Where is the Fruit?

Now the next day, when they had come out from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing from afar a fig tree having leaves, He went to see if perhaps He would find something on it. When He came to it, He found nothing but leaves, for it was not the season for figs. In response Jesus said to it, “Let no one eat fruit from you ever again” and His disciples heard it. Mark 11:12-14

Why would A God that we call flawless destroy an innocent fig tree? How could a morally pure individual curse a tree?

Allow me to have some fun as the apostle Paul did. Often in his writings he would ask questions that he knew the audience was already thinking. So Paul would pose these questions in his writings and proceed to answer them.

I have found two possibilities that indicate that Jesus’ behavior was not so strange or wrong after all. Let’s take a look first of all at the Palestinian fig trees and how they bear fruit in a particular season. The writer Mark gives us insight that it was during the Passover season when Jesus cursed the fig tree which gives us a time frame that Jesus stumbled upon this tree. Perhaps Jesus found one of these trees that should have been fully developed at this time.  In fact it did not have a one fig.

My second discovery was more in line with what I imagined initially and that is even if he did not find ripe figs there should have been smaller trees that were not yet edible or nearly as tasty. But remember Jesus found none, nada, not any, nothing, zero. Can I make it any more plain?

Jesus took the opportunity when he did not encounter fruit as he expected to perform an objective lesson for his disciples. The old testament prophets frequently provided video illustrations of their teachings by their actions. For example Jeremiah wore a yoke to reveal that Judah would be under the yoke of the Babylonian rule. You can find it in Jeremiah chapter 27. I won’t read it but read it on your own leisure where God told Jeremiah etc.

Now people of the most high don’t get upset with me and don’t disconnect and not return tomorrow, but this is the biblical exegesis or interpretation of this passage. Are you all ready for this?

A fruitless tree is no good at all and neither is a fruitless disciple. Those two bear no fruit to prove that they never had saving faith to begin with and those who have saving faith demonstrate their trust in Christ by bearing spiritual fruit. (James 2: 14-26. As professing Christians we should be seeking to bear fruit in keeping with repentance, asking God to do what he needs to do in order to make us ever more fruitful.

Ezekiel 4,  Matthew 21:18-22

Not as the fig tree fruitless 

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, long suffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23

A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Matthew 7:18-20

By our fruit they shall know us.

Good water and bad water do not flow from same fountain.

-Pastor Mark Broach

 

 

The Times of Trenton

Trenton Deliverance Center Church increases food distribution amid coronavirus

Posted Apr 22, 2:55 PM

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Pastor Mark Broach and Trenton Deliverance Center Church have upped their food donations to five times a week to help people in need during the coronavirus pandemic.Michael Mancuso | For NJ.com

Trenton Deliverance Center Church pastor Mark A. Broach has a passion for helping people.
When the coronavirus outbreak hit New Jersey and more specifically Trenton, he knew that he needed to jump into action.

Although his church has been providing food to people in need for the last 18 years, these were unprecedented times, and Broach upped the food distributions to five times a week allowing him to serve over 300 people.

“I believe that my life calling is to give back,” Broach said. “As long as I’m giving back and as long as I’m being a blessing to someone else, then I’m pretty happy with life.”

Broach uses food distributions as a way to not only provide essential tangible items to people in need but also as a way to provide hope. He prays with many of the recipients and even has translators on staff so that people that speak another language can pray with him as well. “Many of the people that we’re serving don’t have a pastor,” he said. “In times like this, when hope is lost, if I can be there not only to provide food but to encourage people to hold on to hope, that’s critical.”
The Trenton Deliverance Center Church tries to hit a different area of the city each time it goes out. Its crisis response team consists of 2 to 4 people that maintain social distancing while wearing masks and gloves to provide the food in a safe manner.

Pastor Mark Broach and Trenton Deliverance Center Church have upped their food donations to five times a week to help people in need during the coronavirus pandemic.Michael Mancuso | For NJ.com

It receives the food daily from Mercer Street Friends Foods, Whole Foods, and Panera Bread. On Wednesdays, the church opens its food bank to the community at 11 a.m., while volunteers head into the community to provide in-person meals Monday through Saturday.

Although the Trenton Deliverance Center Church is already doing great things, Broach is asking for the community to help with the food distribution.
“I encourage people to join with us because we are doing it in one area, but if we’re able to do it in four, five or six different areas, we can help even more people,” he said.

 

 

 

 

Prayers for the church 

Without doubt, we pray for individual people and single families.  When was the last time you prayed for your church? Your church is no more than a group of families that usually make up a community.

How can you effectively pray for your church of which you are a part?

Six things that should guide your prayers for the church:

Perseverance: pray that no one in the visible church would wander. Pray that your church family would be numbered among those who Christ said he would lose not one at. John 10:28

Joy: pray for joy that is full, sustained, able to share and Godward. Psalms 16:11 and 21:6

Protection: Pray for protection from the world, the flesh and the devil the one that seeks to lead the sheep astray. John 17:15

Not that we may be taken out of the world but that you may keep them from the evil one.

Sanctification: Pray for the church to be set apart in holiness and for Spirit wrought conformity to Christ. Not through church produced evaluations by Spirit wrought or produced. Verse 17

Witness: Let’s pray that your church would like never before bear witness to the glory of God revealed in the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Unity: Pray for the unbreakable fellowship grounded in truth. Not allowing small insignificant things to divide us.

Pray this prayer for the local church as well the universal church

Prayer:

Lord God of ages past and God of eternity forward hear our prayer. We seek you God in the name of your son Jesus.

Lord your people have accustomed themselves to awake on Sunday morning and bring the cares of the week to you looking for rejuvenation. They come together to praise their way out of their struggles and from beneath their troubles. Protect them in their dwelling and prove yourself again as a keeper!!

Lord, we need your Joy in our homes right now. We are home with family and those we love but, Lord our endearment is stronger when we can leave them and come back.

Lord God just because we are in the keep home mode the world still seeks to deceive believers. Through many media sources as well as through excess television that’s almost forced upon viewers during quarantine. Keep our ears and eyes to guard against anything that may be immoral.

Sanctification is something not often spoken about but I still believe holiness is right. Not a denomination but a way of life.

Lord you have allowed it to be so easy to witness and currently one only has to open his or her mouth.

Pastor Mark Broach

 

 

I want God’s will nothing more nothing less. (Daily Mantra)

Is this virus the will of God?

For example, theologians have spoken of sovereign will and moral will, efficient will and permissive will, secret will and revealed will, will of decree and will of command, decretive will and preceptive will,

Sovereign and Permissive wills

The most compelling example of God’s willing for sin to come to pass while at the same time disapproving the sin is his willing the death of his perfect, divine Son. The betrayal of Jesus by Judas was a morally evil act inspired immediately by Satan (Luke 22:3). Yet in Acts 2:23 Luke says, “This Jesus [was] delivered up according to the definite plan (boule) and foreknowledge of God.” The betrayal was sin, and it involved the instrumentality of Satan; but it was part of God’s ordained plan.

Pharaoh, which I have put in your hand; but I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.” At one point Pharaoh himself acknowledges that his unwillingness to let the people go is sin: “Now therefore forgive, I pray, my sin” (Exodus 10:17). Thus what we see is that God commands that Pharaoh do a thing which God himself wills not to allow. The good thing that God commands he prevents. And the thing he brings about involves sin.

This is the point of Romans 11:31-32. Paul speaks to his Gentile readers again about the disobedience of Israel in rejecting their Messiah: “So they [Israel] have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you [Gentiles] they also may receive mercy.” When Paul says that Israel was disobedient “in order that” Gentiles might get the benefits of the gospel, whose purpose does he have in mind? It can only be God’s.

Prime time to witness not to be squandered but taken advantage of.

Things are going to get tough even after the Coronavirus. What kicks in next is the economic struggles. This virus has the potential to wipe out the entire middle class economically. Leaving only two classes the rich and the poor

There is a new normal that will be confronting us going forward.

January-April is 4 months of negative profits.

May-August would be 8 months of negative profit which establishes a recession

Any period that extends beyond a recession is a depression example of our last depression was 1929-1940.

What is God allowing in His permissive will?

Now what generally follows a rough or what some might label a bad period is something positive in the sovereign will of God.

And I want God’s will nothing more nothing less.

Prepare to endure because you will

You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier.

2 Timothy 2:3-4

But you be watchful in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, fulfill your ministry. 2 Timothy 4:5

Appeal not to our emotions

Appeal not to our intellect

Appeal to our hearts that we may more resemble you and what you have called us to be.

Times are like we have never witnessed before hundreds of thousand people dying throughout the earth.

We hear your voice telling us to make haste in preparation through your word: family, coworkers, neighbors, strangers for your return is nigh.

Let us forgive where appropriate for in so doing you will forgive us.

Let us experience a sense of calm that only you can supply.

Help our government officials as the do their jobs in the midst of you bringing about your will.

 

And Lord we in this prayer circle declare

Lord Jesus it is appropriate at this season that we ask blood placed on our doorpost as the Coronavirus pass through this land it will pass over our house

For where you see your blood you promised to pass over

We only want God’s will nothing more nothing less. (Daily Mantra)

Amen

 

 

Pastor’s message:

During the COVID 19 pandemic Let’s build a true Sabbath day of rest!!!!

First and foremost the Sabbath includes the following: resting the body, replenishing the spirit, and restoring the soul. Choose a day and implement the practice of a real Sabbath, a genuine day of rest.

We will begin with resting the body and replenishing the spirit. 

Resting the body

What are some activities that rest and replenish your body? The invitation of Sabbath time is to place the time you would normally spend working with activities that you find restorative (i.e.) A nap, a walk, a bike ride, painting, a long bubble bath, eating your favorite foods (no dieting on the Sabbath) sitting in the sun, lighting candles and listening to beautiful music. No shopping (Oops!)

Replenishing the spirit 

Another invitation of the Sabbath is to pay attention to what replenishes the spirit and choose only those activities that you know will bring you joy. Obviously, this is highly personal to each one of us. It is amazing to have permission to pay attention to what you like to do. As you explore this aspect of the Sabbath, pay close attention to those activities which stimulate you or serve as fillers and more importantly those things that replenish you. No television which often serve as a distraction. 

 

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Pastor Mark A. Broach is the Senior Pastor of the Trenton Deliverance Center Church located at 1100 South Clinton Avenue. He is the proud father of three wonderful children, Aleah (21 years old) and twins that are 13 years old, Mark Alan Jr. and Ariel. Pastor Mark has been married to his beautiful wife Jennifer for 27 wonderful years.

Pastor Mark received his undergraduate degree from Trenton State College more recently known as The College of New Jersey. His major fields of studies were Communication with emphasis in broadcasting and education. Pastor Mark has worked as a radio announcer for a few years before pursing extended time in the education field. Pastor Mark began teaching in the Trenton school district during which time he was the recipient of multiple awards. After numerous years in the Trenton school district, Pastor Mark moved his employment to the Hamilton Township school district. After only a year of teaching math in Hamilton, Pastor Mark was offered the opportunity to lead Emily Fisher Charter School as Headmaster. Upon the death of his father Perkins Broach Sr., Pastor Mark had a new vision and embarked upon opening a private Christian school in his fathers’ name. In 2000 Pastor Mark spearheaded the opening of Perkins Christian Institute for children pre-k through third grade. Every subsequent year thereafter, the school added one additional grade culminating at grade six. At Trenton Deliverance Center Church, Pastor Mark has used his teaching skills and the anointing that stems from God to deliver the word of God to those under his leadership and to those abroad. The Bible study series that are regularly taught are insightful and second to none – those in attendance have grown by leaps and bounds.

Pastor Mark is a leader of a community group that focuses on fighting street violence. This group works at the grass roots level to strengthen our Trenton community. NIMN (Not In My Neighborhood) has also worked on legislation to further protect witnesses to violent crimes.From 2013 to 2017, Pastor Broach served as the president of The Concerned Pastors of Trenton and vicinity organization. As the president, he has led numerous rallies, one being for a new High School. He has volunteered countless hours within the school board in various capacities.
Most recently in June 2017, Pastor Broach opened a Fitness Studio named “How We Fit”. The focus of the gym is to produce an environment where whole families can come and work with a personal trainer to achieve their fitness goals. Along with strength training, the gym also teaches Martial Arts (Shotokah).
Under the leadership of Pastor Mark, Trenton Deliverance has implemented numerous programs and ministries to meet the entire man. Trenton Deliverance Center now offers a recovery group for those recovering from multiple addictions. The church also offers mentoring for both males and females between the ages of ten and eighteen. Pastor Mark has expanded the food pantry to the point of community distribution of fresh vegetables, fruit, bread, juice, salads as well as many other items including canned goods on a regular basis. The church, under the leadership of Pastor Mark, has begun what has been known as “Give-a-ways”. At the give-a-ways, the church gives new items such as sheets, towels, blankets, kitchen items, bath items, chairs and many more household items. Pastor Mark A. Broach has been anointed with a ministry that has captured the Youth, Adults and Senior Citizens throughout the community. Pastor Mark Broach’s message to his congregation members is “Go and Make Disciples”.

Trenton Deliverance’s weekly food giveaways feeds over 500 families this week.  

“The need is so great,” volunteer David shared. While Trenton Deliverance’s food giveaways are not new, what is new is, the church has amped up its giveaways to multiple times a week. Cars and foot traffic fill North Clinton avenue and loop the avenues around the church as the community church continues to feed, pray and comfort its community amid COVID-19. “The goal is to get as much food out as possible while being safe,” Pastor Mark says.