Madison Sq. Xmas tree – 1913 (LOC)

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Madison Sq. Xmas tree – 1913 (LOC)
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Madison Sq. Xmas tree – 1913


1 negative : glass ; 5 x 7 in. or smaller.

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Forms part of: George Grantham Bain Collection (Library of Congress).

Format: Glass negatives.

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Call Number: LC-B2- 2942-11

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The Parable of the Barren Fig Tree Made Simple (Luke 13:6 -9).

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by J Garrattley This is found in Luke 13:6 -9:”He

likewise spoke this parable: A specific

man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came seeking fruit on it, and discovered none.”Then he stated to the keeper of his vineyard

,’Look, for 3 years, I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and discover none: cut it down; why does it consume the ground?'” However he answered and said to him,’

Sir, let it alone this year also, up until I dig around it, and fertilize it: And if it bears fruit, well: however if not, after that you can cut it down.'”

I feel obliged to share some of my experiences and ideas related to this parable.

Firstly, on the surface area, this parable is discussing a barren fig tree. I am not sure how long it takes a fig tree to bear fruit but from the parable it sounds as though a fig tree need to flourish in its first year. Here, the owner of the vineyard had actually come looking for fruit for 3 years and had actually not discovered any. Perhaps if the tree had the ability to bear fruit on its second or 3rd year, it would have been different but the owner sounds really disappointed and he wants to cut it down right away.

I discover that I need individual applications to things that are in the Bible. I need to see what something states and I require to relate it to myself. I do unknown if I am various to you on this, but this is how I am.

Now, I am 43 years of age. For 16 years, I thought I was one of the last two prophets that were called to come and evaluate the world. I believed I was a reincarnation of Elijah, the prophet. I struggled with a mental disorder called schizoaffective disorder, which is a combination of bipolar affective disorder and schizophrenia. Part of the bipolar affective disorder is a circumstance called visions of splendour. That is why I thought I was the last prophet here to judge the world, as discussed in Discovery 11. I believed that I required to learn how to do my task, which is to evaluate the world. So I invested years and years– twelve or thirteen years– checking out the prophets, trying to exercise every unsatisfied prediction worldwide, because I believed I had to meet all those prophecies. I was extremely judgmental.

People utilized to preach that we are saved by grace. All our sins, past, present and future, are forgiven through the blood of Jesus Christ and through the New Covenant. We are neither under the acts of the law nor the judgments of the law and I would concur with none of this.

For the past four years a minimum of, I have been writing Christian short articles on the web. In these 4 years, I have actually been operating a prophetic website, doing personal predictions for people, and just in the past eight weeks have I pertain to the discovery that I have been incorrect in my understanding of the New Covenant grace found in the cross. For Jesus said on the cross, “It is completed.”

There are lots of articles that I have done great in. Yet there are numerous posts that I needed to take off the web, because they were entirely false. They were entirely wrong.

So, I take a look at this parable. As a Christian, called to be a teacher of the Word of God, I take a look at my life and I see that I am productive. I am contacted us to preach in churches and doors have actually been opened.

For a lot of my life I had actually been goinged in sin and lived a good-for-nothing presence. I had actually been dealing with different addictions. I had issues with sexual addiction. When I look at my earlier life, it looks as though it had been squandered. Then I look at this parable and see that if I did not have the grace of Jesus, I would have been long gone. I would have been cast off, cut off and thrown into hell.

It makes me question about the owner of the vineyard. Do you remember in another parable of the vineyard (see Chapter 21), that the owner of the vineyard sent out servants and the guys there eliminated the servants. So, the owner sent his son and they eliminated the son, believing that they would have rights to the vineyard after they had actually killed him. I am starting to think now that the owner of this vineyard is God the Daddy. The law– that Old Testament covenant law– was that the tree need to be bearing fruit within 3 years or it ought to be reduced.

I am thinking that the actual gardener who stated “No, give it one more year. Let me offer it some fertiliser,” was Jesus himself stating, “No let me offer these people some grace. Let me offer them understanding. Let me offer them the power of the Holy Spirit. Let me collect their life and teach them some new things and give them the ability to conquer and let me see if they flourish after that.”

See? The message of the New Covenant is that you are forgiven. There is no judgment versus you. There is nothing kept in your account. The hand of God is not against you. All of your lawless deeds, God remembers no more when you have repented.

This is a message that says: Yes, the reason Matthew has actually survived all these years in an unfruitful life is due to the fact that he is residing in the New Covenant as a New Covenant believer. Under the old covenant, as an adulterer and fornicator, I would have been killed. Under the New Covenant I am still alive. Under the old covenant, I would never ever be accepted as a priest, or a preacher or a minister of the Gospel. Under the New Covenant, I am forgiven, washed tidy, released, and provided the ability to preach the Gospel.

Yes, this is a greatly motivating parable. I hope that you can record its meaning. I hope that you can enter the teachings of grace and the finished work of the cross. May you comprehend the grace of God and let it fertilise your lives for you to bear great fruit in the coming season. I hope these chapters on the parables might one day be able to bless your life.

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