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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


 

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April 5, 2012 - Bearing Fruit

By Beatrice Northcutt

“Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit” (John 12:24, KJV).

A few days before Jesus spoke these words, He had raised Lazarus from the dead and many of the Jews believed on Him. The religious leaders were angry and began seeking a way to take Him, and even considered putting Lazarus to death also.

It was time for Jesus to offer up His life on the cross for the sins of the world, and He was trying to prepare His followers. As long as He was in the flesh of man, He was limited to a small area, but when He ascended back to the Father, the Holy Spirit would come into the world to quicken the hearts of men in all areas of the world. His death and resurrection would produce the moving of God’s Spirit and bring forth much spiritual fruit. But first He must surrender and die.

The Word has much to say about the Christian bearing fruit. How do we produce fruit for the Lord? By dying to ourselves and being made alive in Christ. This exchange takes place every day.

Is God pleased with the amount of fruit we are bearing? Have we won anyone to the Lord this year? Are we Christlike in our everyday relationships with others, or are we too caught up and alive to the world? What did Jesus say about that?

“Except a corn of wheat fall into the ground and die, it abideth alone.” Does that speak to your heart like it does to mine?

 

— Beatrice Northcutt lives in Independence, Kansas.

 

 

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