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Last night at the “Fundamentals of the Faith” class, the topic was the ministry of the Holy Spirit. One of the questions asked in the workbook was to list the fruit of the Spirit. In other words, when Jesus has been asked to be Savior, the Holy Spirit takes up residence in our lives and thus produces “fruit” which should be apparent. That “fruit” includes love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (see Galatians 5:22-23). As we discussed each one of those qualities, my mind drifted to what has happened in Charlottesville, Virginia. Has there been evidence of those qualities in that situation? Sadly, no. It seems in our country that we have very little to connect on anymore. Sadly, our nation has turned its back on the Word of God and is attempting to solve issues without asking God to intervene or help solve the situation. Thus, situations and circumstances are taken into one’s own hands in an attempt to solve a dilemma.

God never intended for us to live without Him. He intended that we would be in a close relationship with Him. Our treatment of others has become deplorable. More and more around me I see people who feel they are entitled to everything. Just try telling someone “no” and see what happens. They can’t accept it. Our thoughts and emotions don’t go towards assisting others but in making sure we get our own way. But the fruit of the Spirit shows itself best in how we treat others and how we think of them. It begins with love … a self-less love which only thinks of others before it thinks of itself. Because we don’t have a vibrant relationship with God and understand that He will meet our needs, we claw and grasp our way in life.

We don’t see a lot of joy any more either. But when you walk with the Lord in the light of His ways, what a glory we share. And what comes from that? Inner joy and peace which surpasses all comprehension. We’re able to show forth patience (which means “long-suffering with people”). And we’re able to be kind, good, faithful, and gentle. As an aside, “gentleness” is the quality that exists between always being angry and never being angry. And it’s all summed up in self-control. And there’s no law to prohibit anyone from practicing these all they want.

God has promised us wisdom. But, sadly, most don’t call on Him for it. In fact, often when you mention God’s name people rail against it. Take this down or take that down because we find it offensive. I always ask, “What’s so offensive about the 10 Commandments”? Truth is, people want to be their own god and take events into their own hands. And when that happens, you have riots and angry, frustrated people.

Until God rules supreme, these types of events will continue to occur. The only way to make a difference is for believers to live like believers. Honor God in all your thoughts, words, and deeds. Let your actions speak for themselves. Be a light for Jesus wherever He places you. People are looking for answers — that just may be you!!

FUNDAMENTALS OF THE FAITH: Week 8 is this Wednesday, August 23. The topic is prayer and why it’s so vital.

NEW MEMBER CLASS: Coming up on Wednesday, October 4, from 7-8:30 p.m. Sign-up today!

DISCIPLESHIP CLASS: Begins on Wednesday, October 11, and runs through Wednesday, December 13. From 7-8:30 P.M. You can sign-up now!!

RUMMAGE SALE: Coming up in September. The proceeds go towards mailing costs for Operation Christmas Child.

COMMUNITY FAMILY FESTIVAL: is right around the corner!! October 31, from 5-8 P.M.

Have a great rest of the week … I’m looking forward to seeing EACH of you this coming Sunday for worship. I hope you agree with me that “I Love My Church”!!

Love, Pastor Chuck