Our natural instincts drive us to try to be in control and handle life ourselves, but God’s word tells us a different reality and condemns are natural instincts. We have to make a choice as to what we depend on.
Author Archive | Nolan Trapp
We all get stuck in phone calls or conversations at work with people who take effort — a lot effort. Maybe they gossip, complain, or just go on and on. Often we want to take the easy way out, but we’re called to do better.
You’ve no doubt heard the Lord’s Prayer. You’ve probably even prayed the Lord’s Prayer many times. But have you ever really looked at how Jesus teaches the Lord’s Prayer and considered why and what it means for your prayers?
As we grow more capable of the fruit of the Spirit manifesting itself through us in self-control, we are able to look past our own selfishness and benefit not only others, but ourselves too! Nolan looks at how this is possible from the truths of scripture.
In a society that says strong men are rough, rugged, and powerful, gentleness is a difficult concept. Yet the Bible tells us much about the importance of this fruit of the spirit both in our relationships and our display of contentment in Christ.
The “faithfulness” aspect of the “fruit of the spirit” is grown by believing God’s promises, and this fruit from God enables us to overcome many difficulties of life while remaining hopeful of a great eternity! Nolan points us to many of these reminders here!
Goodness is tricky because many of us can act good but not always be good, and sometimes the world doesn’t think what we know to be good as good for themselves. Nolan explores quick and practical insights on where our goodness comes from and how it looks in life.
Let’s look at the fruit of kindness and it’s importance in our daily lives. Why do we need it and what might it look like? This one “fruit of the spirit” can do a lot to set us apart as men of God in a rough world.
We all hear, “Patience is a virtue!” but what is patience? It’s easy to say we have it, but do we? Is it actually Godly? How does patience look? Does it help anything?
Peace is something many of us seek in this world. How does God promise us peace? Where can we find it? Where does peace come from? As a fruit of the Spirit, we are given peace unlike what the world can experience.
Luke 6:43 – “No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit” Galatians 5:22-23 is one of the most memorized scriptures in the bible. This scripture speaks of the fruit that comes out of being part of Jesus and having the Spirit within. It lists many different flavors of the […]
The greatest commandments. The first fruit of the Spirit. Love. But are we loving as God actually commanded us to? What does it mean to truly have “love” as a fruit of the spirit? How does this play out in our lives? Nolan examines some key Bible verses that help us begin to understand what […]
What if we have more power to influence, encourage and motivate our brothers and sisters around us than we even realize? Nolan challenges us with some tremendous points and explains why it’s absolutely essential we learn to be these kind of men! What do you think? Have you experienced this?
Are we to be men who lead or follow? Can we do both? We get a lot of mixed messages in the world today both from the Christians and non-Christians. Let’s admit, it’s kinda confusing and hard to know what to do sometimes. Nolan explores this issue and what it means to be a mentored […]