From the Pastor's Pen

Welcome to Pastor Carl Miller’s Blog! We hope that you are encouraged in your walk with the Lord through these devotions.

fear of man

The Fear of Man

“The fear of man brings a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord shall be safe.” Proverbs 29:25 Scripture teaches us time and again that the fear of the Lord is of great importance in our hearts and lives. That should be in our view. That should be in focus and daily practice. For the…

The Fruit of Self-Control

“But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.” 2 Peter 1:5-7 Of all of the fruit of the Spirit, the last one Paul mentions in Galatians 5:23, one…

The Fruit of Gentleness

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love,” – Ephesians 4:1-2 When we see gentleness in the lives of our brothers and sisters, it’s wonderful as it shows forth the…

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Hanging by a Thread

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10) One of my close childhood friends was the adventurous type. As he got older, the Lord blessed him with a…

The Fruit of Faithfulness

“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” (Matthew 25:21) Our great God is to be praised for He is completely and perfectly faithful! O, how His faithfulness brings joy…

The Fruit of Goodness

Trust in the Lord, and do good; Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.” Psalm 37:3 In May of last year, as we worked through the attributes of God, I wrote a devotion, “God is Good”. You can find that here: https://nbopc.org/2020/05/13/god-is-good/. Goodness is a part of God’s character. It’s also something His…

long suffering

The Fruit of the Spirit

As is true of all of the fruit of the Spirit, longsuffering is a crucial one in the life of the Christian. It is often one that we are challenged to keep on display not only with others we are around, but even within our our own hearts and minds every day. The challenge can…

fruit of peace

The Fruit of Peace

Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.” – 2 Thessalonians 3:16. Peace and presence, specifically and importantly God’s peace and presence were two blessings that the Apostle Paul pronounced upon the saints in Thessalonica. God’s peace and presence were two blessings that…

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The Fullness of Joy

“As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love. If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love. “These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your…

Love Assures

“My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him.” – 1 John 3:18-19 The first fruit of the Spirit that Paul taught the churches in Galatia is love.…