Pastor's Heart

A blog of Lone Hill Church and Dr. Ray Stamps.

“Experiencing the Presence of Jesus”

A Christmas Series for Sunday Morning Messages

Christmas season is referred to as the Advent. It is a title in reference to Jesus’ coming as the Messiah. He was the fulfillment of the promised “Immanuel,” God with us. For the next four Sundays I will be sharing four messages on the incarnation, God coming in the flesh – the Advent. The prompting for these messages is not only the season, but also because experiencing the presence of Jesus is at the heart of our Vision and Mission Statements. We post them each Sunday morning, but I want to underline the significance of the Statements because at their heart is experiencing the presence of Jesus in your life through His Holy Spirit. What follows is a brief introduction to the importance of God’s presence with His people.

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The Fruit of the Spirit - Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control

This is the fourth and final installment of our study of the Fruit of the Spirit. We come to the final three: Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control. These three are connected as core discipleship qualities. They flesh out the qualities needed by someone who would be a devoted follower of Jesus. The first is a persevering trust. The second is surrender, and the third is disciplined obedience.

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The Fruit of the Spirit - Patience, Kindness, and Goodness

This is the third segment in our study of the Fruit of the Spirit as we find it listed in Galatians 5:22-23. We will be looking at the second set of three fruits, namely patience, kindness, and goodness. These three fruit are linked together, first, by their association in Paul's list, and second, by their mutual link to Kindness. Patience is restraint, while Kindness is restraint plus Goodness.

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The Fruit of the Spirit - Love, Joy, Peace

Welcome to the second installment of the Lone Hill Church Blog. This second segment continues a study of the Fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23 by defining the first three fruits. Note that certain fruits are directly related to other fruits. In fact, we can see three groupings which Paul implicitly suggests by the order of his list. In the first group we will see how joy and peace are dependent upon love. Hope you will be blessed.

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The Fruit of the Spirit

Welcome to the first installment of the Lone Hill Church Blog. This first segment begins a study of the Fruit of the Spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23. In this segment we will offer only an introduction. The segments which follow will define each of the nine fruit in three groupings. Hope you will be blessed.

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