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Fruit Bearing

It is that time of year again.  Time to start the tomato plants from seed or buy baby plants to put out in the next month or so.  Farmers used to plant on Good Friday.  My daughter has set some tomato seeds and she has several baby plants she is tending to.  The baby plants are outside during the warm days and inside when cool or at night.  Before long they will be planted in the garden.  Hopefully, they will bear much fruit (tomatoes are a fruit).  My daughter has a very good green thumb so her plants thrive where mine die.

Me, on the other hand, I struggle to get a few handful of tomatoes.  I don’t know what my issues have been. 🙁  Many, many times I have babied plants, set them out in the garden, and watered away all summer.  But then I end up with large leafy green tomato plants that I must keep staking, tying or propping up to keep them from falling on the ground.  That wouldn’t be a problem except they bear no fruit.  Maybe, just maybe, I get my hopes up because tiny green tomatoes appear yet alas, they fail to develop into those bright red tomatoes that I have looked forward to. 🙁

Some people who claim to be Christians are very much like my tomato plants.  They look healthy.  They appear to be growing well.  They are full of “good works” (leaves).  Maybe even they start to develop and appear to be producing fruit but by the end their fruit is rotten.   Rotten fruit is worthless.  Our churches are full of people who look healthy yet bear no fruit.

Matthew 7:15-20 (ESV)
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves.
16 You will recognize them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?
17 So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.
18 A healthy tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a diseased tree bear good fruit.
19  Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
20 Thus you will recognize them by their fruits.

Mark 4:20 (ESV) But those that were sown on the good soil are the ones who hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirtyfold and sixtyfold and a hundredfold.”

John 15:2-8 (ESV)
2  Every branch of mine that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.
3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.
4  Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.
7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.
8  By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

John 15:16 (ESV) You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.

Galatians 5:22-23 (ESV)
22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,
23  gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.

Are you bearing good fruit?

Are you constantly staking, tying and propping up other believers and yet they don’t bear any fruit?

Are you forced to baby other believers and they never seem to be maturing?  Do they constantly return to the same issues?


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Source of Faith

Where does faith come from?

From God and His Word!

Romans 10:17 (ESV) So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

Romans 12:3 (ESV) For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.

Ephesians 2:8-9 (ESV)
8 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God,
9  not a result of works, so that no one may boast.

May our cry be like this father’s.

Mark 9:24 (ESV) Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”



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Walking With God

WALKING WITH GOD implies our making progress or advances in the divine life. WALKING, in the very first idea of the word, seems to suppose a progressive motion. A person that walks, though he move slowly, yet he goes forward, and does not continue in one place. And so it is with those that walk with God.

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George Whitefield in Walking with God


So is there evidence of progression in your life?

Are you no longer where you began?

Are you walking with God as Enoch did? (Genesis 5:24)

Psalms 86:11 (ESV)  Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth;  unite my heart to fear your name.

Psalms 119:1-3 (ESV)
1 Blessed are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of the Lord!
2 Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart,
3 who also do no wrong, but walk in his ways!

2 John 4 (ESV)  I rejoiced greatly to find some of your children walking in the truth, just as we were commanded by the Father.

3 John 3-4 (ESV)
3 For I rejoiced greatly when the brothers came and testified to your truth, as indeed you are walking in the truth.
4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.


HT: Pastor Cook


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The Happy Man

The Happy Man

The happy man was born in the city of Regeneration
in the parish of Repentance unto Life. He has a large
estate in the county of Christian Contentment.

He was educated at the School of Obedience
—and often does jobs of Self-denial.

He wears the garment of Humility, and has
another suit to put on when he goes to Court,
called the Robe of Christ’s Righteousness.

He is necessitated to travel through the world on
his way to heaven—but he walks through it as fast
as he can. All his business along the way—is to
make himself and others happy. He often walks
in the valley of Self-Abasement, and sometimes
climbs the mountains of Heavenly-mindedness.

He breakfasts every morning on Spiritual Prayer,
and sups every evening on the same. He has food
to eat, which the world knows nothing of—and his
drink is the sincere milk of the Word of God.

Thus happy he lives—and happy he dies.

Happy is he who has . . .
  Gospel submission in his will,
  the love of God in his affections,
  true peace in his conscience,
  sincere Divinity in his breast,
  the Redeemer’s yoke on his neck,
  the vain world under his feet, and
  a crown of glory over his head!

Happy is the life of that man who . . .
  believes firmly,
  prays fervently,
  walks patiently,
  labors abundantly,
  lives holily,
  dies daily,
  watches his heart,
  guards his senses,
  redeems his time,
  loves Christ, and
  longs for glory!

“Happy is the man who does not walk in the
 counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of
 sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. But his
 delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his
 law he meditates day and night. He is like a
 tree planted by streams of water, which yields
 its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.
 Whatever he does prospers.” Psalm 1:1-3

~  Lachlan MacKenzie ~

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The Marriage Covenant Is Unbreakable Unless God Breaks It

Read this profound statement about marriage from John Piper.

What God Has Joined Together, Let Not Man Separate, Part 1

One of the reasons that I have emphasized the ultimate meaning of marriage so much in this series is that the meaning of marriage is such that human beings cannot legitimately break it. The ultimate meaning of marriage is the representation of the covenant keeping love between Christ and his church. To live this truth and to show this truth is what it means, most deeply, to be married. This is the ultimate reason why marriage exists. There are other reasons, but this is the main one. Therefore, if Christ ever abandons and discards his church, then a man may divorce his wife. And if the blood-bought church, under the new covenant, ever ceases to be the bride of Christ, then a wife may legitimately divorce her husband. But as long as Christ keeps his covenant with his bride, the church, and as long as the church, by the sustaining grace of God, remains the chosen people of Jesus Christ, then the very meaning of marriage will include: What God has joined, only God can separate, not man.

Do you see how this applies to our salvation?

If a person is truly a believer, then we cannot lose our salvation.

Christ does not divorce His Church and His Church may not divorce Christ.

Our marriages are pictures of Christ’s relationship to the church and thus divorce is not allowed unless we want our salvation to be dependent upon our own actions and not be dependent on the Lord’s Grace and Mercy to keep us.


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Twas The Night Before Jesus Came

The following poem I have had framed on my wall for years. Seems like the year I got the large poem, I also sent out Christmas cards with the same poem. The theology isn’t necessarily totally accurate but it will cause you to think about what is happening in your home the night before Christmas, or really any night of the year.

Twas The Night Before Jesus Came

Twas the night before Jesus came and all through the house
Not a creature was praying not one in the house
Their Bibles were lain on the shelf without care
In hopes that Jesus would not come there.

The children were dressing to crawl into bed
Not once ever kneeling or bowing a head.
And mom in her rocker with baby on her lap
Was watching the Late Show while I took a nap.

When out of the east there arose such a clatter
I sprang to my feet to see what was the matter
Away to the window I flew like a flash
Tore open the shutters and threw up the sash

When what to my wondering eyes should appear
But angels proclaiming that Jesus was here
With a light like the sun sending forth a bright ray
I knew in a moment this must be the day.

The light of His face made me cover my head
It was Jesus, returning just like he said
And though I possessed worldly wisdom and wealth
I cried when I saw Him, in spite of myself.

In The Book Of Life which He held in His hand
Was written the name of every saved man
He spoke not a word as he searched for my name
When He said “It’s not here” my head hung in shame.

The people whose name had been written in love
He gathered to take to His Father above
With those who are ready He rose with out a sound
While all the rest were left standing around.

I fell to my knees but it was too late
I had waited too long and this sealed my fate
I stood and cried as they rose out of sight
Oh, if I had only been ready tonight.

In the words of the meaning is clear.
The coming of Jesus is drawing near.
There’s only one life and when comes the last call
We’ll find that the Bible was true after all.

Copyright Bethany Farms, 1993

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The Muckraker

Twice this week I have heard reference to John Bunyan’s Muck-raker.

Are we raking the muck of the world while rejecting the more heavenly things?


Pilgrimage of Christiana and her children – THE SECOND STAGE
by John Bunyan

This done, and after those things had been somewhat digested by Christiana and her company, the Interpreter takes them apart again, and has them first into a room where was a man that could look no way but downwards, with a muck-rake in his hand. There stood also one over his head with a celestial crown in his hand, and proffered him that crown for his muck-rake; but the man did neither look up nor regard, but raked to himself the straws, the small sticks, and dust of the floor.

Then said Christiana, I persuade myself that I know somewhat the meaning of this; for this is a figure of a man of this world: is it not, good sir?

INTERPRETER: Thou hast said right, said he; and his muck-rake doth show his carnal mind. And whereas thou seest him rather give heed to rake up straws and sticks, and the dust of the floor, than to do what He says that calls to him from above with the celestial crown in his hand; it is to show, that heaven is but as a fable to some, and that things here are counted the only things substantial. Now, whereas it was also showed thee that the man could look no way but downwards, it is to let thee know that earthly things, when they are with power upon men’s minds, quite carry their hearts away from God.

CHRISTIANA: Then said Christiana, O deliver me from this muck-rake. Prov. 30:8.


Paul prayed that his friends, “may be able to discern what is BEST.” Philippians 1:9-10. We must be always making choices in this world. We cannot take up everything that lies in our path–and we ought to choose the best things. Even among ‘right things’ there is room for choice, for some right things are better than others.

There are a great many Christians, however, who do not habitually choose the best things–but second-rate things. They labor for the food that perishes–when they might labor for the food that endures unto everlasting life. Even in their prayers, they ask for temporal blessings, when they might ask for spiritual gifts and treasures! They are like John Bunyan’s “man with the muck-rake”, who only looks ‘down’ and drags his rake among the weeds and worthless rubbish–while over his head are crowns that he might take into his hands!

They are like Esau, who sold his valuable birthright, for some bread and lentil stew. They toil for this world’s things–when they might have been laying up treasures in heaven!

We only have one life to live–and we ought therefore to do the best we possibly can with it. We pass through this world only once–and we ought to gather up and take with us the things that will truly enrich us–things we can keep forever!

It is not worth our while, to toil and moil and strive and struggle–to do things that will leave no lasting results when life is done–while there are things we can do which have eternal significance!

I’ve raked many a barn stall in my life and this picture is very clear to me.

Why would we want to continue to rake in the muck of the world when better and lasting things are offered?

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The Mysterious Islands Memphis Premiere

Mysterious Islands Movie

University of Memphis,
Michael D. Rose Theatre
470 University Ave.
Memphis, TN 38152-3470

The screening will be held on Thursday, December 9 at the Michael D. Rose Theatre, located at the University of Memphis. Door opens at 6:15 pm, and the 100-minute film will start at 7:00. Following the screening, there will be a short Q and A with filmmakers and crew, along with a poster and picture signing with the cast and crew.

The cost of the evening’s premiere is $10 per family, or $5 for individuals. Space is limited and you must R.S.V.P.

Get the word out and come be a part of this special film debut. Register now!



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