Month: June 2015

Isaiah 11_1-10     

grapes-276070_1280Branches have secrets. They are capable of a kind of faithfulness that is truly remarkable–a faithfulness God desires and requires of his people. Branches–woody, tasteless, and hard–are capable of squeezing out sweet, juicy, yummy fruit, but the secrets by which they do this may surprise you.

One of the biggest detours Christians take when they read John 15 happens when they mistakenly fixate on Read More…

Isaiah 11_1-10     

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This is the trunk end of an olive tree. See the spriggy pieces in the foreground in front of the moss? They look like miniature trees–which is essentially what they are. They’re “shoots,” branches that grow up from the root of the original tree. We have them on all our trees, too, and when they show up you just have to cut them off and haul them away because chances are, they aren’t going to produce any fruit. Sometimes they’re even called suckers, because normally all they do is steal resources from the plant without giving anything back. In Hebrew, the word for these unwanted branches is “netzer.” And yes, there is a point to all this.

But first, a short story…

Last winter our avocado tree froze. Eventually, it died. When John, my husband, went out to do something about it he noticed that a netzer had shot up from the tree roots and was passing up the actual tree. The netzer was green and healthy; the original tree was brown and shriveled. Read More…