Complete Dependence, Constant Connection

John 15:1-2 – I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. A disciple bears fruit for Christ.  God repeatedly used a vine as a symbol of…

Eager to Share

John 1:40-42 – One of the two who heard John speak, and followed Him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his own brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated, the Christ). And he brought him to Jesus. A disciple brings others to Christ.  Andrew met Jesus…

Heart Full of Joy

Psalm 33:1 – Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous; for praise from the upright is beautiful.  God’s people are called to rejoice in Him.  To rejoice is to feel or show great joy or delight. An upright person is one without deception (Psalm 32:2), is full of the integrity of heart, and is the…

A Guarded Heart

Philippians 4:6-7 – Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. A disciple prays about everything.  To be anxious for nothing is a command,…

Channel of Blessing

1 Peter 4:11 – As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. Every one of us has received gifts from God.  Peter reminds his readers that each one is to minister their gift as good stewards. A steward is one who manages or…

Worship and Gratitude

Ephesians 5:18 – 20 – And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the…

Stir Up

Hebrews 10:24-25 – And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. Discouragement is real, we all experience it.  To ‘stir up’…

Audience of One

2 Timothy 2:15 – Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. To be diligent is to have or show care and conscientiousness in one’s work or duties. To do what you do well and thoroughly. Paul urges Timothy to…