There are two means by which we can live: according to the Spirit, or according to the flesh. Guest preacher from Compassion Australia, Spiro Cassis, opens up the way the flesh seeks to grab hold of our hearts through greed, which stifles our goodness and generosity. The way to live out goodness and generosity according to the Spirit is to remember that these fruits — like all the fruit of the Spirit — are exemplified in Jesus, shown to us by our good and gracious God.
How can you get joy? Not just happiness that ebbs and flows with your circumstances, but something deeper that can sustain and uplift you through the delights and tragedies of life? Jesus says you can have his joy in your heart, and he tells us how to get it: let the Father prune you; keep abiding in Jesus; and let him be the one who makes your joy complete.
Freedom is a deeply-held cultural value, and yet, our world is far from free. Forty million men, women, and children are held in slavery today. As we engage with International Justice Mission on Freedom Sunday, we as: is freedom even possible? And even if it is, how do we live out freedom in a meaningful way?