STANLEY D GALE
The grace that stimulates the fruit and maturity of a sanctified life comes to us through Jesus Christ. We bear much fruit only as we abide in Him. In A Vine-Ripened Life, author Stanley Gale points us to Jesus, the Vine of life of John 15, in whom we, as branches, must live and grow to bear the fruit of a grace-grown life. He explains, “Having begun in Christ we remain in Christ, continuing to draw our life from Him and maturing in grace.” With pastoral sensitivity and an engaging style, Gale teaches readers both about the fruit of Christian character and how to cultivate it. Questions at the end of each chapter make this an ideal study for individuals or groups.
Stanley D. Gale serves as senior minister of The Reformed Presbyterian Church, West Chester, Pennsylvania. He is the author of numerous books and articles, leads seminars on various topics, and is the founder of Community Houses of Prayer (www.CHoPministry.net).
“A Vine-Ripened Life will encourage, empower, and equip you to be all you can be in Christ so you are able to produce fruit in accordance with God’s Word and will. Stan Gale has whet my appetite, and I look forward to devouring his next publication!” — Leslie Montgomery, author of The Faith of Condoleezza Rice and Redemptive Suffering
“Faith, the writer of Hebrews insists (11:1), comes with evidence. You can see faith as it flowers, comes to fruition, and offers itself to others for their benefit. The fruit of faith comes from the indwelling Spirit of Christ, who, working with the Word of God, anchors us in the glory of the Lord and transforms us into the image of Jesus. The result is glorious spiritual fruit to bless the world. What’s our role in this? Simply put: abide. Abide in the Vine, whence flows the spiritual nourishment and renewing water to enable us to realize our potential as ingrafted vine-dwellers. Intrigued? Then read this book. Stan Gale knows a thing or two about abiding in the Lord Jesus, and this little volume brings his profound, winsome, and penetrating insights to entice, enrich, and enlarge your experience of Jesus Christ, our Vine.” — T. M. Moore, principal, The Fellowship of Ailbe, and content manager for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview
“This was too important to read just once. The possibilities for growth were too good to pass up, so I read it again. So consider reading it this way: go through it slowly, try to do it with someone else, read it aloud, and pray together as you go. Blessing and growth will follow.” — Edward T. Welch, counselor and faculty member at the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) and author of When People Are Big and God Is Small.