“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.
2 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.
3 Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. 4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.
5 I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
6 If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. 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.
12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.
13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you do what I command you. 15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.
16 You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.
17 These things I command you, so that you will love one another.
18 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you. 19 If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you. 20 Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours. 21 But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me. 22 If I had not come and spoken to them, they would not have been guilty of sin,[c] but now they have no excuse for their sin. 23 Whoever hates me hates my Father also. 24 If I had not done among them the works that no one else did, they would not be guilty of sin, but now they have seen and hated both me and my Father. 25 But the word that is written in their Law must be fulfilled: ‘They hated me without a cause.’
26 “But when the Helper comes, whom I will send to you from the Father, the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness about me. 27 And you also will bear witness, because you have been with me from the beginning.
And they were calling to one another: "Holy, holy, holy is the LORD Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory."
On Good Friday - How can we do less than consider Heaven - God's Gift and Promise to us?
God Displays to us small glimpses of His Glory.
When We Abide in HIM...
Consider a miracle occurring for the last 500 and more years involving Transubstantiation. The Church has been given ,and kept, the consecrated and Holy Host of the Living Bread of God. And in this century, these treasured Hosts of the Body of Christ, have finally been able to be tested. All the samples are AB Blood Type. We live in a unique time in history. Jesus is working and His Father too. And our great-grandparents never thought Israel would exist as a nation again after 2,000 years. We are the people who are fortunate to live through Good Friday, knowing Jesus triumphant on Easter. We are blessed. Thank God.
We pray our lives hold the actions & power of God. On Good Friday, we consider Jesus and what He has given His Life for - for you.
1. Believe God specifically creates us to live within His plan.
2. Believes in the success of our godly desires/lives, even with insurmountable circumstances.
3. Want to give God's love, to shepherd the people around them. Give love and care.
The idea of God Himself having gratitude - How can we do less than to be cultivators of gratitude. Realizing our lives are gifts.
Revelations tells us God's plan, from beginning to end.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God."
For “‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, “‘For we are indeed his offspring.’
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
Father God, each day, we put our hands out to You. Give us Your love to do the plan for us. Thank You, Father, Jesus intercedes for us and we have God who has lived life to know we need You to guide, give wisdom, encourage, strengthen, increase faith, Love and protect.
Blessed are You, Lord God. You have given us Life and today. In Your Goodness, we see each day have mercies renew. Our wonderful Jesus. We will live through the pain of Good Friday, knowing You provide Easter. We are blessed.
You alone are God. And this Holy Week and always we want to abide in the power, Love and willingness to the glory of Jesus Christ. Amen.