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Do We Attract or Repel?

As I was praying the other day with our children, we were burdened with the reality of sin. They weren’t getting along and the morning was about to go sideways. So we stopped and spent some much-needed time in prayer. While praying, I was reminded of a visual of a magnet and its pull. On one side, it attracts, but on the other side, it repels. Our lives can also be like that. My prayer was that we would be the part of the magnet that draws things to us that are good, like kindness, goodness and patience. That the …

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Recognizing the Orange Tree

        Galatians 5: 22-23: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.” “Check out the orange tree in my backyard,” your friend says. Following her out the door, you see dozens of trees. Which one is the orange tree? you wonder. While a botanist might know it by its leaves and branches, you will know the orange tree for sure if you see oranges hanging all over it. Similarly, others know you’re a Christian by seeing the way you act or react when things happen in your life—good and bad. …