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Gentleness: Real Power

Anger is a warning light on the dashboard of our emotional cars. We tend to respond in one of two ways: ignore it, or rage about it. Both are destructive and an attempt to control outcomes. Both feel like they give us power but don’t. Gentleness the true path to...

Niceness is not a Long Term Plan

Jesus says the truth shall set you free, not niceness. God, our perfect father, has a more long-term growth plan designed for us, full of goodness and grace. Things like reproof, correction, and teaching are the tools He uses in His good way to change us. We wrap up...

Real Goodness Uncovers Problems

Goodness, in the biblical sense, is often unpopular. It’s constantly pushing for growth and change. It’s a light exposing things about ourselves we don’t like. There is an edge to goodness that is opposed to the high cultural values of the rugged...

Goodness: More than Thinking Nice Thoughts

What does it look like to want what’s really good for another person? To act in a good way toward them? Part of it is laying down your desire to be right all the time and picking up a desire for them to be right?as in right in line with God’s...

Who is Good but God?

Goodness in action sometimes feels bad, because it may be rebuke or a correction of some kind; we need to change and God’s goal is to help us change and grow. The things we’re really after in life, like peace and abundance, comes from discipline which...

Building Good Bricks Instead of a Wall

When God is good to us, we change. We grow. When we’re good to each other, it causes growth and change too. Eph 2:10 says God has created good works for you to do in your life, so what are those good works? How do you choose what do to? What about building...

Patience: Are We Designed to Wait?

Waiting is hard because we’re also designed for glory?we catch glimpses of the way it should be and get heartsick having to wait. We struggle so much in the meantime?but if there wasn’t a “meantime” to struggle/pray/worship God, it would not be...

Having Patience with Others

We’re called to love, and love is patient?but people are nearly impossible to be patient with! Liz and Evan Frerichs talk about what drives them crazy about other people and talk about balance. Part of the definition of patience is having the power to act but...

Having Patience with Yourself

Have you ever said to yourself, “Why am I not learning patience quickly enough!?” It’s hard to be gentle with ourselves. We’re often our harshest critic. But we don’t have to do that to ourselves. God is all about giving us room to grow,...