Being Pruned by the Word

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower.  He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit.  You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you.  Remain in me, as I remain[read more]

Learning and Speaking

Amos answered Amaziah, “I was no prophet, nor have I belonged to a company of prophets. I was a shepherd and a dresser of  sycamores.  The Lord took me from following the flock, and said to me, ‘Go, prophesy to my people Israel.’ Now  hear the word of the Lord!” Amos 7:14-16 “Why do you[read more]

Hearing and Doing

Jehoiachin did evil in the sight of the Lord, just as his forebears had done.  At that time the officials of Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, attacked Jerusalem, and the city came under siege.    2 Kings 24: 9-10 “Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a wise[read more]

Re-reading Our Lives

When the king heard the contents of the book of the law, he tore his garments and issued this command . . . “Go consult the Lord for me, for the people, for all Judah, about the stipulations of this book that has been found, for the anger of the Lord has been set furiously[read more]