The children of Israel knew what it was to prepare for the worship of the LORD their God. They were called to prepare themselves to hear from God at Mt. Sinai (Exo 19:9-11). Perpetual preparations would be required for the ...Read More »
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Families without focal points become easily distracted, frenzied, and careless. We need targets to keep us on track and guardrails to keep us out of trouble. Mottos are an easy way to remember the things that matter most. Do you ...Read More »
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I, therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (Eph 4:1-3)
Annoyances. Frustrations. Disagreements. Misunderstandings. Short tempers.
If you're human, you can relate. And because human homes are made up of human beings, the atmosphere of our homes is sometimes polluted with relational smog. In such moments, the last word on our minds may be "gentleness."
Of the many prophecies Jesus fulfilled, consider this one:
___ He will not quarrel or cry aloud, _____ nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets; ___ a bruised reed he will not break, _____ and a smoldering wick he will not quench. (Matt 12:19-20)
Gentleness is a fruit of the Spirit (Gal 5:22-23). It is "put on" by those who have dedicated themselves to holiness (Col 3:12). It is a sign of growth in character. The gentle man or woman has left behind childish foolishness (Tit 3:3) and is manifesting maturity in the determination to "speak evil of no one, to avoid quarreling, to be gentle, to show perfect courtesy toward all people" (Tit 3:2). In other words, gentleness doesn't "come naturally." Gentleness is a choice. The choice to walk in the footsteps of our Savior. Who did not quarrel. Whose voice did not echo in unrighteous anger from across the street. Who did not maliciously break the broken reed or selfishly quench the smoldering wick.Read More »
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- Gary Henry's Daily Family Bible Study for the week emphasizes that prayer should be an important part of our everyday lives.
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- Gary Henry's Daily Family Bible Study for the week explores how God sometimes allows us to suffer the consequences of our sins after we are forgiven.
- Ferrell Jenkins has two posts to enhance your Biblical knowledge of Ephraim.
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- Gary Henry's Daily Family Bible Study for the week emphasizes that apart from God, life is empty.