Year End Message 2018

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Beloved Friends,

Thank you for standing with us during 2018. We are honored by your desire to journey forward alongside our team as we witness together all our Awesome Father is doing around the world through this ministry.

Blazing Trees creates the most innovative resources for frontier missions in the world, equipping followers of Jesus to fulfill the Great Commission – without boundaries.

As we look forward to 2019, thank you for standing among hundreds of others who are praying fervently and giving generously so that our Blazing Trees team can continue our momentum in making the complex simple.

Here is just part of what we will be doing in 2019:

  • Producing the Storytellers book – 250 Bible stories in 21 story sets with drawings, teaching notes, discussion guides, and training videos on our YouTube channel.
  • Establishing 120 Maranatha Storyteller teams worldwide: disciples who pray and tell stories.
  • Encouraging and praying with many broken and suffering missionaries scattered across the earth.

Thank you everyone who has already given online or mailed a Year End gift. You can still make your Year End gift by clicking the link below.

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Merry Christmas! Storytellers Video Gift

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Please enjoy our Blazing Trees Christmas gift for you: a new prayer video entitled “Storytellers” with the names of dozens of stories throughout the Bible.

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Beloved and Cherished Friends,

Our hearts are full of gratitude this Christmas knowing we have loving and loyal companions like you and your family praying for and taking care of our mission team.

Have you heard the Good News? Our God so loved the world that he sent his one and only begotten Son to rescue the world, and anyone who calls on his name and believes that God raised him from the dead will be saved. Glory, hallelujah! Hosanna in the highest!

The shepherds saw Jesus and rejoiced; the wise men from the East saw Jesus and rejoiced; Simeon and Anna saw Jesus and rejoiced; and all the hosts of heaven saw the Word wrapped up and embraced in Mary’s arms and shouted for joy, singing worship anthems unto the Most High. Our Messiah King has come, and he will return soon. Maranatha, praise the Lord!

“Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens, praise him from the skies! Praise him, all his angels, all the armies of heaven!

Praise him, sun and moon, all you twinkling stars! Praise him, skies above, you vapors high above the clouds! Let every created thing give praise to the Lord, for he issued his command, and they came into being. He set them in place forever and ever, and his decree will never be revoked.

Praise the Lord from the earth, you creatures of the ocean depths, fire and hail, snow and clouds, wind and weather that obey him, mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all livestock, small scurrying animals and birds.

Praise the Lord, kings of the earth and all people, rulers and judges of the earth, young men and young women, old men and children. Let everyone and all creation praise the name of the Lord, for his name is very great; his glory towers over the earth and heaven!

Our God has made his people strong, honoring his faithful ones, the people of Israel who are close to him. Praise the Lord!” (Psalm 148, New Living Translation)

Thank you so much for being willing to stand with us, risk with us, and love us. We love you, and our team is praying for you and your family.

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Immanuel’s Advent Stories – Part One

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As we prepare to put 2018 to rest, everyone who loves Jesus is making holiday celebration plans. Our Draw Disciples team has developed an exciting gift to give you and your family this year: a new Bible story set to help you walk through Jesus’ Nativity stories.

We will send you three stories each week. By Christmas, you will have all twelve stories in the set as an Advent gift from our Blazing Trees family. We hope you enjoy drawing these stories as a family, because we are confident these stories will draw you closer to our Lord Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit’s presence, peace, and power.

Your first three stories are below.

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Immanuel Prophecy – Isaiah 7

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  1. David’s House: house, crown, rod & staff, stars – The virgin birth prophecy was spoken to David’s family.
  2. Isaiah & Ahaz: prophet & king – God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to King Ahaz about Jesus’ birth.
  3. Messiah Sign: virgin & baby – The sign of Israel’s Messiah is a virgin giving birth to a child named Immanuel.
  4. Promised Victory: sword & crowns – Before the Messiah’s birth, Israel’s two enemies would be defeated.

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Peaceful Prince – Isaiah 9

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  1. Hope Dawns: dark land & sunrise – The coming of the Messiah will be like a sunrise over a forsaken land.
  2. War’s End: warrior & harvest – A sign of the Messiah’s coming will be the end of war and a great harvest.
  3. Peaceful Prince: prince & dove – God’s Messiah will be his Son; a divine prince who brings peace to Israel.
  4. Justice Kingdom: rod, staff, balance scales – The Messiah will rule with righteous justice and holy wisdom.

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Righteous King – Isaiah 11

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  1. Fruitful Roots: tree stump & fruitful branch – Our Savior will be a descendant of Jesse filled with the Holy Spirit.
  2. Bondage Breaker: warrior king & broken chains – The Messiah will listen to God and liberate the poor.
  3. Fearless Culture: serpent & child – Two signs of the Messiah is safety in the land and banishment of fear.
  4. World Peace: sea, mountain, sunrise – The Righteous King will fill the earth with worship and God’s wisdom.

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Want more stories? Please visit blazingtrees.org/storytellers

Thank you so much for being willing to stand with us, risk with us, and love us. We love you, and our team is praying for you and your family.

#Maranatha

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Immanuel Prophecy Story Video

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We hope you enjoy drawing the first story in our Immanuel’s Advent story series.

We have developed 12 Nativity stories for you to share with others as the Holy Spirit guides you.

Want more stories? Please visit blazingtrees.org/storytellers

Immanuel Prophecy Story – Isaiah 7:10-16

  • David’s House: house, crown, rod & staff, stars – The virgin birth prophecy was spoken to David’s family.
  • Isaiah & Ahaz: prophet & king – God spoke through the prophet Isaiah to King Ahaz about Jesus’ birth.
  • Messiah Sign: virgin & baby – The sign of Israel’s Messiah is a virgin giving birth to a child named Immanuel.
  • Promised Victory: sword & crowns – Before the Messiah’s birth, Israel’s two enemies would be defeated.

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The Storytellers Bible project is an innovative resource for Bible storytelling. We believe that all anyone needs to make disciples is God’s presence and power through the indwelling Holy Spirit and the stories of the Bible.

This project is supported by many generous givers just like you.

Thanks for watching, and thank you so much for all the love, prayers, and generosity.

#Maranatha

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Faith Journey Prayer Video

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We are called by God to live by faith and not by sight. Jesus told Thomas after his resurrection from the dead that the greater blessing in heaven is for those who have not seen and yet still believe.

Our Father invites us every day to trust him with all our hearts and flee from dependence upon our own strength. It’s not by our strength or our knowledge, but by the power of Jesus’ Holy Spirit that God’s kingdom comes here on earth.

We believe this Faith Journey prayer will uplift and encourage your soul today, that you will be reminded that you are not alone, that our God is greater, our God is stronger, that he is Immanuel, “God with us,” that he has not forsaken or forgotten us.

Instead, he loves us beyond what we can comprehend, and that he is always speaking to us every day and night.

Let us listen to our Good Shepherd’s voice.

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The Seraphim River project is an initiative of Blazing Trees to innovate resources for prayer and worship, and this project is supported by many generous people just like you.

Feeling generous? Please visit blazingtrees.org and select “Give.”

Thanks for listening, and thank you so much for all the love, prayers, and generosity.

#Maranatha

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Zion Journey Dream Video

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So many people experience difficulty understanding how the decisions they make today have everlasting effects.

As followers of Jesus, we are called to love God with all our hearts, love all the nations unconditionally, and make disciples of everyone with whom the Holy Spirit gives us influence.

This video showcases one of the destiny dreams we have received as a ministry family. We are fellow pilgrims, sojourners in a world culture foreign to us, walking day by day, step by step with the Holy Spirit and one another.

Please enjoy this story about our faith journey with Jesus.

The Destiny Dreams project is an initiative of Blazing Trees to innovate resources for dream and vision interpretation and spontaneous prayer, and this project is supported by many generous people just like you.

Thanks for listening, and thank you so much for all the love, prayers, and generosity.

#Maranatha

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Thanksgiving 2018 Letter

Today on Thanksgiving, your Blazing Trees family is actively praying, asking God for these three blessings for you and your family.

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Rest

First, we want rest for our Blazing Trees family. Psalm 62:1-2 teaches us about rest, “I am at rest in God alone; my salvation comes from him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I will never be shaken.” (CSB)

We live in busy times. We are all witnessing an acceleration of distractions and a devastating competition for our time. Daily rest is just about impossible these days. Fortunately, what is impossible for man is so easy for God. We want rest for our friends, rest that is refreshing and restorative. We want you to see that rest is freely available every moment in the presence of God. We want you to experience this rest all of your days; to cease from striving and enjoy his rest.

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Trust

Second, we want trust for our Blazing Trees family. Psalm 28:7 teaches us about trust, “The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped; therefore, my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise him.” (NKJV)

Trust flows from rest. As we rest in our Father’s arms and experience his promises and power, our trust begins to flourish. We begin to depend once more upon the God of our forefathers, our Creator and Sustainer, the Shepherd and Overseer of our souls, the Navigator of our life journey, the Wonderful Counselor of our daily decisions. We want you to trust God, to depend alone upon him with every breath.

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Courage

Third, we want courage for our Blazing Trees family. Second Corinthians 12:10 teaches us about courage, “Now I take limitations in stride, and with good cheer, these limitations that cut me down to size – abuse, accidents, opposition, bad breaks. I just let Christ take over! And so the weaker I get, the stronger I become.” (MSG)

Courage flows from trust. Because we rest in God alone, and because we trust our Father to take care of us, our courage blazes brightly through the darkest of nights. Even when we walk through Death’s shadow, we are not afraid. Our God is greater, our God is stronger. We want John Baptizer’s anointing: less of me, more of the Holy Spirit. We want you to embrace your weaknesses and persevere to the end of days. We are never alone, we are free in Christ, and every challenge we face is worth it all to bring glory, honor, praise, and renown to our Beloved King. Glory, hallelujah! Hosanna in the highest!

Thanksgiving Prayer

Father, we release these three thanksgiving blessings over our  Blazing Trees family today with power and authority in the name of Jesus: blessings of rest, trust, and courage. Thank you for providing for us and protecting our loved ones, and for all that you have taught us. We delight in your presence and love for us, and we move forward together, side by side, with one heart and one mind in Jesus’ name, amen. Maranatha!

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Resurrection Identity Video

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We have a beloved friend who tried to commit suicide a couple weeks ago. Through Jesus’ powerful grace, our friend was saved, he was rescued and delivered, and now he is worshipping Jesus and following him with fresh faith and renewed perseverance as the Holy Spirit guides him through each new day.

Because Jesus is our Resurrection King, we are born again. Because God is our Beloved Father, we are his sons and daughters. Because the Holy Spirit is our Compassionate Companion, we are his friends. Because our Father is our Ancient of Days, we are heirs of his dominion.

Because Jesus is our Salvation Messiah, we are priests of the nations. Because Jesus is Heaven’s Door, we are his ambassadors, his heralds to all those wandering and searching for the Truth.

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The Seraphim River project is an initiative of Blazing Trees to innovate resources for prayer and worship, and this project is supported by many generous people just like you.

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Generosity Verses

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Our Blazing Trees Wellspring Streams project is about generosity. We believe everyone has a calling and destiny to live generous lives by receiving whatever our Father wants to provide and giving joyfully and freely to needs our Lord plants in each of our paths.

We hope you enjoy these Scripture verses about God’s faithfulness to provide.

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Abundant Blessings > Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Corinthians 9:7-8 NIV)

Desert Streams > See, a king will reign in righteousness and rulers will rule with justice. Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. (Isaiah 32:1-2 NIV)

Heaven’s Generosity > What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? (Romans 8:31-32 NKJV)

Satisfying Provision > The LORD supports all who fall down, straightens up all who are bent low. All eyes look to you, hoping, and you give them their food right on time, opening your hand and satisfying the desire of every living thing. The LORD is righteous in all his ways, faithful in all his deeds. The LORD is close to everyone who calls out to him, to all who call out to him sincerely. God shows favor to those who honor him, listening to their cries for help and saving them. (Psalms 145:14-19 CEB)

Thirsty Cries > Some wandered in the desolate wilderness, finding no way to a city where they could live. They were hungry and thirsty; their spirits failed within them. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; he rescued them from their distress. He led them by the right path to go to a city where they could live. Let them give thanks to the LORD for his faithful love and his wondrous works for all humanity. For he has satisfied the thirsty and filled the hungry with good things. (Psalms 107:4-9 CSB)

Wealth’s Origin > Yours, LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the splendor and the majesty, for everything in the heavens and on earth belongs to you. Yours, LORD, is the kingdom, and you are exalted as head over all. Riches and honor come from you, and you are the ruler of everything. Power and might are in your hand, and it is in your hand to make great and to give strength to all. (1 Chronicles 29:11-12 CSB)

Zion’s Windows > “Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in  my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies,” I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! Your crops will be abundant, for I will guard them from insects and disease. Your grapes will not fall from the vine before they are ripe,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for your land will be such a delight.” (Malachi 3:10-12 NLT)

May our Heavenly Father abundantly bless you and your family according to his perfect plans and sovereign will today in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.

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Sunday November 18 Event

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Please save the date!

RSVP > info@blazingtrees.org

A personal invitation to you and your family

Father Brian McVey and Church of the Advent are hosting our first official Blazing Trees event.

We will begin with a worship and prayer concert at 4:00 pm. Immediately following the concert will be a dessert & coffee fellowship with a presentation of our mission and vision for 2019.

Hal Lentz, our new Chief of Development & Communications, will be joining us from his family’s home in Sterling, CO and facilitating our gathering and presentation.

You will hear stories of how our Awesome Father is moving all over the world in nations like Russia, China, India, and Mexico. You will hear how the Holy Spirit is innovating resources in this generation. You will experience one simple way to share Bible stories with your friends.

We will share very specific ways you can pray and participate in our mission:

    • Ambassador – Spread the word about Blazing Trees.
    • Companion – Sign up to receive our communications.
    • Giver – Be generous to our team and mission as the Holy Spirit leads.
    • Intercessor – Pray daily for us. We will send you prayer cards.
    • Teammate – Volunteer with a project/mission or join our staff.

Thank you for listening, and I hope to see you at our Celebration Dessert next month!

(We will provide childcare from babies to 2nd grade)

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