IN PURSUIT OF FRUIT

What if you could go on a morning stroll in your backyard garden only to discover your purpose for being alive? IN PURSUIT OF FRUIT places you, the reader, in the lead role. As the main character, you will build your garden, discover the goal of the Christian life, and find out how to achieve what you are still here for. This book melds the beloved aspects of Christian fiction with the step-wise approach of spiritual growth literature. Not only will you be entertained by the witty, humorous, and charming characters, but you'll learn invaluable concepts as you dig deep into God's word. You'll come away with a crystal clear understanding of your purpose and how to achieve it. You will find out that the goal for your life is sweeter than you ever imagined. 

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CHAPTERS

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In Pursuit

Part 1 of 57In PursuitYou find yourself in a jungle of sorts. Your feet squish into the floor of this overgrown stretch of wilderness. The sun is shining dappled softly downward. Its amber warmth caresses the side of your face. Green surrounds, but you wonder how many of these plants are poisonous. Thorn-laden vines, weeds, […]

Welcome To The Jungle

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Part 2 of 57In PursuitThe allegory in the previous section is the scene of your Spiritual birth. When you believed in Jesus for eternal salvation, the Holy Spirit placed eternal life in you. It was like a seed-filled with the potential that eternal life presents. Like an infant sapling to-be, accompanied by a dubious crowd […]

You The Jungle

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Part 3 of 57In PursuitIt’s been a few days since you planted the fruit seed in the wild patch of woods behind your house. Now, after waiting with impatience, you return once more to the spot where the seed fell. Being careful, you push aside the thorns and vines, looking for the spot where it […]

Battle Garden

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Part 4 of 57In PursuitThe garden in the story is you. For every believer, you’re comprised of at least these three parts. You have a flesh component, a mental component, and a spiritual component. Let’s explore the flesh, spirit, and mind each in turn. FLESH Thorns, weeds, rocks, and vines represent your flesh and everything […]

Abundant Death

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Part 5 of 57In PursuitYou're standing, once again, in that overgrown wood that you can't really call a garden. There is hardly anything redeeming about it. It's packed with rocks and thorns. Vines block out the sun from reaching the ground. The place is a wreck. You've visited the unkempt property for weeks now but […]

Garden Goal

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Part 6 of 57In PursuitNow, are you ready to find out what the ultimate purpose of your Christian life is? Do you want to know God's goal for your life? I've made you wait long enough. Are you ready? Here it is: Abundant Life! Jesus said that He came to do two things. He came […]

The Goal Of Your Life

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Part 7 of 57In PursuitYou've spent a few weeks dreaming about fruit, now. Each morning you stand in the place where your fruit tree sapling is planted. You can't wait to see that little sprig spring into a vibrant giant with heavily laden branches of edible delights.  As you sit among the vines and thorns […]

A Selfish Gardener

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Part 8 of 57In PursuitIn the last section, I made the claim that the ultimate goal of your Christian experience is to have abundant life. Abundant life is a life filled with the fruits of the Spirit like love, joy, peace, and the rest. There will be those out there that will complain. They will […]

God Wants Abundance

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Part 9 of 57In PursuitBy now you’ve spent weeks staring at the garden. You have checked the fruit tree sapling. It is a tough plant. It continues to survive, but it is far from thriving. In fact, it hasn't grown a single centimeter since shortly after you planted it.  Each time you visit the wild […]

You Can't Do It

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Part 10 of 57In PursuitTo experience abundant life, you don’t need more effort; you need transformation. It's not your effort or willpower that makes this transformation, sometimes called growth, happen. It's true that you have a part to play, which we'll discuss in a later chapter, but the power for the transformation you need comes […]

Transformation

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Part 11 of 57In PursuitYou wake with the sun streaming through your window and are at your garden in a few minutes. With transformation on your mind, you wonder where to start.  “I thought I might find you here,” comes a now familiar voice.  “Hey, Aunt Loola,” you say. “What are you doing here?”  "You […]

Soil

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Part 12 of 57In PursuitTo have abundant life, you will need to be transformed by God's Spirit. In order to be transformed, there is something relatively simple you must do. Paul explained it when he said, do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.⁠1 The transformation we […]

Mindset

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Part 13 of 57In PursuitYou arrive at Aunt Loola’s house the next morning with a pen and notepad. You’re eager to get instructions. You feel as if you’re finally making progress, as you now know where you have to focus.  You knock on the door, but there is no answer. You knock again and wait. […]

Focus On The Soil

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Part 14 of 57In PursuitYour mindset is vital because it blocks you from thinking certain things. This is where the gardening analogy comes in handy. The soil represents the mind. The soil can only support a limited amount of growth. That growth can be weeds, or it can be fruit-bearing plants. Since weeds grow much […]

Why It Works

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Part 15 of 57In PursuitYou arrive at the feed store at ten thirty with a thermos of coffee in hand. You head straight for the gardening section in search of Aunt Loola. She's finishing up with a customer when you arrive. The customer leaves with a cartload of gardening supplies.  “Can I help you?” she […]

Conditions Are Right

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Part 16 of 57In PursuitTo keep the fruit tree growing, you need to work the soil. Good soil needs water, weeding, and fertilizer. In a similar way, there are some activities that will help you keep your mental soil in good condition for spiritual growth. The sun powers the plant while the soil supports it. […]

The Conditions

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Part 17 of 57In Pursuit Your car pulls up in front of Aunt Loola’s house far earlier than you prefer to be awake. Though you have an urge to lean grumblingly against the horn, she emerges from the font door before you have the car in park.  “Where to?” you say when she gets in […]

To Much Sowing Seeds

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Part 18 of 57In Pursuit I can't count the number of times I've heard preachers and Bible teachers pressure a congregation to doubt their salvation. I've heard pastors use phrases like, "If there's no fruit, there's no root." What they mean by this is simple. If you're not doing good works, you must not be […]

No Fruit No Root

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Part 19 of 57In PursuitYou show Aunt Loola around the house and offer her a seat at the kitchen table. You start a dark pot of coffee brewing and pull out some eggs and a skillet.  “So, are we going to work in the garden today?" you ask as she shuffles into the kitchen. “I […]

Forgetting The Purpose

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Part 20 of 57In PursuitDo you realize that this is where many Christians are? They’ve taken what were supposed to be helpful habits like praying, study, and attendance, and they've turned them into the ultimate goal. They've converted the Christian life into a to-do list. Though they are checking off tasks from their list, they […]

Don't Forget

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Part 21 of 57In PursuitYou dry as Aunt Loola washes the dishes. After a moment, you notice a smile stretch across her face.  “Hey, do you have time to go see a friend of mine?” Loola asks.  “Sure, why not,” you say. You grab your keys and escort Aunt Loola to the car. She directs […]

Goal Swap

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Part 22 of 57In PursuitDo you realize that many Christians are in this situation? There are loads of believers who have replaced the ultimate goal of the Christian life with maintaining a spiritual reputation. There are likely millions who go through the motions, doing spiritual tasks, in order to get applause, approval, or accolades from […]

Don't Swap

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Part 23 of 57In PursuitYou put the car in park in front of an old, dilapidated-looking house. It could be the scene of a blockbuster horror film. There are holes in the roof. Wood rot marks the siding. The door hangs askew. Despite the horrid state of the untenable home, you notice a garden that […]

Escape

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Part 24 of 57In PursuitGod has a big important goal for your Christian life. However, there are those who have substituted God's goal for a goal of their own. In the last chapter, we talked about substituting pride for God's ultimate goal. In this chapter, we'll talk about another substitution. I call those who do […]

Escape Artists
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