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Together As One

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  Abide-16   TITLE: Together As One TEXT: John 17:20-26 TONE: Encouragement TARGET: Believers TASK: To exhort believers to unite as one for the cause of Christ. TEACH: I have never seen the majestic redwood forest, but I have heard about its beauty. These trees are some of the tallest living things on the planet, stretching up 350 feet high. Their great height and enormous strength are awe-inspiring. But have you ever wondered why these towering trees, which live for over 2,000 years, rarely fall despite their shallow root systems?   The secret lies in their roots ( show picture ) Instead of going deep, redwood roots spread out wide and intertwine with roots of other redwoods. By entwining like this, they create a network of roots that hold each tree up. They grow in close proximity, and their interlocked roots make them incredibly stable, helping them withstand strong winds and floods. Their unity in the underground network is the very reason

Sanctified in Truth

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    Abide-14   TITLE: Sanctified in Truth TEXT: John 17:17 TONE: Encouragement TARGET: Believers TASK: To encourage believers to cooperate with the Spirit in their sanctification. TEACH: Imagine a sculptor who starts with a large block of marble. The marble is raw, rough, and unrefined. The sculptor has a vision of a beautiful statue hidden within this block of stone. Sanctification can be likened to this process where God, the mater sculptor, lovingly, and patiently works on the believer, who is the block of marble. The sculptor first selects the right block of marble. In a similar way, God chooses us and sets us apart for His purpose. He then begins by removing large chunks of marble that don’t belong, shaping a rough outline of the envisioned statue. This represents the initial stages of sanctification, where obvious sins and harmful habits are addressed and removed from our lives. As the basic form begins to take shape, the sculptor then shifts t