We Can Do Anything

Whoever remains in Me, with Me in him, bears fruit in plenty; for cut off from Me you can do nothing

John 15:5
Acts 9:26-31; Psalms 22:26-27,28,30,31-32; I John 3:18-24; 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 lower-middle-class parents who wanted me to excel at any cost. And because of their ambition for me, I have 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 advanced middle-age (here he paused in the hope that the woman might notice he looked younger than his years) and I am forced to admit that in the overall scheme of things I haven’t been a success. I can speak six languages, but only three of these fluently. Therefore, I have failed as a linguist. I play eight musical instruments, but only three of them well. Therefore, I have failed as a musician. And I’m just a fair to mediocre writer.”

Then he looked at her expectantly, hoping to score points for modesty. But the…

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