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What Is Taking Him So Long? - 2nd Peter 3:8-13

We are supposed to be patient people.I mean, after all as we have learned on Wednesday nights, patience is one aspect of Jesus Fruit that we are all supposed to have if we are abiding in Christ as He abides in us.I typically try to be a patient man, at least I think I do.There are times where my children, Joshua, and Anita might have disagreed with that statement.There are times where it is hard for me to be patient.As a kid, like most kids, I had little patience for how long it took to make a trip or how long it took for my birthday or Christmas to arrive (and with both of them in December it made for a long year).Like many men, if I take my wife clothes shopping, it is hard to be patient…especially an hour or two into the shopping trip and not even the first article of clothing has been purchased to show fruit for the time spent. However, this year has proved to be a new test of patience for me.Most of you know that Joshua and I planted our very first raised fruit garden, full of pep…

Jesus Fruit - Gentleness: Being God's Special Utensils - 2nd Timothy 2:20-26 (Wednesday Night Reflection)

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One summer evening, a young child walked into the room while his parents were setting the table for supper.Quite surprisingly, he asked if he could help. His mother responded, “No, but I appreciate your asking.” The child quickly responded, “Well, I appreciate your saying ‘no.’” Now I don’t know what kind of meal they were having…whether it was a simple supper, or a formal dinner.It might have been a formal dinner since the mom passed on the child’s assistance.If it was a formal dinner, then I can completely understand the child’s response at appreciating his mom’s declining of his offer of assistance. I have never tried to set the table for a formal dinner, and it is just as well.I am one of these folks who can’t keep straight whether the fork goes on the left or the right, so you know, just ask Anita. Most of the time I just put everything on one side of the plate because I know that she is going to come behind me and fix whatever I mess up if I try to do it the right way.I’m all about …

Spiritual Gifts: What Am I Supposed To Do With The Gifts - Ephesians 4:7-8, 11-13, 15-16; 1st Peter 4:10-11

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A woman joined a health spa and on her first day eagerly joined in an exercise class. However, when it ended, she went to the front desk and requested cancellation of her membership. When asked why, she replied, "Your floors are so low that I can't touch my toes!" A gym or exercise class might not be our thing.I mean some of us really don’t want to work out in front of others, we don’t want them to see that we can’t touch our toes.With that in mind, I came across this wonderful bodybuilding exercise program to build muscle strength in the arms and shoulders. It seems so easy that I thought I would offer it for your consideration. Begin by standing on a comfortable surface, where you have plenty of room at each side. With a 5-lb. potato sack in each hand, extend your arms straight out from your sides and hold them there as long as you can. Try to reach a full minute, then relax. Each day, you'll find that you can hold this position for just a bit longer. After a couple o…

Jesus Fruit: Faithfulness - Matthew 24:36-51 (Wednesday Night Reflection)

How many of you remember the Dr. Seuss story of Horton the elephant who because of a commitment he made to the lazy bird, Mayzie, stayed on her egg and hatched the egg?He was not deterred by fierce thunderstorms; he was not deterred by snow, sleet, and icicles; he was not deterred by other animals making fun of him , or missing out on fun; he was not even deterred by hunters taking aim at him; he was not deterred by a rough ride as the hunters drug him and this tree and egg off to a circus; and as people laughed at him, he continued to sit…all the time chanting his liturgy: “I meant what I said, and I said what I meant…an elephant’s faithful—one hundred percent.”A children’s story, but a story of faithfulness to one’s commitment…as Horton stayed on task to his commitment to care for the egg. I’d like to share with you a story that is not a children’s story, but a story that exudes the same kind of committed faithfulness. Every Sunday for nearly three years Bernie had a routine. Just bef…

Spiritual Gifts: Are Mine Any Good - 1st Corinthians 12:12-31

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           One afternoon a 12-year-old boy and his dad were watching football on television.  The boy had just gone out for football at his school.  The team played on Saturdays, but the boy had not gotten to play yet.  So, his father suggested, as they watched the game, “Pick out the position that you play, and watch that person. You'll learn a lot.” Then, in a few minutes, he turned to his son and asked, “Are you doing what I told you to do?” “I would,” the boy said, “But they aren't showing the bench.” Two weeks ago, we began talking about Spiritual gifts—gifts that God pours out onto His people through the presence of the Holy Spirit that can guide us in how we are called to serve Him in building the Kingdom. Last week, we came to the realization that everyone who comes to the party, the party held each week to celebrate the birth, life, death, and resurrection of His Son, receives Spiritual Gifts from God…this week we turn to ask if our gifts are any good, or, to put it in a…

Jesus Fruit: Excelling in Generosity - 2nd Corinthians 8:1-15 (Wednesday Night Reflection)

There once was a terrible plane crash over the ocean and two men survived. They were able to swim to a deserted island, where they were coming to terms with their fate. One man said, “What are we going to do?! If we don’t do something we’ll die out here!” He immediately jumped up and started trying to gather firewood, food, any fresh water. The second man sat on the beach quietly enjoying the sun, sand and surf. Finally, after the first guy had exhausted himself, he came and sat down next to the second guy and said, “George, don’t you want to try and get off this island?” “Oh, we’ll get off this island without having to move a finger. See, I’m a millionaire.” “What difference does that make out here?” “I’m a millionaire, I go to church, and I’m a pretty good tither. Trust me. My pastor will find me — he may have to call in the Coast Guard, or the National Guard, but he will find me!” I could have easily skipped over aspect of Jesus Fruit.We’ve talked about love, we’ve talked about joy,…