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January 25 2011 Bible Basics Newsletter

Thoughts & Intents

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

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The Fruit of Freedom

Those Galatians. I should be sorry that they gave Paul so much trouble, but instead Im grateful because of the excellent letter he wrote to straighten them out. All 3000 plus words of it are wonderful to study in depth. But Im finding myself nestled into chapter five, where Paul explores the wild new territory that Christians live in. We dont live in the land of the law, with rules about every little thing hemming us in tightly. We live in the Spirit, a place of genuine freedom. Living there is at once much easier and immeasurably harder than life in the old country. The burden of the law is gone, but faith working through love is quite demanding in its own way.

Starting in on a series on the fruit of the Spirit. Hope you enjoy it! Last weeks article, Sweet Fragrant Fruit of the Spirit introduces the topic, and this weeks wanders a bit, but Im going to plow into that list pretty soon!

From my heart to yours

Tomorrow I turn 48. Im loving my forties, and a good friend tells me that the fifties are even better. I hope you are finding this to be true in your life, too, that Gods blessings get sweeter and sweeter with each passing year!

Serving our sweet Savior,

LeeAnn Bonds, Bible Basics Editor

Read my blog, Katalambano!. (Katalambano is a Greek word meaning to lay hold of so as to make ones own, to take into ones self, to lay hold of with the mind, to understand, perceive, learn, comprehend.)

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