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February 26, 2015 / The Vine Community Church

Level Ground

I’m not sure how to say this, so lets just get started.

Where you standing?

The ground is level at the foot of the cross.

“There is always room at the cross.” We talk like that with all our Christian verbiage, trying to get a nice comforting message across to those that are wandering.

Where you standing?

“Those poor lost souls. How sad. Let me do what I can to get them here, where I’m at.”

Where you standing?

On a hill of judgment knee deep in righteous deeds ready to welcome the lost. But, can they reach you?

Where you standing?

Your righteous deeds that make you feel full, even as you look at your brother in Christ and think, “hmm, I’m glad I’m not you.”

Where you standing?

“I’m glad I’m not struggling. I’m glad it’s not hard to be where I’m at. It’s cause I work hard, don’t do this and don’t do that. Was that you in a bar?! You’re wearing that?!”

Your righteous deeds are nothing. We all are unclean. Stop thinking you’re doing it better cause that’s just mean.

The ground is level, you say. Level for who? Those just like you?

“Bring the lost to the cross I’ll teach them, you’ll see, not to be like Jesus but to be like me.”

“But as for my brothers and sisters, I’m not sure. They’re not getting this right. They need a cure.”

Where you standing?

I’ll tear you down for what you do. “That’s not how to reach people. That just won’t work. Let’s keep having our conferences and singing our songs, making sure our kids are happy and nothing goes wrong.”

“Don’t set foot in that pub or in that old park, that place is too dark. Surrounded by alcohol, drugs, music, culture and art.”

Where you standing?

“That stuff is for the world and don’t you see? Christians are people like me.”

No. I see Jesus. The one who came into the world for the fame of the Father not me. Who wasn’t afraid to reach out His hand and touch a leper to heal a man.

Where you standing?

No. I see people, not drunks, thugs, druggies, whores or single mommas.

Where you standing?

He ate with sinners, the lame, the unclean; had friends that were too busy and some that were thieves. Talked with adulteress women that should’ve been stoned, because He saw a woman when He let down His hand and drew in the sand.

Where you standing?

Stop seeing the sinners and the places they dwell as someplace untouchable we dare not to tread. Stop seeing your brothers with a swelled sense of pride, don’t forget it was also for them He hung there and He died.

Where you standing? Is it a hill higher than others?

So get out of your “pulpits” and into your streets. Stop looking at your brother and hold His hand cause we are all fighting for the same Man.

Where you standing?

So what should I do? I don’t know. It’s up to you. I wont be watching, whatever you choose, cause I am looking at Jesus, not you.



February 23, 2015 / The Vine Community Church

Rejoice in Suffering – Sermon, Sunday, February 22, 2015

February 19, 2015 / The Vine Community Church

I Can’t Do This!

A couple of weeks ago, TVCC hosted the IF:Gathering, a conference for women out of Austin, TX. So, as Media Director, it was my job to make sure the live stream was working, turn on the sound and projection and be available if anything went wrong.

On top of my normal TVCC work week, I own my own photography/videography business and I was really behind on editing. My plan was to make sure everything was running the way it was supposed to and then leave. I planned to spend some time where I wouldn’t be distracted (good luck finding that place in Clovis!) so I could finish editing. But, the closer we got to the start, the more I felt as though I should stay. I felt God prompting me, not audibly, but in spirit to stay and specifically to listen to Jennie Allen.

I chose to hang around and edit in the back while the conference started and, lo and behold, the first speaker was Jennie Allen. It was exactly what I needed to hear (of course). While she had some great things to say, the phrase that got me the most was one of the first things she said, “I don’t do this.”

She seemed nervous. Maybe a little scattered?

Thank God! Someone else in this world feels what I feel!!!

I don’t do this! I can’t do this! Anyone that knows me, knows I can lead a song, but I don’t speak in front of people. I literally take in so much breath and can’t get it out of me. My thoughts are disconnected, I get lost, I use fillers like “ugh” and I sound crazy. I can make a video but I’m not organized, I don’t schedule, my desk (as well as my mind) are a complete mess. I love teens but I don’t speak, I don’t know what to say when they’re going through rough things I’ve never experienced and I sure don’t know how to answer half the biblical questions they ask me (geez, teens are so smart these days).

But, Jennie did it. And she was awesome! (Sooo much better than I would have ever been in front of all those people!) She spoke and God used her. I mean, she founded IF:Gathering and it was amazing how many women around the world were tuned in.

God did it through her.

At the end of the sessions, there were cards available that said:

IF _______________, then ________________.

I wrote in my notebook, IF God is writing the story, then I can.

So, for lack of a better explanation, I’ve kind of developed a little woman crush on good ol’ Jennie. I started following her on social media and she posted a photo the other day that was a reminder of how to overcome what I’ve been struggling with, which is feeling like Gideon. (Hello, God! You’ve got it wrong! I’m not strong enough! I’m not brave enough! I’m not good enough! Surely, this is a joke, right?)


I know God is leading me to do big things, and holy smokes, is it scary!! But, I’m going to do it anyway. I’ll follow whatever He wants for me.

And so, I just want to encourage you. No matter who you are, no matter how you are, no matter what God has called you to do, when you stand before the giant army, when the walls seem too tall to climb, when you’re took weak to go on or you just don’t feel worthy, remember these two things (maybe even say them out loud):

1. I can’t do this but I’m doing it anyway.

2. If God is writing the story, then I CAN.

– Whitney

February 15, 2015 / The Vine Community Church

Hope – Sermon, Sunday, February 15, 2015

February 12, 2015 / The Vine Community Church

God’s Love

Love is in the air! I have been thinking about God’s love. It’s unending, unfailing and faithful all the time. We don’t like to make it that simple do we?

I struggle with how God can love me knowing the things that I have done. I see others that appear to have it more together and think it must be easier for God to love them.

We all have wondered how God can love someone that we perceive as good as much as someone that we perceive as bad. We all do it. We try to create God in our image, instead of remembering on a daily bases that we are created in His image. We tend to love ourselves and others based on the behavior.

The truth is God loves through blessings, answered prayer, constant care, intervention, interruption, correction, beautiful creation, His word, the list goes on and on.

God is love! He will always show love. None of us deserve it, yet He wants to give it to us, which makes it a love like no other.

“The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.” 2 Corinthians 13:13

Happy Valentine’s Day!

– Diana

February 9, 2015 / The Vine Community Church

Blessed – Sermon, Sunday, February 8, 2015

February 2, 2015 / The Vine Community Church

Justified by Faith – Sermon, Sunday, February 1, 2015


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