Category Archives: Character

· September 11, 2017

And there arose a sharp disagreement, so that they separated from each other. Barnabas took Mark with him and sailed away to Cyprus.
Acts 15:39 (ESV)

Paul and Barnabas set out in a calm together, but Satan sent a storm to part them in the middle of their journeyings. There is nothing, next to Christ and heaven, which Satan begrudges believers more than their peace and mutual love. – Sir William Gurnall

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· August 23, 2017

“for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.”
1 Timothy 4:8 (ESV)

If you find yourself needing to choose between physical training or character training, sit back down on the couch.

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· June 1, 2017

Some friends play at friendship but a true friend sticks closer than one’s nearest kin.
Proverbs 18:24 (ESV)

Be a true friend.

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· February 17, 2017

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.
Proverbs 18:21 (ESV)

Be a good steward of what you say – your words go a long way.

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· September 15, 2016

Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.
Proverbs 11:13 (ESV)

Just because you know something doesn’t always mean you should say something. Be discerning and honoring.

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· August 3, 2016

Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.
Luke 18:42,43 (NIV)

Rather than harboring jealousy or self-pity when God blesses someone around you, consider responding like the people in this passage.

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· June 22, 2016

Matthew 18:15 (ESV)

If your brother sins against you, go and tell him his fault, between you and him alone. If he listens to you, you have gained your brother.
Matthew 18:15 (ESV)

One of the hardest things to deal with appropriately is conflict. Often times, when someone wrongs us, our first inclination is to go and tell someone else. Next time you perceive that someone has wronged you, allow this passage to inform how you respond.

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· June 20, 2016

Mark 8:33 (ESV)

But turning and seeing his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.
Mark 8:33 (ESV)

Consider your actions. Are you behaving out of setting your mind on things of God or things of man?

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· June 16, 2016

Romans 5:3,4

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.
Romans 5:3,4 (ESV)

Character, often formed by our suffering and endurance, ultimately produces hope. Our character is built by life experiences, where we are reminded we can trust God, even though during times of suffering and pain.

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· June 9, 2016

Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Romans 12:6-8 (ESV)

We’re each individually and uniquely made by the hand of our Awesome God. Be yourself. Do your thing, and celebrate those around you who do what you can’t.

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