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The Fruit of the Spirit

The Fruit of the Spirit or the Flesh?

I hope to be a gardener someday, with a patch of land filled with rich fruits and vegetables to feed my family and others—but at this moment I have little experience as a green thumb. However, the Holy Spirit is the Master Gardener. He makes our hearts grow to glorify […]
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Will We Know Each Other in Heaven?

Will we know each other in heaven? Let’s cut to the chase with a one-word answer: Yes! The two-word answer would be, “For sure!” And the five-word answer would be, “You can count on it!” Christians who know and love each other on earth will know and love each other […]
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The Heart of a Servant

In the restaurant business, there’s a saying: The waiter/waitress is a server, not a servant. The concept of servanthood is incredibly distasteful in our culture. America is (supposedly) a nation where no one is inherently better than anyone else. To us, being someone’s servant means you think of yourself as […]
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Key Connections (February 22, 2017)

Love the Church You’re With, Not the Church of Your Dreams (Ricky Alcantar, The Blazing Center) You may find that some of the things you long for begin to be more evident…Or you may find that God changes your heart to appreciate what’s already there. God Uses Our Work—Even Cleaning Milk […]
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Hope More, Expect Less

What do you expect in the near future? In Chicago, we can expect winter to be cold, snowy and long, but we can also expect a warm summer and a beautiful fall. (Spring is non-existent.) I expect to attend two family weddings this summer, which I expect will be great fun, […]
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10 Prayers to Pray This President’s Day

It’s President’s Day. Workers rest from their labors and schools temporarily close. This is a day of honor, a national holiday to remember the forty-five men who’ve served our country in the prestigious role of President of the United States. Regardless of what the title POTUS evokes for you, President’s […]