Fruit of the Spirit   Leave a comment

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Fruit of the Spirit
Message by Pastor Terry Crawford

Galatians 5:22-25 (NIV)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.

Pistis = Faithfulness
Trusting or fully believing in the truth of anything.

What is Faith?
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Our faithfulness originates in God’s faithfulness.

God if Faithful
1 Corinthians 1:8-9 (NIV)
He will also keep you firm to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Concept of Faith
J. B. Lightfoot discusses the concept of faith in his commentary on Galatians. He notes that in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin, the definition of the word for faith (pistis)
hovers between two meanings: trustfulness, the frame of mind which relies on another; and trustworthiness, the frame of mind which can be relied upon….

Rely on God
The Fruit of the Spirit reminds us to rely on the faithfulness of God.

What if some did not have faith?
Romans 3:3-4 (NIV)
What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.”

Being Retooled
The Fruit of the Spirit retools us to be people who can be relied upon.

Matthew 23:23 (NIV)
“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You give a tenth of your spices—mint, dill and cumin. But you have neglected the more important matters of the law—justice, mercy and faithfulness. You should have practiced the latter, without neglecting the former.

LORD sees fit
The one who is led by the SPIRIT has an unswerving confidence in GOD and reliance upon His words of promise; at the same time he manifests dependability in the discharge of the responsibilities which the LORD sees fit to lay upon him.

How will we live out the fruit of faithfulness today and the next 26 years?

Thank God
Philippians 1:3-6 (NIV)
I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Prayer Request


Posted August 26, 2012 by boylescs02 in Sermon notes, Sunday Morning Sermon Notes

Self Control   Leave a comment

Message by Pastor Terry Crawford
Covenant Baptist Church,  Shepherdstown,  WV

Fruit of the Spirit
Galatians 5:22-23 (NIV84)
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self‑control. Against such things there is no law.

Self-control = Enkrateia.
Enkrateia is often defined as self-control, but a much better definition is self-governance. The root kratia means government, and is the basis of such words as democracy (demokratia, rule by the people, Psychologically, enkrateia can be thought of as the development or emergence a specialized sub-ego, an Inner Governor or Inner Lawgiver, which directs the others.

Greater than the one who is in the world
1 John 4:4 (NIV84)
You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.

People will be lovers of themselves
2 Timothy 3:2-5 (NIV84)
People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self‑control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God– having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.

Aristotle distinguishes four states in life pt 1
There is sophrosune, in which passion has entirely subjugated to reason; we might call it perfect temperance.

Aristotle distinguishes four states in life pt 2
There is akolasia, which is the precise opposite; it is the state in which reason is entirely subjugated to passion; we might call it unbridled lust.

Aristotle distinguishes four states in life pt 3
In between these two states there is akrasia, in which reason fights but passion prevails; we might call it incontinence. There is egkrateia, in which reason fights against passion and prevails; we call it self-control, or self-mastery.

Aristotle distinguishes four states in life pt 4
Egkrateia is one of the great Christian virtues; and the place it holds is an example of the realism of the Christian ethic. That ethic does not contemplate a situation in which a man is emasculated of all passion; it envisages a situation in which his passions remain, but are under perfect control and so become his servants, not his tyrants…

Broken Walls
Proverbs 25:28 (NIV84)
Like a city whose walls are broken down

is a man who lacks self-control.

We are defenseless against a corrupt world and evil desires without self-control.

Divine Power
2 Peter 1:3-4 (NIV84)
His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature and escape the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

Lasting self-control
Divine power not will power will bring lasting self-control.

Goodness and Godliness
2 Peter 1:5-9 (NIV84)
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self‑control; and to self‑control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins.

Posted August 19, 2012 by boylescs02 in Sermon notes, Sunday Morning Sermon Notes

Celebrate Community at Covenant Baptist Church   Leave a comment


Saturday, Sept 8th

Starts at 3 pm and ends with Fireworks at dark


There will be 

  • food
  • entertainment
  • carnival games
  • inflatable games
  • face painting
  • petting zoo
  • pony rides
  • health fair
  • non-profit & community service booths
  • 5K run and kids fun run
  • Sweet treat contest
  • Cornhole tournament
  • and much more!
We hope you will join us as we celebrate our community!
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The 13th Tribe Book Review   Leave a comment

The 13th Tribe by Robert Liparulo

I had my first encounter with a Robert Liparulo book when I read Comes a Horseman. Which I thought was one of greatest reads, so I was excited when I got The 13th Tribe.  Diving back to the days with Moses and the tribes of Israel, but one tribe was created out of the sin of worshiping the golden calf. This tribe was immortal, cursed by due to their sins and sentenced to live forever.

The tribe has been trying to win their win back into Gods good graces by killing sinners or at least those they deem fit to die. The story weaves in a former army, personal protection specialist and current security head for a dig site in the Sinai; Jagger. He and his family are enjoying the time here quite, but one his path crosses with that of the Tribe.

Jagger and the Tribe have a whirlwind of action and mystery throughout the book. Jagger is tracking the Tribe, the Tribe is trying to complete the mission they believe will put them back in God favor, a boy struggles for life and 35 pages from the end a twist.

I was riveted the entire time I read this. I would highly recommend this to anyone that enjoys a great story as well as other novels from Robert Liparulo.

Prepare yourself for a thrill ride adventure covering half of the world.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com <http://BookSneeze®.com> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted June 20, 2012 by boylescs02 in Uncategorized

Pray to Change the World   Leave a comment

When men walk with God we have the power to change the world. Throughout history there have been recorded stories of God looking to destroy a group of people, but a man stood to intercede. Noah was a man that God looked kindly upon, so when God decided to flood the earth, God spared Noah and his family and even instructed Noah how to survive. Abraham was a man that stood to protect Sodom and Gomorrah from the wrath. So, Abraham kept asking God if even 50 righteous live there to not destroy them. Abraham stood till the Lord agreed that if He even found ten righteous in the cities He would not destroy them.

Some men prayed for there to be no rain for years, but as soon as the heart of the people changed they prayed for rain and it came. Others prayed for the release of a fellow believer from prison and then they are receiving them in their homes. There are many more stories of prayer and the results of prayer.

If the man of God will stand and pray I believe we can change the world. It may just be a small change or a massive shift. The change only comes from approaching the throne of our King and Lord. As long as our prayers are in line with Gods will he is faithful to respond. This does not guarantee that we will get the answer we want, but we will get an answer.  

Sometimes God answers with a “yes”, because we are in alignment with him and his will. Sometimes God say “slow down”, your heart is right, but the timing is wrong. Let us water the seed and let it grow before we look at the yield.   The hardest answer and the one we don’t want to hear is “no”. We don’t want to be told no. We may think we have a great idea or plan, but if it does not line up with God, He will say no.

I do not claim to be the best when it comes to pray, in fact I am horrible with my prayers. I tend to just say the same things over and over, even though I now this does not help my chances. I do not pray as often as I need to or should. I guess that is why I am writing this. To challenge myself to do better with prayer because I do truly believe that prayer works. It has been proven that those with medical illnesses that have been prayed for heal quicker and more completely than those who had no pray over them.

Father God I pray that my prayer life would become one of complete honesty and one of staying in touch with you daily and throughout the day. Bringing everything to you and seeking you in all that I do. May I be a man whose prayer can change the world, not for my will but for your will and glory. May I lead my family and friends as a man of honor and courage. Amen

Men of Honor Simulcast   Leave a comment

To Be Perfectly Honest book Review   Leave a comment

To Be Perfectly Honest by Phil Callaway

What would you do if asked to tell the truth for a whole entire year? Phil Callaway has answered that with his book To Be Perfectly Honest. This book is written as a diary with thoughts from each day on how honesty impacted Phil’s day. Would you be willing to risk relationships to be completely open and honest with friends, family and strangers?

The book is fun to read. Being completely honest with people face-to-face and through email makes for unique challenges and chances to realize that we are liars by nature. Phil reveals times when he cheated at golf, confrontations with people, and just being willing to let God work through honesty.

When I first started reading this, I was concerned that I would get bored with it, but I soon discovered I really enjoyed the stories told. Phil has a way of opening his life to us and seeing how the truth can impact lives. I would recommend this book to anyone Christian or not.

The Truth Dare

Some phone calls change your Saturday; some your entire year. When my editor called, he couldn’t have known he would accomplish both.

“I’ve had an idea for a while,” said Ron. “It will make for a great book, and you’re just the guy to write it.”

I’m human. I was flattered.

“Is it about understanding women?” I asked. “About being sensitive to my wife’s needs?”


“I’m good at those things, Ron. I am most excellent.”

“Are you telling the truth?”

“Uh…why do you ask?”

“Well, that’s what this book is about: complete and total honesty. I want you to see if you can tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth for an entire year.” (excerpt from To Be Perfectly Honest by Phil Callaway)

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group <> book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Posted May 22, 2012 by boylescs02 in Book Review

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