Contributed on Jan 29, 2003
This sermon introduces this series, The Core Virtues of the Christian Life, which is based on the Fruit of the Spirit by recognizing our need for virtues that define our character as Christians.
There is a lot of talk today about core values, especially in the business world. Companies, churches, and even individuals are spending time to determine what is most valuable to them. Once these values are established, the values define the boundaries of how they do business. Churches are ...read more
Contributed on Feb 11, 2003
Joy and happiness seem to be the same thing. But there is a profound difference. Joy is a virtue because it comes from within and is not contingent upon the circumstances around us.
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., was a member of the U.S. Supreme Court for 30 years. His mind, wit and work earned him the unofficial title of "the greatest justice since John Marshall." At one point in his life, Justice Holmes explained his choice of a career by saying: "I might have entered the ...read more
Contributed on Feb 17, 2003
We long for peace in our world, in our communities, in our families, and even in our churches. Real peace is a condition of the soul, not our outward circumstances.
We long for peace. We want peace in the Middle East, Europe, and in Korea. We want peace in our land. We are troubled by scenes of people buying gas masks, duct tape, and plastic. We are even more troubled at the sight of a toddler taking out her pacifier to put on a gas mask. We long for peace in ...read more
Contributed on Feb 23, 2003
Patience is more than the ability to wait in line without getting frustrated. Patience is much deeper than waiting in the doctor’s office without getting irritated. Patience is an active endurance of opposition, not a passive resignation.
A man’s car stalled in the heavy traffic as the light turned green. All his efforts to start the engine failed, and a chorus of honking behind him made matters worse. He finally got out of his car and walked back to the first driver and said, "I’m sorry, but I can’t seem to get my car started. If ...read more
Contributed on Mar 17, 2003
Being a faithful Chrisitan is not being at church every time the doors are open. Faithfulness is rooted in our faith in God.
What is faithfulness? What do we mean when we say someone is faithful? Faithfulness is not… · attending church every time the doors are open. · serving in ministry positions where God has not gifted you. · teaching Sunday School longer than God calls you to. · financially supporting the ...read more
Contributed on Mar 24, 2003
Gentleness is possibly the most misunderstood virtue. Many people think of gentleness as being weak, timid, or passive. This is not the biblical understanding of gentleness.
The Virtue of Gentleness (part 9) The Core Virtues of the Christian Life Galatians 5:22-23 Jeff Armbrester Have you ever watched a 2000-pound horse pull logs? A few years ago, a friend called to tell me that a man who lived over the hill from us was having some trees cut out of his yard ...read more
Contributed on Mar 29, 2003
Self-control is not when I control my "self". It when my "self" is controlled by the Holy Spirit.
The Virtue of Self-Control Part 10 The Core Virtues of the Christian Life Galatians 5:22-23 Jeff Armbrester (I appreciate the sermon "Strawberry of Self-Control" by James Westervelt, which is on this site. His outline inspired me as I prepared this message. I encourage you read his sermon ...read more
Contributed on Apr 1, 2003
Everyone would agree that love is a core virtue. Everyone would agree that a society built upon love will be one that is strong and pleasant to live in. The problem is, we have differing understandings of what love is. For love to be the foundational virt
Love: the Foundation of all Virtues Part 2 The Core Virtues of the Christian Life Galatians 5:22-23 Jeff Armbrester (Due to the damands of ministry, this sermon is being transcribed from the tape and the complete version will be added soon.) Every building has to have a foundation. The ...read more
Contributed on Apr 1, 2003
Kindness is not an attitude or emotion. We do no think of people as being kind simply because they do not hurt anybody. We regard people as being kind if they go out of their way, with no public recognition, to perform deeds of kindness.
The Virtue of Kindness Part 6 The Core Virtues of the Christian Life Galatians 5:22-23; Micah 6:8 Jeff Armbrester Mamie Adams always went to a branch post office in her town because the postal employees there were friendly. She went there to buy stamps just before Christmas one year and ...read more