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Greetings in the name of our Savior Jesus Christ. We were thanking God for allowing us to enter a new month. The statement of Jesus “For every tree is known by its fruit” (Lk 6:44) is part of His teaching about recognizing true followers. In our lives, every word and every action is fruit from our hearts. Sinners sin because that’s what is in their hearts.

A nursery owner set out to sell peach trees. She considered various approaches. Should she line up leafy saplings in burlap sacks in a beautiful display? Should she create a colorful catalog picturing peach trees in different seasons of growth? At last, she realized what really sells a peach tree. It’s the peach it produces: sweet-smelling, deep orange, and fuzzy-skinned. The best way to sell a peach tree is to pluck a ripe peach, cut it open until the juice dribbles down your arm, and hand a slice to a customer. When they taste the fruit, they want the tree.

God reveals Himself in a wrapper of spiritual fruit in His followers: love, joy, peace, forbearance (patience), kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control (Galatians 5:22–23). When believers in Jesus exhibit such fruit, others will also want that fruit, and, therefore, will seek the Source of the fruit that’s so attractive.

Fruit is the external result of an internal relationship—the influence of the Holy Spirit in our lives. Fruit is the dressing that beckons others to know the God we represent. Like the bright peaches standing out against the green leaves of a tree, the fruit of the Spirit announces to a starving world, “Here is food! Here is life! Come and find a way out of exhaustion and discouragement. Come and meet God!”

The First Sunday in June mainly focuses on the theme of Education. Knowledge is acquired, but wisdom is applied. True education bridges the gap between knowing and doing. We are drawn to this relevant thought “Your degree is just a piece of paper; your education is seen in your behavior.” Father’s Day is celebrated annually in the United States on the third Sunday in June. Father’s Day celebrates and honors the men who have embraced the essential role of fatherhood. On this day, we also thank fathers and father figures for their sacrifices, for embracing the responsibility of nurturing and raising children, and for their devotion to their families. Let us remember with gratitude all those who sacrificed their lives for our good. May God continue to bless us all.

In His Ministry

Ajith Varghese Achen




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