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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – JOY #1

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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Praise of God’s Revelation

In Psalm 19:1-14 NLT says, “1  The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display His craftsmanship. 2  Day after day they continue to speak; night after night they make Him known. 3  They speak without a sound or word; their voice is never heard. 4  Yet their message has gone throughout the earth, and their words to all the world. God has made a home in the heavens for the sun. 5  It bursts forth like a radiant bridegroom after his wedding. It rejoices like a great athlete eager to run the race. 6  The sun rises at one end of the heavens and follows its course to the other end. Nothing can hide from its heat. 7  The instructions of the Lord are perfect, reviving the soul. The decrees of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple. 8  The commandments of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are clear, giving insight for living. 9  Reverence for the Lord is pure, lasting forever. The laws of the Lord are true; each one is fair. 10  They are more desirable than gold, even the finest gold. They are sweeter than honey, even honey dripping from the comb. 11  They are a warning to your servant, a great reward for those who obey them. 12  How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. 13  Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don’t let them control me. Then I will be free of guilt and innocent of great sin. 14  May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.”

A Torah psalm
The great themes of creation (Psalm 19:1-6), the law (Psalm 19:7-11), and the fear of God (Psalm 19:9) are linked together here as the motivation for man’s verbal and heartfelt devotion to God (Psalm 19:14). Without words or voices, the beauty and wonder of creation shouts, “God, the Creator, exists!” In Psalm 19:7-9, David provided a sixfold description of the law, God’s special revelation. The various synonyms emphasize different aspects of God’s word. The “law,” in Hebrew, “Torah,” is God’s instruction to His people; the “decrees” are a witness to God’s truth; the “commandments” are divine directions for man to follow; the “commands” are God’s orders or imperatives; “reverence for the Lord” is the reverence that God’s word fosters; and the “laws” are God’s decisions. “Deliberate sins” (Psalm 19:13) are those sins done knowingly and willfully (cf. Numbers 15:30-31).


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In Verse 1 describes the words – glory of God – i.e., that which makes Him impressive. The first section (Psalm 19:1-6) consistently uses the general term for God (Hebrew ‘el), whereas in verses Psalm 19:7-14 the more specific covenantal name for God (Hebrew Yahweh) is used.

In Verses 2-3 describe the words – where their voice is not heard – better, “their voice is not heard” (NIV, RSV, NASB). The revelation that pours forth from the sky powerfully reveals God’s revelation by nonverbal communication. It is not audible.

In Verses 4-6 describe the words – Their line – better, “their call” (Dahood; cf. LXX), which fits well the parallelism with “their words.” tabernacle for the sun – The sun god Shamash was a chief deity of justice in Mesopotamian hymns. The sun god is extolled in Egyptian hymns as well. The tabernacle for the sun was a metaphor for where the sun spent the night (Anderson). Here the sun is not deified but rather becomes a personified witness to the Creator, who is the God of Israel (Craigie). as a bridegroom coming out – The sun, as in Babylonian hymns, is pictured as a bridegroom coming out after his honeymoon night as its morning light dazzles the horizon (Anderson). Some have seen a likeness between this Psalms and Genesis 13 (Craigie).

In Verses 7-11 describe the six titles for God’s special verbal revelation are given: “law of the LORD“ (Hebrew Yahweh), “testimony of the LORD,” “statutes of the LORD,” “commandment of the LORD,” “fear of the LORD,” and “judgments of the LORD.” These six titles are given six different qualities: “perfect,” “sure,” “right,” “pure,” “clean,” and “true.” These six qualities have six different effects on man: “converting the soul,” “making wise the simple,” “rejoicing the heart,” “enlightening the eyes,” “enduring for ever,” and “righteous altogether.”

In Verses 12-14 describe the words – great transgression – i.e., idolatry (Exodus 32:21, 30, 31; 2 Kings 17:21) (Anderson) or the fall (Genesis 3:1.) (Craigie). Given the fact of the universal glories of God’s revelation in nature and His perfections and power to impact men through His special verbal revelation, the psalmist offers a prayer. He acknowledges the moral implications of God’s revelation to him as a sinner who passionately desires to know God as Rock and Redeemer.

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Permeating All We Do Is LOVE

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – LOVE #6

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

Podcast – Love #6

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Love Is the Greatest

In 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 NLT says, “1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn’t love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God’s secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn’t love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn’t love others, I would have gained nothing. 4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. 8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when full understanding comes, these partial things will become useless. 11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly as in a cloudy mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely. 13 Three things will last forever – faith, hope, and love – and the greatest of these is love.”


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In Verse 1 describes the words – Great faith, acts of dedication or sacrifice, miracle-working power, or the ability to speak in any language in heaven or on earth will produce very little without love. Without love, speaking in a heavenly language, although a gift of the Holy Spirit, becomes nothing more than meaningless noise. The gift of tongues, used without love, is as valueless as pagan worship. Without love, the gifts do not build up other believers, so they are useless. Christians must not exalt gifts over character. Love is far more important. The word for “love” used here is agape. The Greeks had different words that described different kinds of love. The word agape connotes a deep, abiding, self-sacrificing love, unconditional love of God – the kind that looks out for the other person first.

In Verse 2 describes the words – The gift of prophecy was described as a gift that might enable the person to see events in the future but mainly to bring God’s message to the church under the direction of the Holy Spirit (see also 1 Corinthians 14:1-25; 1 Thessalonians 5:19-20). Some people have been given a special measure of this gift with the ability to know everything. Such understanding and even the ability to share it with others, however, are worth nothing without love.
The gift of faith was described in 1 Corinthians 12:9. This does not refer to saving faith, whereby people come to believe in our Lord Jesus Christ as Savior; instead, this is an unusual measure of trust in the Holy Spirit’s power to do mighty works, much like Elijah received in 1 Kings 18. If a person has faith that could move mountains but does not have love, the faith is no good to anybody.

In Verse 3 describes the words – True love produces willingness to give sacrificially and to suffer. Acts of charity and self-sacrifice can be done for the sake of an ideal or with pride as a motivation. But they are of no value for the Kingdom, wrote Paul, unless they are done from the foundation of love for others.

In Verse 4 describes and reasons – Because love is so important among the Born-Again Christian believers, let me describe that love in more detail. How does such love look when lived out in the lives of believers?

First of all, love is patient, the opposite of being short-tempered. Patience (sometimes translated “long-suffering” or “slow to anger”) is an attribute of God (see Exodus 34:6; Numbers 14:18; Romans 2:4; 1 Peter 3:20). In many places, God’s people are called upon to be patient (see, for example, Ephesians 4:2; Colossians 3:12; 1 Thessalonians 5:14). Patience is a fruit of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). Such love bears with certain annoyances or inconveniences without complaint. It does not lose its temper when provoked. It steadily perseveres.


Love is also kind. Kindness takes the initiative in responding generously to others’ needs. The psalms and writings of the prophets say much about God’s kindness (Psalm 18:50; Isaiah 54:8; Jeremiah 9:24). Because Born-Again Christian believers have received kindness, they ought to act with kindness toward others. Such love is considerate and helpful to others. Kind love is gentle and mild, always ready to show compassion, especially to those in need.


Love is not jealous. The jealous person desires what another person has. This seems to have been a particular problem in Corinth – those with “lesser” gifts envied those with “greater” gifts. The seed of envy can lead to seething anger and hatred. Those who are too busy envying each other’s gifts are unlikely to be using their own gifts in loving service to God and others. When there is love, Born-Again Christian believers will gladly use whatever gifts they have been given to work together for the advance of God’s Kingdom. They will be glad that others have different gifts so that the entire job can get done.


Love is not boastful or proud. While some believers may have a problem with envy, those with the “greater” gifts might have a problem with boasting or pride. Again, it seems that this may have been a problem in Corinth. While some pride can be positive, this kind of pride takes credit for an undeserved gift. Gifted believers who are caught up in pride and boasting over their gifts are unable to serve. Without love, they may feel that by using their gifts, they are doing someone a favor, that others should be grateful to them, and that they are far superior.

In Verse 5 describes the words – Love is not rude. This refers to actions that are improper, impolite, discourteous, or crude. Born-Again Christian believers who use their gifts with love will be careful to act in a manner worthy of their calling (purpose, people, & passion) before God. They will never humiliate others. This may also have been a problem in Corinth, especially in their worship services (see 1 Corinthians 11:2-16).


Love does not demand its own way. Love looks out for others, seeks their best interests, willingly gives up its own for the sake of another. A person who wants his/her own way may use his/her gifts but not with a serving attitude or a desire to build the Kingdom. Instead, the gifts are only used if they can somehow benefit the self-seeking person. This is not God’s way. Instead, because of love, the believers use their gifts to benefit others first, without “self” or selfish desires getting in the way.


Love is not irritable, meaning easily angered or touchy. Such people let things get on their nerves. One believer, in the process of exercising his or her gifts, may irritate another believer. These “easily angered” believers may not like the style or manner in which these others exercise their gifts. This is not the way of love. When believers exercise their gifts in love, they will be able to give one another some latitude to follow God as they see fit. They will not let themselves be easily provoked over disagreements, but they will be able to always respond in a loving manner.


Love keeps no record of when it has been wronged. Such people will remember every offense against them as though it were written in a book and tallied. These “wrongs” are not sins that need to be dealt with in the congregation (such as that described in 1 Corinthians chapter 5) but minor offenses or misunderstandings between believers. Those who keep record of these wrongs and personal injuries will harbor resentment against other believers. Love, however, makes allowances for people’s foibles or failing of character and flaws and willingly forgets when wrongs were done. This frees us all as Born-Again Christian believers to grow and mature in our Lord Jesus Christ and to grow in our ability to serve and use our gifts. When mistakes are made, love overlooks them and allows us to continue to serve with the gifts God has given us. God does not keep a record of Born-Again Christian believers’ wrongs (2 Corinthians 5:19).

In Verse 6 describes the words – Love is never glad about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. When we as Born-Again Christian believers show love, we do not show superior morality by taking pleasure in another’s fall. Love does not take pleasure in any kind of injustice. Instead, love does the exact opposite. Through our relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ, we possess the one and only truth (John 14:6). Those who love should remain untainted by evil. Instead, we ought to always seek truth, desire that truth wins out, protect the truth, and proclaim the truth whenever possible.

In Verse 7 describes and explains the words – After explaining what love does not do (1 Corinthians 13:4-6), Paul listed four positive attributes of love. Love never gives up, but willingly protects others. The word in Greek means “cover” or “hide by covering.” This does not refer to hiding hurtful sin but to protecting someone from embarrassment, gossip, or any other such harm. When believers love one another, they refuse harmful gossip and protect one another from those who would try to inflict harm.


Love never loses faith. It is willing to think the best of others. It does not mean that believers must be gullible, trusting everyone; instead, it means that they are willing to think the best as opposed to the worst of others. Love gives the benefit of the doubt. With real love, believers can deal with conflict lovingly. When everyone willingly thinks the best of everyone else, people are freed to be honest and open.


Love is always hopeful. Born-Again Christian believers who love look forward, not backward. They seek for growth and maturity in the church/fellowship, knowing that God is working in every person.


Love endures through every circumstance. We as Born-Again Christian believers who love are active and steadfast in our faith. We hold on, no matter what difficulties we face. Hardship and pain do not stop love. When we persevere, we face suffering within the body. We face persecution. We hang on when the going gets tough. We strive to save our marriages despite disappointment, to continue to trust God despite setbacks, and to continue to serve God despite fear or sorrow. When we truly persevere, nothing can stop us, in Jesus name. Amen!

In Verses 8-10, they describe that all the spiritual gifts will eventually disappear, but love will last forever. On this earth, outside of heaven, everything is imperfect. No matter how much people may know, they know only a little. No matter how much prophecy is given, it still reveals little. Not until the arrival of God’s Kingdom (the end) will everything be made perfect and complete. At that time, all the special gifts of the Holy Spirit will disappear. Because gifts are given for the building up of the body of our Lord Jesus Christ, they will no longer be needed. The body will be completed, and God’s Kingdom will have arrived. Yet love will continue (1 Corinthians 13:8), because love is the very essence of God Himself. “God is love,” wrote John (1 John 4:8, 16). God’s love caused Him to reach out to undeserving humanity and send a Savior. His love saved people and will bring them into His Kingdom to be with Him forever. The Kingdom rests on God’s love.

In Verse 11 describes – The contrast between believers’ spiritual understanding now, when they know only a little, and their lives in the future Kingdom, when everything will be made clear, is illustrated in human terms. A child talks, thinks, and reasons like a child. His or her understanding is incomplete. But when a child grows up, he or she matures in speech, thought, and reason, putting away childish things. So now we as Born-Again Christian believers know only a little, like children, but one day we will be able to put our present understanding behind us because we will understand clearly.

In Verse 12 describes – By way of further metaphor, believers’ present spiritual understanding is like a reflection in a poor mirror. They see very poorly now; what they know is partial and incomplete. While Born-Again Christian believers’ knowledge is still growing and maturing, God already knows each person completely. Instead of boasting about our spiritual gifts, we as Born-Again Christian believers should realize that these gifts were nothing compared to what we would experience in heaven.

In the final Verse of 13, it describes that love is a spiritual reality of a different kind, like hope and faith, and not to be considered as one of the spiritual gifts. In eternity, the gifts will drop away in significance, but faith, hope, and love will endure.


Faith sometimes refers to a spiritual gift (1 Corinthians 12:9; 13:2) or to saving faith that God has forgiven sins. In this context, it refers to trust in the goodness and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. Such trust will see us as Born-Again Christian believers through until we live face-to-face in God’s presence. Born-Again Christian believers also hope; we look forward to the arrival of God’s promised Kingdom in its fullest form, knowing that God will deliver us in times of suffering.


Faith, hope and love will last forever but the greatest of these is love. How is love “the greatest”? The passage already had established that love would abide forever (1 Corinthians 13:8). Love is the greatest because it is one quality of the Christian life that will be fully active both in the present and for eternity. Born-Again Christian believers’ faith in God will be realized when they see God face-to-face – for where there is sight, faith is no longer needed. Similarly, the Born-Again Christian believers’ hope will be fully realized. Love will endure forever as those in the new heaven and new earth continue to love God and His people. Amen! Hallelujah!

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LOVE Is The Unconditional Longing Of God

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – LOVE #5

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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Our Lord Jesus Christ Reveals Himself at Sinai

In Exodus 19:1-6 NLT says, “1 Exactly two months after the Israelites left Egypt, they arrived in the wilderness of Sinai. 2 After breaking camp at Rephidim, they came to the wilderness of Sinai and set up camp there at the base of Mount Sinai. 3 Then Moses climbed the mountain to appear before God. The Lord called to him from the mountain and said, “Give these instructions to the family of Jacob; announce it to the descendants of Israel: 4 ‘You have seen what I did to the Egyptians. You know how I carried you on eagles’ wings and brought you to myself. 5 Now if you will obey me and keep my covenant, you will be my own special treasure from among all the peoples on earth; for all the earth belongs to me. 6 And you will be my kingdom of priests, my holy nation.’ This is the message you must give to the people of Israel.”


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In Verse 3 describes the words – Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob – The people of Israel were to prepare themselves for this divine encounter. Three days were set aside to purify themselves and wash their garments (Exodus 19:10-14), just as a bride would go to great lengths to prepare herself for her husband (Ezekiel 16:10-14). These purification rites were necessary since God was holy and His presence cannot tolerate impurity, physical or spiritual. Furthermore, the mountain where God would appear for the ceremony was to be cordoned off, segregated from the people because sinful man is unable to tolerate too close an encounter with the “Holy One of Israel” (Exodus 19:12, 13, 23).

In Verse 5 describes the words – if ye will obey my voice indeed – Israel was warned that this covenant would be conditional, linked to their obedience to God’s commands which He was about to reveal.

In Verse 6 describes the words – a kingdom of priests . . . an holy nation – Israel’s role as a “kingdom of priests” is related to Abraham’s promise, “in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). God intends to use Israel in a priestly capacity to bring the Gentiles to God (Isaiah 42:6; 49:6). The word “nation” (Hebrew g“y) is a general term that applies to all people (BDB, 156); however, in later Hebrew literature it refers to non-Israelites or Gentiles. The implication of this is interesting. Israel is a nation just like any other nation. She is made “holy” because of her relationship with God, not because of any inherent good in her. As a “holy nation,” Israel’s priestly role is further underscored.

So we learned that because of our relationship with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, and because of His righteousness, we as Born-Again Christian believers were made “holy“.

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LOVE Is God’s Passion For His World

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The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – LOVE #3

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

Podcast – Love #4

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Our Lord Jesus Christ and The Samaritan Woman

In John 4:1-10 NLT says, “1 Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that He was baptizing and making more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself didn’t baptize them – His disciples did). 3 So He left Judea and returned to Galilee. 4 He had to go through Samaria on the way. 5 Eventually He came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime. 7 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” 8 He was alone at the time because His disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. 9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?” 10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.”


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In Verses 1-2 describe our Lord Jesus Christ realized that His popularity had come to the attention of the Pharisees. They had scrutinized the activities of John the Baptist and sent emissaries to question Him about His identity (John 1:19-28). John always pointed his followers to a greater one, the coming Messiah. Because the greater One had come and was in fact drawing the crowds away from John, the Pharisees began to watch our Lord Jesus Christ closely.


Our Lord Jesus Christ had gained many more disciples than just the Twelve. We know that He had at least seventy-two committed disciples (Luke 10:1-17). We are also told that various disciples came and went, especially when times were difficult or when our Lord Jesus Christ predicted troubles ahead (Luke 9:57-62; John 6:66).


Part of the information received by the Pharisees was incorrect because our Lord Jesus Christ didn’t baptize anyone – his disciples did. This parenthetical remark helps to explain John the Baptist’s statement in John 1:33 that the Messiah would baptize in the Holy Spirit – in contrast to John who baptized in water. Thus, our Lord Jesus Christ never personally performed water baptism; His disciples continued to perform that task during the early years of the church. These baptisms, still following the pattern set by John the Baptist, indicated repentance and confession of sin (see Matthew 3:6).

In Verse 3 describes about knowing that the Pharisees (in Jerusalem) had heard about His popularity and that they would begin watching Him closely, and at the same time knowing that His “hour” had not yet come (see also John 2:4), our Lord Jesus Christ wisely decided to withdraw from possible conflict by leaving Judea and returning to Galilee. Thus, our Lord Jesus’ first Judean visit had come to an end – a visit begun by His coming to Jerusalem for the Passover (see John 2:13). The other Gospels do not record this visit.

In Verse 4 describes the territory of Samaria lay between Judea and Galilee – thus our Lord Jesus’ itinerary meant that He had to go through Samaria on the way. Since the Samaritans were hated by the Jews, many of the strict Jews traveling from Judea to Galilee took a route around Samaria (through Perea, east of the Jordan River), even though that route took more time. But for those who were trying to make the best time, it was faster to go through Samaria to Galilee. The context does not indicate that our Lord Jesus Christ was in a hurry to get to Galilee (see John 4:40, 43). Thus, the necessity must be understood in a different way: our Lord Jesus Christ went to Samaria to give the Samaritans what He had given to Nicodemus – the offer of eternal life by being born again. And, furthermore, by going to Samaria and bringing the Gospel to the despised Samaritans, He showed that He was above the Jewish prejudices.


Where did these prejudices come from? Samaria was a region between Judea and Galilee where Jews of “mixed blood” lived. In Old Testament days, when the northern kingdom of Israel, with its capital at Samaria, fell to the Assyrians, many Jews were deported to Assyria. King Sargon of Assyria repopulated the northern kingdom with captives from other lands to settle the territory and keep the peace (2 Kings 17:24). These captives eventually intermarried with the few Jews who remained in the land to form a mixed race of people who became known as Samaritans. The Jews hated the Samaritans because they were no longer “pure” Jews. The Jews who lived in the southern Kingdom felt these Jews had betrayed their people and nation through intermarriage with foreigners. And the hatred continued down through the years. The Samaritans had adopted the Pentateuch as their Scriptures and set up a place for worship on Mount Gerizim using for their guidelines Deuteronomy 11:26-29; 27:1-8. Although they knew about a coming Messiah, they were far from having an accurate knowledge of the truth.

In Verses 5-6 describe that according to Genesis 33:19, Jacob purchased a piece of land in this vicinity and then later gave Joseph some land in Shechem (Genesis 48:22). Joshua 24:32 says that Joseph was buried on that land (the Jews had brought Joseph’s bones with them when they made their Exodus from Egypt). Jacob’s well was there indicates that the land must have included the parcel on which Jacob’s well was dug. Thus, this well was highly valued by the Samaritans who claimed Jacob (also called Israel) as their father (John 4:12), just as the Jews do. The trip made our Lord Jesus Christ tired. He had walked from Judea to Sychar – a trip that probably took two days. Our Lord Jesus’ weariness shows His true humanity. He waited while His disciples, more rested, or hungrier, than He, went to find food. He never seemed to worry that the limitations He took in becoming human might somehow undermine His claims to be the Son of God. Such expressions about our Lord Jesus’ humanity help us identify with Him. So He sat wearily beside the well at about noontime, the hottest part of the day.

In Verse 7 describes two facts are unusual about the woman’s actions: (1) she could have gone to a closer well (scholars have identified wells that were closer to Sychar); (2) women generally drew water later in the day, when the temperature was cooler. This woman, whose reputation seems to have been well known in the small town (John 4:18), probably chose the well farther away from home and came to that well at an unusual hour in order to avoid contact with other women. It was also highly unusual for a man to address a woman, but our Lord Jesus Christ said, “Please give me a drink.” Again, this statement reveals our Lord Jesus’ true humanity; He was really thirsty. Even though such a request startled her (John 4:9), it drew her into a conversation with our Lord Jesus Christ.

In Verse 8 describes this statement serves to inform the reader that our Lord Jesus Christ was alone with this woman. Our Lord Jesus Christ could not ask His disciples to help Him get water, for they had gone into Sychar to buy food. Thus, we see our Lord Jesus Christ, weary from His journey, depending on others for food and drink.

In Verse 9 describes the Samaritan woman was very surprised – first, that a Jew would even speak to a Samaritan; second, that a Jewish male would speak to a Samaritan woman (she also had a bad reputation and this was a public place); third, that a Jew would drink from a Samaritan’s cup. The Jewish ceremonial laws described not only certain people as ceremonially unclean, but also anything they touched. In strict religious terms, many Jews of our Lord Jesus’ time considered the Samaritans to be permanently unclean.

In Verse 10 describes the woman was ignorant of the gift God had for her-the gift of life, represented by living water-and she did not know the giver, our Lord Jesus Christ the Messiah. Our Lord Jesus Christ makes an extraordinary offer to this woman-living water that would quench her thirst forever.

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LOVE Is The Definition Of God

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“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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Hosea’s Wife Is Redeemed

In Hosea 3:1-3 NLT says, “1 Then the Lord said to me, “Go and love your wife again, even though she commits adultery with another lover. This will illustrate that the Lord still loves Israel, even though the people have turned to other gods and love to worship them.” 2 So I bought her back for fifteen pieces of silver and five bushels of barley and a measure of wine. 3 Then I said to her, “You must live in my house for many days and stop your prostitution. During this time, you will not have sexual relations with anyone, not even with me.”


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In Verse 1 describes the words love a woman . . . an adulteress – Hosea was commanded to love her even though she loved adultery. In the same way, God still loved Israel, even though she was idolatrous (Jeremiah 3:20). The words – who look to other gods – The Israelites struggled with idolatry from the time of their exodus from Egypt up until this time. But from the time of her exile in Assyria and Babylon, Israel would never worship idols again (Hosea 3:4).

In Verse 2 describes the words – I bought her . . . fifteen pieces of silver – The price is too small to be a dowry payment, which might buy a wife from her parents. It is half the monetary price of a female slave, the rest being made up in grain. Hosea probably gave it as a bridal gift of some sort, though no such gift was legally required of him. It may also have been payment to free her from a position of slavery she had fallen into. The words – homer of barley – This was used to pay half of the price, perhaps a customary allowance of food for a slave. Barley is coarse, not the grain of choice. All this seems to indicate that through her sin, Gomer had fallen into hard times. In the same way, Israel committed sin and became a slave to it, suffering the consequences (John 8:34; Romans 6:16-20; 2 Peter 2:19). The low price paid for Gomer by Hosea symbolizes the worthlessness of Israel.

In Verse 3 describes the words – abide for me many days – She was to be separated from intercourse with other men and keep herself for Hosea who had redeemed her (cf. Deuteronomy 21:13). The words – so will I also be for thee – Hosea would set himself apart for Gomer as well. Similarly, Israel was to remain without serving other gods, apart from the Lord, and the Lord, for His part, would not form covenants with any other nations (cf. Hosea 3:4). He would not immediately receive His people into the rights of marriage, but He would test their repentance and discipline them by a long separation. Still the marriage bond remained – Israel was now separated, not divorced (Isaiah 50:1).

Through this account of forgiveness and love between husband and wife, we see that God is in love with His people, and His love is totally undeserved. His love has nothing to do with good things we have done, nor the time we have given Him in prayer and adoration. God is God! God is love! Our Lord Jesus Christ saves … period!

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Giving Is The Evidence Of LOVE

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – LOVE #2

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A Primary Evidence of Love Is Giving

In Genesis 1:28-29 NLT says, “28 Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.” 29 Then God said, “Look! I have given you every seed-bearing plant throughout the earth and all the fruit trees for your food.”


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LOVE Is The True Forgiveness

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Parable Of The Lost Son

In Luke 15:11-24 NLT says, “11 To illustrate the point further, Jesus told them this story: “A man had two sons. 12 The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons. 13 “A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. 14 About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. 15 He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. 16 The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything. 17 “When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! 18 I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, 19 and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’ 20 “So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. 21 His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son.’ 22 “But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. 23 And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, 24 for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.”


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Self-Control Is Remembering Who We Are In Relationship To Jesus Christ

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“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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Prologue: Jesus Christ, The Eternal Word

In John 1:1-18 NLT says, “1  In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God,
and the Word was God. 2  He existed in the beginning with God. 3  God created everything through Him, and nothing was created except through Him. 4  The Word gave life to everything that was created, and His life brought light to everyone. 5  The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness can never extinguish it. 6 God sent a man, John the Baptist, 7 to tell about the light so that everyone might believe because of his testimony. 8 John himself was not the light; he was simply a witness to tell about the light. 9 The one who is the true light, who gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He came into the very world He created, but the world didn’t recognize Him. 11 He came to His own people, and even they rejected Him. 12 But to all who believed Him and accepted Him, He gave the right to become children of God. 13 They are reborn – not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God.
14 So the Word became human and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. 15 John testified about Him when he shouted to the crowds, “This is the one I was talking about when I said, ‘Someone is coming after me who is far greater than I am, for He existed long before me.’”
16 From His abundance we have all received one gracious blessing after another. 17 For the law was given through Moses, but God’s unfailing love and faithfulness came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God. But the one and only Son is Himself God and is near to the Father’s heart. He has revealed God to us.”


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Self-Control Is The Mark Of Obedience

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Podcast Episode: The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT – SELF-CONTROL #6

“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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Daniel in Nebuchadnezzar’s Court

In Daniel 1:6-17 NLT says, “6 Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were four of the young men chosen, all from the tribe of Judah. 7 The chief of staff renamed them with these Babylonian names: Daniel was called Belteshazzar. Hananiah was called Shadrach. Mishael was called Meshach. Azariah was called Abednego. 8 But Daniel was determined not to defile himself by eating the food and wine given to them by the king. He asked the chief of staff for permission not to eat these unacceptable foods. 9 Now God had given the chief of staff both respect and affection for Daniel. 10 But he responded, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has ordered that you eat this food and wine. If you become pale and thin compared to the other youths your age, I am afraid the king will have me beheaded.” 11 Daniel spoke with the attendant who had been appointed by the chief of staff to look after Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah. 12 “Please test us for ten days on a diet of vegetables and water,” Daniel said. 13 “At the end of the ten days, see how we look compared to the other young men who are eating the king’s food. Then make your decision in light of what you see.” 14 The attendant agreed to Daniel’s suggestion and tested them for ten days. 15 At the end of the ten days, Daniel and his three friends looked healthier and better nourished than the young men who had been eating the food assigned by the king. 16 So after that, the attendant fed them only vegetables instead of the food and wine provided for the others. 17 God gave these four young men an unusual aptitude for understanding every aspect of literature and wisdom. And God gave Daniel the special ability to interpret the meanings of visions and dreams.”


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Self-Control Is The Disciplined Life

The Fruit of the HOLY SPIRIT

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“But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: LOVE, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, FAITHFULNESS, GENTLENESS, AND SELF-CONTROL. There is no law against these things.” [Galatians 5:22-23 NLT]

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Paul Gives Up His Rights

In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 NLT says, “24 Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win! 25 All athletes are disciplined in their training. They do it to win a prize that will fade away, but we do it for an eternal prize. 26 So I run with purpose in every step. I am not just shadowboxing. 27 I discipline my body like an athlete, training it to do what it should. Otherwise, I fear that after preaching to others I myself might be disqualified”.


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