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  September 2020 Pastor's Page

 

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

 

My Uncle Joe, who lived just a few miles down the road from where I grew up, was a master gardener and I spent countless summer days helping him and my Aunt Mary Alice around the family farm, where my mom was born.  The old, white farmhouse was almost as familiar to me as my own house.  And the crowning jewels of summer were Uncle Joe's watermelons.  He grew all types, sizes and varieties of the mother-of-all-melons and they were all delicious.  And these weren't the genetically modified kind without seeds, these were the old-fashioned seeded watermelons.  The best, most natural place to eat them was sitting on the back stoop where you could easily spit the seeds into the yard without raising the ire of Aunt Mary Alice.  Uncle Joe loved to share what he grew.

 

As we transition from summer into fall we get to enjoy some of the best fruit of the season.  Late summer is a great time for watermelons and cantaloupes and tomatoes.  As I visited some friends the other day, they led me to their garden which was just bursting with red, ripe, juicy tomatoes.  They could never eat so many themselves and could hardly give them away fast enough.  When we have big, beautiful fruit, we naturally want to share.

 

God wants us to share big, beautiful spiritual fruit as well.  But like physical fruit, spiritual fruit comes, not from us, but from the ever generous heart of God through the agency of the Holy Spirit.  Good, godly farmers like Uncle Joe know that the fruitfulness of their plants really isn't up to them but is a gift of God.  Our spiritual fruitfulness is wholly dependent on God as well.  Our job is not so much fruitfulness, as faithfulness.  Jesus says that as long as we abide in Him, like a branch abides in the vine, we will bear much fruit, but apart from Him we can do nothing (John 15:5).  In talking about the fruitfulness of his work as a "church planter", the apostle Paul says, "Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who makes things grow." (1 Corinthians 3:7).  In these challenging and divisive times we need the fruit of God's Spirit to grow in us and be shared with others more than ever.

 

Is your life bursting with the spiritual fruit of "love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control"?  If not, don't beat yourself up.  Instead resolve in your heart to cling ever more tightly to the True Vine with is Jesus.  As you learn to abide in Christ, this life-giving fruit will naturally spring forth, as the revitalizing power of the Holy Spirit flows through you.  Big, beautiful fruit always tastes best when freely shared. 

  

Yours in Christ,

 

Alan

 

 

 

 

 

October 28, 2020

New Wednesday Night Bible Study!

"The Power of God's Word", A Study of Psalm 119

With Pastor Matt Chandler on Rightnow Media

Wednesdays at 6pm via Zoom

 

New Men's Bible Study!

"Knowing God" by J.I. Packer

Tuesdays at 7:30am at 1006 Middle Ave. (call church for directions). 

 

New Online Video Library Now Available!

Our new Rightnow Media online church library has over 20,000 Bible Study Videos! 

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https://www.rightnowmedia.org/Account/Invite/RoyalOak

 

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