Yesterday was a travel day for us, so I wasn’t able to post readings for Saturday.
Psalm 87, 90, 136
1 Cor. 10:1-13
Ps. 66, 67, 19, 46
While I know it’s a need in my life to slow down when I read, it doesn’t happen enough. I slow down when reading Scripture, but when I read other books I hustle through too quickly. Continue reading “The abundance of his presence”
5 “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. Continue reading “Asking in prayer is no good…”
60 On hearing it, many of his disciples said, “This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?”
61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about this, Jesus said to them, “Does this offend you?” (John 6:60-61)
Continue reading “Jesus will invade your “safe place””
Here are the BIG questions I am tackling this week as I prepare for Sunday’s message:
Why are you in church?
Why are you calling yourself a Christian?
Why do you claim to follow Christ?
John 6 will be my text. As we continue in our MULTIPLY series, and then with that look toward Lent, these are HUGE questions Jesus has for those who “follow” him.
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. (John 15:4)
24 Truly, truly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. 25 Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. 26 If anyone serves me, he must follow me; and where I am, there will my servant be also. If anyone serves me, the Father will honor him. (John 12:24-26)
The source of life for others comes in the death of some seed. Something had to die. Pride. Ego. Even a literal life laid down. Something was surrendered. Something was given over. Something died.
When I will live out the fullness of Rom. 12:1-2 and put my life on the line every day, willing to allow death to my own systems, there is the possibility of multiplication. What am I willing to do? Not for MY life, but for the life of the Kingdom?