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While the other three gospels portray Jesus as the King, the Servant, and the Son of Man, John portrays Jesus as the Son of God.

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Encouragement Takes the Sting Out of Life

I am absolutely convinced that there are thousands of people who are drying up on the vine simply because of the lack of encouragement. Lonely, forgotten missionaries, military service men and women far away from home, collegians and seminarians, the sick and the dying, the divorced and the grieving, those who serve faithfully behind the scenes with scarcely a glance or comment from anyone.

Abiding in the Vine

In the three previous messages, we have examined other “living portraits” of the universal church of Jesus Christ: a growing family, a flock of sheep, and a human body. Each analogy conveys different aspects of God’s people on earth. We have come to the fourth and final mental picture—a productive vine—another vivid analogy preserved for us in the Word of God. In fact, this one comes to us from the lips of Jesus as He left His disciples words of encouragement just before He was crucified.

Active Ingredients

For some, devotions are like a placebo. People go through the motions but since there are no active ingredients, the effect is minimal. They may even think they are growing spiritually, but in reality there is little spiritual impact. So what active ingredients in a personal time with God make it one that produces spiritual growth?