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Everything You Need

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- Everything You Need – 2Thess.1:2 MSG – Our God gives you everything you need, makes you everything you’re to be. Why is it that, just when we think we have everything we need, we find something else that we think we need? I think we often have a hard time defining what a need really is. I’ve seen people, including myself, that have felt like they needed something so bad and then after…

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Facing the Giant of Self

Guest Post by Lenny Hall of Sons of Thunder Ministries. Facing the Giant of Self Read the story of David and Goliath:  1 Samuel, chapter 17 One of the greats in scripture was king David. He is a great example of what to do, and more importantly what not to do. His life ended, and he still held the title “man after Gods own heart.”  Which would make him a great success in my head. Let’s start with Davids beginnings as a shepherd boy. He probably didn’t…

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Meanwhile…

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- 2.Thess.2:13 MSG – Meanwhile, we’ve got our hands full continually thanking God for you, our good friends-so loved by God. You ever thought about “meanwhile” things before? “Meanwhile” is what goes on while some thing or some other things are going on. We don’t often think about God working in the meanwhile. We think that He’s not doing much while we’re all upset, worried, or afraid. We think that nothing is going…

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….

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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;…

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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…

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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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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…

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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…