by Jason Dees

Jason Dees
John 15:1-21

One of the great joys in this whole transition has been getting to know Dan Hall I know Dan will always be a friend to Valleydale and I am grateful to have a new friend and partner in ministry with Dan. This has been a great season for Valleydale and God has used him as an instrument to do much in this church, I pray that God would only take us into another great season where His grace is displayed in big and powerful way.

And speaking of great seasons what an amazing week it has been I can't tell you how Paige and I have been incredibly blessed by getting to know our missions and ministry partners and hear about their faithful work.

Thank you Missions partners, stay the course, keep up the good work, and we are going to be running with you as you continue to run.

And thank you church. For an incredible year of praying, of giving, and of going. You have far exceeded yourself and I believe you will do the same thing this year. And at the end of the service today you are going to have another opportunity to get behind these missionaries and hold their arms up making them stronger and allowing them to do more work.

Our Scripture reading for today comes from the book of John chapter 15 and we are going to read almost the entire chapter. and I think that one of the great things that we can do as Christians is to listen to the word of God read. The discipline of listening. The New Testament was written in a time when most of the world was illiterate and was written to be read aloud.

This of course is a part of a very long discourse between Jesus and His disciples on the night that he was betrayed and arrested. Some of the last words Jesus said to the disciples before the crucifixion.

So lets lean in a little bit and listen to this instruction of Christ, the God of the universe who spoke into existence everything that exists who was humble enough to become a man, a servant, willing to face the wrath of God and ...

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