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A question we have gotten a few times is “What’s with the name?” or “Is there a reason?”  The short answer is “Yes.”

Mercy Branch Inc. is born out of two basic principles, both of which bring together the name.

1. Mercy: 

Mercy n. – leniency and compassion shown toward offenders by a person or agency of authority; often related to justice. ~Bible Sense Lexicon

We seek to be a mercy giving ministry who comes alongside others with compassion and grace. We want to be agents of justice, who see “offenders” of Jesus’ calling, and showcase through our actions and attitudes the posture that we see Jesus had.

For example: 

The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.” (John 8:3–11, ESV)

In this account, Jesus showcased the quality of Mercy. Jesus looked upon this woman–made in the image of God–and reset the conversation. He simply said: “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” Mercy is the only social control mechanism that is purely based in love and compassion. It is one of God’s signature traits. That day, Jesus protected His creation, and taught many religious scholars what His Kingdom is all about.

Before we move on, it is important to see that Mercy is not simply ignoring people’s rebellion before God. Notice Jesus finished this interaction with the woman caught in adultery with this: “go, and from now on sin no more.” Mercy protects the image of God FIRST… then, in great compassion, encourages those caught in sin to turn from sin and invites them into relationship with God. {see also “The Woman at the Well” John 4:1-45}

2. Branch:

The branch element of the name comes from John 15.

“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. Already you are clean because of the word that I have spoken to you. Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me. 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. As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you. Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (John 15:1–11, ESV)

We are nothing more than a branch connected to Jesus. Our goal is to follow after Him and continue in relationship with Jesus as we submit to the Holy Spirit. That is where the fruit comes-from Jesus and through following after Him.

Jesus is very clear, that apart from seeking Him with all of who we are, we will be pruned-cast into the fire and discarded… this should serve as a warning and encouragement to seek His ways all the more.

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  1. Comment by Cristine Dorsey

    Cristine Dorsey August 23, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Beautiful. Praying for you, would love to stay connected to this new work for God’ glory.

    • Comment by Jim

      Jim August 24, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      Christine, we will be updating on how things are going what our goals and prayer requests are regularly here so keep checking back!

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