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It's February 17; Good Morning Union

“The fruit of the spirit is…”           Galatians 5: 22, 23

I was reviewing this verse the other day while out on my walk and I saw something really cool as I came to the last phrase of the verse. First of all the FRUIT, that which I produce on my “branch of life” as long as I am grafted into Jesus, the “tree of life,” is:

Love

Joy

Peace

Patience

Kindness

Goodness

Faithfulness

Gentleness

Self-control

It's February 16; Good Morning Union

“Love is…”           1 Corinthians 13

Sorry I missed Valentines’ Day with you all. Hope you had a nice break!

It's February 11; Good Morning Union

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”      Matthew 11:28-30

This was one of my dad’s favorite texts. He used to say, “Why do we make following Jesus so hard?!” Sometimes I still find it hard (sorry dad!) to distinguish clearly what is from God and what is warped or disfigured by my confusion with the world. How can I know for sure? I was reflecting on dad’s text recently and was reminded of at least part of the answer for me.

It's February 10; Good Morning Union

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine…”               Ephesians 3:20

It's February 9; Good Morning Union

“All Scripture is ‘God-breathed…’”           2 Timothy 3:16,17

It's February 6; Good Morning Union

“Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.”   Isaiah 65:24

It's February 5; Good Morning Union

“Don’t you know? Haven’t you heard?  Isaiah 40:28

Listen to the whole section. I’m close to speechless to add anything to this:

It's February 4; Good Morning Union

“The heavens declare the glory of God…”             Psalm 19:1

It's February 3; Good Morning Union

“Hear O Israel, The Lord our God is one God.”    Deuteronomy 6:4

One of the famous Hebrew prayers I learned one time (even in Hebrew!! J) from a Rabbi friend of mine that is central to their belief system and I discovered is central to mine as well! Here’s how the whole prayer goes:

שְׁמַ֖ע יִשְׂרָאֵ֑ל יְהוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵ֖ינוּ יְהוָ֥ה׀ אֶחָֽד:

“Shema Israel Jehova elohenu, Jehova ehad”

It's February 2; Good Morning Union

“If we confess our sins…”             1 John 1:9

The text in the end zones along with John 3:16, attempting to offer hope to everyone. I still like the “deal” God offers me. I do one thing, He response with two things—more than I even ask for! IF I confess my sins—that’s my part. Confessing, as I define it, is admitting, acknowledging, owning my poor choices. Here’s a little picture of my journey with this text over the years.

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