December 2, 2014
In anticipation of “A Year in the Vineyard”, on this first Monday of Advent 2014, the beginning of the new year of faith in Christ, begun yesterday with the first Sunday of Advent, I invite you to journey with us as we weekly walk the rows and rows of vineyards found in Scripture, in history, in literature and culture, in contemporary viticultural practice, in visiting actual vineyards in USA and Europe, as well as in the practical harvest for greater fruitfulness in our spiritual life together in Christ who taught us to stay close to the Vine:
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:1-5).