READ: Psalm 96, Amos 8, Luke 24, Galatians 2 JESUS THEORY Abiding helps us understand. Post-resurrection two disciples are walking the Emmaus road, discussing the strange events surrounding the death and alleged resurrection of Jesus. “While they conversed and reasoned . . . Jesus Himself drew near and went with them” (Luke 24:15). The verse is obviously literal…

A couple years ago I purchased a violin as a hobby. I started out really excited. The first few weeks I had it, I played it nearly every day. I figured out a couple tunes, and even did a Skype recital for my nieces. After a while, my interest fizzled, and I set my violin in…

READ: Psalm 39, Jeremiah 10-12, Matthew 11, Acts 18  RUNNING WITH HORSES “If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, in which you trusted, they wearied you, then how will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?”  (Jeremiah…

READ: Psalm 27, Isaiah 40-42, John 20, Acts 6  EXCHANGED STRENGTH We are not supposed to come to the end of our lives with energy left over. We are purposed to be poured out as an offering. What a shame if we enter heaven with resources of any kind in storage, rather than all our being…

READ: Nehemiah 10-11, Psalm 145, Luke 12, 1 John 4 THE BLESSING OF CURSE “Everyone who had knowledge and understanding–these joined with the brethren their notables, and entered into a curse and an oath to walk in God’s law…to observe and do all the commandments of the Lord our God.” (Nehemiah 10:28-29) Scripture has this awe-inspiring holism…

READ: Nehemiah 1-3, Psalm 142, Luke 10, 1 John 1  BEING AND DOING We often hear the pithy phrase: “Be, not do!” This thinking is also summarized by a similar statement: “What we do flows out of who we are” or “who we are is more important than what we do.” This type of thinking is wrongheaded–not because doing is…

by Annie*, a Live Dead Arab World missionary I was talking with a friend recently about abiding. She remarked, “For me, afternoon works best. I set aside an hour at the ministry center where I spend most of my evenings. But it’s uncanny: no matter how much I clear my calendar and remove all potential…

READ: 2 Kings 19-21, Psalm 113, Matthew 24, Titus 2 TAKE ROOT DOWNWARD We too easily forget who builds the Church. Missionaries don’t build the Church. Money doesn’t build the Church. Programs don’t build the Church. Methods don’t build the Church. Indigenous leaders don’t build the Church. Miracles don’t build the Church. Witness does not build…

READ: 1 Kings 7-9, Psalm 101, Matthew 12, 2 Thessalonians 3 GLORY CLOUDED  David lifts for us all a cry of longing: “Oh when will you come to me” (Psalm 101:2)? We know that we belong to Jesus, yet we all feel a longing for more of Him, we all struggle with the plague of…

Dick Brodgen wraps up Abiding in Praxis with an exposition of the three branches mentioned in John 15:1-6.

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