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, …

Speak Truth In Love To False Religion

by Kevin Burton    We’re talking about the Christian response to false religion today with the help of Alistair Begg, speaker on the Truth For Life radio ministry.    He calls on us to do our part. But before we get into his message, I want to emphasize one phrase from it.    His phrase …

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 …

Spiritual Graduation: Heaven Or Hell

by Kevin Burton    This time of year, high school seniors are starting to smell that finish line.  Graduation smells like freedom, I remember.     This is the 27th post focusing on our Earthly School for the Spiritually Blind.  We have compared physical blindness to spiritual blindness and found the latter much more dangerous.    …

Prayer Is Essential For The Christian

by Kevin Burton    It’s lunch time again at our school for the spiritually blind, time to refuel.    We’re in our second set of classes, heading toward graduation. This series comes from the fact that to be spiritually blind is far worse than being physically blind.    In our first semester we refueled at …

Christian, Are You Swimming Or Floating?

by Kevin Burton    Yesterday on Page 7 we tried to keep up with the apostle Peter as he exhorted believers to grow in their Christian character.    We looked at 2 Peter 1: 5-7, which in the New King James version reads, “But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith …

Peter’s Formula For Christian Growth

by Kevin Burton    There is a passage in 2 Peter that forces me to slow down to get the depth of meaning. It’s just too much to take in all at once.    In fact, it’s too much for one post.  We’ll finish the subject tomorrow.    I’m talking about Peter’s exhortation to believers …

To Know Christ Is Not A Part-time Pursuit

by Dane Massey       (Dane Massey is the former Pastor of Mulvane Christian Church. He is now in ministry in Houston, Texas.)      How would you describe your journey to know Christ in two words?    Did you come up with “sustained passion”?     Many of us can’t claim that.  In fact, far too many …