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Love helps! (John 15:8)

by Dr. Norman Wise

“”My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples.”  John 15:8 The heavenly Father’s goodness, greatness, and grace is proclaimed and manifested before all creation when the life of the VINE Jesus flows into believing disciples and they bear the fruit of lives filled with actions, attitudes, and words […]

Powerful Prayer (John 15:7)

by Dr. Norman Wise

  “”If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.”  John 15:7 This abiding, remaining, and sojourning in the VINE Jesus is connected to HIS words remaining in us.   This would imply that one of the ways that I am connected to the Living […]

Fire Alarm (John 15:6)

by Dr. Norman Wise

  “”If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned.”  John 15:6 There are those who never were in the Vine Jesus and so these are seen as useless branches whose only use is […]

Nothing Apart From Me! (John 15:5)

by Dr. Norman Wise

  “”I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.”  John 15:5 Jesus is the vine, the source of life, character, and true effectiveness and I am a believing disciple in union and communion with HIM.   HE […]

Abide in Jesus! (John 15:4)

by Dr. Norman Wise

“”Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me.”  John 15:4 I am 100% percent dependent on the the Vine Jesus to bear spiritual fruit in my life.  This would seem to be the fruit of the Holy […]

I am clean (John 15:3)

by Dr. Norman Wise

  ““You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.”  John 15:3 The disciples have already been cleansed by the gospel of the kingdom that has come to them in the revelation of the Messiah Jesus.  They have been forgiven their sins, removed from the world. taken out of the false […]

The Father’s Care (John 15:2)

by Dr. Norman Wise

  “”Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit.”  John 15:2 The branch of the VINE Jesus is one who has professed that HE is the Messiah, the Son of God, and the Word made flesh.   I am a […]

I am the true Vine! (John 15:1)

by Dr. Norman Wise

  ““I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser.”  John 15:1 So, what is Christianity? It is Christ. Nothing more. Nothing less. Christianity is not an ideology or a philosophy. Neither is it a new type of morality, social ethic, or worldview. Christianity is the “good news” that beauty, truth, and goodness are […]

The Problem With Anger

by Dr. Norman Wise

  “(26) BE ANGRY, AND [yet] DO NOT SIN; do not let the sun go down on your anger,” {Ephesians 4:26 NASB}   “(19) [This] you know, my beloved brethren. But everyone must be quick to hear, slow to speak [and] slow to anger; (20) for the anger of man does not achieve the righteousness […]

Dealing With Shame

by Dr. Norman Wise

“(25) Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.” {Genesis 2:25 NLT} “(7) At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.” {Genesis 3:7 NLT} What is shame. The word itself means a painful […]