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 …

Doctor Runs The Extra Mile To Do Surgery

by Kevin Burton Your favorite news source is going to bring you down chances are, with relentless bad news. So every now and then we celebrate the positive on Page 7. It’s an idea that comes from Philippians 4:8 (KJV) “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just whatsoever …

God Works Beyond Our Limitations

by Kevin Burton    The book of Mark records perhaps the most eloquent prayer in all the Bible.  At least it’s the one I can relate to best.    It’s a prayer that speaks to faith, the limits of human faith and the power and sufficiency of the Lord Jesus.    Parents, what would you …

First Date Leads To Second Date, In Court

by Kevin Burton    The first date sets a tone, a pattern for, in the moment, who knows what.    On that first stroll down Love Boulevard, there is hope and exploration.    “Dating is about finding out who you are and who others are,” said clinical psychologist and author Henry Cloud. “If you show …

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 …

We Have Hope Because Of God’s Grace

by Kevin Burton    God’s grace is truly amazing. But what does it look like in everyday life?    Here is a poem, written by an anonymous elementary school teacher, that paints us a great picture: A New Sheet He came to my desk with a quivering lip the lesson was done“Have you a new …

You Have A Loving Father In Heaven

by Kevin Burton    My earthly father could hardly have done a better job meeting my physical needs or a worse job meeting my emotional needs.    Everyone has a story. Maybe your father is absent altogether. Maybe he is present but missing in action.  Maybe he is the provider and nurturer you need.    …

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, …

With God Every Day Is A Chance To Serve

by Kevin Burton    Got my rap name from the Bible. Gather round and hear the story.    When I first got saved, I started my Christian studies in the book of Ecclesiastes. Not sure how that happened.    Nobody steers new Christians in that direction. But for some reason I sought out Ecclesiastes in …