I’ve noticed something over the years about people. People enjoy friendship. In fact, people crave true, lasting and deep relationship through their friendships. Are friends that difficult to find? There’s a bit of a mystery involved in finding a friend. It’s sort of like the attraction between a man and a woman where they meet,…

Have you ever run out of gas? It’s inconvenient at best and certainly frustrating if your day isn’t already going so well. Some people can take it in stride and just keep on going, by calling road side assistance and patiently waiting for the gas to show up. I like those kind of resilient people,…

Apparently, God is really happy with us when our lives produce much fruit. In fact Jesus even said that this is how the Father is glorified! So how do we produce more fruit and then “much fruit”? Allow me to illustrate by referring to my apple trees. I planted two new trees about three years…

The first truth we’ve established is that you and I are branches (figuratively speaking). From what I can read into what Jesus said it appears that we have two jobs or functions. Job number one is to just hang in there. It really is that simple! Jesus referred to it as “abiding” or “remain”. As…

The Kingdom order has been set. Jesus is the Vine and we are the branches. If we can get this one concept straight then I believe we can move forward and live out a powerfully victorious and meaningful life. The role of the Vine needs to be clear. Jesus (The True Vine) is the source…

She asks him a really important question about an upcoming event and the response she gets is, “Oh sure, why not … ooohh! They missed!” Obviously, quite connected to this all-important game, that he couldn’t pull himself away from for even a moment, he then asks, “Hey, honey can you bring me another coffee?” This…

“Ouch, that hurt!” If plants could talk they may tell us when being pruned was not so much fun. Well, God has a process of pruning us as His children. We are somewhat resistant to the pruning process, but it truly is for our benefit and for His glory. Wanna know one of the ways…

As we looked down row after row of well manicured grape vines, we noticed a stately looking gentleman coming toward us. He was dressed quite sharply, wearing an older style driving cap, hair and beard neatly trimmed and he was carrying a pair of pruning shears. Noticing our stare, our guide for the day said,…

“That’s Ugly!” she said, “Why are you so attached to it?” “Well, someone really important in my life gave it to me a long time ago and it helps me remember them with fondness!” Perhaps you’ve had a conversation like that sometime in your life. I’ve discovered we all have certain attachments in our lives…

After promising us help in the Person of the Helper Jesus also offered us another huge gift. In the last days Jesus told us that men’s hearts would fail them for fear. Trouble and stress on every side as we face life and the result is hearts filled with fear. Is there some kind of…