Is It About Fruit…or Roots?

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This week we continued our discussion on ‘The Most Excellent Way.”

The class was a little smaller, but we had a couple new folks join us as well.  Here’s a  quick ‘shout out’ to Lindsey & Jeff.  Welcome!

After a brief review of our discussion last week on the most excellent way and how the journey along a road is experienced very differently depending on the mode of travel, we turned our attention to the ground level.

The text was Luke 6:43-45 in which Jesus tells a story about two kinds of trees.  One tree produces healthy fruit and the other tree does not.

In a society in which most of the fruit that finds its way to our grocery stores is in anything BUT a totally natural state, having been picked some time earlier, stored, ripened for market demand and then buffed and polished to shine…well, suffice it to say that our perspective of ‘healthy fruit’ may be somewhat skewed.

As we explored the differences in what creates healthy fruit, naturally…a couple points worth repeating were made:

1.  A healthy tree doesn’t mean the fruit has absolutely no blemishes

2.  The health of the fruit starts at the roots

Which brings us to the story that follows directly after this little discourse on fruits.  Jesus continues with the “Tale of the Wise & Foolish Builder.”  This story, which is all about foundations, demonstrates that the storms of life have a very different effect on a structure if it has a firm foundation.  A firm foundation allows a structure to sustain a lot of pressure.

Some good points out of the discussion:

1.  We don’t always know what our foundation looks like

2.  God allows storms to reveal to us what He already knows

3.  Storms will come, but we don’t have to live in fear.

4.  God is the builder…He knows how to create good foundations in our lives

So, there is a connection between Fruit and Roots.  It’s all in the foundation.  How are you building yours?

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