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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Vines (11/21/05)

TITLE: A Fresh Fruitful Life
By Randy Shaffer


For Tarzan vines are the main means of transportation. For the average person the word vines may cause us to remember summer days at a lake, or the good old days sitting around eating grapes while talking with a friend, neighbor, or family member. Or we may think about drinking the juice or eating the jelly mom or grandma made. Many people travel thousands of miles to visit a good wine vineyard. But for Christians there is one vine that is our life line. This vine meets our every need and supplies us with the abilities needed for a fruitful life.

As Christians we accept Jesus’ “I Am” statements written in the book of John as true:
• I am the Living Water
• I am the Bread of Life
• I am the Light
• I am the Way, The Truth. and the Life
• I am the Vine, you are the branches

The basic needs of a branch are food, water, and light in order to produce fruit. The other need is a fence or something to grip onto in order to keep the vines and branches from laying on the ground. Vines and branches will follow that fence around a yard or to its end. Good soil, lots of sunlight, and the right amount of water will produce lots of good grapes.

Our basic needs in life are water, bread, light, knowing the truth, and knowing the right way to get to where we want to go. Producing the fruit of the Spirit is how we know that we are attached to the One True Vine and following the right path.

Galations 5:22-23 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. NKJV

Lord, You do so much more than meet all our needs,
You ask so little, like using Your Holy Words as seeds,
We’re so weak and are often controlled by pride and greed,
We need Your Spirit to control our thoughts, words, and deeds,

Jesus is the only true vine and life line,
May Your Spirit ine,
Your Words can correct our point of view,
Only You can make all things brand new.

Father, being attached to Your True Vine is so very fine,
Producing the fruit of Your Spirit helps Your Glory shine,
Doing things Your way is so much better than mine,
Only You can turn dirty water into the finest wine,

It’s Your amazing blazing Glory that gives us our daily light,
Forgive us for our sins, being selfish, and our tendency to fight,
Help us share Your love, joy, and peace all day and all night,
Help us know and do right, so we can be a delite in Your sight.
Amen and Amen.

Notes: 1) The first paragraph makes this devotional a sermonette.
2) I love praying in poetic form. Thanks for reading.

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Nina Phillips11/29/05
A hearty AMEN--nicely done. I enjoy the message and the mixture.
God bless ya, littlelight
Randy Shaffer11/30/05
The refrain should read:

Jesus is the only true vine and life line,

May Your Spirit guide and renew mine,
Randy Shaffer11/30/05
Sandra Petersen 12/01/05
Good introductory paragraph: classic essay style with examples and main topic sentence.
Suggestion: The I AM statements that Jesus made concerning Himself and the list of needs of both vines and people could be stated in parallel form in paragraphs two through four. I.e. Jesus is the Living Water, vines need water, people need water; Jesus is the Bread of Life, vines need nourishment, people need food (bread).
Could Galatians 5:22-23 be somehow put into paragraph four?
This piece has so many good thoughts in it. Good job! Keep writing!
Janice Stotz12/01/05
I had to read this twice. It is very unique. Not a quick read - needs to be savored. Keep writing and God Bless.