Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Posts by John Longmire (Page 2)

Remaining in Christ – John 15:4-5

Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine; you are the branches. The one who remains in me and I in him produces much fruit, because you can do nothing without me. (John 15:4-5) Reflection: We cannot obtain true righteousness without Christ. All of our efforts will be fruitless unless we are abiding in Christ. But if we abide…

Jesus is the True Vine – John 15:1-4

This week, we will explore one of the “I am” passages of Jesus known as “The Vine and The Branches.” Jesus likens himself to a grapevine that gives life and then compares us to branches that bear fruit.  The Father is the gardener who monitors our growth.  “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. Every branch in me that does not produce fruit he removes, and he prunes every branch that produces fruit so that it…

God’s Will That We Give Thanks – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (Part Three)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Reflection: There is always a reason to give thanks to God, even when the circumstances we face are difficult, challenging, or sorrowful. If giving thanks to God was dependent on us being happy, then we would seldom give thanks, for our lives on earth are complicated with many difficulties and filled with many sorrows. But…

God’s Will That We Pray – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (Part Two)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Reflection: It is God’s will that we pray always. Prayer is powerful because it moves God to act. God is ready to do many things for his people but waits for his people to pray. The reason for this is that whenever God acts, he will not allow the glory to be given to another…

God’s Will That We Rejoice – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (Part One)

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18) Reflection: There is always reason for us to rejoice, for God loves us and has provided salvation and new life through his Son Jesus Christ. Rejoicing in God is essential to our worship because it releases us from the common drudgery and sorrows of our earthly life. It is God’s will that we rejoice, not…