A team from Huntsville, Al arrived. The Tennessee team had ice cream with Doncillas. I worked on more lessons on relationships.

I have been ill so had tests done & I have an infected stomach. Easily treated!

Had a meeting concerning more rules & regulations from the government that will cause many homes to have problems.

The health department came & gave flu shots to staff and children. FREE!

 

In John 15 we see that the evidence that we are Christians is that we bear fruit. No union with Christ means “no life”. Eight times we see how fruit bearing work.

First, there is the fruit of the spirit which is love. All of the other fruit must have their root in love. Galatians 5:22 “The fruit of the Spirit is love”. If I am not growing in love towards others than I am not growing as a child of God. Love must grow.

Second, there is the fruit of righteousness. Philippians 1:11 “Filled with the fruits of righteousness, which as by Jesus Christ”. I am upright and honest and increasing in my relationships. We are all to be examples of ALL that is in Christ which we have received when He became our Saviour.

Third, there is the fruit of holiness as seen in Romans 6:22. “Being made free from sin, and become servants of God, you have the fruit of holiness”. We should be different from those who do not know Christ. I am afraid that the world does not see much difference between Christians and non-Christians. If our lives are not lived to a higher standard than we are failing as witnesses.

Forth, there is the fruit of our lips as seen in our thankfulness. Hebrews 8:15 says “ Let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually that is the fruit of our lips”. People can scream and should over football and dozens of other non-eternal things around us. But shouting for Jesus and expressing an overwhelming heart of thanksgiving is what God desires. He is not interested in who wins the baseball game. He wants to know that you are grateful for every breath He gives you.

(More tomorrow)