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Apple Trees

  • For there is no good tree that brings forth rotten fruit; nor again a rotten tree that brings forth good fruit. For each tree is known by its own fruit. For people don't gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. Luke 6:43 WEB

    We find it humorous when we get cut off in traffic by a rude driver, and they have a Christian fish symbol on their bumper. Less humorous is that repairman that will charge you twice what they should have, or take your money and run. They usually put a cross on their card, so you are supposed to forgive them for ripping you off.

    It is sad to say that in our life, we have been ripped off more by 'Christians' than anyone else. When I was young, I preferred to do business with people in the church and sought them out, but now when I see a cross on a business card, I grow concerned.

    Even recently we hired a 'Christian' company to do some work for us. I chose them over their competition mostly because they had a scripture on their ad. They witnessed to us about Jesus the whole time they were here, invited us to visit their church, but once they got the check, we never saw them again and they wouldn't return our calls. We had to hire their competition to come and finish the job that we paid them to do.

    What I am trying to say is that our actions speak louder than our words. Sometimes we are like an lemon tree that repeatedly shouts "I AM AN APPLE TREE!" but we have never produced any apples, only lemons. Jesus said that you will know a tree by the fruit that it bears.

    If we want to show the world that we are different, it really should be by our actions, and not just an outward appearance. Who you are when you are put under pressure, is who you really are. When His pressure comes, our mouth always betrays us and reveals what is in our heart.

    Jesus said 'A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you; that you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another' (John 13:34).

    Small things are big to God, and often the things that are big to us, are small to Him. It is the small things that make the difference in life. Sometimes just a little patience, a smile, or taking a little less for yourself, is the difference between producing apples and being barren.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please help me to produce fruit in my life and guide me into all that You have for me. Forgive me of the things that I have done wrong. Have patience with me and help me to have patience with others, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: For those following our Creation Photographers group, here is the theme of the week: 1 John 4:7 "Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." - 'Reflection's of the Father's Love' will be our next fun theme. Show us how you reflect our Father's love, or how others have been that reflection for you, or any other creative way you want to interpret our fun theme! Please do post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos this week (in the group) reflect God's love for second chances. These people are like family to me and to see that there is hope for another chance at true happiness and acceptance of change ever present. May you always feel the Father's love surrounding you, and may you always be that reflection for others you meet on life's path! God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord

Feb 26
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen and Amen!!

Feb 26
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen thank you, so true!

Feb 26
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father please help me to produce fruit in my life and guide me into all that You have for me. Forgive me of the things that I have done wrong. Have patience with me and help me to have patience with others, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen Thank you 

Feb 26
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Feb 26
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Greg Hall
Greg Hall

Amen!! Patience, Patience, Patience !

Feb 26
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

Feb 26
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Praise God  for  this is so true  but sad !

Feb 26
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen Paster Dion,thank you for this message.God Bless.

Feb 26
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen Lord!!

Feb 26
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Sad to say I have met people who say they are Christians but neither speak nor act like it. I do believe actions speak louder than words. Help me Father to always think, speak and act in a manner that glorifies You, Amen!

Feb 26
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John Finch
John Finchedited: Feb 26

Thank you so very much D.T. For your good and faithful words of encouragement this morning. You bring God’s truth to us in new and refreshing ways. 

May God continue to Bless you...

Feb 26
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father, thank You for all You do and help me to show You are in me in every situation. That Your love be shown everywhere I go as I treat others, in Jesus name I pray. Amen. 

Thank you Pastor for this devotional, God bless you. 

Feb 26
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

Oh boy, I can relate! I was recently betrayed by two members of my bible study group. I've forgiven them because I was too trusdting and should have known better--it really was my own fault.

Feb 26
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Help me to help others. Amen. 

Feb 26
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen!!! Words come so easy at times, however, oh Lord i pray that others can see you in my actions, behavior and deeds, in the name of Jesus Christ i ask and pray, Amen!

Feb 26
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen

Feb 26
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Feb 26