“Fruit of the Spirit” Podcasts, Soul Stirrings, with Paul Patton

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Dear friends. In case you missed them, here are the current podcasts by Dr. Paul Patton on the “Fruit of the Spirit” from his regular podcast, “Soul Stirrings.”  Paul’s next podcast on the fruit of patience will be released next week. Meanwhile, enjoy the others and please share with others to help us get the word out. If you have …

Devotional: Apples or Oranges?

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Apples or Oranges? * Brandon Knight, Ph.D. Asst. Professor of Communication William Carey University “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver” (Proverbs 25: 11; ESV) In one of Jesus’ first acts of ministry, he meets a man struck with leprosy (Matthew 8:1-4). Lepers were supposed to remain outside the city gates but not …

Devotional: Way Too Much Coffee Talk

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Way Too Much Coffee Talk* Renee Bourdeaux, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Communication, Northwest University Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. (Proverbs 19:20) After studying the listening of thousands of students and of hundreds of professionals, researchers came up with one general conclusion—immediately after listening to someone talk, the listener only remembers half …

What it Means to Take Ourselves Seriously

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What it Means to Take Ourselves Seriously Mark Williams, Ph.D. Professor of Rhetoric, California State University, Sacramento (from the regular Column: “Meaningful-Faith: Words, the Word, and a Life of Substance”) The problem with having political or social power is that it often leads a person to take himself seriously. And of all the pathetic creatures on this earth, none are …

“Fruit of the Spirit – Peace, Pt. 2” Ep. 16 – with Dr. Paul Patton

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In this podcast, Paul talks about envy as an obstacle to internal and communal well-being, and an enemy of the third Fruit of the Spirit, peace. In the cultivation of peace in the garden of our life, Patton asserts that the awareness of our own patterns of envy—weeds that can choke the precious plant of peace—should be acknowledged, monitored, and …

Devotional: Joy in the Morning

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Joy in the Morning Terri Lynn Cornwell, Ph.D. Virginia University of Lynchburg Scripture: Psalm 30:4-6 – New Revised Standard Version:4 Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name. 5 For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the …

What Matters

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What Matters Mark Williams, Ph.D. Professor of Rhetoric, California State University, Sacramento (from the regular Column: “Meaningful-Faith: Words, the Word, and a Life of Substance”) Social media has carved the eight minutes and forty-six seconds leading to the tragic death of Mr. George Floyd into an inescapable national monument. Conversations and exchanges of words that do not fit that definition …

Arguing: Its Meaning and Glory

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Arguing: Its Meaning and Glory Mark Williams, Ph.D. Professor of Rhetoric, California State University, Sacramento (from the regular Column: “Meaningful-Faith: Words, the Word, and a Life of Substance”) I realize it is obvious, but we increasingly find ourselves in difficult days (like fish dropped into molasses) where the most obvious things (if we stay here, we will die) need to …