Fruit of D'Vine is the name of our monthly newsletter, based upon the biblical truth that each Christian is a “partaker of the divine nature” (2 Pet. 1:4-KJV), and that those who abide in Christ, the Vine, and are thus living truth, will bear godly fruit just as he did.
JAL's Heart to You at Another Year's End
Well, here I am again, descending upon you from Cyber Space, and doing my best to bare my heart to you as I would if we were face-to-face. I’m very sorry that my present physical challenge has of late prevented me from roaming the planet, looking into the eyes of my brothers and sisters whom I love, and enjoying mutual edification.
My job as a leader in the Body is to do all I can to help “Christ be formed in you” (Gal. 4:19). That is much more easily done via sustained personal fellowship, but for now I’ll do what I can with what I have. Paul also wrote: “He is the one we proclaim, admonishing and teaching everyone with all wisdom, so that we may present everyone fully mature in Christ. To this end I strenuously contend with all the energy Christ so powerfully works in me” (Col. 1:28-29).
Want More Holidays? You Can Have ‘Em!
OK, you’re sitting at your desk eager to digest this meaningful missive, and out the window you see your neighbors removing the gravestones from the makeshift cemetery in their front yard, taking down the witches, skeletons, and cobwebs from their trees, and letting the air of their giant inflatable Frankenstein that is obscuring most of their home from view, all while trying to recover from the spate of horror movies they watched last month. I know, you’re hoping they share their leftover candy with you. By the way, I wrote this paragraph assuming that you are not outside doing those same things.
The idea of remembering dead people is OK, in and of itself, but “Halloween” has become a celebration of death, as well as a promotion of too much satanic stuff. Well, we can now leave that bizarre “holiday” behind for another year, and move on to the two biggies this month and next: Thanksgiving and Christmas. We can, and should, enjoy these annual
The Greatest Key to Understanding the Bible?
Did you even remotely consider that the Rapture of the Ekklesia was going to occur last month? Millions of our Christian precious brethren did exactly that, and many were quite certain that it would. As proof, they cited signs in the heavens, including this past August’s eclipse, the April 2024 eclipse, and the September 23 planetary alignment on the Jewish Feast of Trumpets. The big question is: Did they show their faith by maxing out their credit cards with luxury items?
In case you missed our mid-September email titled JAL’S BOLD PREDICTION ABOUT THE COMING SIGN IN THE HEAVENS SEPTEMBER 23, please read it now, as it specifically addresses why it was foolish for so many Christians to even entertain the notion that any astronomical “sign” pertained in any way to us Christians.
Shopping With God’s Grocery List
First of all, be looking for our mid-September email on Friday, the 15th. I will address the hubbub in Christendom as to whether the eclipse last month (and the one in 2024) and the planetary alignment on 9/23 have anything to do with us Christians, and I will make a bold prediction about the non-date of the Rapture/Gathering Together.
Last month we had our quarterly TLTF Elders meeting. Given that our three Trustees and ten Elders live in seven different states, we have had only one face-to-face gathering so far. Nonetheless, we have established quite a heartfelt rapport among ourselves, and our recent meeting was very bonding as we discussed both the work of the ministry and our personal lives.