Sunday Words- John 15

John 15: 1-8, ERV, Easy-to-Read Version

Jesus Is Like a Vine

Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.
He cuts off every branch( The “branches” are Jesus’ followers.)  of mine that does not produce fruit. (produce fruit-meaning the way Jesus’ followers must live to show they belong to him.) 
He also trims every branch that produces fruit to prepare it to produce even more. 
You have already been prepared to produce more fruit by the teaching I have given you. 
Stay joined to me and I will stay joined to you. No branch can produce fruit alone. It must stay connected to the vine. It is the same with you. You cannot produce fruit alone. You must stay joined to me.
grape vine with blue grapes
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“I am the vine, and you are the branches. If you stay joined to me, and I to you, you will produce plenty of fruit. But separated from me you won’t be able to do anything.
If you don’t stay joined to me, you will be like a branch that has been thrown out and has dried up. All the dead branches like that are gathered up, thrown into the fire and burned. 
Stay joined together with me, and follow my teachings. If you do this, you can ask for anything you want, and it will be given to you. 
Show that you are my followers by producing much fruit. This will bring honor to my Father.”
© 1978, 1987, 2012 Bible League International

Independence Day, July 4, 1776

As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, American Legion Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism.

Today we celebrate the birth of the United States of America “one nation under God, with liberty and justice for all.”

The United States flag displayed at Grand Central Station, New York City, NY
The United States flag displayed at Grand Central Station, New York City, NY

As a member of The American Legion Auxiliary I thank all service members of the Armed Forces of the United States of America for their innumerable contributions to protecting our freedoms and keeping our nation safe. I also want to thank the families of deployed service members for their strength and their sacrifice.

Our country is great because of you. In your honor, I want to invite everyone to take a moment with me today and pause in honor of those who have fought and those who continue to fight for our freedom.

statue of General George Washington, first President of the United States of America - New York City
statue of General George Washington, first President of the United States of America – New York City

American Legion Auxiliary members have dedicated themselves for nearly a century to meeting the needs of our nation’s veterans, military and their families both here and abroad. They volunteer millions of hours yearly, with a value of nearly $2 billion.

As part of the world’s largest women’s patriotic service organization, Auxiliary volunteers across the country also step up to honor veterans and military through annual scholarships and with ALA Girls State programs, teaching high school juniors to be leaders grounded in patriotism and Americanism.

To learn more about the Auxiliary’s mission or to volunteer, donate or join, visit www.ALAforVeterans.org.

May God bless America and our friends around the world.

The Statue of Liberty
“Liberty Enlightening the World” statue on Liberty Island, New York City

sharing the HEART of liberty

I hope you enjoyed these patriotic photos I took during my trip to New York City.

Did you know, the first woman to graduate from a medical school in the United States, established a hospital in New York City? Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell and her sister Dr. Emily Blackwell established the New York Infirmary for Women and Children in 1857. That facility eventually became the New York-Presbyterian Lower Manhattan Hospital .

Dr Aletha

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