Grafted In

Grafted In

When I was a teenager, I had a close friend who was adopted. He had been told about his adoption when he was just a child, but didn’t fully process what it meant until he was much older.His adoptive parents showered him with love and affection, provided security and...
Created to Bear Fruit

Created to Bear Fruit

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.”—John 15:1-2 Pruning is a horticultural practice involving selective...
Abide in Jesus

Abide in Jesus

“Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 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 15:3-4, ESV In the movie Knight and Day, Tom Cruise...
Connected to Christ

Connected to Christ

I enjoy fruit. I enjoy pineapple, strawberries, blueberries, apples, and oranges—the list goes on and on. I just enjoy fruit. But I don’t always like to think about fruit from my life, because I rarely consider it correctly.For instance, when I finish preaching to an...
The Vine and Branches

The Vine and Branches

“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.”—John 15:5 There is a forest across the street from our home. It is dense with trees, bushes and vines. I have never seen any fruit...
Fruitful Women

Fruitful Women

As I look at the grape arbor in my backyard, heavy with grape clusters, shaded by large leaves, and old gnarled branches intertwined with young tender green branches, it reminds me of the many fruitful women I have known in my life, who ministered in both big and...