First Fruits – Mission Bend Christian Academy
Houston, TX — A group of fourth grade students at Mission Bend Christian Academy show their delight in their first harvest! Their teacher, Vicki Bernet, displays a perfectly formed radish. Students were preparing their garden spot for a second planting because rabbits had eaten their first plants. Thinking that it was a weed, the students pulled the radish to prepare for another planting. To their amazement there was a perfectly formed radish!
The school’s theme for the year is fruitfulness emphasizing the many Biblical truths that we learn through our knowledge of plant life. “For every tree is known by its own fruit…” (Luke 6:44); “He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly…” (2 Cor. 9:6); “…whatever a man sows, that he will also reaps…” (Galatians 6:7—8).…”Every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.” (Matt. 7:17). “The grass withers, the flower fades: but the word of our God stands forever (Isaiah 40:7).
The school is recycling aluminum cans and paper as part of their conservation program. The children are taught that conservation of natural resources is part of man’s responsibility to God. The Bible plainly teaches that pollution is the result of man’s sin. “The earth also is defiled under its inhabitants, because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant. Therefore the curse has devoured the earth, and those who dwell in it are desolate…” (Isaiah 24:5—6). We must recognize that god is still the owner of the earth; however, men are God’s stewards over it.