Withering off the Vine

 I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch …

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Hymns: “Be Thou My Vision”

  "Be Thou My Vision" is a well-known and well-loved hymn. Though it was originally written over 1400 years ago, it was not translated from its Old Irish text until the early 1900's. The hymn is attributed to a monk nicknamed Dallán Forgaill; the first name meant "blind one," though he supposedly regained his sight. …

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St. Patrick and the Great Commission

https://youtu.be/fg5ejLGEnZk Though the above video was written with children in mind, it summarizes Patrick's life fairly well. Some information is glossed over: Patrick was the son of a Roman Citizen and Deacon, his conversion to Christianity occurred during his enslavement, and it was through him that God worked to convert nearly all of Ireland to …

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Adoption as Sons

For you did not receive a spirit that make you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit itself testifies that we are God's children. ~ Romans 8:15-16 ~ But when the time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of …

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Repost: The Lord’s Prayer: Our Father

Currently, I am co-writing on another blog for a friend of mine. This is my first post written for that blog, the Lutheran Column. ~ While the Lord's Prayer is a well-known part of a church service, I sometimes wonder if there is a lack of intentionality and consideration in the recitation of the Prayer. …

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