Unlocked Archives: fruit of the Spirit

  • September 8, 2023

    READ: EXODUS 34:5-7; MATTHEW 18:23-35; ROMANS 2:4 Patience is a virtue we all need. It took me many years to realize my need for this virtue. This realization came to me when I had a misunderstanding with someone I was helping. She was not willing to take a step I thought was right for her, [...]

  • December 30, 2021

    Your mission will be riddled with perils. Make no mistake, this exoplanet is uncharted territory—there are no illusions about our exploration team making it back to our home planet safely.” Commander Sholer crossed his arms over his chest, his gaze penetrating the souls of the group gathered around him. “Anything to add before we embark?” [...]

  • December 29, 2021

    I. ran a marathon once. In case you are unfamiliar, a marathon is 26.2 miles of running. That was in the year 2000, and I've never even considered running another one. I'm completely convinced it's because I didn't create a celebratory moment at the finish line. I've found that if I don't celebrate something that's [...]

  • December 23, 2021

    For many years, my family celebrated Christmas at my grandparents' home in northern Wisconsin, where winter is typically very cold and snowy. One year my dad thought it would be fun if he and I hiked out into the woods and cooked breakfast over a fire. We got lost. Then we couldn't start the fire. [...]

  • December 19, 2021

    One person in the New Testament I admire is Joseph. He isn't mentioned much in the Bible, but his actions had a tremendous impact on humanity. Who was he? How did his role influence Christianity today? The Bible tells us Joseph was a descendant of King David, and he was pledged to marry a woman [...]

  • December 18, 2021

    When Mary and Joseph were in Bethlehem with the newborn Jesus, there were shepherds in a nearby field. Suddenly an angel appeared and told them about the baby Jesus—the Savior they had all been waiting for had come! The shepherds ran down to the village to see this sight. Immediately after they had seen Jesus, [...]

  • December 14, 2021

    The Incredible Sparkle, superhero and defender of Glimmer City, couldn't tell whether her constant shivering came from the cold or from the raw terror she felt coursing through her body. Behind her, the roof extended mere inches before dropping ten stories to the busy street below. Looking forward frightened her even more. Her nemesis, Dr. [...]

  • December 4, 2021

    What does it mean to live as a Christian in a non-Christian world? Many of the first Christians were asking this question, and God provided answers that still hold true for us today. For example, God inspired Paul to write a letter to the Christians in Corinth, and he addressed specific problems they were facing. [...]

  • November 25, 2021

    It was the end of my freshman year in college when I got a glimpse of what it looks like to give thanks to God in all circumstances and to be content with His gifts. I'd been feeling sorry for myself because all my friends were off on spring break. Even my family was on [...]

  • November 22, 2021

    Night falls, and in the quiet, the thoughts come: "What did I do today that matters? Could I have done something differently in that situation? If this was my last day on earth, would I be happy with the way I spent it?" But how do we know if what we did matters? As children [...]