We Ought to Bear Fruit

“Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.” – Matthew 13:8 The Bible tells us in so many parables that we ought to bear fruit. Can you imagine a farmer going out into his field and looking at the crops and not seeing the potential that lies before him or her? There’s not a farmer out there who would say, I hope that tree doesn’t produce any fruit. It would be foolish for a farmer to hope that their crops will stop growing, right? God would never say that about us. God sees us as fruit-bearing beings that carry forth His Kingdom and His life. We live by faith and what God says about us: You’re redeemed, renewed, restored, and forgiven.  No one else can see in your life the magnitude of the greatness that God sees. A

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You Are My Credentials

“You yourselves are our letter, written on our hearts, known and read by everyone.” – 2 Corinthians 3:2 The Apostle Paul was once asked, “What are your credentials?” Paul was appointed by God to found the hugely successful Church of Corinth. Corinth was a port city that incorporated beauty, wealth, and was multicultural. Within the culture of Corinth, many were formerly enslaved due to debt or war and rebuilt their lives; one was considered successful based on an individual’s ability or achievement, and this personal reconstruction allowed the society to thrive. Envision dog-eat-dog on one hand, but incredible wealth and success on the flip side by people who are determined, industrious, and entrepreneurial. In this climate, Paul learned quickly due to his humility he was not fully accepted. The church was embarrassed by his working trade and his inability to speak well by Roman standards. Yet Paul was very accomplished

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A Garden of Goodness + A Temple of Truth

“Don’t you know that you yourselves are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in your midst?” – 1 Corinthians 3:16 Yesterday, we talked about the Garden of Eden and how it gives us a powerful illustration of the fruitfulness of Christ in our lives. Today, I want to share with you how Adam and Eve’s original home correlates to another one of the Lord’s chosen dwelling places — the temple. We know that the temple was the center of Jewish life, and it’s also where the Spirit of God lived. But what we may not realize is that the plans for constructing God’s House contained many parallels to the garden. The Creation story happened in seven days with seven speeches, and the tabernacle and temple were both built in seven days with seven speeches. And, just as Adam was told to guard and care for the living things in

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