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Bearing Fruit


John 15 (HCSB) The Vine and the Branches 15 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vineyard keeper. 2 Every branch in Me that does not produce fruit He removes, and He prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it will produce more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. 4 Remain in Me, […]

A Grander Perspective


John 14:1-3 The Way to the Father 14 “Your heart must not be troubled. Believe[a] in God; believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many dwelling places;[b] if not, I would have told you. I am going away to prepare a place for you. 3 If I go away and prepare a place for you, I will come back and receive you to […]

Reflecting Jesus


Matthew 25:13-46 13 “Therefore be alert, because you don’t know either the day or the hour.[a] The Parable of the Talents 14 “For it is just like a man going on a journey. He called his own slaves and turned over his possessions to them. 15 To one he gave five talents;[b] to another, two; and to another, one—to each according […]



Matthew 6:19-33 (HCSB) God and Possessions 19 “Don’t collect for yourselves treasures[a] on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 22 “The eye is […]

Three Qualities of a Mature Christian


Philippians 1:9-11 (HCSB) 9 And I pray this: that your love will keep on growing in knowledge and every kind of discernment, 10 so that you can approve the things that are superior and can be pure and blameless in[a] the day of Christ, 11 filled with the fruit of righteousness that comes through Jesus Christ to the glory and praise of God. Footnotes: Philippians 1:10 Or until Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)Copyright […]

Focus on Jesus


Hebrews 12  Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) The Call to Endurance 12 Therefore, since we also have such a large cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us lay aside every weight and the sin that so easily ensnares us. Let us run with endurancethe race that lies before us, 2 keeping our eyes on Jesus,[a] the source and perfecter[b] of our […]

Who is Jesus?


Matthew 16:13-20  Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) Peter’s Confession of the Messiah 13 When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi,[a] He asked His disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?”[b] 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 “But you,” He asked them, “who […]

Against the Current

Matthew 14:22-32 Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB) Walking on the Water 22 Immediately He[a] made the disciples get into the boat and go ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowds. 23 After dismissing the crowds, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray. When evening came, He was there alone. 24 But the boat was […]

Our Spiritual Foundation


2 Samuel 22  David’s Song of Thanksgiving 22 David spoke the words of this song to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. 2 He said: The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, 3 my God, my mountain where I seek refuge. My shield, the horn of my salvation, my […]

Strength in our Church Family


James 5:13-20 13 Is anyone among you suffering? He should pray. Is anyone cheerful? He should sing praises. 14 Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the church, and they should pray over him after anointing him with olive oil in the name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick […]