Apple Trees

Posted by Dion Todd June 4th, 2024 1,212 Views 26 Comments

"For there is no good tree that produces rotten fruit, nor again a rotten tree that produces 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. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings out that which is good, and the evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings out that which is evil, for out of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaks. Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and don't do the things which I say?" Luke 6:43–46 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 amusing is that repairman who charges you twice what they should have. Or they take your money and run, leaving the job half done. They usually put a cross on their business card and invoices, so you are supposed to forgive them for ripping you off.

Still, I am a sucker for all things Jesus and try to support the body of Christ. Recently we hired a "Christian" company to do some work for us. I chose them over their competition mostly because they had scripture in their ad. That was my fault. They witnessed to us about Jesus the whole time they were here and invited us to visit their church. But at the end of the day, they promised to be back the following morning and asked us for a check. We never saw them again, and they wouldn't return our calls. So we had to hire their competition to finish the job we had paid them to do.

It is sad to say that in our life, we have been ripped off more by "Christians" like this 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. Three times in the last year, we have been burned by people who witnessed to us about Jesus. Brothers and Sisters, this should not be.

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

Our actions show the world we are followers of Christ, not our words or appearance. Who you are when put under pressure is who you really are. It merely brings what is in our hearts to the surface. When His pressure comes, our mouth always betrays us and reveals what is in our hearts. We should say what we mean and mean what we say. Jesus said,

"He who is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much. He who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much. If therefore you have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? If you have not been faithful in that which is another's, who will give you that which is your own?" (Luke 16:10-12 WEB).

"A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another." (John 13:34-35 WEB).

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

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

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Valeri Frank commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Just wanted to shout out to all of you who are praising our Lord Jesus... I was married for 12 years to a man who I thought loved me. He ended up trying to kill me in the end. I was so beat down that I didn't think I could survive without a man taking care of me. I've always been told that. Even as a child, so I was terrified... But then Jesus stepped into the picture. It's like everything just fell into place. I don't want to brag about being on government assistance, but, I was put into my own home with food and cash to pay bills. I was given furniture and everything anyone needs to set up their home. Jesus is the reason I'm here right now. If I can help just one person get to know Him... Then my life will be full .. I'll never stop praising our Lord and Savior... Never!! I'm sending peace, love and many prayers for all of you 🙏❤️



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Sylvia Todd

1 week ago

Valeri, so very sorry for what you have gone through! Praying for continued protection, provision, guidance and, in His time, for the right person for you ~ God bless, sister 🙏!


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Kathy Banfield

1 week ago

I just said a prayer for you. May you stay strong in the Lord!


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Valeri Frank

1 week ago

Thank you Miss Kathy... This happened to me many years ago. I have lots of issues like ptsd that I'm still working on with professional help but the most help comes from Jesus. I never feel alone even though I live alone. I feel more at peace when I'm alone if that makes sense. Thank you so much for your prayers. Really, thank you... 😊


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Dan Remley

1 week ago

I am praying for comfort and peace Valeri🙏❤️


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Valeri Frank

1 week ago

Thank you 😊


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Lynn Brown

2 weeks ago

Praying for you Valeri! God will always take care of you.🙏


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Valeri Frank

1 week ago

Thank you 😊 and yes He will...


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David Krull

2 weeks ago

Amen. So sorry you went thru that. We’re supposed to be able to depend on each other. I’d say you were married to the wrong man. Don’t let the wrong ungodly man dissuade you from love. The godly man, us men are servants to our spouses. We’re always to put the wives needs over ours. My wife of 25 years and 3 kids left me.. she wanted a different life..pursued education and got her college professor. She persuaded our daughter a few years ago to divorce her husband of 10 years and 2 kids. Ex told her “ she didn’t need no man”. As a retired cop I would never say a woman being at risk of injury should stay in marriage. Iv seen to many women stay with an ungodly man and get hurt or killed. That doesn’t change the roles we have as God designed. Us men have to answer up to God how we treat our spouses. Women's lib brought in this women don’t need a man. That has destroyed the roles God has for man and wife. Being able to take care of one’s self is good, but in marriage as in life we need each other. The roles God has in His Word for men and women show how hard it is for a women in life. I’m glad I’m a man. My oldest daughter was a single mother of two after her ex cheated on her. I’m grateful the state helped her with food and rent. To me a single mother has the hardest job there is. You have a great testimony that shows God is our provision. Bless you and thanks for sharing.


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Valeri Frank

1 week ago

Thank you David.... You are what a true man should be like. Thank you for being a man of God there doesn't seem to be many anymore. You have a testimony of your own. I suppose we all do. Some worse than others. I have definitely shied away from any kind of relationship with men. I'm not saying that I'll never love again, but I'm not looking either. If someone comes along, only God knows what will be.


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Mark Williams

2 weeks ago

God Bless you!


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Valeri Frank

2 weeks ago

Thank you... 😊



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Yvette York commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Amen Good Morning Everyone 😀



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Wanda Pennington

2 weeks ago

Good morning!


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Dan Remley

1 week ago

I hope your day was great ❤️


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Bella Colliander

2 weeks ago

Good morning Yvette. Have a wonderful day 😊.


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Lynn Brown

2 weeks ago

Good morning Yvette 🌞



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Dan Remley commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

1 week ago


Lord help me to be patient and to love others as I want to be loved myself. Treat people good and with respect. Lord please forgive me if any wrongdoings I have done to others. Amen.❤️




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Mari Kaufmann commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

1 week ago


I pray for your favor God Amen




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Susan Petho commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

1 week ago


Amen!




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Wesley Paulus commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Amen!




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Susan Huarte commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Lord ... Less of me More of YOU. Holy Spirit come alive in me




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Theresa Bright commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Amen. Father please forgive me for the things I have done wrong or said. Please guide me in all ways. I n Jesus name I pray. Lord and please bless Scott and touch him with your healing hands. I pray in Jesus name.



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Deng Tembreza

2 weeks ago

Praying for Scott



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Cathy Webb commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Valuable thoughts for today, Pastor Dion! Lord, show me the small things of importance to You today. Amen




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Celeste Strenn commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Amen




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Debi Burton commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Heavenly Father, please help me produce fruit in my life and guide me into all You have for me. Forgive me for the things I have done wrong. Please have patience with me, and help me to have patience with others. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen! ❤️🤟🏻




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Donald Woodard commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Loved that word this morning, Thank You.




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Wanda Pennington commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Amen and Amen




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Bella Colliander commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Heavenly Father, I pray you help me bring others to know and love you. Thank you for watching over me. Amen ❤️




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Scott Riegelmann commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Amen




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Lynn Brown commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Amen!




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Joe Miller commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Sometimes it seems like the use of Christian imagry in business has become a warning sign rather than a reassurance of brotherhood.




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Mark Williams commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Bible Fun Fact: Newborn babies were rubbed with salt (Ezekiel 16:4)




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David Krull commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Amen. This is the day the Lord has made. I will rejoice and be glad in it.




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Marisa Jackson commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Amen 🙏🙏🙏❤️!!




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Candy Laventure commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Amen!




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Barbara Jackson commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Amen




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Kevin J. Eck commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Father, I pray I can produce good Fruit and that I can have patience in this World. In Jesus name , Amen.




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Dana Rozell commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Amen!




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Kay Collinsworth commented on Dion Todd's blog post: Apple Trees

2 weeks ago


Amen






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