"The S.O.S files are part of what I call THE S.O.S ADVENTURE. My concern is to help those on the field, by visits, written communications. It’s not a program or a separate ministry. It’s to help compliment what you are doing on the field. S.O.S stands for SOLD OUT ON SERVICE. " Rev. Robert (Bob) Vignola
Publication Date: 08-29-2015
Robert James Vignola “Bob” (August 13, 1950 - November 29,2016) was a caring servant and minister to God’s people. Bob was born and reared in New York where he gained a passion for music. He was especially fond of and loved the many songs produced by the legendary band, The Beatles. His attraction was not just in the music, but the uplifting effect it had on God’s people. During his teen years his quest for the answers to life led him to the Word of God. Once he found this truth it became his passion in life to share and teach it with others.
Reverend Robert James Vignola never got off the course which God set for him. He was full of life, love, and instruction, as well as giving and caring. Bob was a doulos (servant of God to God's people), a faithful father of four, a steadfast believer, and a loyal friend. As seen from the S.O.S files that he regularly emailed out to others, he had a contagious and irreplaceable humor. He was very proud of his New York Heritage (often quoting “The Brooklyn Text”) his family, and the Word of God and the man who taught it to him. His faithful stand for God’s people and the never ending agape (love of God in the renewed mind in manifestation) he poured out to others will last for all eternity.
To describe the heart and presence of Rev. Robert James Vignola would require endless pages with countless incidents by multitudes of people. However, when one reflects on his life, "The lillies of the field" and their attributes might represent his life well.
Bob Vignola, the lily of the field.
As the lily among thorns, so is my love among the daughters.
(Song of Solomon 2:2)
The lily will grow in fields, valleys, cultivated gardens and even among thorns. They spread their roots and produce trumpet shaped flowers of various colors.
A lily has a sweet and fragrant flower with a strong scent. Within the lily are grains of seeds of a golden color which are very fruitful and help beautify any place (or person) they are around. The lily can be a tall flower, yet it hangs it's bloom down and does not attempt to draw attention to itself.
The lily has medical qualities as well. They can be used to restore a lost voice (a defeated soul), help faintness (loss of strength), are good for the liver (filters out poisons), encourages with beauty (makes one feel special-pretty-delighted-encouraged-merry) and spreads it's roots so others will grow.
And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lillies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Soloman in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
All who knew him can attest to Rev Vignola’s humbleness and lowliness of mind in service to God’s people. He lived to help others grow. He was living example of 1 Corinthians 13.
DON’T STOP SPEAKING God’s Word
Dear Lover of God and His people,
Philippians 2:2-4 Amplified Bible
2 Fill up and complete my joy by living in harmony and being of the same mind and one in purpose, having the same love, being in full accord and of one harmonious mind and intention.
3 Do nothing from factional motives [through contentiousness, strife, selfishness or for unworthy ends] or prompted by conceit and empty arrogance. Instead in the true spirit of humility [lowliness of mind] let each regard the others as better then and superior to himself [thinking more highly of one another than you do of yourselves]
4 Let each esteem and look upon and be concerned for not [merely] his own interests, but also each for the interests of others.
What a gorgeous section of God’s Word! We encourage each other, even when it’s doesn’t concern our interests, but the interest of others. God doesn’t give up on us and so we don’t give up on each other. No matter how long it takes, not just a moment, or a day, or a year, or a life time. Agape doesn’t QUIT!
We all need encouragement, not only from Our Heavenly Father but from each other. It’s easy to love and encourage when things are going smoothly but when the road gets rough that’s when the encouragement we give really helps and makes an impact.
Reminds me of a great song written years ago by a wonderful believer by the name of Skip Mesquite. At the end of the song Skip repeatedly sings DON’T STOP SPEAKING GOD’S WORD. Skip fell asleep a few years ago and now awaits the Return, but knowing him I know he also meant DON’T STOP DOING THE WORD.
Time is short, but there’s always TIME to encourage each other and love each other. There is never a time to give up on each other.
I LOVE YOU AND PRAY FOR YOU
The S.O.S FILES
Received August 29, 2015