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Hello my name is Jerral Campfield and this web site is dedicated to Moral Recognition Therapy using Biblical principles. Please come back often to join me in understanding Gods hands are outstretched still to forgive.

The TRUE VINE JESUS!
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Sunday, 03 January 2021

It is generally agreed that Christ’s discourse in this chapter and the next chapter was at the close of the last supper, the night in which he was betrayed, and it is a continued discourse, not interrupted as that in the foregoing chapter was; and what he chooses to discourse of is very pertinent to the present sad occasion of a farewell sermon. Now that he was about to leave them, I. They would be tempted to leave him, and return to Moses again; so he tells them how necessary it was that they should by faith adhere to him and abide in him. II. They would be tempted to grow strange one to another; and therefore he presses it upon them to love one another, and to keep up that communion when he was gone which had hitherto been their comfort. III. They would be tempted to shrink from their apostleship when they met with hardships; and therefore he prepared them to bear the shock of the world’s ill will. There are four words to which his discourse in this chapter may be reduced; 1. Fruit, John 15:1-8. 2. LoveJohn 15:9-17. 3. Hatred, John 15:18-25. 4. The ComforterJohn 15:26, 27.
JOHN 1:1 TO 8 VERSES 1-8 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He [a]takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you. Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you[b] will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.
 
Here Christ teachs us the value concerning the fruit, the fruits of the Spirit, which his disciples were to bring forth, under the similitude of a vine. Observe here,
I. The doctrine of this similitude; what notion we ought to have of it.
1. That Jesus Christ is the vine, the true vine. It is an instance of the humility of Christ that he is pleased to speak of himself under low and humble comparisons. He that is the Sun of righteousness, and the bright and morning Star, compares himself to a vine. The church, which is Christ mystical, is a vine (Ps. 80:8), You have brought a vine out of Egypt;
You have cast out the [a]nations, and planted it. This is Christ, who is the church now. Christ and his church are thus set forth. (1.) He is the vine, planted in the vineyard, and not a spontaneous product; planted in the earth, for his is the Word made flesh. The vine has an unsightly unpromising outside; and Christ had no form nor comelinessIsa. 53:2For He shall grow up before Him as a tender plant, And as a root out of dry ground. He has no [a]form or [b]comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no [c]beauty that we should desire Him.
 
 The vine is a spreading plant, and Christ will be known as salvation to the ends of the earth. The fruit of the vine honours God and cheers man (Jdg. 9:13), But the vine said to them, Should I cease my new wine, Which cheers both God and men, And go to sway over trees?
So does the fruit of Christmediation; it is better than goldProv. 8:19My fruit is better than gold, yes, than fine gold, And my revenue than choice silver.
 (2.) He is the true vine, as truth is opposed to pretence and counterfeit; he is really a fruitful plant, a plant of renown. He is not like that wild vine which deceived those who gathered of it (2 Kgs. 4:39), So one went out into the field to gather herbs, and found a wild vine, and gathered from it a lapful of wild gourds, and came and sliced them into the pot of stew, though they did not know what they were.
 but a true vine. Unfruitful trees are said to lie (Hab. 3:17marg.), Though the fig tree may not blossom, Nor fruit be on the vines; Though the labor of the olive may fail,
And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls
And the fields yield no food; Though the flock may be cut off from the fold,
And there be no herd in the stalls
 but Christ is a vine that will not deceive. Whatever excellency there is in any creature, serviceable to man, it is but a shadow of that grace which is in Christ for his peoples good. He is that true vine typified by Judahs vine, which enriched him with the blood of the grape (Gen. 49:11), Binding his donkey to the vine, And his donkeys colt to the choice vine,
He washed his garments in wine, And his clothes in the blood of grapes.
He washed his garments in wine, And his clothes in the blood of grapes.
 
by Josephs vine, the branches of which ran over the wall (Gen. 49:22), Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a well; His branches run over the wall.
Then by Israels vine, under which he dwelt safely1 Kgs. 4:2525 And Judah and Israel dwelt[a] safely, each man under his vine and his fig tree, from Dan as far as Beersheba, all the days of Solomon.
2. That believers are branches of this vine, which supposes that Christ is the root of the vine. The root is unseen, and our life is hid with Christ; the root bears the tree (Rom. 11:18), 18 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
Christ diffuses sap to it, and is all in all to its flourishing and fruitfulness; and in Christ are all supports and supplies. The branches of the vine are many, some on one side of the house or wall, others on the other side; yet, meeting in the root, are all but one vine; thus all good Christians, though in place and opinion distant from each other, yet meet in Christ, the centre of their unity. Believers, like the branches of the vine, are weak, and insufficient to stand of themselves, but as they are borne up. See Ezek. 15:218 do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
3. That the Father is the husbandmangeorgosthe land-worker. Though the earth is the Lords, it yields him no fruit unless he work it. God has not only a propriety in, but a care of, the vine and all the branches. He hath planted, and watered, and gives the increase; for we are Gods husbandry1 Cor. 3:9 For we are Gods fellow workers; you are Gods field, you are Gods building.
See Isa. 5:1,  For we are Gods fellow workers; you are Gods field, you are Gods building.
 2; He dug it up and cleared out its stones, And planted it with the choicest vine.
He built a tower in its midst, And also 
He built a tower in its midst, And also [b]made a winepress in it; So He expected it to bring forth good grapes, But it brought forth wild grapes.
 
 27:2, 3. In that day sing to her, A vineyard of [a]red wine!
I, the Lord, keep it, I water it every moment; Lest any hurt it,
I keep it night and day.
 He had an eye upon Christ, the root, and upheld him, and made him to flourish out of a dry ground. He has an eye upon all the branches, and prunes them, and watches over them, that nothing hurt them. Never was any husbandman so wise, so watchful, about his vineyard, as God is about his church, which therefore must needs prosper.
II. The duty taught us by this similitude, which is to bring forth fruit, and, in order to this, we need tabide in Christ.
1. We must be fruitful. From a vine we look for grapes (Isa. 5:2), He dug it up and cleared out its stones,And planted it with the choicest vine. He built a tower in its midst, And also [a]made a winepress in it;So He expected it to bring forth good grapes,
But it brought forth wild grapes.
 
But it brought forth wild grapes. and from a Christian we look for Christianity; this is the fruit, a Christian temper and disposition, a Christian life and conversation, Christian devotions and Christian designs. We must honour God, and do good, and exemplify the purity and power of the religion we profess; and this is bearing fruit. The disciples here must be fruitful, as Christians, in all the fruits of righteousness, and as apostles, in diffusing the savour of the knowledge of Christ. To persuade them to this, he urges,


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What do You Need?
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Saturday, 26 December 2020

What do you as a Church need, and how am I going to lead you as a pastor in the word of Gods?
What do people need from you?
 
That’s a good question.
You could ask it this way:
What do people need, and where do I need to lead? Ephesians 4:11-16 11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the [e]edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the headChrist 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love.
 
They’re not “your” people, I know. They are God’s people. But God has placed a group of people under the scope of your care and responsibility. In that way, they are your people.
In fact, because of the love and care we as leaders feel for the people we serve, we often see the congregation as family.
And you always want what’s best for family.
So back to the question.
What does the family need? God loves- teaching and correcting.
Where does God want me to lead you to? Heaven; it needs to be our home now and forever more.
2020 has been a challenging year, but God is definitely still with us, and it’s our job to lead the way into 2021 with hope and faith.
We’re coming into the holidays, which is awesome, but that’s often more work, not less, for church leaders.
How do you get ready for 2021 in such a busy time of the year?
Start now.
Start with you.
Having a Vision, strategy, teams, execution, etc., are all important, our mission-critical in fact. But without you, it doesn’t work.
2021 will arrive with its own set of challenges, and the more prepared you are, the better you will live and lead.
And hey, why not be just as determined to enjoy 2021?
7 ESSENTIALS YOUR CHURCH NEEDS FROM YOU IN 2021
NOTE: At a quick glance, this may appear like another list of things to do. But it’s far more about who you are and how you live than a list of things to do.
1. Your Church Needs You to Be Rested and Healthy.
You can’t give, serve and lead if you are on empty.
It’s important to figure out the best kind of rest for your Body, soul and spirit, specially because it’s been under sustained stress through a crazy year.
We know a good night’s sleep is critical for your well-being, but do you know if rising early or a little more sleep is best for you? What about some peaceful background sound, or complete quiet? How about the temperature of the room?
It’s not necessarily about extra sleep; it’s about enough sleep for you in the most optimal environment you can create in your home.
The key question is when you awaken, do you feel refreshed?
What you eat and your level of activity and exercise in combination with time to laugh and play rounds out a well-rested and healthy body.
2. Your Church Needs You to Be Less Anxious and More Hopeful.
You may be the most chill person on the planet, but I don’t know how you could lead this year without some level of elevated anxiousness.
Look at the amount of mental health organization we have to day
With more uncertainty with so much more at stake.
A year like this one triggers fears and insecurities for many leaders, ones you thought you overcame years ago. How are you doing Now?
The interesting thing is that it’s not necessarily a higher level of stress, anxiety, fear or insecurity; it’s the prolonged nature.
Let’s learn the art of trading fears for hope and trading anxiousness for faith-filled optimism requires that you focus on something bigger than you. For a leader, that is typically the vision and purpose of your church. We can’t but God can!
It’s often true that when you focus on small things or focus on yourself, your world shrinks.
The more your thoughts, passion and actions are devoted to helping others, the larger your world becomes.
3. Your Church Needs You to Fight the Right Battles.
There has been an endless array of problems, division and anger within the current culture.
Your heart may want to solve it all, but you can’t.
You may receive pressure from the people you lead to solve certain issues that are urgent to them, but you can’t make everyone happy.
You are responsible for fighting battles (solving problems), but you need clarity about which battles God wants you to handle, and to learn to let the ones go that he has designed for someone else to handle.

 

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Let's look at the Lords Gift to the Church
Contributed by Jerral Campfield   
Friday, 18 December 2020

“Let’s look at the Lords Gift to the Church”
John 3:16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.
 
God created our world and it is certainly like a garden with lots of goodies all around that man is taking care of, so God can enrich us all today as He has in the past. Let’s not be shy in coming to the Lord for He wants us to seek Him, so we find fulfillment in Him all the time. 
We are created Brothers and Sisters in the Family of God and He has many feasts for His family to enjoy. Gods say I am the Bread of life, the Light of the world and no one comes to me without the key, Do you know the key to heavenly gifts this Christmas  and, every day of our lives? 
Let’s not be asleep to what God is doing today, for He is certainly getting our attention as never before. Let’s take note of our feelings and how we see the death of God in our homes, churches, school, business, governments and religions for it has affected our lawfulness to where we are lawless. We are full of anger and resentment and we are needing leaders that will stand for righteousness and peace not abolish law and order.


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