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 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.
Will You Receive a “Lavish Reception” Into Christ’s Kingdom?
OK, hang with me now as together we intrepidly dive into the deep waters of God’s matchless Word, which is profitable for doctrine, reproof, and correction. In this FOD, accompanied by our Lord Jesus, in whose everlasting arms we dwell, we’ll focus on some exhortation and encouragement parts, and it might get a bit uncomfortable. Hey, that’s good, if the “spur” you feel causes you to move forward with The One who died for you. In one sense, I’ll be talking to myself—and you can listen in. I will include quite a bit of very pertinent Scripture, so please do not skim over it, but read it carefully, expecting the Lord to speak to you thereby. In fact, may I suggest that you read this at least twice.
“Lavish reception” is, in 2 Peter 1:11, how the Berean Study Bible translates what some other versions render as follows: a “rich welcome” (NIV), a “grand entrance”(NLT), a “triumphant admission” (WNT). Those phrases bring up great mind pictures, don’t they? Trumpets, banners, a cheering crowd, a beaming Father, a proud Lord, and a “crown of glory that does not fade away” (1 Pet. 5:4).
The Path To Freedom: Truthing It
Happy July! Hard to believe that 2017 is already half gone. Despite the prevailing wickedness sweeping the earth, you and I can live each day with a holy purpose: shining the light, love, and truth of Jesus Christ into the darkness, one person at a time. Because we know for sure that our Lord is coming back for us (which could be before you finish reading this), we can manifest the peace that passes understanding and the joy of the Lord, whatever the circumstances.
Here in the USA, we celebrate the birth of our republic on July 4, calling it “Independence Day.” This holiday signifies our gaining national and individual freedom from governmental tyranny. One dictionary defines freedom as “exemption from the presence of specific control, restraint, or interference.” Freedom is the power to choose your own thoughts, words, and deeds.