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Restorative Wisdom of the Word

 When we speak of generosity, our thoughts go to our finances.  Finances are an important part of living of generous life.  However, I believe that we also must we willing to invest something greater- we must be willing to invest ourselves in the lives of others.  The problem is that many of us live lives without any thing left over to give to others.  We are to be people who are generous in the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control). 

These fruits do not come from you.  They are the fruits of the Spirit.  They come from the Spirit. Author Paul David Tripp writes, “When I daily admit how needy I am, daily meditate on the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and daily feed on the restorative wisdom of his Word, I am propelled to share with others the grace that I am daily receiving at the hands of my Savior.”

My challenge to you is to make sure you are carving out time in our daily life to spend time ‘feeding on the restorative wisdom of his Word.’  I would like to share a couple resources with you that I mentioned on Sunday.  The first is my favorite devotional book, My Upmost for His Highest, by Oswald Chambers.  You can purchase this book at most bookstores or Amazon.  You can also read the daily reading on  I have been using this little book since I was in high school and I am still challenged by it.  Jesus Calling is a newer book that has gained popularity over the past few years.  There are many versions of this book.  We use the children’s version with our kids.  Most Christian bookstores will have them available (as well as Amazon).

I hope you will find one of these books useful in your walk with our Lord. Grace and peace,  Pastor John