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.
The Death of Death
Now how cool, and spiritually ironic, is it that on this year’s calendar, April Fool’s Day and Resurrection Day, aka “Easter,” are the same day! I’d like to think that amplifies to the Devil what a fool he was to have crucified Jesus. Picture it: Saturday Night Fever—demons partying so furiously since Wednesday evening that they hadn’t heard the earthshaking news late that afternoon. Suddenly the power went out on the music, there was a knock at the door, and… “HOLY HUH!!!” The risen Jesus stood at the door and knocked. Then he casually ripped it off its hinges, and said, “Told ya. I’ll be back, and then the party’s over—for good.”
PREVIEW OF COMING ATTRACTION: In next month’s Pentecost FOD, which is primarily about the phenomenal truth that speaking in tongues is our only absolute proof of salvation, I will specifically address the ridiculously time-wasting brouhaha recently taking place among a lot of brethren whom I love. One faction is teaching the hideous lie that a Christian’s behavior can cause God to reject him for everlasting life. This lie is a stench in the nostrils of God, and, as we will see, He says just that in so many words. Despite any ram-a-lam to the contrary, it is most certainly the same lie as salvation by works. It is a slap in the face to our precious Lord Jesus, whose finished work is then apparently not sufficient. Stay tuned.
“SPRING FORWARD!” That’s what many of us will do with our clocks this month, but the advent of warmer weather and more sunshine also puts a spring in our step, and maybe even a song in our heart. In our teachings we have often elaborated upon the fact that our glorious Sun represents God’s glorious Son, Jesus Christ, in His celestial message. When I see even a small ray of sunshine coming in a window, etc., I usually say, “Hello.”Next month, “Easter” falls on April Fool’s Day, so right away I have a bead on where to go with that FOD. Then Pentecost comes in May, and I am totally inspired to write that FOD about the virtually unknown and yet critically indispensable truth that speaking in tongues is a Christian’s only absolute proof that he is forever saved from sin and death. That is, for sure, one of the most important truths you and I have ever been taught. Stay tuned.
Are You Dead Yet?
That’s the greeting many people will receive this month as they celebrate what might be called “The Annual Day of True Love.” Radio stations will play classic “love songs” like All You Need Is Love, The Greatest Love Of All, Love will Keep Us Together, What The World Needs Now is Love, I Just Called To Say I Love You, etc. And too many lonely people will feel like they’ve been “looking for love in all the wrong places.”
Hey, we can help them find true love by pointing them to GOD, who “so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son.” That was “the greatest love of all.” And we can point them to JESUS, who first defined and then demonstrated what true love really is.John 15:12-13
My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.
HOPE Has A Name: JESUS!
Happy New Year! Yes, we made it through 2017, and before we could even catch our collective breath after those tumultuous 365 days, 2018 is upon us. Last year we heard many so-called prophetic biblical pronouncements as would-be prognosticators regaled us with all kinds of astronomical portents, none of which proved to be relevant to us Christians—or to anyone else. FYI, the next event on the “Christian Calendar” is the Gathering Together of the Ekklesia, with that date TBA—by Jesus and an archangel.
The main problem most all Christians have is that they do not understand what parts of the Bible are written to/about us, and what parts are written to/about Israel. How about you? Can you precisely articulate these indispensable truths so as to help others “come to a knowledge of the truth”? Why not “hit the Refresh Key” and again watch at least the first half of The End Times (which features DA CHART) in order to lock in this understanding for yourself and be sure that you “Got a Chart, got a life.” Doing so will enhance your vision of who you are—and whose you are as a child of God amidst this crooked and perverse world.