How To Bear Fruit, A Hundred-Fold?
- By The Christian Messenger
- Published 09/9/2009
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The Christian Messenger - Evangelism Through Journalism. The Christian Messenger is an evangelical monthly newspaper published from Chennai, India. Started in 2002 as a privately circulated periodical, its initial print run was 2,500 copies. A year later, it became a registered newspaper. Currently, the print order is 15,000 copies. It is perhaps the only Christian newspaper that spans the length and breadth of the country. The founders of the newspaper have a vision to make it India’s leading Christian daily.What we do: Good news, first! That's our burden. Good news is not just the Gospel but also the positive side of Christian living. But that doesn't mean we don't report bad news. Persecution, end-times watch, falling idols and Biblical prophecies that come true are part of our reportage. We are dependent on God and independent of any denomination, groups or organizations. Neither do we let advertisers influence news coverage nor do we print puffed up handouts. We are fair, neutral and non-judgmental. Because we believe in a God who tells the truth and expects us to be like Him. Why a Christian newspaper? At the heart of our media mission is this motto: Evangelism through journalism. The purpose of this newspaper is to report newsworthy religious events and activities within the local community, nationwide and around the world, to increase the awareness and activism of believers regarding the moral issues of today, to provide thought-provoking commentary, and to provide an effective advertising vehicle for Christian ministries and organizations, events and businesses that want to reach the Christian community in India and abroad. If you think you can support us or partner with us in this mission, do send us a mail today: firstname.lastname@example.org
As a child, I often heard my mother use Jesus’ words (thirtyfold, sixty and hundred) when she asked for God’s blessings on us, her children.
To a child’s mind, the numbers were magical – the quantum of increase was stupendous. Bearing fruit is a blessed experience.
No man can hope to lead a fruitful life before God by deciding to not walk with Him. John 15:4 says without Jesus we can do nothing leave alone producing fruit.
How fruitful do you want your life to be? Do you want 30 or 60 or a 100-fold increase in your life? Turn to Jesus.
Today’s verse says you must hear the Word and accept it to bear fruit. The fruitfulness of our lives depends on how deeply rooted we are in Christ.
How do we measure the depth of our roots in Christ? Examine yourself: Is the Bible everything to us? Do we seek God’s counsel in every area of our life? Do we allow Him to be Lord over all things in our lives? If not, our roots are pretty shallow.
(Robin Sam is the founder and managing editor of The Christian Messenger newspaper. A journalist with over 15 years experience, he has worked in The Indian Express and Sify.com among other companies. His last corporate assignment was with Yahoo! India)
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