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.
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.
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