"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
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.
What to Do When We Don’t Have a FREAKIN’ CLUE!
Dear Son or Daughter of The Most High
Have you ever had a conversation where someone says “I need your undivided attention,” so you stop what you are doing and sit down and listen? Maybe it’s you that needs someone to give complete attention to you. Well, Our Heavenly Father is like that too. In fact, He lovingly demands that attention and He gives it to me, if I am not distracted.
For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of His good pleasure.
Guess what? You are part of His GOOD PLEASURE! He not only wants to listen to you, but wants to talk to you. I have missed Him talking when I am not still (Psalm 46:10). Remember that word STILL in the Aramaic means a turning towards. So I learn to do whatever it takes to turn towards Him, to get quiet. There sure are a lot of distractions in this world. Not everyone can live out in the country and only hear nature, the birds chirping and hear the soft winds blowing. Heck, growing up in New York the sounds of nature were called TRAFFIC! So, we learn how to push out the distractions.
God not only listens but loves to talk to His GOOD PLEASURE, YOU! When we don’t have a freakin’ clue of what to do, HE’S right there to talk to us. God never forsakes or leaves us.
Do all things without murmurings and disputings.
When He talks to you, and He’s very personal, we don’t start whining about it. HE has your best interest in mind. Here’s the Amplified of those two verses.
Philippians 2:13, 14 (AMPC)
13 .[not in your own strength] for it is God Who is all the while effectually at work in you [energizing and creating in you the power and desire] both to will and to work for His good pleasure and satisfaction and delight.
14 Do all things without grumbling and faultfinding and complaining [against God] and questioning and doubting [among yourselves]
God cares about every-every (yes every) little or big thing in our life and will direct and counsel us even when we don’t have a FREAKIN CLUE OF WHAT TO DO, HE LOVES YOU AND HE WILL TELL YOU.
Love you and pray for you,
The S.O.S Files