OUR BENEDICTION

“The Lord is like the dew of Israel to us - while we are at rest in Him, the moisture of His unassuming influence rests upon, refreshes and covers everything concerning us. 

 

Because of the dew of His unassuming influence, we are growing as the lily - we are seeing rapid, luxuriant growth and beautiful and colourful fruit in the lives of the people who dwell under our shade (Hosea 14:5-7).

 

We are sending down our roots into the bedrock of His Word and into the underground Wells of Holy Spirit, for His Word and Holy Spirit supply strength, nurture the growth of our fruits, and the reach and influence of our branches and cause our Cedars to flourish. Planted in His house we are flourishing in His courts (Psalms 92:13).

 

We see the people who dwell under our shade growing as the corn - first the blade, then the ear, then the full corn in the ear (Mark 4:28). We see them becoming fruitful as the vine. 

 

As testimony to the Father's husbandry, the work of Holy Spirit and our abiding in the Vine, Olive Branch Community Church is becoming like the wines of Lebanon – renowned, fragrant and for His enjoyment. The olive branch of His planting, the work of His hand, for the display of His splendour." (Isaiah 60:21).

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