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Title:
Secrets of the vine : breaking through to abundance
Author:
Wilkinson, Bruce H., 1947-
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Publication Information:
Sisters, OR : Multnomah, 2001.
Physical Description:
126 pages : illustrations ; 17 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781576739754
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Book

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Summary

Summary

In this powerful follow-up to his #1 New York Times bestseller The Prayer of Jabez, Dr. Bruce Wilkinson explores John 15 to show readers how to make maximum impact for God. Dr. Wilkinson demonstrates how Jesus is the Vine of life, discusses four levels of "fruit bearing" (doing the good work of God), and reveals three life-changing truths that will lead readers to new joy and effectiveness in His kingdom. Secrets of the Vine opens readers' eyes to the Lord's hand in their lives and uncovers surprising insights that will point them to a new path of consequence for God's glory.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

That They Might Have Books More Abundantly In The Prayer of Jabez, Bruce Wilkinson took a single passage of Scripture and expounded on it so powerfully that Multnomah has just gone back to press for a total ofgulpfour million copies in print. The publisher is hoping that history will repeat itself with Wilkinson's follow-up, Secrets of the Vine: Breaking Through to Abundance. Here, Wilkinson takes on John 15 and divulges three secrets of "bearing fruit" more abundantly for Christ. Wilkinson has that special talent for making readers feel that his books speak directly and personally to them. Multnomah plans an initial release of 250,000 copiesand after that, who knows? ( Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Excerpts

Excerpts

Chapter 1 STORIES FROM THE VINEYARD   Have you ever been with someone very close to you who is about to die, someone who loves you and wants to leave you with a final word?   "Come closer." You lean close, straining to hear.   "I want to tell you something. I've waited until now…but I can't wait any longer."   You know that you'll remember every word for the rest of your life.   Now imagine that the person who is about to speak is Jesus. How closely would you listen? How long and hard would you ponder your Lord's last words to you?   In the pages to come, I invite you to encounter, perhaps for the first time, Jesus' words in John 15--the heart of His final message to His disciples on the night He was betrayed. By dusk the following day, Jesus would be stretched out on a cross, His body stripped and pierced, His life ebbing away.   Jesus knew the words He spoke that night would echo in His friends' memories for years. In time, the truth of His "deathbed conversation" would lead them to a whole new way of thinking. These final words are so little understood today that I've called them "secrets," but I'm convinced that Jesus meant for their meaning to be clear. The time for parables and hidden meanings had passed. He wanted every follower for generations to come to know exactly how to live an overflowing life and understand what God would do to make it happen.   Watch how the Savior carefully and tenderly chooses the moment to speak.   THURSDAY NIGHT UPSTAIRS If you've been a Christian for a while, you've probably heard a lot about the upper room--the scene of the climactic evening meal Jesus had with His disciples. You can These final words are so little understood today that I've called them "secrets." easily imagine, then, the men around the table reclining on pillows, their faces turned toward the Master. You can hear the muted conversation. You can smell the aroma of freshly baked bread and of roasted lamb and onions.   It is the night before Passover, the Jewish day to remember the nation's escape from slavery in Egypt. Hundreds of thousands have come to Jerusalem to celebrate, and this year more than ever the city is buzzing with rumors about Messiah. More than one prophet has predicted that on just such a day, Messiah will arrive to deliver Israel from all of her oppressors forever.   But these men reclining around the table know something the crowds outside don't. Messiah is already here. He is with them here in the room.   The disciples have spent three years with Him, and one by one they've come to the same conclusion: Jesus of Nazareth is Messiah--the One worth risking everything to follow. In fact, the disciples are so certain about how the events of Passover week will unfold that they have spent a good part of the journey from Galilee arguing about who will get which position of honor in the new kingdom.   Dinner begins.   Peter, pass the lamb.   Hey James, let's get to the temple early. I don't want to miss ten thousand angels teaching those Roman legions a lesson.   Psst, Matthew! I'd say our money woes are about to be history!   The disciples expect that these lamplit hours among friends in the upper room will carry on into the evening, poignant but peaceful, full of toasts to the good years to come. But things begin to unravel.   THE UNRAVELING The apostle John recorded the exact moment the mood changed:   And supper being ended…Jesus…rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded. (John 13:2--5) &# Excerpted from Secrets of the Vine: Breaking Through to Abundance by Bruce Wilkinson, David Kopp All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. 5
1. Stories from the Vineyardp. 7
2. What God Wantsp. 17
3. The Best Good News (You Didn't Want to Hear)p. 29
4. Love by Degreesp. 43
5. A Country Awakeningp. 55
6. Flourishing under the Shearsp. 71
7. More of God, More with Godp. 89
8. Living in the Presencep. 101
9. Joyful Abundancep. 117

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