Whoever remains in Me, with Me in him, bears fruit in plenty

John 15:5
John 15:1-8

Sermon Week/Year

Fifth Sunday of Easter, B

A middle-aged man was trying to impress a new woman friend with his life story …

He said, “I was raised by parents who wanted desperately for me to excel. And because of their ambition for me, I tried hard all my life to be number one in several areas. But I have made it to the top in none. And now I have arrived at middle-age and I am forced to admit that, in the overall scheme of things, I haven’t been much of a success.

“I studied five languages, but I only speak two of these fluently. Therefore, I have failed as a linguist.

“I took lessons on six musical instruments, but play only one of them well. Therefore, I have failed as a musician.

“Moreover, I’m just a fair to mediocre writer.”

Then he looked at her expectantly, hoping to score points for modesty. But the woman was not about to be manipulated. She was too smart for him. And she replied,…

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