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.
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December 2018God bless you SUPER-abundantly! The main “takeaway” truth from this last letter of 2018 is expressed in the following verse, which debunks today’s independent, self-made-man mindset so prevalent in our western culture and orients us to our Heavenly Father as the source of all good things (Ps. 84:11).
Some Keys To Spiritual Perseverance
November 2018That appellation sounds good, but what exactly does “stalwart” mean? Good question. “Strongly built; sturdy and robust; strong and brave; valiant; firm, steadfast, uncompromising.” Plenty of verses in God’s wonderful Word support those definitions as to who He has made you to be as His child and a minister in the Body of Christ. Yeah, I know, now all we gotta do is live up to them. Easier said than done, but certainly attainable, with the Lord’s help.
The Path We Have Chosen
October 2018Like Peter wrote in his first epistle, “Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the end result of your faith, the salvation of your souls” (1 Pet. 1:8-9). Certainly he will honor any devotion on our part by coming alongside us and working in us to will and to do of God’s good pleasure.
“Our chief role in devotion [to the Lord] is to allow ourselves to be loved.” That statement is from a book I’m reading titled Prophetic Wisdom, by Graham Cooke. Here are a few other profound excerpts about God’s relentless desire for relationship with each of us, His kids:
Man, The Image of God: Can An Icon Be Iconoclastic?
This month lets consider what it means to be made in the image of God, an important but controversial topic about which Christians differ greatly in understanding. Grasping its truth will help you see both yourself and others more like God does. The particular English word, “icon,” means “a picture, image, or other representation; a representation of some sacred personage, as Christ or a saint or angel, painted usually on a wood surface and venerated itself as sacred; a sign or representation that stands for its object by virtue of a resemblance or analogy to it; a person or thing that is revered or idolized.” The Greek word for “image” is eikon.
Today, the last definition is most prevalent—a famous person or object. For example, “Babe Ruth is baseball’s best known icon” or “Ferris Buehler’s Day Off is an iconic movie.” Okay, you know God has already awarded you with the standing as a “saint,” a holy one, and because of that you can color in a sterling portrait of your life in Christ by walking with him one day at a time. In the sight of God, you can be an iconic believer!