It is a common practice to look at peoples lives and see the fruit of their labors. Often times we will not want to follow someone’s lead until we have seen proof of their leadership, or we will not want to implement a process until we see that it has been fruitful before. Now, what about the fruit of our spirit – our influence? Do we ever look at and assess its impact? The Bible tells us what the fruit of God’s influence is – the question we want to ask is this; is the fruit of our spirit growing toward the fruit of God’s spirit? Stay with us this morning as we look at the fruit of our influence – is it ripe and ready or is it rotten and repulsive?
We all hear voices - every one of us. Sometimes the voice is our own voice of conscience. Other times it is the voice of experience, or the voice of reason or the voice of compassion. Still other times, we may hear the voice of rationalization, or the voice of peer pressure or the voice of apathy. We may also hear the voice of temptation, or the voice of foolishness or the voice of self-gratification. While these voices may not be audible, they are clearly understandable and we are daily faced with the challenge of deciding what voices to follow and which to avoid. What about the voice of godliness? Can we learn to tune in to that voice? Stay with us as we sift through the voices in our lives and figure out how to tune in to those voices that would be most beneficial.
People say it all the time: ʺYeah, I know him; he’s a good person.ʺ A good person – what does that mean? Good at what? Good for what? Good as opposed to what? So, what makes a person good? Does one have to be religious or conservative or liberal to be good? Does one have to be honest? How about educated? Can you have a big ego and be a good person? Stay with us as we take some time and look into this seemingly over simplified topic– goodness in people. What makes it so?