Do I Have A Taproot?

by Sis. Teresa Poucher

I have two Rose-of-Sharon shrubs, one of which came from a clipping.  In other words, I took a small, young, tender branch from one shrub and made another shrub from it.  It’s called cloning.  They are both quite beautiful and have grown quite well.  The only problem is the cloned shrub will not grow a taproot.  


A taproot is extremely strong and able to draw water and nutrients from the soil, which helps in times of drought.  The tree that has the taproot is strong enough to withstand strong winds.  Since the clone has the same genetics as the tree or shrub you got it from, it will be susceptible to the same problems.  


In nature, the shrub with the taproot will adapt and mutate to respond to problems.  The clone will not. The clone may be sterile, unable to grow its seed, thus not being able to reproduce, unlike the olive tree that the Bible speaks of.  The gentiles (that would be us unless you are a Jew) were grafted into that olive tree, which is the Jewish people, God’s chosen ones.  


And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree; (Romans 11:17) 


And have no root in themselves, (i.e., they have no taproot) and so endure but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended. (Mark 4:17) 


If we are grounded in the Word of God, our roots will be deep.  Our fruit will be good.  Not only will our fruit be good, but we will be exalted, and multiplied.  If we are just a clone, we lack the taproot.  The taller the building the deeper the foundation you need.  The Apostles Doctrine is our foundation.


And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets…

(Ephesians 2:20)


Am I a clone?   Do I just look the part or am I grafted in?



Adam and the Animals

By Teresa Poucher

Adam names all the animals. wow, how long did that take? The Bible doesn’t tell us how long Adam lived in the garden without Eve. I would imagine he was fond of the animals, and probably played and talked to them. However, they all had mates yet he was alone.

Eve comes into the picture and Adam is in love. Strange how love will make you do some crazy things. After they sin we know they took fig leaves and covered themselves. God said fig leaves won’t work. Without the shedding of blood, there is no remission (Hebrews 9:22) Adam sees his sin caused the very first death. It was death to an animal he befriended and named. It must have been difficult to cover their sins with the skins of an animal they had cared for.

I’ve heard all my life that JESUS died for my sins. Even though I know this is true. I would rather think he died for the sins of the world. Then I’m not responsible. Truth is he died for MY sin. His blood was shed to not only cover but to cleanse me from my sin as if they never existed. (Isaiah 1:18) Psalms 103:12 As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. There is a North and the South Pole, but East and west never meet. I’m so thankful for the mercy God has toward his creation. How the creator of all would die at the hands of his creation. What love… John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.