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What would Christianity be without Jesus’ resurrection?  It would just be a first century philosophical school.   But Christianity is alive and well because of His transformation.  

A resurrection is also occurring at CPC. The Resurrection Fern  is a fascinating plant that grows just outside CPC’s front door on our beautiful “Presbyterian Oak.” 

Resurrection Fern is an air plant that lives on the branches of live oaks and other trees.  It can survive long dry periods and appear dead. But during wet periods, such as we’ve had recently, it will open up and resurrect itself into a beautiful green fern.

Hence the name, Resurrection Fern! 

Some worry that its presence harms the host tree. That is not true. The fern attaches itself to the branches and absorbs the water and nutrients that collect on the outer surface of bark. 

This reminds me of John 15:5. “I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in Me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from Me you can do nothing.” Jesus is the true vine and we, followers, must abide in the love of Christ.

It is my great hope that each time you pass by Presbyterian Oak, you will remember that we are similar to the Resurrection Fern.

We are resurrection people! Yes, perhaps there are times when we appear withered and even dead, but give us just a taste of water and watch us spring to live. The water that sustains us is the love of Jesus. So, let’s attach ourselves to others and show Christ’s great love, while we shine bright pointing the way to the true branch. The true branch of Christ.

Serving with You,
Jeff

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Where has the time gone? It has almost been over a year since I started my ministry here at CPC. It has been filled with learning, challenges, joyous times and of course difficult times. This is the way of life. We cannot escape life and all that it offers. I would not trade a moment of this experience. You have been my teachers and perhaps you have learned something from me. We are in this work together and I am grateful and encouraged by your service and commitment to your faith. May God continue to bless us all!

Thanks, jeff

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