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Apples and Oranges and Fruitfulness

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It is surprising to learn there are hundreds of thousands – maybe a million different kinds of fruit. For example, there are over 7500 kinds of apples, and among the class of citrus fruits, there are about 1000 types of oranges. The Lord speaks of us as being fruitful branches, and there is significant discussion on the Fruit of the Spirit. How does fruitfulness happen?

Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit. (Jeremiah 17:7-8)

I am the vine; you are the branches. If you abide in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. (Jesus in John 15:5)

And from Psalms 1:1-3:

Blessed is the one
… whose delight is in the law of the Lord,
and who meditates on his law day and night.
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water,
which yields its fruit in season
and whose leaf does not wither—
whatever they do prospers.

Just as there are a million types of fruit, there are a million and more ways to be fruitful. See how many ways you can find! Register or login at MissionNext.org and tell your story to find opportunities to be fruitful in your next season of life.

Trust. Abide; that is, do life with the Lord. Delight in Him—these are the keys to a fruitful life.

Nelson Malwitz, Founder, Chief Innovation Officer

Nelson Malwitz, Founder, Chief Innovation Officer

Nelson is the generic Evangelical baby-boomer. Born in 1946, raised in the C&MA, he attended Urbana ’67 in college. He holds an MS degree in Chemical Engineering and worked in R&D positions in American industry for 33 years. Nelson is an inventor with formal training in methods of creative problem-solving. He was a founding elder at Walnut Hill Community Church in Bethel, CT (1982) and served in many leadership capacities of what is now one of the largest Evangelical churches in New England. In 1998 Nelson founded the Finishers Project, now MissionNext. Locally he attends a Torah study and serves as chairman of the Sewer Commission in his community to be a witness among unchurched leaders.

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  1. What a helpful reminder! God has taught me lately that through every good work we can bear fruit. (Col 1:10) I found that one of the best ways to produce fruits is to live in humble obedience to Christ even when nobody is around. Living this way prepares us and makes us fully equipped for every good work. (2 Tim 2:20-21) God produces fruits in us as our private time bleeds out into our public time. Thanks for such a great reminder this month!

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