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DesiringFruitfulness

DesiringFruitfulness

By OneBranch
As believers in the LORD, Jesus Christ, we are to "Dare to Bear the Choicest Fruit". The content is created from personal study in the Word of God and can be viewed as an online journal in the life of one of the branches being sanctified in the LORD's fruitful vineyard. The content intentionally challenges us to venture to deeper depths in Christian faith. Readers/listeners are encouraged to validate all concepts through the Bible and prayer; we are individually responsible to know what we believe and why.

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Freedom in Surrendering Accurate Accusations
Forgiving those who offend is a sign of the Holy Spirit within a Christ follower.  As difficult as it may be, submitting the Holy Spirit's conviction and His illumination of God's love and redemptive plan through Christ will produce the fruit our Vinedresser expects to see.   The question is, do you feel you have a right to hold on to anger over those who have wronged you, the body of Christ, or even our Saviour? Perhaps you want to move on and have peace with all of it but you struggle as I had.  This message is to help you think through it; to help you allow the healing Word of God to germinate in your heart and allow His love, grace, and mercy to blossom.  God bless you, dear heart. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2022/08/18/freedom-in-surrendering-accurate-accusations/
25:49
August 18, 2022
Dress Code in Effect
Many venues and businesses have accommodated our desire for casual and comfortable by modifying their dress codes; others have no standard.  Did you know there is a strict dress code for Heaven?   We absolutely come as we are to receive Jesus!  We certainly don't need to dress to impress other believers.  But, believe the Scripture when it says, that we must have clean garments to be received by Him.  What does that mean?  Let's see what Scripture says. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2022/06/30/dress-code-in-effect/
44:19
July 01, 2022
The Plumbline
What is truth?  Without being everywhere at all times, all-knowing, perfectly righteous, can anyone know what is true?  We pursue knowledge to make the best decisions we can; and sometimes, we don't care if something is the best, right or true.  Sometimes human beings just want what they want because of how it makes them feel.  If that is the case, are feeling right and true?  Can feelings lie to you?  How do you know what is true?   Friends, I have found the plumbline that has never failed me.  Have a listen to see if this also can apply to you.  If you have ears to hear, hear what the Word has to say. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2022/06/22/the-plumbline/
27:38
June 22, 2022
His Way Is Truth and Humbles Me
Why are Christians saying there are multiple paths to God?  Can someone be a Christian and disagree with Christ? Or, can you believe what Christ taught but disagree with Scripture?  These questions are key for a believer so let's dig into the Word!   In the end, you'll have either confirmed your belief or will be in a better position to articulate whatever your belief is with clarity.   We may disagree with each other, but we should be able to explain why and be able to support it.  You see, I believe words matter.  Do you? This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2022/05/05/his-way-is-truth-and-humbles-me/
45:08
May 05, 2022
One War: The Armour
Scripture describes a cosmic struggle that has been going on since before earth's time began.  As the war continues daily through battles in our lives, believers are not left defenseless.  We have spiritual weapons to help us navigate what can sometimes feel like dangerous territory.   This podcast will explain the spiritual tools outlined in Ephesians 6 using cross-references and provide tactical application pointers so that you can stand your ground!  Hang on folks, we are almost home!  You know, it's promised to overcomers. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2022/03/01/one-war-the-amour-lite-20-min/
21:49
March 01, 2022
One War: Two Kingdoms, Two Women
Scripture describes a cosmic struggle that has been going on since before earth's time began.  The war continues daily through battles in our lives. This podcast will explain the authority that a believer has through faith in Jesus Christ; and, how we can be assured of victory!  I found taking another look at Ephesians 6 refreshing especially when I viewed the Scripture from the balconies of eternity.  It helped me remember that we have already overcome.  We are merely walking it out in this thing that we call time.  I pray that you will be likewise encouraged. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2022/03/01/one-war-two-kingdoms-two-women-lite-15-min/
25:37
March 01, 2022
Relationship Test
What does it mean to imitate God?  What does God expect from us?  What on earth was God thinking when He created human relationships?  We can read Ephesians 5 quickly and miss the eternal love story that began for humanity back in the Garden of Eden.  Have you ever considered that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit initiated a plan to get a bride for Jesus and then sent then her to bridal boot camp to prepare herself? While she was preparing, the Groom was praying for her and preparing a place for her to dwell with him forever!  The best things are worth waiting for and working for. While I have used modern colloquialism, I'd like to suggest to you that this is part of the unfolding story of the Bride of Christ.  Why not listen and consider what God's Word has told us. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2022/01/21/relationship-test/
40:29
January 21, 2022
Born to Run Against Horses
It's a time of celebration across the world and people are busy making preparations.  Some will find themselves alone, and others will be gathering with others.  Regardless of what this season holds for a person, we are all taking part in an unfolding plan whether it's perceived or not.  Although many were waiting for this King's birth, only a few found Him at His birth.    We are told to stand fast while waiting for His return, but some are getting weary with well-doing.  Some are distracted; others are doing their best but are having trouble with the Church, religion, and loving people.  Here is the question:  "If racing against mere men makes you tired, how will you race against horses? If you stumble and fall on open ground, what will you do in the thickets …? This podcast offers great hope while posing some sobering questions.  Will you be ready?  I pray we are! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2021/12/22/born-to-run-against-horses/
45:35
December 23, 2021
What’s the Difference? (17 – 20 min)
After enjoying a study on the mystery of the dispensation of grace for the creation of the Church described by Paul in Ephesians 3, and having my imagination tickled by distinctions made by Christ concerning the kingdom of Heaven, it was a worthwhile endeavour to study further about these distinctions.  We see things only partially now; and, we experience life in four dimensions (length, width, depth, and time).  Yet, we know there are more dimensions that impact us. Physics (at this point) indicates more than 10 dimensions of our reality exist.  What if supernatural forces are influencing us?  What if this life is all about a power struggle? What if time is just a localized constraint for humanity to sort out kingdom allegiances?  Join me to find out what Scripture states about the kingdoms.  Perhaps, you will be inspired to go mining in God's Word about your future. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2021/11/29/whats-the-difference-17-20-min/
23:55
November 29, 2021
Out of the World!
Most people enjoy solving a mystery, especially if it has some extraordinary surprises.  The Church, as defined by Christ and revealed to Paul in Ephesians 3, is really "out of this world!"  There may be a few eye-openers in this message, but it is only for those who will listen. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2021/11/25/out-of-the-world/
41:46
November 26, 2021
BUT GOD!
Ephesians 2 is wonderful to read.  Let me tell you; it's even more powerful when digging deeper to understand the historical context of the letter and hear Christ's impression of this Church.  The letter reaffirms the liberty believers have in Christ; and, causes us to reflect on what Christ might say about our faithfulness to the Holy Spirit.  If you want to be encouraged during these very challenging times, and you want to draw closer to the LORD, I believe God's Word to us in this message will accomplish what is needed! May God bless you and keep you!  We know His Word promises He will! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2021/10/27/but-god/
44:22
October 27, 2021
Marked “Pre-Paid, For Pickup”
Did you know that within a significantly long sentence in Ephesians (chapter 1), our identity in Christ is outlined?  When we dive deep into the beautiful truths within this chapter, we explore some very interesting concepts.  You will hear about space-time, rewards, and your adoption as Christ's siblings.  IIf you accept what the Bible says her, you will never look at yourself the same way; and, you will be gratefully humbled by the deepest and most empowering love of all time! If you need hope and a pick-me-up podcast - this is it! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2021/09/13/marked-pre-paid-for-pickup/
46:44
September 14, 2021
There is Purpose for All of It!
This podcast will invite you to be as wise as a serpent and as harmless as a dove.  These may be challenging times, but we can make good decisions based on truth and avoid groupthink.  Our LORD has already anticipated these times and provides counsel on how to navigate these times. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2021/08/31/there-is-purpose-for-all-of-it/
29:18
September 01, 2021
The Fear of the LORD Manifests His Presence
The fear of the LORD is such a delightful pleasure!  It is the very quality that creates intimacy with the One who loves us the most.  Yet so many believers do not understand that the fear of the LORD produces the highest level of love and devotion.  It is one of the means to live a life of victory through the Holy Spirit. What evidence exists to prove this is necessary for an intimate relationship with God?  What is your thoughtful estimation of God? So how does one develop the fear of the LORD?  Can one know God without it? Family of God, perhaps after considering this topic, you will long to fear Him more than you enjoy His benefits.  This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2021/08/19/the-fear-of-the-lord-manifests-his-presence/
33:25
August 19, 2021
Finishing Faithful & Fruitful
It seems as though truth, justice, love and values are viewed differently by so many people.  It can be very challenging to know how to properly stand firm for the Christian faith while demonstrating love and compassion to those who do not share the same biblical values.  An outpouring of God's love from within us coupled with respect for all people is of paramount importance to our witness.  So is righteousness!  To cross the finish line faithfully and fruitfully, we cannot compromise what the Word of God says.   This blog will address all of this based on Scripture. It is better to be found acceptable of the LORD; our eternity depends on it!  Also, it is impossible to please all individuals. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2021/07/28/finishing-faithful-fruitful/
46:52
July 28, 2021
Covenant Love’s Eternal Resolve
Have you ever struggled with passages of Scripture that talk about falling away (such as Hebrews 6:4-6)?  There are some wonderful insights in both the Old and New Testaments to help us understand the references and context of the entire letter to the Hebrews.  We will review Solomon's life to learn how God dealt with him after great apostasy.  Plus there is a gem near the end that should give your mind rest in this area. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2021/07/08/covenant-loves-eternal-resolve/
42:04
July 08, 2021
Before the Night
Through the ages, so many have given their lives for a belief that was so intrinsically important to them that it overcame their survival instinct.  How will we be able to be faithful to Christ amid intense trials?  Why not take the time to evaluate and resolve what matters most while we have clarity of mind and are not forced to react out of impulse?   This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2021/06/07/before-the-night/
31:24
June 24, 2021
Covenant Love Overcomes All
Sometimes we can focus on the wrong questions.  Throughout Scripture, we are reminded to keep our eyes on the LORD.  This podcast is dedicated to any person who wrestles with fear over losing their salvation; or to the one who believes their free will can lead them into permanent destruction even if they have entered a covenant relationship with Him.  The question is not about the strength of a human being's free will.  The question is not whether the LORD permits choices (because He does).  The question is not about where you are in your development with Him (although we should be ever-growing).  The question is whether God has the power to keep His elect from falling.  The answer to this is in His character. Let's take a look at both the Old and New Testaments to comprehend what His vow means.  It just wants to make me worship more! This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2021/06/23/covenant-love-overcomes-all/
40:23
June 23, 2021
The Future is in His Name
This period of time has its challenges, and for the follower of Jesus Christ, this is the age of great opportunity.  The word "no" seems to be prevalent in this season of quick solutions, 30-character sound bites, abundant limitations, and pleasing the most vocal.  Scripture provides clear evidence that God, the unchanging Sovereign, has ordained a "Yes and Amen" over His purposes for our lives!  It's just a matter of time and trust.  So, who told you no? This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2021/05/26/the-future-is-in-his-name/
37:10
May 27, 2021
Fear Not! The LORD Almighty Reigns
When you look around, how many people are anxious or afraid because of current events?  Is there fear concerning the future?   In this time of such calamity, illness, and unrest we need a way to remain focused on the positive.  It's too easy to get discouraged with all of the suffering, hatred, anger and corruption.  Friends, these things have been foretold.  While we continue to work to improve things, we need to remember what Scripture has foretold.  Why should Scripture be the authority in our decisions?  Does it have any bearing on our current world?   Let's listen to explore the answers.  This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2021/05/13/fear-not-the-lord-almighty-reigns/
33:13
May 13, 2021
Unspeakable Joy – Worship in the Vineyard
What is worship?  Can I worship any way I choose?  What does God say about worship?  How has grace changed worship?  If my worship feels right, can it be wrong?  You might be surprised at the answers to these questions.  Scripture has a lot to say about worship primarily because that is what believers will do for eternity!  Both the audio narration and the original written format of this episode are dedicated to bringing God glory and intentionally avoids bringing this previously self-centred individual personal attention. The narration of this blog is not the voice of OneBranch. Everything I am and have is because of the grace and goodness of God. This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2021/02/05/unspeakable-joy-worship-in-the-vineyard/
26:25
May 07, 2021
What the Chosen do with Scars
Do we think that being a believer removes all unpleasant memories?  Do we think we are not walking in rightly before the LORD because we have these reminders?  This episode is designed to help shape our perspective about painful memories using a Biblical perspective.  We'll discover every life on this planet will have at least one burn that will scar and we'll see what God thinks based on Scripture. If you do not have a personal relationship with the LORD and want to know Him, please visit http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/choices.  There you can find 4 simple steps you can put into your own words in prayer to God so that you can be reconciled to Him.  The steps are designed to help you know why this prayer is necessary.  Both the audio narration and the original written format of this episode are dedicated to bringing God glory and intentionally avoids bringing this previously self-centred individual personal attention.  The narration of this blog is not the voice of OneBranch.  Everything I am and have is because of the grace and goodness of God.
27:36
May 06, 2021
Love and Truth is Compassion
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This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2020/12/29/christian-philosophy/ Do we think about what influences our worldview, our way of approaching life and what Scripture has to say about it?  Do we consider others who do not have an approach that helps them cope with the circumstances of life?  This podcast is designed to help us understand secular ways of life and contrast them to the Biblical way.  Both the audio narration and the original written format of this episode are dedicated to bringing God glory and intentionally avoids bringing this previously self-centred person personal attention.  The narration of this blog is not the voice of OneBranch.  Everything I am and have is because of the grace and goodness of God.
19:32
April 27, 2021
Hidden in Christ in the Beauty of His Holiness
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2021/04/26/hidden-in-christ-in-the-beauty-of-his-holiness/ What did Jesus pray for believers prior to enduring the cross for our redemption? What does becoming like Christ mean?  Can you imagine being ONE with God?  This podcast/blog attempts to help us understand God's redemptive love and its effect on us through the Holy Spirit. Both the audio narration and the original written format of this episode are dedicated to bringing God glory and intentionally avoids bringing this previously self-centred person personal attention.  The narration of this blog is not the voice of OneBranch.  Everything I am and have is because of the grace and goodness of God.
40:46
April 26, 2021
The Message in a Body
This episode is also available as a blog post: http://desiringfruitfulness.ca/2020/12/21/the-message-in-a-body/ There have been may faith based and secular prophecies throughout history.  This podcast highlights Messianic prophecies surrounding the birth of Jesus Christ, their fulfillment and the impact that on us today. OneBranch believes the Word of God is effective for fashioning a heart committed to loving God and loving others.  As such, internet content is published with the intention of motivating others to read Scripture for themselves.  The content is created from personal devotional/study time in the Word of God and can be viewed as an on-line journal in the life of a one of the branches in the LORD's fruitful vineyard.  Readers/listeners are encouraged to validate all Scripture and concepts using the Holy Bible and prayer.
23:02
April 25, 2021