Jesus said, “Abide in Me, and I in you.” I said, “Huh?”

If you've ever wanted to understand Jesus' parable of the Vine and the Branches, you've found the right place. David Tryon explains it well. (www.JeanWilund.com)

Jesus said, “Abide in Me, and I in you.” I said, “Huh?”

Then He said, “I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).

That sounded important, yet still my response was, “Huh?”

Maybe if I’d lived on a vineyard in Italy this would’ve made sense, but I grew up outside of Atlanta, GA, better known for peaches, peanuts and red clay.

I couldn’t wrap my brain around how one could actually “abide in Christ.” Until . . . David Tryon and his article “The Vine and the Branches.”

Tryon made sense of this confusing, but life-changing truth.

I re-wrote all of it into more modern English, but I have no idea where it’s disappeared to, so I’m including the version my dear friend and mentor Grace gave me years ago.

Yes, this is long, but I didn’t want to leave any of it out for those of you who, like me, desperately want this truth to sink in and make a difference.

For those who don’t have the time to delve into this long article, I’ll be addressing this in much shorter clips soon, but please consider studying this. It changed me.

If God can use this to change me, why would He not do the same for you?  


 THE VINE AND THE BRANCHES

By

David Tryon

 

There are many Christians, struggling to live the Christian life, who have never discovered where the strength to live that life is to be found.

There are many earnest believers, young and old, who are continually being disappointed and cast down because they are finding their own resources so inadequate to meet the demands of real Christian living.

There are hundreds of Christians of all ages who are hungering and thirsting after a fuller, deeper life than that which they now experience. [Read more…]

Don’t Miss This Fascinating Interview with NFL Player Turned Doctor, Samkon Gado

Read the powerful story of Samkon Gado, who never let the facts interfere with the possibilities.

Read the powerful story of Samkon Gado, who never let the facts interfere with the possibilities.

When God wants to do something great, He begins with a difficulty. When He wants to do something amazing, He begins with an impossibility. 

Meet Samkon Gado.

Scott McCausey interviewed Samkon tonight on BlogTalkRadio.com. 

Click here for the link.

Did I make that link big enough? I didn’t want you to miss it. [Read more…]

Are You Hungry for God — Starving For Time? Here’s Your Answer

Devotional for Busy Women: Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time by Lori Hatcher (Buy it today!)

Devotional for Busy Women: Hungry for God . . . Starving for Time by Lori Hatcher (Buy it today!)

Busy women still need to eat, but sometimes a full-course meal doesn’t fit into the schedule.

A power bar will, though! 

Busy women also need to spend daily time at the feet of God in His Word, but sometimes that time doesn’ fit into the schedule either.

Hungry for God … Starving for Time, Five-Minute Devotions for Busy Women fits perfectly, though!

And it’s here just in time for Christmas gifts — and for your own busy Christmas season. 

When I asked Lori Hatcher, my friend, editor, and author of Hungry for God, Starving for Time, Five-Minute Devotion for Busy Women, if I could introduce you to her excellent devotional, she graciously sent me a copy of one of the devotions found in her book. 

It challenged and encouraged me — like the other devotions in her book.

Yes, I already have my copy! 

Enjoy this free sneak peek, and then check out her link below. Y [Read more…]

Enjoy Articles I’ve Written for Other Publications

Come on over to my site to see where else I've been writing.

See where else I’ve been writing.

 

I’ve been blessed to write articles for other wonderful publications. It occurred to me you might be interested in reading some of them.

Below is are links to the publications and my articles.

I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did writing them.  [Read more…]

Today’s Bible Study Tip — Ten Fingers for Handling God’s Word To Keep It Active & Alive

The Ten Fingers for Handling the Word of God.

The Ten Fingers for Handling the Word of God.

 

Have you ever said, “I just can’t seem to get excited about studying the Bible?”

Come on. I know you hate to confess it, too, but surely we’ve ALL uttered that feeling at one time or another.

In those times, the Word of God has become “dry as dust, dead in our hands.” 

How can that be? [Read more…]

Today’s Bible Study Tip #7 — Understanding The Big Story of the Bible

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I Love to Tell the Story Seminar @stronghandsenterprises.com

I remember where I was when I saw the Big Story of the Bible for the first time. 

Maybe you’re like me and grew up thinking the Bible is just a bunch of different stories involving God combined into one big book.

I had no idea it’s all one continuous story: The Story of Redemption — God redeeming man from sin and restoring him back into a relationship with Himself.

Of course I knew that the Bible teaches about God redeeming man, but I thought the story went like this: 

Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. A lot of other unrelated stuff happened for a long time, and then Jesus was born to redeem man from sin. Jesus went to heaven and will return one day. The End.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who thought this! [Read more…]