Fruit of the Vine | April 2014
There are no promises in the Bible for people who are just church-goers or attendees. We are not rewarded for simply ‘turning up’ on a Sunday. However, the Scripture makes it very clear that we derive great benefit when we are wholly devoted to the Lord and to one another. 1Ki 8:61. Rom 6:22. Rom 12:10. Epaenetus and Stephanas were faithful men who were pillars in the early church in Corinth. The apostle Paul described the household of Stephanas as being ‘addicted’ to service. We are told they had ‘devoted themselves for ministry to the saints’. Rom 16:5. Evidently, this deaconing work had become their singular focus and highest priority. The apostle told the Corinthians that men like Stephanas should be acknowledged because ‘they have refreshed my spirit and yours’. 1Co 16:15-18. Paul referred to the household of Stephanas as the ‘firstfruits’ of the Greek province of Achaia. And he called Epaenetus, the ‘firstfruit’ in Asia.
Monday | 21 April 2014
The word defines the works of our sonship in all of its dimensions, including, as an individual, as a head, as a helper, as a wife, as a husband, as a mother, as a father, as a child, and so on. Grace is inherent in the word and mandate of our sonship, and is to abound in our lives and in our families. This is why Peter said that a husband must honour his wife as a fellow heir of the grace of life. Our houses are to be full of grace! As a mother and a father are standing in godly order, grace for life abounds in the house and flows to every member. Concerning the man who fears the Lord and walks in His ways, the psalmist wrote, ‘Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine within your house, your children like olive plants around your table’. Grace abounds to our children and they are able to be the sons and daughters God made them to be, in our houses. They ...
New Releases | Easy Reading Short Christian Articles | April 2014
New Releases | Christian Resources and Christian Books
Sons of the Most High
By Various Authors
When we look at Christian movements today, we do not find many that have been able to understand and implement the gospel taught by Jesus. In this Study Guide we are considering how we become sons of God.
The word of the cross
By Victor Hall, David Falk & David Baker
The word of the cross was the gospel preached by the apostle Paul in every place. In his letter to the Corinthians, he declared, 'I determined to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified'. 1 Cor 2:2.
The pattern of perfection
By Victor Hall, David Falk & David Baker
The Lord commanded the prophet Ezekiel to ‘describe the temple to the house of Israel, that they may be ashamed of their iniquities; and let them measure the plan’. Ezek 43:10. The literal Hebrew meaning of ‘plan’ is the ‘pattern of perfection’.
Stewarding your vine and fig tree
By David Falk
The Scripture uses the symbolism of ‘a vine and fig tree’ to describe the generative capacity of a man’s house and work in the kingdom of God. A businessman has been given a ‘vine and fig
tree’ in the Lord’s vineyard for the purpose of generating increase
and resources for the Lord’s house.
By David V Hall, Luke Pomery, Kane McNally, Michael Hall and William Olds
The story of our sonship is that we are born, first of all, as ‘natural’ sons of men. In the unfolding of God’s purpose, we are first ‘natural’ before we become ‘spiritual’ by new birth.
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Think Again Series
By Tim Maurice
This series is comprised of very short articles written over the past few years. They were written in an attempt to engage - or perhaps to re-engage - people to consider Jesus Christ.
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Restoring My Soul | Free Christian Daily Devotions
'Restoring my soul' is a monthly daily devotional guide produced by Vision One. The title is taken from the well-known words of the psalmist, ´He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name´s sake´. Psa 23:3. This verse beautifully portrays a vibrant devotional life. The purpose of the devotional guide is to help individuals and families digest the word of God in daily portions.
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