Are You a Vigneron?

God is always looking for faithful servants.

In Matthew 20:1-16 we are told the story (parable) of the grape farmer who wants to hire workers for his vineyard. Jesus words speak to us of how much God values His people and the work they do for the Kingdom.

Sometimes people stand around thinking we don’t have what it takes or maybe we think we don’t fit into God’s plan.

In the story, the Master goes out 5 times and hires new workers each time. Think about it – 5 different times. God can use workers any time. The workers hired at the beginning of the day were probably the strongest, most skilled, and motivated. The workers at the end of the day could have been older, weaker, ill, and/or unskilled.

As we read further details we find the workers who were hired in the early part of the day complaining that they had worked longer, hotter, tiring, and taxing hours. (vs. 12 “they have born the burden of the day and the scorching heat”.) This, almost hidden, comment leads us to the conclusion that they were working in the summer. Grapes are pruned in the spring and early summer, grow and develop in the heat of summer, and are usually harvested in the fall. These words are placed here to remind us that not all the work in the Master’s vineyard is done during the harvest. There are many jobs to be done before the grapes are picked.

We are all looking for the purpose God has for our lives. We are all called to serve in the vineyard. We are told, actually commanded, to go and tell. We call all become a vigneron – one who cultivates a vineyard. The Master is not concerned with age, skill, gender, race, or denomination. He wants each of us contributing to building up the Kingdom (his Church). It takes more than pastors, teachers, and musicians. There is a job for you that He has already prepared and planned.

How are you working in your local church? What do you see yourself doing? God can use you anywhere, anytime!

Abba, Father, show us where You need us to work in the vineyard. Give us strength and courage to do the job You have determined for us.

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Go and Tell

Acts 20:24 My life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the LORD Jesus – the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.

God’s purpose and plan for my life demand that I tell others about Jesus. That includes what He did on the cross and what He’s doing in my life right now.

GRACE – God’s Redemption At Christ’s Expense

The Good News encompasses several parts of Jesus’ life:

       His birth – Luke 2

       His life – Matthew  Mark  Luke  John

       His death and resurrection – Luke 22, 23, 24

       His return – Matthew 24


What in your life can be shared to show Jesus is alive and active in it? What miracles, large and small, will you share with others for the purpose of telling about Jesus? Are you modeling Jesus’ life with yours?

Blessings to you and yours!


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Epic Grace — Book Review

A recent conversation I had with God went something like this…

Marie: Where are the blessings You promised?

God: All around you, Marie!  My grace is enough.

EpicGraceAnd then, in my mailbox, came this book to review for Tynedale House Publishers.   Now is that God, or what?

Every chapter of this book peeled away a layer of my sin and disobedience, revealing more of Gods love, forgiveness, and grace.  To be more precise…Epic Grace.  Through personal life experiences Kurt Bubna leads the reader to a greater understanding of grace.  Proving, without question, that forgiveness is a one on one issue.  Gods ability to love and extend grace is beyond our puny minds comprehension.  Yet, He continues to do just that.

Epic Grace, in each succeeding chapter, opened the door a little further into understanding that there is no life experience, good or bad, that is not surrounded by the Grace of God.  Personal stories, that often matched my own personal experiences, abound in this collection.  Bubna shows the direct relationship between the purpose God has for us and the relationship He wants with us.  I found myself ROTFL (rolling on the floor laughing) at some of his anecdotes and my heart breaking with compassion and empathy at others.

I highly recommend this book to anyone who is desiring a closer relationship with our Lord.  As you read and relate to Kurt Bubna’s life walk I guarantee it will leave your concepts of God’s incredible love, grace, and forgiveness, changed.

Blessings to you and yours!


FTC disclaimer: Tyndale House Publishers provided a copy of this book for the express purpose of public review.