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So, Is There Fruit?

So, Is There Fruit? John 15:1-2 I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
In John chapter thirteen, Jesus and His disciples celebrated the Passover and Christ announces, “One of you will betray me.”  In chapter fifteen, Jesus is teaching His disciples through imagery what the vine and the branches represent. In the Old Testament, the vine is commonly used as a symbol for Israel but in the New Testament, the Vine or the “True Vine” is specifically identified as Jesus Himself. In this metaphor of the vine and the branches, there are two types of branches: 1. (branches that bear fruit) and 2. (branches that do not bear fruit). With this vine, Jesus illustrates the fundamental secret of the Christian life, "Abide in Me, and I in you" (John 15:4). 
Could there be a good tree with no good fruit? No! Would every Christian have good…

Free Indeed

Free Indeed John 8:32,36 KJV And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed
Harriet Tubman was a black slave during the 1800’s. As a young girl, she was beaten and whipped by her various masters. She suffered a traumatic head wound when a slave owner threw a heavy metal weight intended for another slave. The damage to her head caused dizziness and pain throughout her lifetime.
After the Master of the plantation died, she heard a rumor that she was going to be sold the next day. Late that night Harriet slipped out into the darkness and began to run. Her father had told her, “If there’s no moon shining, feel for the moss on the trees, moss always grows on the north side.” Harriet made her way to the state of Pennsylvania where she was, “free.” Harriet was helped by the “Underground Railroad” which was not a railroad at all but a chain of people wanting to help those in slavery to be set free. 
Harriet made 19 …

Waiting Patiently

Waiting Patiently Psalm 40:1 KJV I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.
I dislike waiting! Do you? Waiting to hear from someone you love, waiting in the doctor’s office, or waiting at the hospital for a doctor’s report. Waiting, waiting, waiting, and yet, God’s Word instructs us to wait. We as Christians need to learn to wait in faith for God to move on our behalf.
The word patient or patience is derived from the Latin word, “patientia” from “patior,” to suffer,  to endure. The Lord not only tells us to wait but to patiently wait on Him. The definition of the word patience is: “willingness to put up with waiting, pain, troubles, or hurts; calm endurance without complaining or losing self-control.” This explanation of the word patience is what God wants for us while we wait for His will in our lives. A willingness to wait and suffer if need be, without losing self-control, is most definitely the working of the Spirit of God. 
Abraham Lincoln said, “Nothi…

Who's a Fool?

Who’s a Fool? Psalm 14:1a  The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.”
The Bible has much to say about a fool and who he is. The word fool can mean:  purposeless, without cause or intelligence. A fool is someone who ignores the Word of God and whose heart turns towards foolishness continuously. Fools do not always learn their lessons as we see in Proverbs 26:11, “As a dog returns to its vomit, so fools repeat their folly.” Fools do the same foolish things over and over again leading to their own destruction and humiliation. 
Fools hate knowledge, they plot out evil schemes and will eventually cause themselves heartache with their proud speech. Foolish people have a quick temper, make fun of sin and bring grief to their parents. The Bible gives explicit warning to individuals to not associate with fools, “Leave the presence of a fool, Or you will not discern words of knowledge” (Proverbs 14:7). If you walk with the wise, you will become wise, but if you accompany fools you will suff…