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Hear the Words of Jesus in a Fresh Way

No matter whether we read them quietly when we’re alone, or hear them read in corporate worship, or listen to them online, we need to hear the words of Jesus.

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Doing the Words of Jesus: How to Get Started

Even if we don’t have it all figured out, we can certainly act in love for our neighbor today.

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Do You Have a Solid Foundation for Living?

We want to build our lives so that they really matter, so that they can withstand difficult trials, so that they are solid over the long haul.

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Fruitful Living is a Matter of the Heart

True fruitfulness isn’t putting on a show. Rather, it’s an expression of a good heart formed by God as we engage in spiritual practices that help us be transformed by God’s grace.

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Live Fruitfully Throughout Your Life

According to the Bible, we can be fruitful throughout all seasons of life.

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Fruitfulness is in Your DNA

You were created to make a difference in this world.

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What Is Your Fruit?

Jesus says that “each tree is known by its own fruit.”

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Practical Advice for Splinter Removal

Jesus expects us to be there for each other for the long haul, helping our brothers and sisters to grow as mature disciples of Jesus even as they help us to do the same.

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Splinter Removal is a Family Business

Jesus encourages us to help others “take the splinters out of their eyes,” that is, to deal with the stuff in their life that keeps them from seeing clearly and living rightly. We begin this process by removing the logs from our own eyes. But, according to Jesus, splinter removal is something that happens in his family, among those who are brothers and sisters in Christ. We are able to help each other deal with the hard stuff in our lives when we are deeply committed to loving relationships with each other.

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The Case for Splinter Removal

There are times when out of love for others, we should help them deal with the negative “stuff” in their lives, things like sin, misunderstandings, unhealthy habits, and the like. But Jesus is clear that this sort of care for others must come after we’ve dealt with our own “stuff.” This enables us to approach others with humility, compassion, and grace.

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Jesus and the Laughable Log

Jesus uses a humorous illustration to make a serious point. Before you offer to take the splinter out of your neighbor’s eye, he says, deal with the log in your own eye. Yes, we are to care for others, to help them deal with their “stuff.” But we do so as people who acknowledge our own “stuff.” Therefore, we help others from a posture of humility and graciousness, not self-righteousness or judgmentalism.

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Generous Giving

Jesus tells his followers to give, and to give generously. He promises that if we do, we will receive overflowing blessings from God. These blessings may or may not be financial. But when we give unsparingly, we have the assurance of knowing God is pleased. Plus, we are able to rejoice in the good that our giving supports. Our generosity makes a difference, not only “out there,” but also “in here,” in our hearts.

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Do Not Judge

Sometimes we Christians can be some of the most judgmental people. How ironic and sad that we who have been saved by God’s grace are unable to be gracious to others. Jesus told his followers not to judge or condemn. Yes, we should discern truth from falsehood, right from wrong. But our attitude toward others should be like God’s attitude toward us. “Be merciful,” Jesus said, “just as your Father is merciful.”

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God’s Gift of Impossible Love

According to Corrie ten Boom, who once suffered terribly in Nazi concentration camps, when Christ “tells us to love our enemies, He gives, along with the command, the love itself.” Christ, alive in us through the Spirit, enables us to do the impossible, to love even our enemies. We can do all things through Christ, who gives us strength.

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The Possibility of Impossible Love

What will help us to love people who bug us, those we dislike, even our enemies? The more we experience God’s merciful love for us, the more we will be empowered to love mercifully. The closer we are to God, the more we will be able to imitate God’s own “impossible” love. How can we love our enemies? Only through the powerful love of God at work in us.

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