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Abide in the Vine

John 15

Abide in the Vine | Part 4

April 24, 2022 • Matt Ballard • John 15:12–21

Abide in the Vine | Part 3

April 10, 2022 • Matt Ballard • John 15:7–11

7 If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. 8 By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples. 9 As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. 11 These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.

Abide in the Vine | Part 2

April 3, 2022 • John 15:4–6

Confession: Holy and gracious Father, we are gathered before you, the maker of heaven and earth, whose chosen dwelling place is with the broken and contrite, to confess that we have sinned in thought and word and deed. We have not loved you with all our hearts and souls, we have not loved you with all our minds and strength; we have not even loved our neighbors as ourselves. In your mercy, deepen our sorrow for the wrong we have done and for the good we have left undone, so that we may hate our sin with a holy hatred. But, please Father, do not leave us in sorrow. With you, O Lord, there is forgiveness. In your mercy, restore the joy of our salvation, so that we may love you with a holy love. Amen. Assurance of Pardon: “Come, let us return to the Lord; for he has torn us, that he may heal us; he has struck us down, and he will bind us up; on the third day he will raise us up, that we may live before him. Let us know; let us press on to know the Lord; he will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth.” From Hos. 6

Abide in the Vine | Part 1

March 27, 2022 • Matt Ballard • John 15:1–5

It is in vain, O men, that you seek within yourself the cure for all your miseries” -Blaise Pascal “I wonder what would happen to most churches and Christian work if we awoke tomorrow and everything concerning the reality and work of the Holy Spirit and everything concerning prayer were removed from the Bible.... actually cut out- disappeared. I wonder how much difference it would make? I honestly don’t think it would make much difference in many board meetings, decisions, activities, or even individual lives” Francis Schaeffer My loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside. He dug it up and cleared it of stones and planted it with the choicest vines. He built a watchtower in it and cut out a winepress as well. Then he looked for a crop of good grapes, but it yielded only bad fruit. Isaiah 5 I asked God for strength, that I might achieve; I was made weak, that I might learn humbly to obey. I asked for health, that I might do greater things; I was given infirmity, that I might do better things. I asked for riches, that I might be happy; I was given poverty, that I might be wise. I asked for power, that I might have the praise of men; I was given weakness, that I might feel the need of God. I asked for all things, that I might enjoy life; I was given life, that I might enjoy all things. I got nothing that I asked for, but everything I hoped for. Almost despite myself, my unspoken prayers were answered. I am among all men most richly blessed. —Anonymous