Don’t Be Surprised By The Hate (11-08-20)

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John 15:18-27 It comes as no surprise that Jesus was polarizing. People loved Him one minute and hated Him the next. The disciples had a front-row seat to seeing this played out. As Jesus prepared them for the day when He would no longer be with them in person, He reminded them that the world will treat them the way …

You Have Been Chosen On Purpose (11-1-20)

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John 15:14-17 “I chose you.” These are the words of Jesus in verse 16. He speaks them to His disciples then, and He speaks them to us now. This word “chose” can also be translated as “picked up.” They are words of intentionality, they are words that evoke the picture of relationships.  They are words that carry great purpose, and …

Just Flow With It (10-25-20)

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John 15:9-13 One of the consistent characteristics of Jesus throughout the gospels is His love and joy and we see this theme again in his concluding words to the disciples. In verse 11 Jesus says, “I’ve told you these things so that you will be filled with my joy. Yes, your joy will overflow!” In the highs and lows, Jesus …

Don’t Be A Stick (10-18-20)

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John 15:6-8 In verse 6 Jesus says, “Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned.” Our Mantra is “Be the Branch” but the alternative is to be the stick that gets thrown in the burn pile. Jesus says if we are connected …

Ouch That Hurts (10-11-20)

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Bonsai trees can live hundreds of years, but they need intentional pruning that cuts bad and good for the better. The way of Jesus is a way of pruning, intentionality, and lifelong commitment revealing the value and distinction He makes in this world. When intentionally cared for, Bonsai trees can live hundreds of years. They are considered by many to …

Be The Branch (10-4-20)

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As you read through John 15 there is one word that keeps showing up. It’s the word “Remain”. It appears 11 times in 11 verses – it’s clear that Jesus doesn’t want us to miss this. The call to remain is a call to faithfulness, it’s a call to consistency, it’s a call for every one of us. The idea of this word is …