The bitternut tree does not bear fruit every year. It only bears fruit every
three years and sometimes only every five years. The beech tree bears fruit
every eight years. The white oak can go ten years without bearing fruit. But
the champion in delay is the bamboo which bears fruit only every 120 years!
Most Christians don’t live to be 120, but if they did, some would still bear no
fruit for the Lord Jesus.

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About The Author

Robert Shannon, a retired preacher living in North Carolina, began preaching at the age of 16. He has preached in churches in Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, and Florida, his longest ministry at First Christian Church of Largo Florida. Now in semi-retirement, he has preached regularly for churches in North Carolina and Tennessee. He has also contributed to kingdom work as a missionary to Eastern Europe and as a Bible College professor. He is past-president of the North American Christian Convention. Bob is the author or co-author of several books.

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