Pursuit Of Holiness Begins In The Mind

by Dane Massey    (Dane Massey is the former Pastor of Mulvane Christian Church. He is now in ministry in Houston, Texas.)      To worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness is the hungry heart cry of every true believer. But how to arrive there is the pursuit of a lifetime.     As I …

Building A Life On The Chief Cornerstone

by Dane Massey    (Dane Massey is the former Pastor of Mulvane Christian Church. He is now in ministry in Houston, Texas.)      Have you ever stopped to consider the amazing list of architectural terms used in scripture?    Today I want to talk about building on the foundation of Christ the “Chief Cornerstone.” We, …

Fruit Of The Spirit: Self-Control

by Kevin Burton    Self-control is the final Gift of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23. It is potentially the most confusing.    This is the ninth and final part of our series.    Self-control is an easy enough concept, but the self part could throw us off. The power is not in self. It …

Fruit Of The Spirit: Faithfulness

by Kevin Burton     One who is faithful is “steadfast in affection or allegiance” and “firm in adherence to promises or in observance of duty.”    Those are the first two definitions given by Merriam-Webster. Mine is “consistently reliable.”    God is all these things and more. A Christian yielded to the Holy Spirit will …

Fruit Of The Spirit: Goodness And Godliness

by Kevin Burton    The English word “good” is not derived from the word “god” etymologists tell us. But for the sake of defining reality, keep those two words linked.    That which comes from God, or submits and conforms to the word of God is good. All else is not. That’s the message of …

Fruit Of The Spirit: Joy In Serving God

by Kevin Burton    The fruit of the Spirit is the outgrowth of a life surrendered to Jesus Christ and in consistent pursuit of His will.      Last month we went to Galatians 5:22-23 to look at that fruit (“Shopping For Fruit With Paul In Galatians,” June 12). We return to our series today to …

Shopping For Fruit With Paul In Galatians

by Kevin Burton    Being a Christian goes deeper than displaying a cross. A true Christian is going to be different and look different.     The Apostle Paul has a lot to say about what a Christian looks like. That’s why I’m going shopping today at a new grocery store. The sign out front reads, …

Paul Exhorted Others To Run A Good Race

by Kevin Burton Watching the Olympics, you can see the runners’ supreme effort etched upon their faces. If you have run track yourself, you know that moment of truth begins long before the actual race does. School is out at the Earthly School for the Spiritually Blind (ESSB). We’re now at an after-school track practice. …

Imagine Jesus At Your Business Meeting

by Kevin Burton    How are things going at work?     It’s a simple question.  But before you answer, let’s define what it means to “get ahead” with some principles from the Bible.    To get God’s wisdom and promises from the Bible, you must first read it.  Those who don’t, stand a good chance …

What We Build In Spiritual Shop Class

by Kevin Burton   What we used to call shop class is more grandly called Industrial Arts. Once again today we go back to your school days to look at the spiritual side of a class.     As inconvenient as physical blindness can be, spiritual blindness is much worse. It hides conditions that if ignored …