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Thank you for visiting this page. The pastors at Stanwich believe being in God's Word every day is an opportunity to draw closer to the wisdom, beauty, and goodness we all desire in our lives.  This devotional, even if only for 5 short minutes, is a way for you and our entire Stanwich community to draw near to our Lord and Savior. I encourage you to set a reminder on your calendar to visit this page daily or sign up to receive the daily newsletter. 


Blessings - Pastor David


Daily Podcast


Daily Verse

O Lord God Almighty, how long will your anger smolder against the prayers of your people? You have fed them with the bread of tears; you have made them drink tears by the bowlful ... Restore us, O God Almighty; make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.

Psalm 80:4–5, 7


Daily Reflection

When Jesus tells his disciples that he is the “true vine,” he is reaching all the way back to Abraham as well as all the way forward to each one of us. He is the very embodiment of the promise that God made to David. (Psalm 89:29) Here is the promise. “I am the true vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit.”(John 15:5)


  Food For Thought


I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. If anyone does not abide in me he is thrown away like a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire, and burned. If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.

John 15:5-8


Takeaway Question

The vine will "bear much fruit" but for that to happen the vine must be connected to the ground in order for the vine itself to receive the needed nourishment to be fruitful. Could Scripture itself be the root that nourishes the vine which is the human heart, allowing it to glorify God with the fruit it bears?