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In DESPERATION

Guest Post by Ray Kingrea of  Tree of Life Ministries Pastor Kingrea writes “The Journey” posts daily via his Facebook page.  Follow him on Facebook here. The JOURNEY – Psalm 34:6 NLT – “In my desperation I prayed and the Lord listened; He saved me from all my troubles.” Ever been in a really bad place or bad spot? It can be really upsetting and unsettling to be in a place where you can’t see to find your way out. You cannot only be in a bad place physically, but a bad place emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. When you can’t get out…

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Prayer, Not Just a Task

Guest Post by Lenny Hall of Sons of Thunder Ministries “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut the door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” -Matthew 6:6 Why do I have a “quiet time” or spend time in the “prayer closet” with God? Why am I in the secret place? The reason we live a life of devotion and go into the secret place is for one reason: It’s where He is. We…

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Focus

Guest Post by Ray Kingrea of  Tree of Life Ministries Pastor Kingrea writes “The Journey” posts daily via his Facebook page.  Follow him on Facebook here. The JOURNEY- FOCUS – 1Tim.6:11 MSG – “But you, Timothy, man of God: Run for your life from all this.” I honestly have to admit that its hard for me to focus. It always has been. I’ve always struggled in a crowd or classroom to focus on what was the center of attention. If a person got up, someone was talking, or even a bird flying by a window, it would throw me off…

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5 Lessons to Teach Kids

This original blog posting can be found at Family Christian’s website.  Links included within will take you to their site for additional available resources.   from Family Christian’s blog post on September 22, 2016: “Math, science, art and history – your kids learn a lot in the classroom but what about at home? As parents who are raising ambassadors for Christ, it’s important to make sure an understanding of God’s Word is part of the equation. That’s why we’ve outlined five lessons to teach your children that align with God’s will for them…. Love…

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Cheerful

Guest Post by Ray Kingrea of  Tree of Life Ministries Pastor Kingrea writes “The Journey” posts daily via his Facebook page.  Follow him on Facebook here. The JOURNEY- Cheerful – 1Thess.5:15 – Be cheerful no matter what… 1 Thessalonians 5:15 — 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.  —– New International Version (NIV) I’m a typically cheerful person. I really try to not let much in life determine who Christ is in me and wants to be through me but there are times when…

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On Track

Guest Post by Ray Kingrea of  Tree of Life Ministries Pastor Kingrea writes “The Journey” posts daily via his Facebook page.  Follow him on Facebook here. The JOURNEY – On Track – Philippians 4:1 (MSG) “…Stay on track, steady in God.” You ever really take the time to watch a train? I’ve always been pretty fascinated by trains. I know it may seem kind of simply boring to some just watching a train go one direction at a relatively slow speed, but I love watching a train. Trains are steady, powerful and dependable. Seldom do you hear of a train…

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The Gate is Open

Today’s blog post is share from Jen Hatmaker’s website blog. “I’m a big fan of freedom, of wide-open spaces, of not being confined and imprisoned and stuck. This is absolutely God’s craving for us too: “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery” (Galatians 5:1). That first sentence is everything. Why did Jesus set us free? So we would be free.” To read the full post from her blog on October 22, 2015, please click here.   #WednesdayWordforWomen

God's Purpose For Teens

Help Teenagers Live God’s Purposes

Shared Blog Post, Written by Rick Warren:  The original and full post can be seen on ChurchLeaders.com. Help Teenagers Live God’s Purposes The most fundamental question that teenagers in your community will ever wrestle with is, “Why am I here?” Unlike past generations, teens today aren’t looking for the meaning of life. Instead, they’re searching for meaning in life, a purpose for living, something that makes their lives worth living. The fact is they’re seeking the very thing for which God made them, and that’s why it’s important that you consistently teach teens about their purpose in life. …. Rick Warren continues by listing five purposes…

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Most Important

Guest Post by Ray Kingrea of  Tree of Life Ministries Pastor Kingrea writes “The Journey” posts daily via his Facebook page.  Follow him on Facebook here. The JOURNEY – Most Important – Phil. 3:8 MSG – “all the things I once thought were so important are gone from my life…I’ve dumped it all in the trash so that I could embrace Christ” I’ve learned that I consistently need to ask myself this question, “What’s most important?” If you’ve ever cleaned out your desk or garage, if you’ve ever been short on time, if you have kids, or if you’ve ever…