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"I put out 250 tomato plants today."  I hear comments like this one very often from Wayne, my father-in-law.  He refers to his yard as a "garden."  I'm more inclined to call it a small farm.  Does Wayne just wander out one Spring morning and drop some seed on the ground and then come back in the Fall for a bountiful harvest?  Of course not!  He cultivates the seed in his greenhouse during the winter months, puts out the small plants at the proper time, waters, fertilizes, cuts back the weeds, and prunes his fruit trees.  THEN, he is ready for a harvest of broccoli, cauliflower, green beans, squash, corn, watermelon, tomatoes, blackberries, blueberries, and apples.  Evidently, whether we are talking about a garden, farm, orchard, or the life of a Christian, it takes hard work, development, and growth to produce "lasting fruit."

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