The Secret Of Life

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“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.”

John 15:12-13

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How To Live The Big Abundant Life Jesus Wants For You

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If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

John 15:7-11

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What Happens To Unfruitful Branches

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If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned.

John 15:6

The Meaning Of Fire

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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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