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Fruit of the Spirit - Kindness

This week, Ryan King challenged us to examine the kindness of Jesus and use that as a mirror for our own lives. He said the fruit of the Spirit are like puzzle pieces that show a complete picture of a life walking with the Spirit. Do you need to add more pieces to your puzzle? Check out the resources below for encouragement to do just that.

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To have found God and still to pursue Him is a paradox of love, scorned indeed by the too-easily-satisfied religious person, but justified in happy experience by the children of the burning heart. Let A. W. Tozer's Pursuit of God spur you also into a genuine hunger and thirst to truly know God.

The Chronological Life of Christ is the definitive resource where all four Gospels have been harmonized into one chronological story line. Containing solid scholarship, but written in clear, helpful style, the reader will receive an in-depth look at Jesus' life, ministry, death, and resurrection. Written using the Thomas & Gundry NIV Harmony of the Gospel, this book is a must-have resource for every serious minded student and teacher of God's Word.
Galatians For You is a new curriculum tool you can use to learn or teach from the book of Galatians. Both student and teacher can use it to walk through Galatians, learning how the gospel message changes the whole of our lives.

 

Fruit of the Spirit - Patience

Patience...that one hits all of us, because it's something we're just not good at. Rob on Sunday challenged us to "choose what you value most over what you want right now." Are you choosing wisely? Choose one of these resources and check it out if you want to further challenge your thoughts on this subject.

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When is the last time you thought about the state of your soul?

 

Bestselling author John Ortberg presents another classic that will help you discover your soul―the most important connection to God there is―and find your way out of the spiritual shallow-lands to true divine depth. With characteristic insight and an accessible story-filled approach, Ortberg brings practicality and relevance to one of Christianity’s most mysterious and neglected topics.

I’d Like You More If You Were More like Me takes on one of life’s most important questions: How can I get closer to God and other people?

 

We were created for deep connections.  I’d Like You More if You Were More like Me offers help in overcoming one of the biggest obstacles to making deep connections: the fact that we’re so different. Different from God and different from each other. An intimate relationship with God and other people doesn’t have to be a cliché, it can be a daily way of life.

Exalting Jesus in Galations: Edited by David Platt, Daniel L. Akin, and Tony Merida, this new commentary series, projected to be 48 volumes, takes a Christ-centered approach to expositing each book of the Bible. Rather than a verse-by-verse approach, the authors have crafted chapters that explain and apply key passages in their assigned Bible books. Readers will learn to see Christ in all aspects of Scripture, and they will be encouraged by the devotional nature of each exposition.

How should Christians live? Pastor and scholar Christopher Wright invites us to live a life in step with the Spirit by cultivating the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These nine chapters, each addressing a different fruit, each conclude with questions for contemplation or discussion. Feed on the Word of God, grow in Christlikeness, and live a fruitful life.

We want to live loving, joyful, anxiety-free lives. Yet how can we live in grace when we’re so busy battling our old patterns of behavior?

 

Jerry Bridges explores the nine aspects of the “fruit of the Spirit” described in Galatians 5:22-23: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. These qualities of character can truly mark our lives if we devote ourselves to a twofold pursuit: God-centeredness and God-likeness. Jerry shows us how to practice the fruit in daily life.

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