Category Archives: The Vine and the Branches

Hey, Big Shot!! You’ll Never Be As Big As Jesus…But It’s Okay!!

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Psalm 145:3

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;   

His greatness no one can fathom.”

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Colossians 1:15-18

The Son is the image of the invisible God,

the firstborn over all creation.

For in Him all things were created:

things in Heaven and on earth,

visible and invisible,

whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;

all things have been created through Him and for Him.

He is before all things,

and in Him all things hold together.

And He is the head of the body, the church;

He is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead,

so that in everything He might have the supremacy.”

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John 15:5

“I am the vine;

you are the branches.

If you remain in Me

and I in you,

you will bear much fruit;

apart from Me you can do nothing.”

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I could move to Hollywood
Get my teeth capped, I know I could
Be a big star on the silver screen
Just like James Dean, I could be a star
I could climb the corporate ladder
Buy, sell, and liquidate
Maybe be just like the Beatles
Melodic, rocking heavyweights
I could learn to sing and dance
If I only had a chance
I could be a big rock star

I could be anything I wanted to
I could be anything, but one thing’s true

Never gonna be as big as Jesus
Never gonna hold the world in my hand
Never gonna be as big as Jesus
Never gonna build a promised land
But that’s alright, it’s okay with me

I could build a tower to Heaven
Get on top and touch the sky
I could write a million songs
All designed to glorify
I could be about as good
Good as any human could
But that won’t get me by

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You’re never gonna be as BIG as Jesus!!

So don’t even try…

You can’t top Him!

You can’t out-give Him!

Don’t try to do His job in your life…

Or be God in someone else’s life…

He’s God…

You’re not!!

It’s OK…

  Your job from the Father isn’t as hard as the Son’s!!

Whew!

How liberating…

And such a relief!!

Hey, just say it…

“I’m not as big as Jesus!!”

It’s OK…

I’m not either…

No one is!

We don’t need to be…

And we can be okay with that!

We need a BIG God!

Jesus is your Superhero!!

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Luke 4:14-21

“Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit,

and news about Him spread through the whole countryside.

He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised Him.

He went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up,

and on the Sabbath day He went into the synagogue, as was his custom.

He stood up to read,

and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to Him.

Unrolling it, He found the place where it is written:

The Spirit of the Lord is on Me,
    because He has anointed Me
    to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
    and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.

Then He rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down.

The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on Him.

He began by saying to them,

Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’”

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Revelation 22

“Look, I am coming soon!

My reward is with Me,

and I will give to each person according to what they have done.

I am the Alpha and the Omega,

the First and the Last,

the Beginning and the End.”

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Amen!

“Marked By Our Past…Transformed By Love!”

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We are a small group of people humbled by the love of Jesus,”

Read the entire Denison Forum Cultural Commentary on Truth and Culture,

Tattooed Jesus:  Blasphemy or Blessing?

http://www.denisonforum.org/cultural-commentary/856-tattooed-jesus-blasphemy-or-blessing#jesus-tattoo-video

To form your own opinion!!!

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Saved!!!

Accepted

Free

Loved

Trusting

Holiness

Joy

Redeemed

Set Free

Purpose

Cherished

Brave

Humble

Peace

Confident

Child of the One True God!!!!

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No longer…

Outcast

Addicted

Jealous

Fearful

Sin

Hurt

Mistake

Scarred

Worthless

Invisible

Coward

Self-Righteous

Strife

Depressed

Lost!!!!!!

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1 Peter 2:21-25

“To this you were called,

because Christ suffered for you,

leaving you an example,

that you should follow in His steps.

 ‘He committed no sin,   

and no deceit was found in His mouth.

When they hurled their insults at Him,

He did not retaliate;

when He suffered,

He made no threats.

Instead,

He entrusted Himself to Him who judges justly.

‘He Himself bore our sins’

in His body on the Cross,

so that we might die to sins

and live for righteousness;

‘by His wounds you have been healed.”

For ‘you were like sheep going astray,

but now you have returned to the

Shepherd and Overseer

of your souls.”

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Isaiah 53:5

“But He was pierced for our transgressions,   

He was crushed for our iniquities;

the punishment that brought us peace was on Him,   

and by His wounds we are healed.”

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1 Peter 1:18-19

“For you know that it was not with perishable things

such as silver or gold

that you were redeemed from the empty way of life

handed down to you from your ancestors,

but with the precious blood of Christ,

a lamb without blemish or defect.”

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1 Peter 3:18

“For Christ also suffered once for sins,

the righteous for the unrighteous,

to bring you to God.

He was put to death in the body

but made alive in the Spirit.”

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Thank you, Jesus…

For taking the marks of my past on Your body…

And transforming me…

 With Your amazing love!!

I’m humbled!!!

Amen!

Lord, Whenever Needed: Undo What I’ve Become!!

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You have my permission!!

Whatever it takes!

If it doesn’t line up with Your Word…

Or Your plan for my life…

I’ll need an…

Undo!”

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1 John 1:9

“If we confess our sins,

He is faithful and just

and will forgive us our sins

and purify us

from all unrighteousness.”

Been here before, and again…

At the door, please let me back in…

I’m known to be a prodigal…

Please, Lord…

Turn me around…

Pick me up

Undo what I’ve become!

Back to the place…

Of forgiveness and grace!

Need You…

Need Your help…

Can’t do this myself

I know…

You’re the Only One who can undo…

What I’ve become!

Focused on the score…

Could never win…

Tried to ignore…

Hiding my sin

Hypocrite…

Lead me back…

To You!

Through forgiveness and grace!!

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2 Corinthians 5:17

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,

the new creation has come:

The old has gone,

the new is here!”

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Hebrews 10:17

“Then He adds:

‘Their sins and lawless acts   

I will remember no more.’”

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Psalm 103:11

“…as far as the east is from the west,   

so far has He removed our transgressions from us.”

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Hebrews 4:16

“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence,

so that we may receive mercy

and find grace

to help us in our time of need.”

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Oh, Lord…

This is where I belong…

With You!!

Amen!

When God Ran

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Luke 15:20

“So he got up and went to his father.

“But while he was still a long way off,

his father saw him

and was filled with compassion for him;

he ran to his son,

threw his arms around him

and kissed him.”

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Almighty God…

The Great I Am…

Immoveable Rock…

Omnipotent…

Powerful!!

Awesome Lord…

Victorious Warrior

Mighty Conqueror…

Commanding King of Kings!!

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Yes, He’s Our Almighty God!

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And the only time…

The only time…

I ever saw Him run…

Was when…

He ran to me…

Took me in His arms, held my head to His chest

And said, “My son’s come home again.”

Looked in my face, wiped the tears from my eyes

With forgiveness in His voice

He said “Son, do you know I still love you?”

It caught me by surprise when God ran!

The day I left home…

I knew I’d broken His heart

I wondered if

Things would ever be the same…

Then one night…

I remembered His love for me

And down that dusty road, ahead I could see…

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I saw Him running to me!

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It dropped me to my knees…

When God ran…

Holy God…

Righteous One

Who turned my way

Now I know…

You’ve been waiting

For this day!

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When I would run back to You!!

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Luke 15:24

“For this son of mine

was dead

and is alive again;

he was lost and is found.’

So they began to celebrate.”

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If you find yourself in a “pig pen”

Eating what the pigs eat…

Remember the House of your Father…

Come to yourself…

Your Father’s servants have plenty to eat…

Humble yourself…

Get up and go back home!

Your Merciful Father will see you…

And run to you!!

Your Heavenly Father will take you back!

The door is always open to a repentant heart!

The banquet table is ready!

The royal robes are ready!

You will be received by the King!

Rejoice!!

With those who have never left the Father’s House…

Who know that everything He owns is theirs…

Who have known His Abundant Grace…

All along…

It’s time to celebrate!

The lost has been found!!

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Amen!

God, Can You Hear Our Cries to YOU???

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‘Cause We Need You NOW!!!

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Psalm 57:2

“I cry out to God Most High,   

to God

who will fulfill His purpose for me.”

Psalm 84:2

“My soul yearns, even faints,   

for the courts of the Lord;

my heart and my flesh cry out   

for the Living God.”

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Psalm 88:1

“O Lord, God of my salvation;   

I cry out day and night before You.”

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What’s your story?

Wounded?

Need to be healed?

Yes!

Believe there’s beauty here…

Even when you’re tired of holding on…

Don’t let go…

Move on…

There’s meaning here!

God, how many times have You heard us cry out…

“God please take this?”

How many times have You given us strength…

To just keep breathing?

Oh, Lord, we need You…

God, we need You now!

On a road we didn’t plan

How did we get here?

Help us…

Hear Your still small voice…

Above all the noise…

In the shadows…

We’re so afraid

Please…

Stay right beside us…

With us…

Every single step we take!

We need You!

We need You NOW!!!

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Even Jesus cried out to YOU!

Hebrews 5:7

“During the days of Jesus’ life on earth,

He offered up prayers

and petitions

with fervent cries and tears

to the One who could save Him from death,

and He was heard because of His reverent submission.”

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Lord, hear our cries, also!

We can’t make it on our own!!

Lord, never tire of our cries to You!!!

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Psalm 50:15

“…and call on Me in the day of trouble;   

I will deliver you,

and you will honor Me.”

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Psalm 34:17

“The righteous cry out,

and the Lord hears them;   

He delivers them from all their troubles.”

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Ahhhh…

God’s Peace…

Amen!

“Some Fell On Rocky Places…”

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(All the photos on this post were taken by my sister, Tina!)

Matthew 13:5-6

Some (seed) fell on rocky places,

where it did not have much soil.

It sprang up quickly,

because the soil was shallow.

But when the sun came up,

the plants were scorched,

and they withered because they had no root.”

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 Matthew 13:13-17

Though seeing, they do not see;   

though hearing,

they do not hear or understand.

In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah:

‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding;   

you will be ever seeing but never perceiving.

For this people’s heart has become calloused;   

they hardly hear with their ears,   

and they have closed their eyes.

Otherwise they might see with their eyes,   

hear with their ears,   

understand with their hearts

and turn,

and I would heal them.’

But blessed are your eyes because they see,

and your ears because they hear.

For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people

longed to see what you see

but did not see it,

and to hear what you hear

but did not hear it.”

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Matthew 13:18-23

“Listen then to what the parable of the sower means:

When anyone hears the message about the Kingdom

and does not understand it,

the evil one comes and snatches away what

was sown in their heart.

This is the seed sown along the path.

The seed falling on rocky ground

refers to someone who hears the Word

and at once receives it with joy.

But since they have no root,

they last only a short time.

When trouble or persecution

comes because of the Word,

they quickly fall away.

The seed falling among the thorns

refers to someone who hears the Word,

but the worries of this life

and the deceitfulness of wealth

choke the Word,

making it unfruitful.

But the seed falling on good soil

refers to someone who hears the Word

and understands it.

This is the one who produces a crop,

yielding a hundred,

sixty 

or thirty times what was sown.”

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Don’t let your heart become calloused!

Open your eyes to

See...

Open your ears to…

Hear the Word

Open your heart to…

Understand the Word

Turn to the Lord…

He will Heal…

So you can be Fruitful

and…

Produce a Crop!!

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Amen!

Yes, I Am

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Who Are You, Lord????

John 8:56-58

“Your father Abraham

rejoiced at the thought of seeing My day;

he saw it and was glad.”

“You are not yet fifty years old,”

they said to Him,

“and you have seen Abraham!”

“Very truly I tell you,”

Jesus answered,

“before Abraham was born,

I Am!”

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Think about it…

He Is…

Maker of the Heaven  

Bright and Morning Star  

Breath of all Creation

Who Always Was

And Is To Come

One Who Walked on Water  

One Who Calmed the Seas  

Miracles and Wonders

So Come and See

And follow Him

You will know

Fount of Living Water
Risen Son of Man
Healer of the Broken

And When You Cry…

Your Savior and Redeemer
Who Bore the Sins of Man
The Author and Perfecter
Beginning and the End

He Is

Spirit Deep Inside You
Word Upon Your Heart
One Who Even Knew You

Before Your Birth
Before You Were

Before the Earth
The Universe
In Every Heart

Where You Are
The Lord of Love
The King of Kings
The Holy Lamb

Above All Things!

Yes, He Is!

Almighty God Your Father
Risen Son of Man
Healer of the Broken

And When You Cry…

Your Savior and Redeemer
Who Bore the Sins of Man
The Author and Perfecter
Beginning and the End

He Is

Right there beside you!!

Amen!

Comforting, huh???

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