Connecting with Jesus (on Kurt and Kathy’s wedding anniversary)

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“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.”

John 15:4-5

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“Already you are clean…”

Bible Reading“Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.”

John 15:3

In the last few posts from the book of John we talked about how every branch that does bear fruit, he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. That word “prune” from last post’s text, in the original Greek, is the same word that’s used in today’s verse for the word “clean.”

I think cleaning is another way God can help us to become more fruitful. But I don’t think it’s an either or situation. To me it seems apparent that God uses both pruning, or taking things away from us (as we discussed in the last post from the book of John) to help us become more fruitful, and, He uses cleaning too. Continue reading

“So this is what it feels like to lose my mind.”

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“. . . every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.”

John 15:2

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Jesus Interrupted: Frustrations, Interruptions, and the Love of Christ

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So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days.

John 4:40

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He Is Risen

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“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!”

Luke 24:5-6

“He is risen.”

Optimisfits: Igniting a Fierce Rebellion Against Hopelessness — A Book Review

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Things I Heard In Church: Smooth Sailing Doesn’t Mean You’re In God’s Will

 

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“Where this controversy is concerned, I only know that I don’t want to find out the hard way which interpretation is correct.”

Vineyard Workers“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away . . .”

John 15:1-2

I’ve been researching these few verses today.

That Jesus is the true vine is irrefutable.

What Jesus means when he says that those branches which don’t bear fruit are “taken away” is debated among Bible teachers and scholars. The two English words “taken away”are communicated with one Greek word in the original, and that Greek word is airo. It usually means “to lift up”. Some scholars say Jesus means that if you don’t bear fruit you’ll be taken away. Others say if you don’t bear fruit you’ll be lifted up in a way that will help you to connect with the vine better, so you can begin to bear fruit. Continue reading

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Sharing Jesus

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The Purpose of Prophecy

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“And now I have told you before it takes place, so that when it does take place you may believe.”

–Jesus, John 14:29

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