Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Spring Planting & Bible Study this Saturday, March 30

It’s finally time to start planting!

Come out Saturday, March 30, at 9:00 AM and help us put the spring crop in. We’ll be planting Spinach, Kale, Beets, Arugula, and Turnips.

We’ll also have a short bible study on John 12:24:

Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.

We’ll do the study in the church and start around 10:30 AM. Come to the side door on the south (Garden) side of the church if  you are only coming for the study.

See you there.

Lenten Meditation Final Week: God is Looking For Fruit

He … cut out a winepress as well.
 Then he looked for a crop[.]

                                                               Isaiah 5:2 (NIV)

God finished prepping His garden. He began looking for the fruits of his labor.

He’s still looking. God continues to prep each of us so we can bear good fruit. Scripture tells us—many times in the New Testament alone—that He still expects a good crop. Jesus saved us, but he saved us to bear good fruit. Check it out:

Sunday, March 24, 2013

The Dirt is Down & We're Ready to Plant!

All 27 yards topsoil has been been put on the beds, so we're ready to plant next Saturday, March 31.

All we need is for the beds to dry out. Please pray that the snow is light,  melts quickly, and for sunny & warm weather later in the week.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Lenten Meditations Week Six: Protecting our Fruitfulness

And He built a tower in the middle of it
Isaiah 5:2 (NASB)

This part of God’s garden prep deals with the hard fact that some folks will try to steal or destroy the results of others' fruitfulness.  God therefore took steps to protect against that. Sadly, that dynamic is still present. “Theft and vandalism are commonplace at many community gardens.” Community Garden Toolkit (University of Illinois Extension 2009), p.7; See also, Dealing with Vandalism & Theft in Your School Garden (South Dakota State University Extension 2013) (Video).

We have the same dynamic in our personal lives. Sin—in us and others—can limit or undo our fruitfulness if we don’t address it.

Fortunately, scripture tells us how to do that. One way is to stay away from situations where we can anticipate temptation and to get away from sin/temptation ASAP if we stumble upon either. Another is to stay focused on God and His word. A third is to keep busy with what God has called us to do and with good works generally.   

Here are some passages describing those approaches:

Avoiding situations where sin/temptation might be present; getting away from them when we encounter them:

Focusing on God and His word:

Keeping busy with what God has called you to do and good works generally:

2 Samuel 11:1-5 (by negative example)

Monday, March 18, 2013

Gardening & Bible study this Saturday

Hi Folks,

We’re going to resume getting the garden ready for the spring crop this coming Saturday, March 23 starting at 9:00 AM.  Come on over!

We’re also adding a new wrinkle—a short study on Romans 12:2:

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (NIV)(Other translations available through the hyperlink)

I think we’ll see some interesting parallels between the concepts in this verse and the work we'll be doing Saturday. We’ll do the study inside the church around 10:30 AM when we take a coffee break. Come to the side door by the garden if you want to come for the study, but not the gardening session.

See you there!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Lenten Meditation Week Five: The Good Stuff Comes From God

“He … planted it with the choicest vines.”
                                    Isaiah 5:2 (NIV)

God’s next step is to plant the crop He wants. That makes sense; the chances of getting an acceptable crop are  slim if you don’t plant what you are looking for. Instead, you’ll get an  assortment of weeds.

The same is true in our lives. God must plant His goodness in us for us to bear good fruit. Left to our own we will yield what  springs from our fallen nature or blows in from the world; neither are likely to be good. There is a lot of scripture on this. Let’s check it out:

Note: Wisdom and Sirach are deuterocanonical books. Those books are accepted as having the full authority of scripture by the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox Churches. The Anglican Church does not consider them to have the weight of scripture, but recognizes that they provide sound guidance for Christians. That latter view is consistent with the actions of many of the early reformers. Martin Luther’s translation of the Bible, the Geneva Bible, and the 1611 edition of the King James Bible included those books, albeit as appendices. See  Biblical Apocrypha. Further, there are many  New Testament passages that allude to or parallel passages in the deuterocanonical books. See  Deuterocanonical Books In the New Testament