Contributed on Apr 17, 2004
This is the initial, introductory sermon in the series on "The Fruit of the Spirit."
THE SECRET OF THE FRUIT—GALATIANS 5:13-26 “MY DESIRE, TO BE LIKE JESUS; MY DESIRE, TO BE LIKE HIM. HIS SPIRIT FILL ME, HIS LOVE O’ERWHELM ME, IN DEED AND WORD, TO BE LIKE HIM.” --Lillian Plankenhorn, 1946 Is that your heart’s prayer? How can one ever be like Jesus? The secret to ...read more
Contributed on Apr 24, 2004
This is the second in the series of messages on "The Fruit of the Spirit."
The Fruit of the Spirit Is Love --Galatians 5:16-26 and John 15:1-8 Envision the “Fruit of the Spirit” as being a single cluster of fruit, perhaps a cluster of grapes. Included in that single cluster are nine Christian virtues the Holy Spirit produces in believers who live, walk, and ...read more
Contributed on May 2, 2004
This is the third sermon in the Series on "The Fruit of the Spirit"
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS JOY—GALATIANS 5:22-26 and Hebrews 12:1-3 I first heard George Fredrick Handel’s “Hallelujah Chorus” from THE MESSIAH when I was in the sixth grade. I had been promoted to the junior high band before the end of my fifth grade year. Now it was December, 1959; ...read more
Contributed on May 16, 2004
This is the fifth sermon in the series on "THE Fruit of the Spirit"
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS PATIENCE—GALATIANS 5:22-26; MATTHEW 18:21-32 It was May of 2004 when the Holy Spirit taught me a valuable lesson in patience thanks to Sheila. Liz was on the leadership Team of a Walk to Emmaus, and I was left for 72 hours to be Sheila’s sole care giver. It seems ...read more
Contributed on May 23, 2004
This is the sixth sermon in the series on "The Fruit of the Spirit." The thesis is: "Disciples can make a difference in the lives of others by being kind."
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS KINDNESS—GALATIANS 5:22-26; HOSEA 2:14-23; AND LUKE 6:27-36 As soon as I began preparations for today’s message, the Lord called to my mind the lyrics of Glen Campbell’s song “Try a Little Kindness”: If you see your brother standing by the road With a heavy load ...read more
Contributed on Jun 5, 2004
This is number 8 in the series on "The Fruit of The Spirit." I preached this series during Eastertide-Pentecost of 2004! The introduction and the conclusion of this message used a recording of "Semper Fidelis" March and "The Marine’s Prayer" along with
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS FAITHFULNESS—GALATIANS 5:22-26; Deuteronomy 32:1-4; MATTHEW 25:14-30 Semper Fidelis is Latin for “Always faithful.” It is the motto of the City of Exeter in Devonshire, England, and is a testimony to the city’s loyalty to the British Monarchy. Queen Elizabeth I ...read more
Contributed on Jun 19, 2004
This is the nineth sermon in the series on "The Fruit of the Sprit" from Galatians 5:22-23.
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS MEEKNESS—GALATIANS 5:22-26; PSALM 10:17-18, PSALM 37:10-11; MATTHEW 11:25-30 The great African American Contralto Marian Anderson died of congestive heart failure on April 8, 1993, at the age of ninety-six. She retired from singing in 1965. Once in an interview Miss ...read more
Contributed on Jun 28, 2004
This is the final sermon in the Series on "The Fruit of the Spirit" from Galatians 5:22-23."
THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT IS SELFCONTROL—GALATIANS 5:22-26; LUKE 9:23-27 The date as I can best recall was Saturday, June 4, 1977. It was about mid afternoon, and Liz and I were returning from Annual Conference at McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois, to Marissa, to begin our fifth year in ...read more
Contributed on Sep 12, 2005
This is the seventh sermon in the original Pentecost Series in May 2004. The Lord had me completely revise it as a totally new sermon in September of 2005.
The Fruit of the Spirit Is Goodness --Galatians 5:16-23 I know many of you were taught to pray and perhaps even taught your own children to pray a famous bedtime prayer that has been around since the eighteenth century: Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep. If I ...read more