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Pastor’s Corner                              October 2018

One of my Christmas presents this year was a book called PROMISES FROM THE OLIVE TREE, drawing spiritual lessons from the Bible involving olive trees and their products. I’d like to share a few of these interesting insights concerning:

OUR CHILDREN. “Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your sons will be like olive shoots around your table.” Psalm 128:3 (NIV) “There is a venerable Jewish custom that celebrates the birth of a baby with the planting of an olive tree. When this child enters school, he begins to produce imperfectly developed fruit, much like the young olive shoot planted in his name. The custom upholds that the child, like the tree, has tremendous dormant potential locked within, destined to produce mature, desirable fruit at the appointed time – if he is properly nourished. By the time the child reaches his teens both he and the olive tree are expected to be fruit-bearing.” (From Promises From the Olive Tree)

HOME of course is where we would expect the “olive plants” to first be nurtured physically, spiritually, mentally and emotionally. What an honor and responsibility God has given parents!

The atmosphere in the CHURCH FAMILY is also critical to the healthy growth of God’s olive plants. What kind of atmosphere are we creating?

When they become SCHOOL age we make important choices regarding their future. This of course is our opportunity to focus on Adventist Christian School. We believe that in God’s providence we have a safe place for nurture and growth. ACS staff is committed to well-rounded healthy growth of God’s kids. They have just finished the Heroes theme in Language arts and going into My World and Others. Hosea 4:6 (NIV) says “…his young shoots will grow. His splendor will be like an olive tree, his fragrance like a cedar of Lebanon.”

Oh yeah. What about more MATURE olive trees? On average they live several hundred years. It is believed that some trees currently living in the Garden of Gethsemane are approximately 2,000 years old. The oldest known living olive tree is in Greece believed to be 5,000 years old.

“But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God’s unfailing love FOR EVER AND EVER.” This is our wish for all of us.

Pastor Jim & Melody