John 15:1-5 & 11 (NRSV)

1 "I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinegrower.

2 He removes every branch in me that bears no fruit. Every branch that bears fruit he prunes to make it bear more fruit.

3 You have already been cleansed by the word that I have spoken to you.

4 Abide in me as I abide in you. Just as the branch cannot bear fruit by itself unless it abides in the vine, neither can you unless you abide in me.

5 I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing.

11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

Philippians 1:1-6 (The Message)

1 Paul and Timothy, both of us committed servants of Christ Jesus, write this letter to all the Christians in Philippi, pastors and ministers included.

2 We greet you with the grace and peace that comes from God our Father and our Master, Jesus Christ.

3 Every time you cross my mind, I break out in exclamations of thanks to God.

4 Each exclamation is a trigger to prayer. I find myself praying for you with a glad heart.

5 I am so pleased that you have continued on in this with us, believing and proclaiming God's Message, from the day you heard it right up to the present.

6 There has never been the slightest doubt in my mind that the God who started this great work in you would keep at it and bring it to a flourishing finish on the very day Christ Jesus appears.


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