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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
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. more »
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.
Did I make that link big enough? I didn’t want you to miss it. more »
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 more »
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. more »
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? more »
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! more »
I love BlueLetterBible.com!
The Blue Letter Bible (BLB) is as valuable to my Bible study as my pen — and I love my pen.
(That’s “the pen” in the photo above. It’s the Zebra nuSpiral CC Ballpoint Pen – 0.7 mm — my favorite pen for writing very small, clean lines in the margins. That was a Bible Study Tip freebie for you.)
When I study a chapter of the Bible, I first read through it carefully in my Bible word by word, phrase by phrase and make my own personal notes with my awesome pen.
My studying will often produce questions I can’t answer, so I turn to my current favorite resource: BlueLetterBible.com. Plus I like to read what the professionals have to say anyway.
What’s so great about The Blue Letter Bible? more »
My copy of Robertson McQuilkin’s book
Understanding and Applying the Bible is here!
From the back of the book:
Why do even the sincerest students of God’s Word sometimes find it dry or confusing? Too often, Robertson McQuiklin suggests, it’s because they don’t know how to read it.
In his classic introduction to Bible study, McQuilkin shows everyday believers how to navigate the Bible’s genres and plumb its thought structures with accuracy, experiencing afresh living encounters with the inspired Word.
Newly revised and updated, Understanding and Applying the Bible, also examines the most common errors in Bible reading.
In the end, McQuilkin maintains Scripture can be understood by anyone, simply by following a set of straightforward and time-tested principles.
So come, dive deeply into God’s Word . . .
To order or read more about it, click on this link below:
The Blue Letter Bible website provides numerous study tools in one place. Here are just a few tools available:
- Daily Bible Reading Plans
- Daily Devotionals
- Scripture Index
- Bible Commentaries
- Harmony of the Gospels
- Bible Dictionaries
- Bible Encyclopedias
What interests me most, however, is what happens when you type in a Bible verse and hit “search.”
You’re taken to the verse (and all those around it), and then with a simple click on the actual verse in question, you’ll see the original Greek or Hebrew, it’s meaning, and pronunciation.
Another click away and you’re given the option to check out the verse in various translations, cross-references, numerous commentaries on the verse, and a Bible dictionary.
There’s much more to this site that I’m only now discovering. If you’d like to visit the site, click on the link below:
Check out the beautiful photography of Kaitlyn Barkley.
Every time I visit Kaitlyn’s site, I lose my breath all over again.
Kaitlyn passionately captures nature as she travels through life, and tells a story through the people in her works. I wanted to share her beautiful work with you. Please share this website with everyone you know.
I want to introduce to you one of my favorite blogs:
On my blog, you’ll find one of her encouraging posts: When Your Soul Is Drowning.
When I use the word encouraging about Lori, I have to stress that, really, she’s more than encouraging…she embodies the full meaning of the word. She IS encouraging. Almost like God IS love…Lori IS encouraging. I can already hear Lori correcting me,
“It’s not me, Jean! It’s just the encouragement of the Holy Spirit in me that you see.”
Well, if that isn’t encouraging, then I don’t know what is! So, please visit Lori’s website daily for a soothing dose of encouragement.
About Lori Hatcher
- Lori, A happy transplant from Bristol, Rhode Island, Lori has called South Carolina home for over 32 years. She is the editor of South Carolina’s Reach Out, Columbia magazine, a veteran homeschooler, dental hygienist, and freelance writer. Her book, Joy in the Journey — Encouragement for Homeschooling Moms is available through Lulu.com.