Christians who project this vibe of, “I’m living this perfect life now because I believe in Jesus.” I wish I was one of them.  Continue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 1 August 2022. Today’s topic: The Right Thing”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 28 July 2022. Today’s topic: We Too

Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.  Galatians 5:24 So, if you have accepted Jesus and His salvation, you no longer have to worry about sin bothering you, right?   Yes.   And no; you knew this, of course. But, yes, you did!   The spiritual damnation that comes with rejectingContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 28 July 2022. Today’s topic: We Too”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 26 July 2022. Today’s topic: Nine Fruits: Self-Control

But the fruit of the Spirit is…self-control….  Galatians 5:23 Self-control is the last Galatians 5 fruit of God’s Spirit.   It is, perhaps, the most difficult to understand, and for us to implement in our lives.  The King James version doesn’t use “self-control,” instead describing “temperance.”  I actually prefer that word, but for our purposes, let’s goContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 26 July 2022. Today’s topic: Nine Fruits: Self-Control”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 20 July 2022. Today’s topic: Nine Fruits: Goodness

But the fruit of the Spirit is…goodness….  Galatians 5:22 In our so-called modern world, goodness seems too goody-goody, right?   Many people, especially “those Christians,” show such goody-goody goodness that it’s nauseating.   If “goodness” is a state of displaying moral excellence and virtue, then some people take it to a level of annoying irritation.   On the flipContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 20 July 2022. Today’s topic: Nine Fruits: Goodness”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 12 July 2022. Today’s topic: Nine Fruits: Joy

But the fruit of the Spirit is…joy….  Galatians 5:22 What is joy?   How would you describe joy?  Dictionary.com primarily defines joy as “the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation.”   Beethoven wrote a symphony about it.  The Apostle James described things differently, saying how we should considerContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 12 July 2022. Today’s topic: Nine Fruits: Joy”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 21 March 2022. Today’s topic: Receive the Promise

He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.  Galatians 3:14 (NIV). Way back in the Old Testament, over 400 years before Jesus (and Paul) lived, the prophet Joel prophesied that God would pourContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 21 March 2022. Today’s topic: Receive the Promise”

Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 3 March 2022. Today’s topic: First, Second, or Third

I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard?  Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?  Galatians 3:2-3 (NIV). Paul rephrases his gut checkContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Galatians, 3 March 2022. Today’s topic: First, Second, or Third”

Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 23 December 2021. Today’s topic: Ask the Father

Then I, Daniel, looked, and there before me stood two others, one on this bank of the river and one on the opposite bank. One of them said to the man clothed in linen, who was above the waters of the river, “How long will it be before these astonishing things are fulfilled?”  The man clothed inContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 23 December 2021. Today’s topic: Ask the Father”

Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 10 May 2021 Today’s topic: Prayer Matters

During the night the mystery was revealed to Daniel in a vision. Then Daniel praised the God of heaven and said: “Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his.  He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others.  He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning.  HeContinue reading “Practical Proverbial, from Daniel, 10 May 2021 Today’s topic: Prayer Matters”