Using the Fruit of the Spirit for a Fruitful Relationship

During the pandemic it is safe to say that we have all experienced either being bored of being alone, and/or sick and tired of being in the house with the same people. To ease that loneliness, or just to meet new people, some have joined dating apps. According to an article on Fortune, from March to May of 2020 (the …

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Persecution and Christianity

“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for, in the same way, they persecuted the prophets who were before you.” ~ Matthew 15:11-12 If you’ve looked around you in the past few months, you will …

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Should We Give Up Something for Lent?

Ash Wednesday was on February 17, 2021. This date started the season of Lent. As Christians, we usually give up something for this season and replace it with prayer or reflection, just as long as we give praise and honor to God while doing it. Just about a year ago, Pastor Mike did a sermon on the subject of lent …

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How Do We Use Our Gifts?

A few sermon series ago, Pastor Mike was talking about spiritual gifts. As a theme verse, he used 1 Corinthians 12:7-11, which says: “Now to each one the manifestation of the Spirit is given for the common good. To one there is given through the Spirit a message of wisdom, to another a message of knowledge by means of the …

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New Year New Me with God’s Help

On behalf of everyone who survived the year 2020, let me be first to say, welcome to 2021. We made it y’all! As we go into the month of January, we focus on an age-old tradition that happens around this time (no, I’m not talking about the college football playoff). I’m talking about making resolutions. Yes, that tradition that everyone …

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In Times of Darkness, Have Faith

Dedicated to Viola Barnard; Aunty Vi, I love you. I know you are rejoicing in heaven right now and worshiping the one who died for us. Isaiah 41:10 (NIV): “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my …

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Why Do We Go to Church? Spiritual Recharging

This month, I’m actually going to be calling back to something that was said in one of Pastor Mike’s sermons from a couple of weeks ago. I can’t remember the exact title of the sermon, but I do remember it was in the Worship series. It’s an answer to the question, “Why do we go to church?” All of this …

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Can I Get Through This Without God?

This month, I’m going to cheat a little bit (yeah, I know, cheating is never good). With this article, I am going to be spinning off from something I wrote at the end of last month’s Msquared’s Musings. It’s that we can’t do anything without God’s help. Last time it was in the context of getting back into a new …

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Getting Back in the Swing of Things

Like many high school and college students, I have been on “ an extended summer break” since the middle of March when school transitioned online. While I was technically still in school I was still on “summer break”! I’m just waiting for my Uncle Joel to say, “GET A JOB!” (actually, now that I’m back in school, he would just …

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It’s Gonna Be Okay

I think it’s safe to say that we are all struggling during these times. With all the negativity from the media stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic and all the other bad things going on in the world, it eventually starts to sound like the adults in the Charlie Brown cartoons (i.e. blah-blah-blah-blah). It gets so annoying that it makes you …

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