Pruning

Pruning is selective removal of plant parts. Jesus’ words haunt me: I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that bears fruit, He prunes (Why?!) so it may bear more fruit. And: you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him bears much fruit (John 15:1, 2, 5) of more people more glorifying and praising Jesus as their saving Lord. Expected pain fiercely resists pruning. Hope of better fruit in Jesus welcomes it. It’s as if Jesus is saying to us: Off with our opinions.             On with My words! […]

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Mining

A miner sinks a shaft far from where people live. There he swings to and fro. No bird of prey has ever been there. The falcon’s sharp eyes have never caught sight of it. The mountain lion and wolf have never walked there. Why is he there? In its dust is gold, or precious stones or silver! The only living God says to seek wisdom as silver, and search for her as for hidden treasures; then you will discern the fear of the Lord, and discover the knowledge of God (Proverbs 2:4-5). God says that in Jesus are hidden all […]

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Spirit born

Jesus said (John 3:5-8) of wind: you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit. People driven by physical drives see some action of a guy in whom is God’s Spirit and may think: Where’d that come from?! Indeed, God’s word (Ro.6:4) records being buried with [Jesus] through baptism into death and raised to walk in newness of life. It doesn’t just happen. Let’s say a guy named Hank hears of God in Jesus governing life. It seems so hard to […]

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Our Shepherd

America’s Civil War ended in 1865. It had destroyed much of what had been built up over centuries. It crippled for life a very high portion of Americans. Another very high portion had been killed in terrible ways. So, the next 30 years were very hard. What got Americans through that hardship? For starters, they turned to 1 chapter in the Bible like never before. It may still be the world’s best-known Bible chapter. It’s easy to read in 45 seconds. Its poetry beauty is simple. Its reality is as mighty now as when it was written 3 millenniums ago: […]

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As I write, today is the 1st day of spring J I sense clues to desires to do rising up in myself and in other people. Just in time for that, Quentin Byers brought us a vital lesson from God’s Word (James 1:19-25) on Sunday. We have been misfits and rascals like many through whom Jesus had done well. He through this lesson guides our energies into doing what is right with Him: receptive, listening, picking the right words with care and being caring to just GET IT DONE! This church’s active, adult members will vote on calling Quentin to […]

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Select

People began giving themselves to Jesus as saving Lord by repenting, being baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of their sins, and receiving the gift of the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:38). They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer (2:42). The Lord was adding to their number day by day those who were being saved (2:47). When needs arose, Jesus’ apostles had the congregation select men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom to put in charge (6:3). So, our congregation’s […]

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Saving Time

Sunday afternoon, I went to visit a dear friend, old in every sense of the word. She and her husband first befriended me in Jesus 46½ years ago on my very first days I was living away from home. She has faithfully served our Lord Jesus throughout her lifetime in Christian morals, as daughter, as sister, as friend to many, as minister’s wife in whatever congregations her husband ministered to, as mother, as dorm mom as college cook, as house-mom for children separated from their parents and as piano accompanist for worshiping our Lord. I visited her so she could […]

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In Me

In me                                                             February 20, 2017 Imagine yourself saying: “As I give myself to Jesus, Christ lives in me”.Can you believe it?! That’s God’s word in Galatians 2:20. Jesus is in you walking through every doorway. Jesus is in you in riding every vehicle, eating every meal. Jesus is in you looking at each person so as to see that super creation in God’s likeness able to be on God’s frequency? Jesus is in you listening to a person for how Jesus is healing, or growing or correcting or blessing that person. Thus Jesus through you can thank God or pray […]

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Too mannerly

Say what? A Japanese saying (translated) is: Being too polite is impolite. 2 millenniums ago God’s word rebuked Christians: how is it that you desire to be enslaved all over again? You observe days (Galatians 4:9-10). It’s still true. I boasted that I spent more on Joyce this Valentines than ever. (Our washer failed, so I bought the one she wanted. It’s to come just in time for Valentines.) Of course, her income helped pay for it. A brother in Jesus also noted that I selfishly wanted to be sure she kept cleaning my clothes J Retailers push another holiday […]

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Winner

New England Patriot fans’ general excitement was: We did it: won the Super Bowl!!!  Of course, much more than fans, it was players who trained so hard and played so hard to do it. That makes it too easy to think: If I learn well these procedures and train hard on those proven technics, then I can take pride in my wins. Only, that didn’t work for all the other teams. What’s the alternative way to live? God’s word is: Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh? For you are […]

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