Nurturing A Healthy Heart

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September 22, 2013 Nurturing A Healthy Heart: Love


Galatians 5:22-23 On June 25, 1967 television reached an historic milestone.  The first live, worldwide satellite broadcast took place, a two-hour special filled with musicians and other artists.  Closing the show was the Beatles, singing All You Need Is Love, which would reach number one a few weeks later.  As much as I love the […]

September 1, 2013 Nurturing A Healthy Heart: Gentleness


Galatians 5:22-23; Matthew 5:5; 11:28-30 As we have studied the Fruits of the Spirit I’ve noticed an interesting dynamic that takes place.  Each one of these – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – is a quality that we would like to have in our lives, certainly.  As I have worked […]

August 25, 2013 Nurturing A Healthy Heart: Faithfulness


Galatians 5:22-23; Luke 18:1-8 I spent most of the 1980’s as an associate in Lawrenceburg, in Anderson County.  The church I served was a few miles south of town, with open land behind it.  Unfortunately, it became a “meet-up” place for people.  The parking lot behind the church was totally concealed from the highway, and […]

August 18, 2013 Nurturing A Healthy Heart: Goodness


Galatians 5:22-23; Luke 18:18-27 As we continue our series of messages Nurturing A Healthy Heart, based on the Fruits of the Spirit, this morning we come to goodness.  How do we define goodness?  Let’s listen to how Jesus replies to a question about goodness – 18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do […]

August 11, 2013 Nurturing A Healthy Heart: Kindness


August 11, 2013 Galatians 5:22-23; Ephesians 4:3; 1 Corinthians 13:4-7; Luke 6:35; Colossians 3:12 How would you finish this sentence – Be kind to… Would you answer be people, your neighbor, everybody?  I often heard the phrase be kind to animals.  You can, I believe, discover a lot about a person by the way the […]

August 4, 2013, Nurturing A Healthy Heart: Patience


Galatians 5:22-23, James 1:2-8; Isaiah 40:28-31 How many of you have ever heard, or said, be careful what you pray for?  Almost every time that phrase is said, it’s attached to – what?  Patience.  We’re happy to pray for almost anything, except patience. Isn’t that odd?  We seem to believe that if we pray for […]

July 21, 2013 Nurturing A Healthy Heart: Joy


Galatians 5:22-23, Isaiah 55:1-2, 6-12 This morning we continue our series of messages based on the fruits of the Spirit, as found in Galatians 5:22-23.  Titled Nurturing a Healthy Heart, the messages are based on the idea that what Paul is telling us in these two short, but very powerful verses – how to keep […]

June 30, 2013 Nurturing A Healthy Heart: Peace


Galatians 5:22-23, John 14:27 In the fall of 1991 I had a couple of episodes with chest pains.  I didn’t do anything about them at first, because they didn’t seem to be overly serious, but one day when I was mowing the yard the pain became much more pronounced.  My first thought was it surely […]