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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Love Like Jesus–Pray Like Jesus: Chapter 19

Firefighters In Smoke by Ross Beckley - CCToday’s post is from my new book Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus). Last Saturday we posted Chapter 18: Jesus And AngerLove Like Jesus is due to be published later this year.

Trapped

“The Grange”, as the locals called it, was a large retail store and warehouse that sold agricultural supplies on South Pacific Highway in Medford, Oregon. It was on fire. Right around 3 AM, Bob Paulson and two of his crewmates dragged a hose line through an open bay door and disappeared into the thick black smoke. Because of that smoke they could see only a few feet in front of them. So they were feeling their way, peering through the darkness, looking for any sign of light from the flames that waited for them inside. Everything was typical of a commercial structure fire so far, with one exception, the flames they were looking for couldn’t be found. They could feel the heat, there was dense smoke, but they couldn’t locate the source. Continue reading

Chapter 15: Love Like Jesus–Don’t Love Everyone The Same

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Today’s post is from my new book Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus). Last Saturday we posted Chapter 14: Love Like Jesus–Give Like JesusLove Like Jesus is due to be published later this year.

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Chapter 2: Love The Unlovable — From the new book Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus)

Love Like Jesus -- Socialize with Sinners InfluenceToday’s post is from my new book Love Like Jesus: How Jesus Loved People (and how you can love like Jesus).

It’s the second chapter from Part 2 — Words of Caution.

Last Saturday we posted Part 1, Chapter 1 — Imitating Jesus

Love Like Jesus is due to be published in 2018.

Chapter 2: Love The Unlovable

And the scribes of the Pharisees, when they saw that he was eating with sinners and tax collectors, said to his disciples, “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” And when Jesus heard it, he said to them, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.” (Mark 2:16-17)

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Things I Heard In Church: Thanksgiving (and the opposite of thanksgiving)

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Complaining About A Tesla

One time, just for fun, I test drove a Tesla. I had it in autopilot mode on the U.S. 26 freeway in Portland, Oregon where I live. It was pretty amazing but I was surprised at my own disappointment when the Tesla rep., sitting in the seat next to me, explained that the car wouldn’t permit you to take your hands off the wheel for more than a few seconds.

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Deep Sorrow’s Fruit

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Tears by Chris Elt

“Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? ‘Father, save me from this hour’? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.”

John 12:27-28

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My Friend Just Died, And This Is What His Daughter Wrote

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My friend David Serry just died. This is what his daughter Amy wrote.

My dad died last night.

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The Most Valuable Thing On Earth

Earth in Gods HandOver the years I’ve come to realize, the most valuable thing on earth among humankind is a love for Jesus.