Monthly Archives: January 2015

Addition and subtraction

Re: Verse reading—John 15:1-17 (day six) “He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit.  Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more”–v 2.  “The Lord was ADDING to their number day by day those who … Continue reading

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Asking

Re: Verse reading—John 15:1-17 (day five)  Vs. 7- If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. What a strange statement.  “Ask whatever you wish, and it … Continue reading

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Abide in Me

Re: Verse reading—John 15:1-17 (day four)  Verse 4 – “Abide in Me, and I in you.  As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.”  If … Continue reading

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Capable

Re: Verse reading—John 15:1-17 (day three)  “I chose you.”  Every action that a person carries out takes place in a world in which God has already acted.  Before anyone else loved the world, God loved the world, John tells us … Continue reading

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The Gardener

Re: Verse reading–John 15:1-17 (day two) I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. I am a … Continue reading

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Loyalty like His

Re: Verse reading–John 15:1-17 (day one)  “Abide in me as I abide in you”–v 4.  It is a two-sided loyalty.  He abides in us.  Never leaves.  Never abandons out of frustration from our doubts and resistance.  He stays.  He abides.  And … Continue reading

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Heaven help us

Re: Verse reading–John 14:1-14 (day seven) “Do not let your hearts be troubled.  Believe in God, believe also in me”–v 1.  Truth is practical.  Knowing it, holding it in your mind has a positive, powerful effect.  In the midst of … Continue reading

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I am.

Re: Verse reading–John 14:1-14 (day six) “I am the way, and the truth, and the life”–v 6.  There is no “I” in team.  It is, therefore, a heads-up to the uniqueness of Christ that He so often makes “I am” statements.  Christ is … Continue reading

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New Chapters

Re: Verse reading–John 14:1-14 (day five) I see it every year as Youth Minister- parents and students processing and adjusting to new coming chapters (graduation, middle school, high school).  I also see people entering new chapters at weddings, funerals, retirements, … Continue reading

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Relationships

Re: Verse reading–John 14:1-14 (day four)  For several chapters, Jesus has been talking about relationships…relationships between man and man, between man and God, between Jesus and God.  Relationships that are characterized by love, service, and unity.  In chapter 14, He … Continue reading

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