Be Careful Which Way You Lean

Be Careful Which Way You Lean

I love the story of The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, and one of the most impactful lines comes in an exchange between the Lorax and the Once-ler: The Lorax: Which way does a tree fall? The Once-ler: Uh, down? The Lorax: A tree falls the way it leans. Be careful which way you...
The Spirit-Filled Life Is a Fruitful Life

The Spirit-Filled Life Is a Fruitful Life

I remember a professor in college once asking our class, does a peach tree bear peaches because it’s a peach tree? Or is it a peach tree because it bears peaches? And who cares? Far more importantly… When led by selfishness, you’ll bear the fruit of...
Walking In Step With the Holy Spirit

Walking In Step With the Holy Spirit

It’s simple. You can do life your way, or God’s way. And only one of those ways yields the fruit you really want to experience. Doing life your way is what we might call walking in the flesh. It means to live by your own rules, guided by your own wit, in...
Now Stay Free!

Now Stay Free!

Paul said it bluntly, “So Christ has truly set us free. Now make sure that you stay free, and don’t get tied up again in slavery to the law.” (Galatians 5:1 NLT) Paul had been building a case with his letter to the Galatians that when we try to work our...
Breaking Free from the Bondage of Legalism

Breaking Free from the Bondage of Legalism

When you begin a relationship with Jesus Christ, you experience the deliverance and freedom God secured for you when Jesus died and rose again. You’re released from slavery to sin, to death, and to the law itself. That doesn’t mean you no longer need to...
Your Pain Always Has a Point

Your Pain Always Has a Point

A. W. Tozer once said, “It is doubtful whether God can bless a man greatly until he has hurt him deeply.” Tozer wrote those words in a previous generation of Christianity. He did not intend to imply that God wishes to cause pain in the lives of his...

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