The Fruity Truth

“You can count the number of seeds in an apple. You can’t count the number of apples from that seed.”

—Shawn Daggett

When you hear the word ‘fruit,’ what is the first thing that you think of? Perhaps it’s the aisle of your local grocery store or the crates at your farmer’s market, and the images of apples, bananas, oranges, and guavas fill your mind. Perhaps you think of a vineyard or the fake fruit on display at your grandmother’s house, or maybe you imagine a banana covered in ice cream and chocolate syrup. For me, I begin to salivate, just a little, for I prefer the sweet juiciness of fruit over the taste of any vegetable.

Fruit, is also present within the Bible, and is referred to in a variety of ways. Continue reading

Let Us Not Eclipse Glory

“I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians. Your Christians are so unlike your Christ.”
Mahatma Gandhi

An eclipse is a spectacular sight for one to behold! I had the privilege of witnessing such an event on August 21, 2017. It was amazing getting to see the moon inch closer and closer to the sun with my special eclipse glasses, though invisible to the naked eye. It was incredible sharing the excitement with friends and strangers. And truly awesome how quickly the landscape became dark when the eclipse was full. How the outdoor lights instantly lit and the crickets began to chirp, for about two minutes, before the day returned.

A solar eclipse is the result of the moon coming between the earth and her sun, the moon casting its shadow upon the planet. In nature, an eclipse is a spectacular sight. Not only are they beautiful, but also remarkable in how the tiny moon can, for an instant, block out the light and sight of the mighty sun.

In nature, an eclipse is a spectacular sight, not so in a spiritual sense. Continue reading

The Dogs and the Cats

Two teens were volunteering their Saturday, working at an animal shelter. They had spent many hours pampering puppies, bathing kittens, and cleaning up mounds of poop and puddles of pee. Being worn out and sweaty, one of the teens wiped the perspiration from his brow, before he said to the other teen, “You know what, today reminds me of when Jesus will come again.”

“What do you mean?” the other teen asked.

“Well, for instance, look at this room.” The other teen did, seeing where they were standing was a hall with cages filled with barking and meowing critters on either side of them. “Now imagine, if the cages on the right were filled only with dogs. And the cages on the left, were only filled with cats.”

“Okay,” said the other teen.

“Well, when Jesus comes back in his glory, and all the angels will be with him, he will then sit in his glorious throne. Before him will be gathered all the nations of the earth. Not just Israel and Rome, but America, Russia, China, everyone will be there. And he will separate people one from another as an animal shelter volunteer separates the dogs from the cats. And he will place the dogs on his right, but the cats on the left. Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, a feast fit for a king. I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you welcomed me, opening your home as if I was family. I was naked and you clothed me, wrapping me with the shirt from your own back. I was sick and you visited me, bringing me some of the best chicken noodle soup that I have ever had. I was in prison and you came to me.’ Continue reading

The Sand Dollar Missionary

The Legend of the Sand Dollar

There’s a lovely little legend
that I would like to tell,
of the birth and death of Jesus,
found in this lowly shell.

If you examine closely,
you’ll see that you find here,
four nail holes and a fifth one,
made by a Roman’s spear.

On one side the Easter lily,
its center is the star,
that appeared unto the shepherds
and led them from afar.

The Christmas Poinsettia
etched on the other side,
reminds us of His birthday,
our happy Christmastide.

Now break the center open,
and here you will release,
the five white doves awaiting,
to spread Good Will and Peace.

 

This simple little symbol,
Christ left for you and me,
to help us spread His Gospel,
through all Eternity.

–Author Unknown

 

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The Modern-Day Prodigal Son

One Sunday after service, a minister decided to order the #1 on the Wendy’s menu, with a Frosty added of course, before taking a seat at a nearby table. It wasn’t long, before a group of men who were cussing and speaking profane things, with the stench of beer still on their breaths from the night before, joined the minister at his table. Turning a table of one into a table of many.

At another table close by, some folks who had listened to the minister’s sermon earlier that morning, began to grumble amongst themselves, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.” Of course, being at a table nearby, and the churchgoers not being the most quiet of gossipers, the minister heard their words.

He then calmly dipped another fry into his Frosty and munched on it, before speaking in a mild voice, yet loud enough for the other table to hear: Continue reading

Jesus Loves You

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).

“Jesus Loves Me,” is perhaps one of the most well known Christian songs around the globe. Not only are its lyrics simple, which makes it easy to translate:

  • Cristo me ama, bien lo se, (Spanish)
  • Jesus liebt mich, dies weiß ich (German)
  • Anipenda ni kweli, (Swahili)
  •  我を愛す (Japanese)

but they also ring true, and carry with them a message that needs to be heard, addressing a need within every heart: the desire to be loved.

That is why I argue that this song, is much more important than being just another children’s song. Indeed, it is a beautiful song to sing with your children, but I also believe that it’s something more. Something with a rich tradition and a powerful legacy behind it: Continue reading