Sep. 16, 2017 (Luke 6: 43-49)

“For every tree is known by its own fruit.” When I first retired from the Navy in 1992, I was the Secretary of the Bartlett Beautiful Commission. This was not because I knew anything about plants and trees, but I was an administrator by profession and could do a “mean set of Minutes.” We were selling trees in the autumn. I wanted to buy a pear tree. The President of the Commission told me that the next time I had to go to the nursery, just pick one out. So, I went with a neighbor to the nursery. I obtained the trees needed for the sale, then, my friend, picked out a tree from the area that the salesman showed us. (He knew more about trees than I did.) I took it home, planted, and watered it; and waited. Soon, fruit started to grow. So, I took some to the Board meeting and sat it down in front of the President. Before she called the meeting to order she said, “Who brought in the apples?” You see, my “pear tree” was actually an apple tree. No matter how much it wanted to, it would never bear pears only apples. It was not in its nature. bY their fruits you will know them. What kind of fruit do you bear?

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