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    A FRESH LOOK AT THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT

    Harvest season is a time of reward. The countless hours of work, the perspiration, the constant watering, the diligent guarding against threats, and even the dirt under the fingernails all become worthwhile when our gardens, orchards, and vineyards produce their crops.

    The lifecycle of the plants in our gardens ensures satisfying and delicious results. But growth in our Christian lives is…

    IN - Heart of Effective Ministry

    Pastoral ministry on behalf of Christ is a desperately needed, wonderfully difficult, and potentially dangerous calling. Rewarding as it can be, no one ever said it would be easy, safe, or even what we expected.

    With such realism and love for fellow ministers, Bill Crowder, the vice president of teaching content for Our Daily Bread Ministries, opens his heart in the following pages.…

     

    Pastoral ministry on behalf of Christ is a desperately needed, wonderfully difficult, and potentially dangerous calling. Rewarding as it can be, no one ever said it would be easy, safe, or even what we expected.With such realism and love for fellow ministers, Bill Crowder, RBC Director Of Church Ministries, opens his heart in the following pages. By combining the wisdom…

    Lent Day 40: A Holy Saturday Prayer

    Joseph took the body, wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, 60 and placed it in his own new tomb that he had cut out of the rock. He rolled a big stone in front of the entrance to the tomb and went away. ~ Matthew 27:59–60

    For some of us, Easter can be summed up as planning outfits for the…

    Lent Day 39: Meditating on 2 Peter 3:8–9

    But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.  The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. ~ 2 Peter…

    Lent Day 38: What is Celebrated on Maundy Thursday?

    “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. ~ John 13:34

    Q: What is Celebrated on Maundy Thursday?

    A: “Maundy” comes from the Latin word “Mandatum,” from which we get the word “mandate” or “commandment.” On this day, we celebrate the final meal Jesus had with his disciples when he…

    Lent Day 37: If Someone Broke Your Trust

    Then one of the Twelve—the one called Judas Iscariot—went to the chief priests and asked, “What are you willing to give me if I deliver him over to you?” So they counted out for him thirty pieces of silver. From then on Judas watched for an opportunity to hand him over. ~ Matthew 26:14-16

    Have you ever noticed that the words…

    Lent Day 36: There came a light!

    In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. ~ John 1:4–5

    This far into our journey through Lent, we’ve seen countless examples of how the world is broken and it can start wearing on us! It can be hard to be able to see…

    Lent Day 35: A Season of Waiting

    May the God who gives endurance and encouragement give you the same attitude of mind toward each other that Christ Jesus had, ~ Romans 15:5

    Are you in a season of waiting? Waiting to hear back on an application, test result, or for an answer from a friend? Maybe you’re just waiting for anything to change at all.

    Check out this quick…

    Lent Day 34: Meditating on Psalm 145:13–16

    Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures through all generations. The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does. The Lord upholds all who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time. You open…

    Lent Day 33: Waiting!

    Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. ~ Psalm 27:14

    Waiting for just about anything is tough! Vacation. A job offer to come in. An acceptance letter. A pay-check. The right someone. The weekend. A baby. A diagnosis. Healing. Anything.

    And we know that God has his perfect plan set out for us, so why…

    Lent Day 32: Stuck in a Season of Waiting

    For what you have done I will always praise you in the presence of your faithful people. And I will hope in your name, for your name is good. ~ Psalm 52:9

    Do you feel stuck in a season of waiting? It’s so easy to feel alone, just waiting for something to change, for God to move.

    If you’re feeling stuck in…

    Lent Day 31: A Prayer to Wait with Patience

    I remain confident of this:I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. ~ Psalm 27:13–24

    Have you ever heard the saying, “patience is not the ability to wait, but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting?”

    Well, if we’re honest,…

    Lent Day 30: A Commitment to Serve Others

    A generous person will prosper;
    whoever refreshes others will be refreshed. ~ Proverbs 11:25

    We are called to love God and serve others.

    Establishing a commitment to serve others helps us to find practical ways to love and serve those around us. Today, we hear from Anthony Raffa on one of his favourite ways to serve others he cares about. We encourage…

    Lent Day 29: Meditating on Deuteronomy 15:10–11

    Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. 11 There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy…