Volume 14.09 | September 2013

  • 01-Tender.Strength

    Tender Strength

    In our series on the fruits of the Spirit, we’ve reached the eighth fruit, named prautes in the original Greek text—and as it turns out, that’s a particularly tricky word to interpret. In his commentary on Galatians 5:23, Scottish theologian William Barclay (1907–1978) went so far as to say that “prautes is the most untranslatable […]

  • 02-The.Winning.Play

    The Winning Play

    In my junior year at college, I was elected coach of my fraternity’s football team. My first and most important decision was to appoint our quarterback (QB), the player (in American football) who calls the plays and organizes the offensive. I wanted a QB who would listen to my advice and who was respected by […]

  • 03-The.Stuff.Heaven

    The Stuff Heaven Is Made Of

    I don’t want to put my father on a pedestal. He wouldn’t have wanted that. He was always self-effacing, and I can’t remember him ever seeking honor for himself. When someone would praise him, he’d point heavenward, to his Creator, and give God the glory. When he was still around, I didn’t treasure him as […]

  • 04-Appreciation.In.The.Workplace

    Appreciation in the Workplace

    Appreciation is a human need. It’s not just something that’s nice to have when possible, but something that each person needs in order to be happy and to thrive. That’s true in every setting, but it’s perhaps nowhere more evident than in the workplace. When people feel genuinely appreciated by those they work for and […]

  • 05-Teamwork.And.Synergy

    Teamwork and Synergy

    Often when people think of leadership, the image of the strong, self-assured, authoritative leader comes to mind—the man who uses his charismatic style to drive his team or company to success.  In today’s world, though, good managers realize that they can’t bring success to their business entirely through their own ideas, drive, and talents. Adopting […]

  • 06-Our.Humble.Savior

    Our Humble Savior

    Born in a barn. [Mary] wrapped him in swaddling cloths and laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn.—Luke 2:7 ESV Rejected by many. He came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him.—John 1:10–11 […]

  • 07-Always.Content

    Always Content

    The best high-and-low experience I had was when I was living in Uganda and joined a mission to the former child soldiers in Gulu, the same kids you see in the movie, Machine Gun Preacher. 1 We brought tons of donated food and showed the movie Jesus 2 with a running Acholi translator. We had to […]

  • 08-Power.To.The.Meek

    Power to the Meek

    God instructs us to be meek and humble in our dealings with others … Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.—Ephesians 4:2 NLT Try your best to please God and to be like him. Be faithful, loving, dependable, and gentle.—1 Timothy 6:11 […]

  • 09-7.Great.Ways

    7 Great Ways to a Humbler You

    Most of us wouldn’t mind being a little more humble, but oh how we hate to be humbled! That hurts our pride, but that kind of pain is good for us if we can welcome it and let it accomplish its purpose. Remember the mantra of Olympians: No pain, no gain!  Look for the best […]

  • 10a-Gentleness

    Gentleness—The Winsome Fruit

    A gentle spirit is one of the keys to success with people. It can make all the difference in how open others are to our opinions and ideas. Jesus is pictured in the Bible as a lamb,1 a mother hen,2 and a gentle, concerned shepherd.3 He said of Himself, “I am gentle and lowly in […]

  • 10b-Under.Control

    Under Control

    I like the definition of meekness that’s in my Bible dictionary. It says meekness is “an attitude of humility toward God and gentleness toward men, springing from a recognition that God is in control.” It is strength and courage under control, coupled with kindness. This kind of meekness is having faith and peace, because you […]

  • 11-Angry.With.Evil

    Angry with Evil

    Question: I realize that love and humility are Christian virtues, but what about when you see injustice? I sometimes get so upset when I read about some of the terrible things going on in the world. Is it always wrong to be angry? Answer: “Don’t be quick to fly off the handle” is one interpretation […]