July 15th

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Gardeners, Jesus is talking our language! Because I'm a huge gardener (my husband and I actually grow a few grapes and a bunch of other stuff), John 15:1-17 makes so much sense to me. It lays out a vivid description and an explanation of how vital it is for us to remain in Christ (stay connected and growing in Him). I find it rich with meaning and instruction.

So how about a couple of things to consider? What does the vine do for the branch? And how does that play into the branch (you and me) bearing fruit? Tami W.

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I am having trouble right now staying connected to the vine. I wonder though if it is that I have focused too much on the things going on in this world and not on GOD. The main thing I got from reading theses verses plus further on is that I must keep doing what Jesus commands. I think that sometimes that the only commandments that I must keep are just the "ten" and then I forget all the other of Jesus'teachings. If I get too far from the vine I find myself in a mess of weeds and then my life becomes a struggle. Then my witness to others becomes less effective esspecially if they are not around to see me get back in touch with the Vine and corrected by the keeper of the vine.

Tami:

I must agree with you that the image used by Jesus in this passage is perfectly clear. For me, I believe the vine is essential for the life and nourishment of the branch. A branch firmly attached to the vine stays moist, supple, and healthy. Such a branch will bear good fruit and is very difficult to burn. A branch not attached to the vine soon drys up and is quickly consumed by fire. When I do landscaping, if I find a branch of a vine growing where I do not want it, I simply cut it off from the vine and it dies. In my own experience, I know if I allow myself to stray very far from Jesus and the Word of God, I begin to feel spiritually dry. I thank you for bringing this passage to my heart today. God bless you and your ministry.

I love this scripture. It makes me think of myself as having to attach myself to Jesus. If I don't stay attached (meaning studying, reading, praying, worshiping daily with God) it's like the vine is not getting watered.

If I'm not totally attached, watered and exposed to sunlight then I'll never produce as much as the vine is supposed to.

How clever of Jesus to teach us in ways that allow us to visualize His point. This "vine and branch" illustration is something we can relate to; something we can grab ahold of and understand. I, too, can only grow and abide in Him if I stay connected closely to the vine. It's amazing how much stronger I feel in Him if I make spending time in the Word and prayer a top priority before I ever leave my house in the morning. He is my Bread of Life!

I can relate to what Bill is saying. I have focused on what our govt leaders are doing to this country and it can cause a lot of anxiety. I recently heard a sermon that has helped me. God has been telling me not to focus on the news and to focus on Him.

In the sermon, the pastor related his message on

Phil 4:8 whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

I believe that if we can get our mind away from our circumstances and fixed on Jesus Christ, He will work out all things for our benefit, and, as a result, draw closer to the vine.

Robert D.

Sometimes it's really that simple, isn't it? I feel a little stupid for not thinking of this myself/earlier, though.

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