Jesus did not fit the mold for how religious professionals conduct themselves, and neither should we. Being church with your friends creates an affiliation that can build bonds as strong and, in many ways, as satisfying as family. This is how we plant like he did.
—Ben Ingebretson, Plant Like Jesus: The Church Planter’s Devotional (Upper Room Books, 2021)
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[Jesus said] “Whoever does God’s will is my brother and sister and mother.”
—Mark 3:35, NIV
Prayer for the Week
God of love,
plant me in the soil of your grace.
Nurture me with the strength of Christ,
the vine of everlasting life.
Enlighten me with the wisdom of your Spirit,
which flows through me today and all days.
Abide in me,
that I may abide in you
and live in your love.
In your holy name, I pray. Amen.
(Based on John 15 and adapted from The Abingdon Worship Annual 2012.)
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