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Weekly Devotional - March 9, 2017

“Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:2) Scripture Reading – Matthew 25:14-30 In John 15:2, we see a progression taking place from those who don’t bear fruit, to those who do bear fruit, and finally to those who bear much fruit. This verse teaches an important principle. Since Christ is working in us so that we bear much fruit, we should not be satisfied with only some fruit. Christ desires that we continue to grow and bear fruit to become more like Him. Satisfaction with what we have done can threaten our faith and growth. In the Book of Judges, the people of Dan wanted to attack th

Weekly Devotional - March 15, 2017

“Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you.” (John 15:3) Scripture Reading – I John 3:1-10 Many Christians are filled with doubts. These doubts come from Satan who fills our minds with lies. The Apostle Peter describes Satan as our adversary (1 Pet. 5:8). Satan is opposed to Christ and is working diligently to destroy our faith and render us fruitless in our Christian lives. Throughout the day, Satan is tempting us to sin. He puts thoughts in our minds, so that we will disobey God, and lies to us saying that there will be no consequences for our sin. This is exactly what Satan did with Adam and Eve when he told them, “You will not surely die” (Gen. 3:4). Similarl

Weekly Devotional - March 1, 2017

“Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit.” (John 15:2) Scripture Reading – Philippians 2:12-18 Every branch receives attention from the Father, the vinedresser. When the machete is swung at the branch, certainly pain will be experienced. Some branches will be completely cut off and thrown away, because they have rejected Christ. Others will be pruned, because they have faith in Christ. Being pruned by the Father means experiencing some pain in order to grow. If we truly want more fruit in our lives, then we must surrender ourselves to the Father. Blessed are the believers who understand that the F

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