Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff, they comfort me. Psalm 23:4
What does David says here? Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. He was not stuck in the valley, he is going through the valley.
So often when trouble comes, we allow it to defeat us. We end up getting stuck in the valley. But God’s desire is to bring us THROUGH the valley to the other side.
Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. John 15: 4-6
This text is all about “staying connected” not with people, but with JESUS CHRIST.
When you hear the word Christian what other words come to mind? If you ask someone who claims to be a Christian, they might say: faithful, loving, Jesus follower, servant’s heart.
Brands identify ownership. We live in a society that is very “brand” conscious. Most young people are “brand” conscious. When they are talking about products they have bought recently one of the first questions that come up are “What brand did you buy?”