July 30, 2017

“I had the ending before I even finished the screenplay.” Robert Benton, writer and director of Places in the Heart.

Life on the Vine: Cultivating Self-Control

Dr. Tommy Simons

Followers of Jesus Christ, we live our lives striving to implement the Fruit of the Spirit knowing the ending before the script of our lives is written.

July 23, 2017


Life on the Vine: Cultivating Gentleness

Dr. Tommy Simons

Followers of Jesus Christ, when we are in positions of authority, whether at the workplace, whether at church, whether we’re mom, dad, grandparent, uncle, we must combine truth telling with tenderness. Gentleness guards our tone. Gentleness builds bridges and not walls when communicating truth, correction or admonishment.

The farther I am away from my circle of friends and acquaintances the easier it is for me to be gentle. You know why? I don’t have to live with these people. But isn’t it amazing that those we are closest to, those that we love, those that are in our families, those that are in our closest circle, we can communicate truth and admonishment to the point that if we do not combine it with gentleness we are missing the point.


July 16, 2017

Life on the Vine: Cultivating Faithfulness

Dr. Tommy Simons

The beauty of this place is that you can come into these walls and hear you are loved and be encouraged no matter your situation, physically, emotionally, professionally, to keep going, to keep your faithful faith. When you put your hand to the plow, don’t look back, remain faithful.

June 25, 2017


Life on the Vine: Cultivating Patience

Rev. Maria Stinnett

God is with us when we face adversity that tries our patience. God is with us no matter our circumstances. Not only did Joseph experience the presence of God, Joseph experienced the faithfulness of God. Even though Joseph experienced great adversity, he remained faithful to God and God remained faithful to him. Just as God was faithful to Joseph throughout his life, God is faithful to us. We can look back over our lives and see God’s faithfulness in the midst of both the highs and the lows of our lives. God’s faithfulness allows us to have patience no matter what we may face. God’s faithfulness means that we do not have to become upset or angry with every delay or suffering, but we can have patience because we trust in the faithfulness of God.

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