Spiritual Lethargy

Lethargy Saps Our Joys Overcoming “A little sleep, a little slumber, A little folding of the hands to rest, Then your [spiritual] poverty will come as a robber” (Proverbs 24:33-34 NASB). Brad and Debbie Sweeney The prospective bride of Christ presently lives in “the best of times.” It is an unparalleled era of clearer Scriptural understanding of the Creator and His divine plan in which to place our complete faith. We also possess unprecedented amounts of leisure time, freedom, and opportunity to []

Overcoming Intolerance

A Fruit of Love  “Walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called … showing tolerance for one another in love” (Ephesians 4:1-2 NASB). Robert and Sharon Whittaker In our quest for maturity in Christ, tolerance in our relationships with others is a necessity. It is a basis for developing all the fruits of the spirit, for without it how can we be joyful, peaceful, long-suffering, gentle, and godly — not just outwardly but from the heart? []

Overcoming Anger, Vindictiveness, and Enmity

Hate the sin but not the sinner “Like a city that is broken into and without walls is a man who has no control over his spirit” (Proverbs 25:28). Russell and Camille Martin The primary task, and for most of us the most difficult job of the New Creature, is to overcome self. Yes, we have to deal with conflicts and situations created by the world and the devil. But, aside from direct assaults, they mainly prey on the weaknesses of the []

Overcoming Addiction

Connecting with God and His People “Because, in spite of suffering, you have guarded My word, I in turn will guard you from that hour of trial which is soon coming upon the whole world, to put to the test the inhabitants of the earth” (Revelation 3:10, Weymouth translation). Owen and Beth Kindig A World Awash in Pleasure In spite of the horrors of the 20th century, the world has gotten richer. Many have gained access to leisure time and a cornucopia []