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In The Vine with Vicky and Chuck

JULY 2022

Our Ministry is Growing!!

Exciting changes and additions are taking place in the Ministry! As some of you may have seen recently on YouTube, we introduced our dear sister in Christ, Clare. Clare is the pastor at Meet Him at the Well Ministry on Facebook. She shared with us her beautiful testimony. If you have not seen that and would like to check it out, you can watch it below in this month’s edition of The Vine!

We have had several new additions to the ministry, as well. Be on the lookout for videos and messages from our members in the days to come. We are hoping to expand our connections with the Body of Christ!

Today our team consists of myself and Chuck, Clare Watts (Meet Him at the Well Pastor), Dave and Amelia Petrunia (Leadership Team), Teresa Davis (Prayer Leader), Kacy Brooks (Connections and Administration), Hallie Westcott (Website Photography and Design) and Gary (IT).

Also, be on the lookout for our new website. We are in the process of switching our current website over to a newly built website (thank you, Gary!) We are so blessed and excited to see how the Lord is bringing new people and new skill sets into the Ministry to accomplish all that He has for us to do!

We appreciate your patience with us as we transition through all of these changes! Thank you to all that journey with, donate, and pray for this Ministry!

Vicky

Matthew 25:1 “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps…”

Luke 12:35 “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning…”

I want to share with you a dream I had many years ago. Some of you may already be familiar with it, but it seems so appropriate for this hour in which we’re living and it may encourage someone reading who is struggling with weariness or endurance. The people in the dream were women, representing the Bride of Christ.

In the dream, I was in a large room with other women. The room seemed to be off to the side in a large building, like a palace or castle. The door from outside of the building opened into the room where all of us were excitedly awaiting our Bridegroom. We were all going to marry the same man, but there was no jealousy among us. We were just so thrilled that He was coming and that we were ready for Him. The air was filled with joy and anticipation, because we knew it wouldn't be long and we were so happy! We were doing things in preparation while we waited. The Bridegroom was going to come through that door, where we were all basically 'hidden away' and not through the main entrance. He was coming from the outside directly to His Bride!

The interesting thing about the dream was that we were all dressed in the same attire, but with different colors for each outfit. We weren't standing around in white robes or wedding dresses. This will sound odd to some people, but we were wearing the sort of clothing that a harem girl would wear! The clothes were beautiful!

Here is the understanding Holy Spirit gave about this first part of the dream. (I will share the rest of the dream in another edition of The Vine.)

1) The parable of the 10 virgins. 5 awake and waiting. 5 asleep.

2) The betrothed were not in the main part of the palace. They were 'set apart'. They were in a location in the palace that not many were interested in finding or waiting in.

3) These virgins were there for one reason...the Bridegroom. Not for the Pomp and Circumstance (the programs, the appearance, the show) of the rest of the virgins who were in the palace. These virgins were serious and wide awake!

4) The building (palace) had many other occupants, but not all were watching or preparing for the Bridegroom/King. However, He's not interested in the trappings of the 'church', or man-made religion. He's only interested in those who have made their way to the 'secret place' to be prepared for His arrival.

5) Our attire represented our uniqueness, even amongst ourselves. The colors of our garments were indicative of different gifts, talents, life experiences, callings...but we were all dressed in wedding garments. We were 'betrothed', but we weren't yet fully married. We all knew we were going to marry the same man and there was no jealousy among us. We were not jealous of one another’s gifts or talents…or anything. We were overjoyed that we would be marrying Him!

6) We weren't just standing around, waiting. We were busy - joyfully busy - preparing. We're not just to be hidden away in a corner in a palace...waiting for Him to show up. We're to be busy - much like He was busy...about His Father's business. If we are not, then we are asleep. He's coming for the bride who is like He is - in pursuit of Father's will for this world. As it says in scripture, we are to be active!

Luke 12:35-40 says, 35 “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

Matthew 25:1-13 says, “Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5 As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6 But at midnight there was a cry, ‘Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.’ 7 Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11 Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ 12 But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

I want to leave you with one more scripture that comes to mind…

It’s in Revelation 19:-6-9

6 Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out,

“Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”—

for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.” And he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”

Please keep Chuck in prayer, as he is very busy with projects that need his attention right now. He sends his love to each one of you and wants you to know that you are in his prayers every day. He will continue to respond to comments and work on music as time permits, and he will be back again next month with his article for the newsletter. Until then, he hopes you are enjoying his music on both of our channels and is looking forward to all our Father has in store for you and for the ministry!

Have you SUBSCRIBED to Chuck Adkins Music on YouTube?
Blessings!

MEDITATE ON HIM DAY & NIGHT | INSTRUMENTAL CHRISTIAN MUSIC, FLUTE, ELECTRONIC ORCHESTRA, WORSHIP

MESSAGES FROM OUR MINISTRY TEAM

“Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiing s real fact what is not revealed to the senses].And whatever you do, do it heartily unto the Lord, and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” (Heb.11:1 AMPC)

Faith is not passive! It doesn't just say, "Well, I believe....." and it is a nice, comforting thought. Faith is action! It is ACTING OUT the belief that is in our hearts and minds.It is ACTION! If we say that Jesus Christ is Lord, FAITH denies the attitudes and mindsets that WE are "lords" of our lives. It REPLACES SELF our OUR belief that WE are in control, with CHRIST, the MIND of Christ and His commands to obey Him regardless of what WE think about this and that, but God's will becomes the motivating force to live by. Peter gave us an amazing example of this. Let's look!

Peter was a commercial fisherman. He knew like the back of his hand the weather, the treacherous waters of the Lake that he daily traversed to catch fish. He knew the dynamics of the storms, and how they sprung up and the supreme dangers that they faced, especially if they were to fall overboard. There was never any question in HIS mind what would happen to a person out in the middle of the lake if they were to fall into the water in the middle of a storm.....they would drown. It was a given. The laws of nature regarding this were embedded in his mind. But in Matt. 14:22-33 there is the amazing story of a man whose faith and trust in His God, in the Lord Jesus Christ overrode his knowledge of what would happen to him if he put his faith and trust in this amazing Man who was "God WiTH us" - Emmanuel!

Jesus came to them in the night across the water. They saw Him coming and they were afraid! WHAT and WHO was this vision appearing on the waves before them? When He had revealed Himself to them, Peter did something that would have appeared insane to the other fishermen on the boat - he called to Jesus to command him to come to Him over the water! Peter put His trust and faith in action - he quelled the whisper of the enemy that told him, "You're crazy! You'll DROWN!" and with his eyes firmly fixed on the outstretched hand of His Lord, he stepped out of the boat and began to walk towards Jesus. Of course the enemy wanted him to take his eyes off Jesus so attempted to distract him. The wind whipped up a wave and he wavered momentarily, turning his eyes AWAY from Jesus' outstretched hand, and he began to sink. Fear rose in his throat and he cried out to Jesus, "Lord, save me!" his hand reaching out and up to the focus of his faith. Immediately Jesus took a hold of him and drew him back. What Jesus said to Peter was what He says to us when likewise we take our eyes off Him, believing that our circumstances will take us out!....

"O you of little faith, why did you doubt?
" (v.31) We must, by putting into ACTION our faith and trust in Him, rob doubt of its power to drown us in the storms of this world.

What did he say to His disciples, on the other occasion when He was sound asleep in the stern of their little boat in the midst of the storm? "
Why are you so fearful? How is it that you have no faith?”(Mark 4:40) Is "God With Us" asleep in your boat with you today as you are being tossed by the storms of life? Take a leaf out of Peter's book, and believe that if our eyes are fastened on Jesus, and we are obeying in response to our faith, He will not allow us to sink. If He is asleep in your boat with you, why would you have anything less than perfect faith and trust in Him to be with you?

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He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High, abides under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, HE is my Refuge and my Fortress, my GOD! - IN HIM I WILL TRUST!" (Ps.91:1-2)

Meet Clare Watts!

MEET THE TEAM | CLARE & VICKY | 6 24 2022

Just a little throwback to 2018… Hold Fast!!!

HOLD FAST! - 4.20.2020

Please let us know if you need prayer. We are always praying for you, but if you have a specific prayer request please send it to Teresa, our Prayer Team Leader at Prayers@vickyandchuck.com, and she will get it out to the team. Be as specific or non-specific as you want to be. We will absolutely be praying.

Also, if you would like to join the Prayer Team, contact Teresa at that same email address and she will get in touch with you as soon as she can. She’s one busy gal right now! Just had a beautiful baby boy a couple of months ago and is now helping pack up the household for a move far out the state where they currently reside. I’m sure she would appreciate your prayers, too!

Here’s the email address to submit requests or to join the team: Prayers@VickyandChuck.com

Thanks!

Vicky

There have been a number of our brothers and sisters in Christ who have messaged or emailed me regarding ways to connect with others who are interested in being part of an ‘Acts 1’ community. They feel called to be in an environment where others of like mind are in near proximity, for many reasons. Considering the conditions of the world today and especially considering that Father said we are to connect with others in His family, we want to make it possible for people to find each other!

There are followers of Yeshua/Jesus all around the world who are hungry to fellowship and live near other believers, but they are having a hard time making those connections. If you are interested in finding other believers who follow this ministry and may live in your area, please send an email to Kacy at vineyardconnections@outlook.com and she will send you info to get the process started. Also, please include your location. The more specific you are, the better the chances of finding someone near you.

We do NOT have a huge list of people looking into this right now, but even if only 2 families end up finding each other, that is a blessing. Also, please be prayerful about making any contact with someone you don’t already know. Just pray! Father will lead you!!!

We’re praying our way through this and want to find out if anyone in ‘This Little Corner of Father’s Vineyard’ wants to be involved. Thanks for being here! We love you all!!!

Vicky