Tag Archives: Editor’s Introduction

  • 01-Birthday.Boy-Celebration

    Birthday Boy Celebration

    My entire life so far has been spent in the Northern Hemisphere, and as a result, my body clock is programmed to recognize dropping temperatures and shortening days as sure signs that Christmas is approaching. I love everything about the Christmas season—the colors, the twinkling lights, the presents, the Christmas trees, the aromas, the smiles […]

  • 01-A.Walk.With.God

    A Walk with God

    “If anyone says that they love Jesus,” the catchy song in my daughter’s Christian cartoon goes, “they should walk as He walked too. Walk and talk and be just like Him, in everything you do.” Many of us are probably used to hearing advice along those lines, and maybe we take that to mean we’re […]

  • 01-Gaining.Control

    Gaining Control

    Self-control is the ninth fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22–23. Though it’s listed last, it’s clearly an important one. It takes a lot of self-control to manifest the other eight fruits. I recently read about the Stanford Marshmallow Experiment, conducted by Stanford University psychologists in 1972. During the experiment, a marshmallow was offered […]

  • 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 […]

  • 01-Always.Faithful

    Always Faithful

    A while ago, my mom was doing some research into our family’s history and origins, which she then passed on to my siblings and me. She added an image of our surname’s coat of arms, which includes the motto, “Fidelissimus semper”—Latin for “always faithful.” I like the sound of that. I wonder where that motto […]

  • 01-Good.Or.Upright

    Good—Or Upright?

    I recently came across an interesting verse that fits with this issue’s main theme of goodness. I had read it before, but this time it made more of an impression on me.In his letter to the Romans, Paul says, “Now, most people would not be willing to die for an upright person, though someone might […]

  • 01-Helping.Ourselves

    Helping Ourselves

    In one story Jesus told, a young man left home hoping to make his fortune, but ended up wasting his share of the family’s wealth on wild living. Finally, penniless and humbled, he returned to his father’s house, probably expecting and psyched up for an angry—or at least condescending—attitude and a stern lecture. His father, […]

  • 01-The.Grace.To.Keep.On.Loving

    Grace to Keep On Loving

    In one of the most powerful and poetic chapters of the Bible, 1 Corinthians 13, the apostle Paul describes the sort of love Christians are meant to embody: “Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not […]

  • 01-Divine.Chaos

    Divine Chaos

    Of all the word pictures Jesus painted, I can’t think of another that engenders the peace of spirit that comes from feeling secure in God’s loving care more than this: “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. If God so clothes the grass of the field, will He not much more clothe you?”1 Can you […]

  • 01-Fullness.Of.Joy

    Fullness of Joy

    I was 20 when I first read the gospels. That was also when I began to form my own thoughts about God and Jesus. Until then my beliefs had been sketchy at best and based on things I’d heard others say. The truth was that I’d never given the subject any real thought. As I […]

  • Love-God-Love-Those-He-Loves

    Love God, Love Those He Loves

    The expression “Love me, love my dog” came to life when my wife and I got a puppy—a first for me. We adore Sophie and she adores us. Actually, she adores everyone. She is not only one of those hyperactive toy breeds, but also one that is famously sociable. She starts wagging her tail as […]

  • 01-Lasting.Change

    Lasting Change

    The New Year is more than just a marking of time—or at least it can be. Many people see it as an opportunity to make a new start in some area of their lives. Perhaps it’s our new calendars with their fresh images or our new diaries and weekly planners with their unspoiled pages. Perhaps […]