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“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.” John 15:4   The purpose of a vine is to bear fruit through its branches. The quality and quantity of[...]

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During the past two months I’ve had many conversations with pastors and church members alike. It’s been interesting to hear the various ways churches handled the shutdown and to see the effect on their congregations. Many churches seem to fall into one of two categories right now - thriving or[...]

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“…every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.” John 15:2   Scripture sets the clear expectation that we are to grow in our relationship with Christ. Maturing spiritually is a life-long process, not a one-time growth spurt. Consequently, we should see a steady progression as we[...]

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I’ve been asked several times what I think post-pandemic life will look like. I don’t think there’s a one-size-fits-all answer to that question. Many people desire to go back to normal life, while others anticipate a new normal. Either way, this virus will undoubtedly have a cultural, social, and financial[...]

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“I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away;” John 15:1-2a   Today’s passage describes a sobering reality. Not every professing Christian is a genuine follower of Jesus Christ. Now, it’s not our job to determine who[...]

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“Therefore Jesus, lifting up His eyes and seeing that a large crowd was coming to Him, said to Philip, ‘Where are we to buy bread, so that these may eat?’ This He was saying to test him, for He Himself knew what He was intending to do.” John 6:5-6   Times of great need[...]

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“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.” Ephesians 6:10   The command to “be strong” is found over and over in the Bible. Of course, human strength has limits. Our resolve can begin to fade as difficult circumstances linger. That’s why Paul didn’t put[...]

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As our country approaches post-quarantine life, I’m noticing a shortage of sound critical thinking. Rather than objectively analyzing the issues, many Americans are just reacting to salacious headlines. It’s no secret that most news organizations try to influence more than inform. They’ve politicized every issue for years, presenting their point[...]

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“Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I shall rescue you, and you will honor Me.” Psalm 50:15   Praying in times of trouble involves a greater sense of urgency than our everyday prayers. Too often, though, we’re just looking for a quick rescue from our distress so we[...]

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