I am the Vine

“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 will produce more fruit.

“for the Lord disciplines the one he loves
and punishes every son he receives.

Endure suffering as discipline: God is dealing with you as sons. For what son is there that a father does not discipline? But if you are without discipline—which all receive—then you are illegitimate children and not sons. Furthermore, we had human fathers discipline us, and we respected them. Shouldn’t we submit even more to the Father of spirits and live? For they disciplined us for a short time based on what seemed good to them, but he does it for our benefit, so that we can share his holiness. No discipline seems enjoyable at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.”
(Hebrews 12:6-11)

You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you. Remain in me, and I in you. 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.

“You belong to him who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God.”
(Romans 7:4b)

If anyone does not remain in me, he is thrown aside like a branch and he withers. They gather them, throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

“For if we deliberately go on sinning after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire about to consume the adversaries.”
(Hebrews 10:26-27)

If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you want and it will be done for you. My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit and prove to be my disciples.”

John 15:1-8

Servant / King

Love can make you do crazy things.

I think I’m in love.

A couple weeks ago I heard a song on the radio. I didn’t catch the name but really liked the sound of it. A week later I heard the same song on the same station and frantically searched for a pen. I wrote down some of the lyrics and the name of the song on a carry-out bag i had handy. Later, I downloaded the song so I could take it with me in the future.

Now, for a long time I’ve wanted to make a music video. A real music video with musicians, instruments, the whole nine yards. Unfortunately, I’ve never gotten any traction to get one started. After hearing this new song, I decided to make a compromise. Instead of making a real music video, I would attempt making a lyric video for it. (At the time of writing, the only other lyric video for this song is from a live recording, which isn’t of high quality.) This should be simple, right? Get some b-roll footage, slap some words on it, and presto! Mhm. Not quite.

10 hours later, this is what I came up with:
The song is “Servant / King” by Wildwood Music

I hope you like it.

Not by Works

“For no one will be justified in his sight by the works of the law, because the knowledge of sin comes through the law.” -‭‭Romans‬ ‭3:20‬ ‭CSB‬‬

“But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared, he saved us —not by works of righteousness that we had done, but according to his mercy — through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit.” -‭‭Titus‬ ‭3:4-5‬ ‭CSB‬‬

“For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift — not from works, so that no one can boast.” -‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭2:8-9‬ ‭CSB‬‬

Hard work can earn you a lot of cool things on this earth, but it can never help you gain access to heaven. Only the mercy and grace of God (shown through the death of Jesus) coupled with personal faith will result in salvation. 

Manhood and Deity

Are you sold out to doing God’s will? Even at the expense of your own?

After Jesus grew up, he was baptized and then immediately sent into the wilderness to be tested and tempted by the Devil. Of course, he passed with flying colors, proving his Deity, and showing us how to say “no” to sin.

The following is a message I shared at Grace Bible Chapel on July 23, 2017.

Follow along here: Luke 3:21-4:13

Confession

Where do you go to buy soap that cleans the heart?

When David sinned (and was called out for it) he went before God and confessed his sins. We can learn a lot from his prayer on how we should be quick to confess so that God can cleanse us and restore us.

The following is a message I shared at Grace Bible Chapel on July 23, 2017.

Follow along here: Psalm 51

1 Timothy Introduction

Though it was necessary for Paul to leave Timothy in Ephesus, he wrote two brief letters to help his “son in the faith” understand “…how people ought to conduct themselves in God’s household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth” (1 Timothy‬ ‭3:15‬b CSB‬‬).

The following is a message I shared at Buena Park Christian Fellowship on July 2, 2017.

Follow along here: 1 Timothy 1

Rabboni (Poem)

“Oh woman, tell us why you weep,
and why this tearful vigil keep.”

“They came and took my Lord away!
I don’t know where they’ve put Him.”

“Dear woman, tell Me why you weep.
Who is the Man for whom you seek?”

“If you have carried Him away,
I want to come and get Him!”

“Mary, it is I.”

“Rabboni!”

-Wills Osborn (6/17/2017)
Based on John 20:11-16