Smoky Mountain Trader

June 20, 2019

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©SMTPUB INC LIST YOUR CHURCH OR MINISTRY EVENT ON THIS PAGE! E-mail: ads@thesmtrader.com or Fax: 423-587-2906 Outdoor Truths Living by Living by Living by In my area, June has been a very pleasant month for outdoor activities. There have been many days where the mornings have had a nip to them and where the midday seemed almost deplete of any humidity. These will soon be overcome by the sweltering days of August. But until then I will savor each moment. Fishing has become the pastime of most outdoorsmen. Many of these trips have a camping aspect attached which makes them even more memorable. I've already enjoyed a night on the riverbank, sitting beside a campfire. I enjoyed a baked potato cooked by the embers from the fire, along with fried redeye that was caught that evening. I often challenge myself by not taking anything of substance to eat on these trips. If I catch something, I eat. If I don't, I don't. This makes me fish for quantity and not quality. I use the bait I think is most likely to catch a fish – any fish. And what otherwise would be catch and release, is now catch and cook, even the ones that are usually considered too small. It's a fun way of really seeing if I could live off my little land. The key, however, is not having a backup plan. And to be honest, even something as little as one night without a good meal doesn't sit well with me. That's really a shame. I have never known of anyone who died from missing one meal. We Americans could stand to miss a few more. But I digress. Do you have backup plans? Most of us do. Sometimes we never know what they are until we are put in a predicament whereby plan A fails. It's at that time our mind begins to work frantically to find another way; to make it work; to adapt, overcome, improvise. And all of this sounds honorable, but did you know that real faith- the greatest faith – has no backup plans. There are no contingent strategies if plan A fails. Did you know that God calls us to trust Him in this way at times? It's true. Even in the first and most basic aspect of our hope, God asks us to trust Him to get us to Heaven. We do, and then leave it there, without any thought of what we might do if we are wrong. If God would Gary has three books that are compilations of the articles he has written for nearly 15 years. He also speaks at game dinners and men's groups for churches and associations. Gary Miller gary@outdoortruths.org For more information about Outdoor Truths visit: outdoortruths.org OutdoorTruths outdoortruths Living By Faith is also brought to you by: Living By Faith is sponsored by: ChristianBlogR CourageousChristianFather.com CourageousChristianFather.com NewHeightsKY.com NewHeightsKY.com Located At 2219 Cumberland Avenue in Middlesboro, KY At Making Ripples Training Studio. Join Us at 10:30 AM Sunday Mornings "As for me and my house we will serve the Lord" NewHeightsChurchKY CourageousChristianFather LivingByFaithPage ads@thesmtrader.com Courageous Christian Father What would it be like if Prodigal Son and Father had Facebook. Just imagine if Facebook was around in Bible times. This is imaginary and what I perceive it might have been like if they both had Facebook. The Father: The Father might be posting things about the work on the farm. Maybe even missing his son. The father would take concern in what he is posting. The father may post a picture about old faithful tractor still going at it. The Son: The Son is posting about living it up. He may even post pictures of him partying. Not to mention, the women he has on his side. The son wouldn't care what he posted. The son would brag about his lavish spending. The fancy sports car he now owns. Checking each other's profiles: The father would see how his son is heading for destruction. While the son is checking his father's Facebook and saying man I have it made here. I am living it up. I don't have to do that stuff. Full Story The full story is found in Luke 15:11- 32. Read it for yourself and then just imagine what it would have been like if the son and the father both had Facebook. This is known as the Parable of the Lost Son or even the Prodigal Son. According to dictionary.com a prodigal is a person who spends, or has spent, his or her money or substance with wasteful extravagance. In that instance the word is a noun. As an adjective it can mean, wasteful, reckless and extravagant. Summery of the ending of the story As the son realizes he has reached the bottom, he would reflect on what his father has posted and how truly blesses he was living with his father. He would then return. I am sure after the father runs to his son and hugs him that the father would want a selfie with his son. The father would post something like He's back! The father wouldn't care that his son is muddy or even covered in pig poop etc. He would still hug him and get that selfie with his son. Jesus Restores The great thing is the son is welcomed back as family and not as hired help. His son got restored! Total forgiveness. Just the same, Christ totally restores us. He forgives us totally! We must come back to him like the TBN and Big Idea Content Group have announced that they will partner to produce all new and original episodes of VeggieTales®, the leading children's faith-based property. Coming to TBN in the Fall of 2019, each episode will remain true to the classic VeggieTales brand to deliver clever storytelling, Bible based lessons, and memorable songs. The first new VeggieTales episode will be a Christmas special that will premiere during the 2019 holiday season on TBN and distributed on DVD and Digital download by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. In the new Christmas special Bob and Larry and the entire VeggieTales crew bring a fresh, new story of the promise of Christmas: God With Us. VeggieTales are making a comeback - TBN and Big Idea Content Group have announced that they will partner to produce all new and original episodes of VeggieTales®, the leading children's faith-based property. Coming to TBN in the Fall of 2019, each episode will remain true to the classic VeggieTales brand to deliver clever storytelling, Bible based lessons, and memorable songs. Other new episodes will explore beloved Bible stories and lessons, including a nine-episode series on the fruits of the Spirit, as well as new adventures starring beloved super-hero characters LarryBoy and the League of Incredible Vegetables. VeggieTales is distinguished as the most successful faith-based children's franchise of all time. "TBN is excited to partner with Big Idea Content Group to bring new life to a much- loved children's brand, These all new episodes will re-introduce VeggieTales to existing fans and remind new ones about the importance of presenting biblical values through high-quality children's entertain- ment." Tom Newman, head of Development and Production at TBN Original VeggieTales creators Phil Vischer and Mike Nawrocki will reprise their respective roles as the voices of Bob the Tomato and Larry the Cucumber. Vischer and Nawrocki will also join the creative team, led by show-runner Todd Waterman (Mulan, Transformers Prime). The episodic series will provide VeggieTales content through 2021. Big Idea Content Group and TBN are working together to launch the new episodes on the TBN broadcast channel and all other media platforms. Together with their teams, they will develop a comprehensive and extensive marketing plan to support domestic and international distribution. TBN has led the way in expanding the ask us to trust Him in this, without any backup plans, why would He not ask us to trust Him this way in other matters as well? He would and He does. My friend, don't think it strange if God asks you to do something and leaves no room for contin- gencies. He is simply testing the depth of your faith. Real faith jumps far enough out, leaving no possibility of reaching back to anything that might be attached to the security that we just left. Sometimes it's God or nothing. 2019 Sunday Services 1st Service at 9:00 A.M. 2nd Service at 10:30 A.M. Wednesday Services Discipleship Classes 6-8 PM Men, Women and Children thetruelifechurch.com 860 E Hwy 11 E | Jefferson City, TN 37760 (865) 471-5530 June 17- True Life Church June 21 860 E. Hwy. 11E, Jefferson City, TN 6-8:30 PM Grades 1-5 CourageousChristianFather ChristianBlogR Steve Patterson manofresolution@me.com www.courageouschristianfather.com Continue Reading at: Continue Reading at: courageouschristianfather.com/ what-if-the-prodigal-son-father-had-facebook/ courageouschristianfather.com/ veggietales-are-making-a-comeback/ What if the Prodigal Son ... VeggieTales are making a comeback Vacation Bible School Events The Living by Faith page will print your Church/Ministry news, Vacation Bible School or Church/Ministry Event, based on space availability. The Living by Faith page runs in the Smoky Mountain Trader and also the Tri-State Connection also based on space. For possible inclusion please. These events or news may be also published CourageousChristianFather.com E-mail: ads@thesmtrader.com - Fax: 423-587-2906 Deadline is Tuesday at 5 P.M. for current week publication. 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