Jesus makes it clear that the Father wants his children to be fruitful and tells us that… ‘I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful… Remain in me, and I will remain in you. Just as no branch can bear fruit by itself unless it remains in the vine, neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. I am the vine and you are the branches. The one who remains in me, and I in him, will bear much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing‘ (John 15:1-5).
Remaining… to bear much fruit
If we remain (abide) in him, we will do just that – bear fruit.
And if we bear fruit, the Father will prune us so that we will beeven more fruitful.
But the warning comes to us twice in this short passage… remain in him, otherwise you cannot bear fruit, you can do nothing!
Not only is it the Father’s desire that we bear much fruit by abiding in him, but there is that oft-missed warning that unless we remain in him, we cannot bear fruit, nor can we do anything of true value!
With all the gifts we have been endowed with there can often be a tendency to take ownership and believe that we can use them whenever and however we so choose… but the truth of it is,we are simply stewards of the manifold gifts of God and to really see lasting fruit from what has been entrusted to us, we must take our direction from the Lord – we must abide in him.
(September 10, 2018) George Forbes, missionary spokesperson, reflects on the call of God…
The best-known evangelist of our time the late Dr Billy Graham was not a missionary serving long term on a specific field.
He was called by God to be an evangelist to the world. A gift ministry to the church and the world, his faithfulness, influence and love for the lost is beyond question. His example to many other servants of the Lord has been exemplary.
I believe this includes thousands of serving missionaries around the word. They have been encouraged by his faithfulness to God and to the gospel by his… (more…)
(February 28, 2018) Robert and Maureen McQuillan write…
Like this Gypsy Smith quote below? It’s from the cover of Stuart Reynold’s latest book, Getting Ready for Revival.
A challenge for every Christian, not to think ’Maybe I’ll do something later’ but to act on now!
One of Oxford Dictionary meanings of ‘Revival’ is: ‘A reawakening of religious fervour, especially by means of evangelistic meetings.’
It’s been many years since the days of genuine ‘religious fervour’ in churches with regular testimonies of sinners saved, lives changed, growth in one’s faith, sick people healed at everymeeting.
Somethinghas been missing for some time; church life has definitely changed! We’ve become too sophisticated, too locked into restricting ‘in-house’ systems, and the absence of the unchurched.
That golden oldie, Give Me That Old Time Religion, declaring salvation being good enough for everybody; loving one another; taking us to heaven; and ‘it’s good enough for me’ had something going for it!
In respect of something being missing in many churches (not all of course, praise God!); perhaps the following is on your mind too … (more…)
(February 22, 2018) Dan Wooding, Founder of ASSIST News Service, shares some very personalreminisces…
American evangelist Billy Graham – a confidant to presidents, a guiding light to generations of American Christians and a world-travelling preacher who saw millions give their lives to Christ, died today (Wednesday, February 21), at the age of 99.
Dr Graham, who was known as ‘America’s Pastor’ passed away at his home in Montreat, North Carolina.
‘The skinny preacher with the booming voice evangelised to nearly 215 million people over six decades and prayed with US presidents from Harry Truman to Barack Obama,’ said CNN. ‘Several presidents, including Lyndon Johnson, George W Bush and Bill Clinton, relied closely on his spiritual counsel.’
A dynamic young Billy Graham preaching
Billy Graham was the reason I got into journalism But on a personal side, it was 50 years ago in London, England, when I got my first job in journalism. It was with The Christian, an historic British newspaper that the Graham Association had bought and modernised. (more…)
FORT WORTH, TX Stranger walked into McDonald’s and spent $3,300 on a life-changing order
Faithit Stories That Matter reports a priceless happy meal incident… After a mystery man in Fort Worth, Texas, was recently diagnosed with cancer, he realised that life is too short not to spread kindness.
Noticing another’s problems
The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, visited his favourite McDonald’s location, where he is a regular. He noticed a girl who also frequents the restaurant, sitting alone crying. That’s when he approached her and asked about what was going on. (more…)
Various sources emailing/Facebooking this ‘Must watch Youtube’
Going for gold, this fantastic choir – 100 Gospel Choir – received standing ovations during audition. Their superb presentation of This Little Light and their on-fire enthusiasm really blew the judges and audience away! What an immediate response of joy and applause and feel-good atmosphere.
God has his ways of grabbing viewers’ attention when people use their God-given talents! (more…)
KIRKUK, IRAQ Ten elderly escapees describe life under ISIS as Iraqi Christians still held by Islamic State ‘against their will’ Michael Ireland, Senior Reporter, ASSIST reports:
More news has emerged about the situation of Christians who are still being detained in Islamic State (otherwise known as ISIS), after ten elderly Christians, some with disabilities, managed to escape. World Watch Monitor (WWM – www.worldwatchmonitor.org) says the group, eight men and two women, were ‘expelled’ by IS militants for refusing to convert to Islam. (more…)
USA Five million people worldwide receive Christ via Billy Graham website
Mark Ellis, senior correspondent, ASSIST News, reports:
An Internet evangelistic website set up by the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has just marked a milestone as the five millionth person received Christ at PeaceWithGod.net.
The ministry uses Bible verses and video presentations to share the gospel with visitors to the site, which was launched in May 2011.
‘This is significant because we’re following Billy Graham’s legacy of taking the most advanced technical capabilities available and reaching people where they are with the hope of Jesus,’ said John Cass, BGEA’s Director of Internet Evangelism. ‘This has given us the opportunity to go to the ends of the earth.’ (more…)