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5.24.09 – John 15:13

Memorial Day, Like most things in life we tend to take this day for granted. It’s a day where we get together with friends and “kick-off” the summer by firing up the grill. I sat behind a young couple in church this morning. As is customary in our church, the pastor recognized any serving military personnel along with their families and last, but not least, the families that have lost loved ones while serving in the armed forces. The young man and his wife were obviously very affected by the latter recognition. I’d like to think I’m about as patriotic as the next guy, but when I saw this unfold in front of me, it really sank into what this day means to those who have lost a parent, spouse or sibling. Then I thought that this person that they were mourning also fought for me. Every person killed in action since the Revolutionary War died for you and me. They died to give me the right to sit here and write this. They died for you to have the right to read this and hit delete if you don’t like it. An American Soldier dies almost every day and we just go about our business taking the freedom that
he or she was fighting for, for granted. It’s almost shameful that we only honor them once a year.

So what can we do to honor them 24/7/365? Paul wrote in Galations 5:13 – You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. It is only fitting that we honor our fallen heroes by using the liberty, first granted to us by God himself, to serve others. If we would all give just one hour a week to serve I’m confident our world would dramatically change. So did you put out your Flag today? Great start . . . . now find a cause you can wrap your heart around and truly honor those who have given everything for YOU . . . . by serving! John 15:13 – Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends.

3.18.16 – John 15:5

We are just a few days away from the official beginning of spring. However, if you’ve been outside the last few weeks you already know that for at least this year, Punxsutawney Phil accurately predicted spring’s early arrival. We actually “harvested” some Broccolini last week and will be pulling Kale and Lettuce beginning next week. It looks to be a good year for the garden.
Last year was quite different the weather was up and down with a couple of late freezes and believe it or not, too much rain. That followed by summer made a tough year for our garden. Oh it produced, but most of what came off the vine was of poor quality.
How do your conditions affect your fruit production? Jesus speaks to this in John 15. In reading this chapter he states those who abide in him will produce fruit, those who don’t, won’t. This lead me to question those on the proverbial fence. It would seem logical that some fruit production would occur but my guess is the quality of that fruit would be sub par. My point here is that today you have a clear choice. Will your attitude/outlook brighten someone’s day or discourage them? When we take on the world alone it can be just plain brutal, which we inexplicably project on others. When we rest in Jesus he absorbs those harsh conditions we face, which allows us to produce the fruit he intends. Unlike our garden we have a choice in what kind of fruit we produce each and every day. John 15:5 – I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.