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.
Jesus Loves Me, This I know
Well, it’s February, and the luster of the “Holiday Season” has faded. Somehow, Groundhog Day just doesn’t inspire the worldwide fervor that Christmas and New Year’s do. Fifty years ago, the age-old focus on Valentine’s Day was no doubt the highlight of this month for most people, especially those in love. And then came the first Super Bowl in 1967, with #50 coming up on the 7th of this month. And you’re thinking: “OK, how can John possibly tie together Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, and the Super Bowl?” No problem.
2016 - Happy Truth Year!
Happy Truth Year! “Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more!” Another calendar year begins, and for each child of God living in concert with our Lord Jesus Christ, every moment is replete with godly possibilities. Personally, my lofty goal is to so live in 2016 that I have no regrets. As we sports fans say, “I want to leave it all on the field,” just like Jesus did.
If you share this mindset, it means that we will absolutely have to risk time and time again. Dictionary definition: “to expose oneself to the chance of injury or loss.” Wait a minute—that sounds kind of scary. Why would I want to do that? Ever heard the maxim, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained”? To gain something, we must risk the possibility of loss, or failure. You and I must venture in order to have an adventure. How can we be certain that acting so boldly will bring us wonderful results? Because vividly set before us in Scripture are the examples of both GOD and JESUS CHRIST doing the same thing.
Magnifying Jesus Christ, The Living Way
Well, here we are in the home stretch of yet another calendar year. Actually, “home stretch” is an apropos phrase, if we are stretching (extending ourselves) for the Lord Jesus and anticipating his “taking us home.” Contrary to popular Christian opinion, this does not mean by murdering us. Home is where the heart is, and our hearts are devoted to The Man who gave his life so that we might live forever. At his appearing, we will be with him, and thus “at home,” first in the heaven of heavens for about seven years, then in the Millennial Kingdom, and finally in God’s everlasting Paradise. And with each passing day we draw closer to that glorious moment!
Joy Has A Name - Jesus
Elizabeth saw that heading and said, “Are you kidding? I make him laugh all the time.” And I said, “That’s not what I’m talking about.”
Hello, Christian Comedian. And you say, “Huh? What kind of salutation is that?” “Actually” (as our five-year-old granddaughter, Wendell Jane, begins many sentences), I think you’ll see that it is appropriate—or that it should be. How so? Well, here’s the definition of “comedy”: “a work of light and humorous character with a happy or cheerful ending; a dramatic work in which the central motif is the triumph over adverse circumstance, resulting in a successful or happy conclusion.”