Good or bad fruit? Which one does your life represent?


When you go into a grocery store and head to the produce section to get some fruit, how many of you would be grossed out if you saw apples that had brown spots all over them? How about if the grapes were all smashed and squishy? What if you went to get some strawberries and you saw mold all over them in the container? I doubt many of you would make the purchase and take any home to your family to consume. That would be disgusting. When you buy fruit, you want to purchase what looks good and ripe. We would not consider buying fruit that looks gross because we want value in the fruit we buy and consume.

Just as others would be turned off to a gross produce section of fruit in a grocery store, they are also turned off when they look at our lives and see bad fruit. This is a terrific parable from Christ. Do you desire people to see good or bad fruit in your life? Well…duh….of course you want people to see good fruit. However, many of us live our lives in a way that shows bad or moldy fruit. The problem is we tend to let so much from the world enter our minds and hearts and we allow our tree (bodies) to become saturated with mold and then our fruit looks gross. How can we expect others to want to know Christ if our fruit looks bad? Whatever we are storing up in our hearts and entertaining in our minds will come out in our words and actions. If that is good fruit, then we will be productive and show Christ’s love. If it is bad fruit, what we do will not be desired by others.

There is probably not one of us who would say we desire to have bad things come from our lives. We desire and strive for what is good and will glorify God. It is that daily battle with sin that we all struggle with. We just have to decide if we are going to be strong in Christ and let Him lead us and guide us so that we show the good fruit and not the bad. In order to grow, we must be in His Word daily and grow from His teachings. There is no way around that. We simply cannot expect to show good fruit in our lives if we are not daily growing in His commands. There is no way we can expect to show the good fruit of His love if we are not taking the time to grow through His Word. It is not gonna happen.

It is my prayer and desire that we all live better lives for Christ and strive harder to show good fruit in our lives. We need to keep our tree full of good fruit. If bad fruit grows, we need to take care of it and get rid of what is causing that bad fruit to grow. God will prune us so that we can grow the good fruit. It might be painful, but well worth getting rid of in order for the good fruit to grow so others can see Him through us.

Are you bearing good fruit or bad fruit?

Luke 6:43-45

No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briers. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.

Take some time to think about this. Do an inventory of your own life and answer this question honestly. Would others want what you have by what’s coming out of your mouth and how you live your life?

Have a blessed day, Ronnie and Christie Musso Bruce If you are looking for a Keynote Christian Speaker for your next event, go to our website Hopeknowsyourname.com Or, Email us at: hopeknowsyourname@gmail.com Phone: 205-960-4245

Jeremiah 29:11 New Living Translation (NLT) For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.

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Christie Musso Bruce 700 Club Testimony


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When Something Happens In You’re Life That Is Life Changing, What Do You Do?


As Ronnie and I have been going through a life changing event, our faith has really been tested. I have not been able to work the past six months due to my back surgery, now we both found ourselves out of work, here is our story. In November of 2018 the general manager contacted Ronnie about a job in Texas as the morning show host, and production manager. Ronnie was going to be able to make one of the five stations a Christian station. He was so excited to get back into ministry on the radio. He accepted the job, and left for Texas. I stayed behind in Chattanooga, TN. until our lease was up in February. While I was packing, I just had a uneasy feeling about this move. I continued to pray up until the day Ronnie came home to move me. Still, I had a nagging uneasy feeling. Two weeks after I had been there, they fired the general manager that brought us here. The new GM came in and told Ronnie he did not want any of that “religious” music played on any station. All the hard work Ronnie had put in to get a Christian station started was now in the past, and the hours of logging in Christian music, were just in vain. After a few weeks the new GM walked out, leaving Ronnie to run all five stations. Several weeks later, the new GM that walked off the job called Ronnie and told him he was coming back to work. He came in on a Tuesday and told Ronnie that they had sold the stations, and his last day would be Friday. Wow you talk about questioning God. We had so much fear, we are 12 hours away from home and family, when Ronnie finds out they had been in negotiations to sell the stations before they had brought him to Texas. We we’re beside ourselves. So, how were we going to handle this life changing event? We turned to God more than ever. We were staying in the word, and in constant prayer. We came across Psalms 27:14. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

Wow…,we often run to God when we experience difficulties. But David sought God’s guiding presence every day. When troubles came his way, he was already in God’s presence and prepared to handle any test. Believers can call to God for help at any time, but how shortsighted to call on God only when troubles come. Many problems could be avoided or handled far more easily by seeking God’s help and direction beforehand.

This really made us stop to think, how could we have handled things differently? Well do you remember that gut feeling I had before we moved? That’s when we should have prayed through this more, seeking His guidance and not our own. If so, we probably would not have moved. I say all that, to say this, we need to listen to the holy spirit, when he is giving us those uneasy feelings. While your waiting on Him to show up in your situation, keep your eyes on Him. When we keep our eyes on Him, it is evidence that we’re really trusting Him. If you just “mouth” the words “I trust you” while anxiously trying to make things go your way, your words ring hollow. Instead, you can wait expectantly in hope-full trust, keeping your antennas out, to pick up even the faintest glimmer of His presence.

Psalms 30:11,12

You have turned my mourning into dancing, You have taken away my clothes of mourning and clothed me with joy that I might sing praise to you and not be silent. I, Lord my God, will give you thanks forever.

Ronnie and Christie

Joy is coming in the morning!

He has never failed you yet, waiting on changes to come. Your battle will be won, His promise still stands. Deuteronomy 31:8


Do It Again is a song of hope breaking through into the hopeless; of joy breaking through into disappointment. How does this anthemic worship song suggest that we break out of the depths of despair? By remembering what God has done before:

I’ve seen You move, You move the mountains
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again
You made a way, where there was no way
And I believe, I’ll see You do it again

We have all faced mountains and overcome. Deuteronomy 31:8 declares that God ‘will not leave you nor forsake you’. By remembering what we have overcome with Jesus on our side our faith is stirred & our courage is strengthened as we face the challenges ahead.

‘God has delivered us from such deadly peril, and he will deliver us again’ (2 Corinthians 1:10).

In this Scripture Paul is sending the same message as this song, that is:

If He has done it once, He can do it again
With this declaration ringing in our ears we can boldly make the declaration at the end of the song:

You never failed me yet
I never will forget
You never failed me yet
And I never will forget

When we see the glory of God break through into the darkest parts of our lives, we cannot let ourselves forget about it. When Jesus answers our prayers, when He reaches out His hand to pull us to safety, we must remember what He has done.

Be sure to check out the song below. Spend some time reflecting on the lyrics and remember that if God has done it once, He can do it again.

Are you wondering if God is listening? Or, are you asking where are you God?


Did you know Jesus speaks to us continuously? He speaks through sunsets in the sky day after day. He speaks in the faces and through the voices of our loved ones. He caresses us with a gentle breeze that just refreshes us when the wind blows, feeling as if the spirit just washed over us. He speaks to us within our spirit which is where He lives. We can find Him in each and every moment when we have eyes that see, and ears open where we can hear. We should rejoice each and every time we discover His presence. Practice looking for Him and listening for Him in our quiet moments. Gradually, you will see Him more and more in each and every moment of your day. Continue to seek Him today sweet friend, even at those times, when we feel he isn’t there. He is there just open your eyes, open your heart, open your ears, and He will speak to you in one form or another.
Jeremiah 29;13 ” You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.

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You have never messed up too bad.


Get a $20.00 Bill and ask someone how much it is worth and would anyone like to have it.

Take the bill and crumple it into a tiny ball.  Ask if anyone would still like to have the twenty-dollar bill.  After they all say “me!”, Remind them that it is now crushed and wrinkled.  Ask – “Does it still have value?”  “How much is it worth now?” …  “The same as before?!”

Ask if anyone has ever found money just lying on the ground.  Give them a moment for them to tell where and what value of the money they found.  Ask – Was it clean?”  “Was it still worth the value that was printed on it when it was made?”

In the beginning, God created us in His Own image.

Genesis 1:27 – “So God created man in His own image; He created him in the image of God; He created them male and female.”

God created us… In His image…But…

Sin (our disobedience, our not believing & trusting what God said and Who He is) caused us to become damaged and His image in us distorted.  We became crumpled just like the money.  We became dirty like the money you found.

Romans 3:23 – “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”
And although sin made us no longer look like God, and it caused us to be separated from God because He is Holy, it never changed our worth and value to Him.

Romans 5:8 reminds us that “But God demonstrated His own love towards us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.”

God does not just throw us away because we are no longer perfect like Him. We matter so much to Him that Jesus came and died to provide a way back to God for us!

He offers us the gift of His grace – the gift of His image in us again through Jesus Christ!

Ephesians 2:8-10
“For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift— not from works so that no one can boast.  For we are His creation, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared ahead of time so that we should walk in them.”

So when Satan tries to tell you that you messed up too bad for God to ever forgive you much less love you…remember the object lesson from the crumpled money.  It never lost its value or worth, and neither have you to God.  He is our loving Father waiting with open arms for us to return to Him for forgiveness and to be made new!

Ronnie and Christie Bruce

Anger: right or wrong?


Today’s Scripture
Go ahead and be angry. You do well to be angry—but don’t use your anger as fuel for revenge. And don’t stay angry. Don’t go to bed angry. Don’t give the Devil that kind of foothold in your life. Ephesians 4:26-27 MSG

Thoughts for Today
Anger: right or wrong? The answer is that anger is right … but it can be wrong. Anger is a God-given emotional energy designed for good. The expression of this anger-produced energy can lead to sin—but it doesn’t have to. With God’s help, we can control our thoughts and actions.

The Bible tells of many times when anger was a positive force for good. Moses’ anger when the Israelites worshipped idols resulted in their repentance (Exodus 32:19-35). Jesus’ anger motivated him to clear abusers from his Father’s temple. (Luke 19:45-48).

Our anger can also lead to sinful acts of selfishness, unkindness or even aggression. It is our responsibility to use our anger-induced energy in positive ways—even if it’s just walking around the block to cool off.

Consider this … 
Our anger can be a positive force as well. Appropriate anger at our children’s wrong behaviors can motivate us as parents to exert firm but loving discipline. Anger against injustices and wrongdoing in our communities can motivate us to do something positive about the situation.

The next time you feel angry, remember that it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. It’s your choice.

Prayer
Father, forgive me for the times I’ve used my anger in sinful ways instead of as a positive force. Help me control my thoughts and actions and to use my anger in positive ways.
In Jesus’ name …

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