Words from the Heart for Sunday February 24th, 2019

…the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, Lord, have given me.

Deuteronomy 26:8-10 (NIV)

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Firstfruits

Fruit growing is an important part of Canada’s food industry. Growing is usually restricted to areas where winter temperatures do not go much below -20°C. For this reason, the majority of commercial fruit growing in Canada occurs in British Columbia, Ontario and Québec, while the remainder is mostly concentrated in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. Most of the fruit species cultivated in Canada belong to the rose family. They include fruits such as apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, plums, prunes, cherries and apricots, as well as berries such as strawberries, raspberries, cranberries and blueberries.

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Every blessing we have in this life is because our Creator God loves us. He heaps good things on us because He is fond of us. His nature is to be the provider. The book of James says that every good and perfect gift comes from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights. The people of Israel were well aware of the blessings of God in their lives. Deuteronomy 26:8-10 speaks of this and how we ought to respond: “”…the Lord brought us out of Egypt with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, with great terror and with signs and wonders. He brought us to this place and gave us this land, a land flowing with milk and honey; and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, Lord, have given me.”” God had provided so much to the people of Israel – freedom from slavery in Egypt and all the blessings of the Promised Land. The least they could give in response was their very best. It is the least we can do as well, for every good and perfect gift He has bestowed on us.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley