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In Everything – Give Thanks

by Gerald Cory

“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:18)  As I was preparing for this week’s sermon, based upon the above verse, I came across this devotional, which beautifully captivates how we can indeed “give thanks in all circumstances.” I hope it brings as […]

Give Thanks – Whatever You Do

by Gerald Cory

We should give thanks to God in everything we do and say. Do all of your actions and words say “thanks” to God? An attitude of gratitude should be reflected in all we do. We should be grateful for God’s grace and love demonstrated for us in the gift of his Son, Jesus.  Oftentimes when […]

The Thankful Heart

by Gerald Cory

”I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all of my heart.”  Psalm 9:1 It is not always easy to give thanks, but this is the very thing we must do in order to see God’s will accomplished in our lives. This is how we move into higher realms of faith for ourselves, for our […]

Enter with Thanksgiving!

by Gerald Cory

”I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all of my heart.”  Psalm 9:1 I don’t know about you, but this is my favorite time of the year –the Autumnal Equinox! As God’s panoramic splendor begins to unfold, my heart leaps forth with gratitude.  All of creation reminds me afresh of the creative power of […]

Reflecting the Nature of God

by Gerald Cory

“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” Gal 5:22-23 An old pastor once said that “you can tell what kind of Christian someone is when something falls on their toe and their reaction to it.” As comical as it sounds, there is a truth hidden in […]

The Fruit of the Spirit – Self Control

by Gerald Cory

“But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control…” Gal 5:22-23 God’s idea for the world includes having everyone demonstrate the fruit of the Holy Spirit. So where does self-control come in? Everywhere. It takes Self-Control to: show true godly love instead of lust and infatuation—to love others […]

The Fruit of the Spirit – Gentleness

by Gerald Cory

Gentleness – “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness…” Gal 5:22-23 “Let your gentleness be evident to all.” – Philippians 4:5  How unfortunate that too many people equate gentle with weak. Yet, Gentleness doesn’t mean weakness. Rather, it involves humility and thankfulness toward God, and polite, restrained […]

The Fruit of the Spirit – Faithfulness

by Gerald Cory

Faithfulness – “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness…” Gal 5:22  In our reflections on the fruit of the Spirit, we have seen how these virtues are rooted in the character of God. This is incredibly good news, because it assures us that producing this fruit is ultimately […]

The Fruit of the Spirit – Goodness

by Gerald Cory

Goodness – “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness…” Gal 5:22 I remember the 1982 movie debut when E.T. pointing to Elliott’s sister Gertie (Drew Barrymore), tells my generation to “Be good.” Growing up, to “be good” may have looked like helping with the household chores, cutting the grass […]

The Fruit of the Spirit – Kindness

by Gerald Cory

Kindness – “But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness…” Gal 5:22 Kindness Is Worth the Cost – By Rick Warren There is always a cost to kindness. It inevitably causes you to sacrifice time, money, energy, reputation, privacy, or something. There was a cost for the Good Samaritan, too. In the […]