April 29th: “My Dad, the Gardner”

How important is pruning?

I’m not much of a wine enthusiast, but enjoy a glass of merlot on occasion.  I do, however appreciate the art and skill of the vineyard keepers.  There’s nothing more stunning than driving through Napa Valley, or other vineyards (even in Kentucky!).   These manicured rows of grape vines, meticulously spaced rows of poles and lines don’t just happen.  It takes the love, care, and constant attention of the vineyard gardener.

New growth isn’t always a good thing.  As the branches become too long, or diseased, it affects the plants ability to produce fruit.  Even if it appears to be healthy growth, it has to be pruned to preserve the plant and ensure a bounty of productivity.

John 15:1-8 uses this same image to describe God’s meticulous, never-ending love and attention to us.  Our lives can get so busy with seemingly ‘healthy growth’, but these things are also capable of stretching us too thin and affecting our productivity as Believers.  When those extra or diseased parts of our lives become detrimental, our Father, the Gardner, will prune us back, too.  Ever wonder why some of the things you want to do just don’t work out?  Perhaps it’s the Gardner’s way of keeping you close to the vine and bearing fruit.  The branch that grows too long, gets farther away from the vine where the source of nourishment comes from.

Join us at 10:45 am Sunday as we take a closer look at why we often times feel ‘under-nourished’ and unproductive.  You are welcome here!

John 15:1-8 1“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. 2He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. 3You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. 5“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. 6If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. 7If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.


Rev. Larry Smith
Interim Senior Pastor