Teens and Phones

Give Your Kids A Way Out

Parents have a lot more to deal with in the current culture than our parents before us.  Technology via mobile phones have invaded our lives.  And it can be downright scary with games that allow total strangers to chat our primary school-aged kids up!  With all the games that are out there, it’s hard to keep up with what each does and allows.  Really… it’s quite impossible.  Parents ultimately need to have a good relationship and be watching what their kids are playing and how they are interacting and of course… have open communication about the do’s and don’ts….


What’s New? News and Updates!

Quick blog post with news updates……(some details are subject to change) Registration for Merchandise Vendors is NOW OPEN!  Remember that all merchant vendors must be pre-approved.  Start by filling out a form, located here and then contact Mandie Bishop.  The cost of Vendor Fee is simply purchasing a ticket for the event.  Each person helping your booth must purchase an event ticket. All general admission tickets will be available at the GATE this year.  So no need to worry about incurring extra fees through an online system!  😉  Friday night adult tickets (ages 13+) will be $5;…

gas stove burn, pain and healing

Faith, Hope and Life Lessons

Faith is defined as “a complete trust or confidence in someone or something; a strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual understanding rather than proof.”  We often hear people question, “Well, if God’s so real, then why __________?”  That blank can be filled in with things like “Why can’t I see Him?”, “Why do bad things happen?”, “Why is there death and illnesses like cancer?”  We are just like a child asking the infinite number of “Why?” questions…. questions that are often valid questions and ones even believers can sometimes struggle with when it…

man, open arms, intimacy with God

False Intimacy With God

Guest Post by Lenny Hall of Sons of Thunder Ministries. The Birth of Isaac 21 Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. 2 Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him. 3 Abraham gave the name Isaac[

Acacia Tree, Surviving During Hard Times

Surviving Difficult Times

From Devotional Reading Plans through The Bible App:  Chasing The Light by Dave Adamson for more devotional reading plans, visit www.bible.com and sign up for a reading plan of your choice. This is an acacia tree in the desert of Israel. This tree has been designed by God to survive decades of intense heat and drought. It can survive tough circumstances because it has a deep root system to sustain it during the hardest of times. Even during a time of drought, this tree is still able to bless local residents by providing shade during the day and wood for fire…

laundry basket

Cheerful, Thankful Hearts

Written by Teresa Martin, who also blogs at frazzledazzlemama.com. As I got ready to get in the shower before going to work the other morning, I noticed the laundry hamper was overflowing again and I had just washed all the clothes the day before.  Where did these clothes suddenly come from?  Likely the floor from my family’s bedrooms!  But as I felt myself wanting to grumble, I changed my look on things and instead thought the following: “I’m thankful that I have a washing machine, so I don’t have to go to a creek or a river.” “I’m thankful that…


Talk Less

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- TALK LESS – 1Tim.6:21 MSG – “People caught up in a lot of talk can miss the point of faith…” Everyone has an opinion nowadays. I have one, you have one, all God’s children has an opinion. Everyone has a perspective they want people to see or a point they want to make. Everyone has a voice they want heard. At times, I think our testimony of faith would be more effective if…

brotherly love


Guest Post by Lenny Hall of Sons of Thunder Ministries, with a special thanks to Al Robertson and his notes from Duck Commander Study Bible. 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” — John 13:34-35 (NIV) The fastest way to ruin your fellowship with others is to allow envy, boasting, or pride to stir up trouble in…

Worry, Stress


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- WORRIED -Prov.12:25 MSG – “Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging words cheers a person up.” Google “what worry does” and see what pops up. I don’t need to go into a long list of negatives about what worry does to the brain and body. Worry is probably one of the most unhealthy things we can do in life. One study found that 85% of what we worry about never even occurs. The sum of…

kid reading Bible

3 Kids Bibles that will Engage Your Child

Parents want to be sure to train up their children as God instructs.  However, some parents struggle with the best ways to do that. Certainly modeling a walk with God is of utmost importance, and reading His word to them and encouraging them as they learn to read, to read themselves.  The Bible can often be challenging to read for kids, and so Family Christian offers some suggestions to finding just the right one.  From the FamilyChristian.com blog: Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as…