Grape Expectations. Mr. Holland’s Opus is a movie about a frustrated composer in Portland, Oregon, who takes a job as a high school band teacher in the 1960s. Although diverted from his lifelong goal of achieving critical fame as a classical musician, Glenn Holland
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Mr. Holland’s Opus is a movie about a frustrated composer in Portland, Oregon, who takes a job as a high school band teacher in the 1960s.
At first he maintains his determination to write an opus or a concerto by composing at his piano after putting in a full day with his students. But, as family demands
At the end of the movie we find an aged Mr. Holland fighting in vain to keep his job. The board has decided to reduce the operating budget by cutting the music and drama program. No longer a
What began as a career detour became a 35-year mission, pouring his heart into the lives of young people. Mr. Holland returns to his classroom to retrieve his belongings a few days after school has let out
Let’s join Mr. Holland as he prepares to takes his final walk down the halls of John F. Kennedy High School.
On the night before He died, Jesus gave His disciples a remarkable word picture. He
5 “Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. 6 Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. 7 But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted!
The vine had become so much a symbol of Israel that it appeared on coins. Also, during the time of Christ, Herod's Temple had a tremendous vine on it overlaid with gold that some have estimated was worth $12,000,000.
Then Israel became a degenerate, empty vine, (Ezekiel 17:6; Isaiah 5:1-7; & Jeremiah 2:21), and pleadedwithGod to restorethem.
Israel had always been God's vine, but it had become unproductive, so a new vine was established.
In Hampton Court, near London, there is a grapevine that is reported to be the oldest living vine. It is over 230 years old. This grapevine has one root which is 12 feet round, and some of the branches are over 36.5 120 feet long. Despite its age the vine still produces 500 to 700 bunches (weighing 485 - 705 lb) of grapes each year.
Although some of the branches are 120 feet from the main root, they still bear the sweet and delicious fruit because they are connected to the vine. Each branch is connected directly to the stem and draws nourishment from it.
Jesus is the vine, God the Father is the vine grower, and the true believers are the branches. The branches are totally
The story is told of a native from a remote mountain village who had the opportunity to visit a large modern city for the first time. He could not bring much home with him, and he had little money. But he was amazed at the electric lights which he saw everywhere.So he bought a sack full of electric lights bulbs and sockets with switches so he could turn them off and on. Arriving home he hung the light
When night came he turned on the switches, but nothing happened. No one had told him about electricity. He did not know the light bulbs were useless unless connected to the source of their power.Jesus said, "Apart from me you can do nothing." There are many people who do not know that the way they are living their lives is useless. They got the education; they got
There are people today who stand in close connection with Jesus Christ, they may attend church and go through some religious exercises, thinking that their superficial connection to Jesus Christ is
In spiritual pruning, the Father removes things like sin or worldly distractions that would hinder our fruit-bearing. Suffering is one of the best methods of purging. The Father's pruning may take the form of sickness, hardship, loss of material goods, slander and persecution, loss of loved ones, grief in relationships, or
4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.
An individual can live apparently connected to Christ but in fact really not connected at all. If you are religious or if you come to church or you have a superficial allegiance to Jesus Christ, listen to what Paul warns about, 2 Corinthians 13:5,
In other words, you better check your life to be sure your salvation is real. It's a stern warning, because the branches that don't bear fruit He takes away and casts them into fire and that's a picture of hell.
What attitudes, habits, and actions limit your productivity as Christ’s follower?
As the prolific playwright George Bernard Shaw was nearing the end of his life, a reporter asked him a question: “If you could live your life over and be anybody you’ve known, or any person from
When you pray, and you express to Christ your adoration and your praise, that is fruit.
If a man has a permanent union with Jesus Christ, if he's a true branch, that's condition one for answered prayer.
What steps are you taking to become increasingly familiar with Jesus’ teachings?
If God had Voice Mail Most of us have now learned to live with "voice mail" as a necessary part of our daily lives. But have you ever wondered what it would be like if God decided to install voice mail? Imagine praying and hearing the following: Thank you for calling Heaven. For English, Press 1. For Spanish, press 2. For all other languages, press 0. Please select one of the following options: Press 1 for Requests. Press 2 for Thanksgiving. Press 3 for Complaints. Press 4 for all other inquiries. I am sorry; all of our angels and saints are busy helping other sinners right now. However, your prayer is important to us, and we will answer it in the order it was received. Please stay on the line.
If you would like to speak to: God, press 1. Jesus, press 2 Holy Spirit, press 3. If you would like to hear King David sing a Psalm while you are holding, press 4. To find a loved one that has been assigned to Heaven, press 5,then enter his or her social security number, followed by the "pound" sign. (If you receive a negative response, please hang up and try again. For reservations at Heaven, please enter J-O-H-N, followed by the numbers 3-1-6. For answers to nagging questions about dinosaurs, the age of the earth, life on other planets, and where Noah’s
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Joy is not happiness, which depends upon happenings, but it is the deep settled assurance and confidence in our relationship with the Father and the Son that fills the heart with "joy,” and that ignites the heart to serve God.
Three prospectors found a rich vein of gold in California during the gold rush days. They realized what a great discovery they had, & decided, "We’ve a really good thing going here as long as no one else finds out about it." So they each took a vow to keep it secret.Then they headed for town to file their claims & get the equipment necessary to mine the gold. True to their vows, they didn’t say a word to anybody. They filed their claim, bought the equipment, & headed back to their mine. But when they did, a crowd of people followed them.And the reason was because the