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Life in the Stump!
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By Pastor Leon

Leon Hiebert was pastor of Andover Assembly of God (Generations Church A/G) from 1989 to 2009. He is a Viet Nam veteran who spent 10 years in the US Navy most of the time as a corpsman serving with the Marine Corps. A native of Belleville, Kan., ...

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Leon Hiebert was pastor of Andover Assembly of God (Generations Church A/G) from 1989 to 2009. He is a Viet Nam veteran who spent 10 years in the US Navy most of the time as a corpsman serving with the Marine Corps. A native of Belleville, Kan., Hiebert is semi retired and lives in Andover with his wife, Sharon. He is a school bus driver for USD 385, Andover, Kansas.

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Scripture:   Isaiah (NIV) 11:1  A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse, from his roots a Branch will bear fruit. 

Observation:   This is a prophetic verse about a descendent of Jesse.  Jesus is the Branch.   At the end of Isaiah 6 we see that when the trees are cut down, stumps will remain in the land.  Here, from one of those stumps, a shoot will spring out.   The glory of the tree will be removed.  It was no longer beautiful.  It could no longer provide any shade.  But life remained in the stump!  New growth was coming!

Application:  As I grow older, I have lost some of my branches, some of my abilities.  But this “stump” still has the life of God!!!  Some have lost branches to sin, or disease, or battle, BUT if the life remains in the stump, there still remains great potential!  New expressions of life are yet to be seen! 

Prayer:   Lord, others may see me as just a stump.  They may not yet see the life within!   Your life sends forth branches, even from stumps!    Amen 

Pastor Leon

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