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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Sunday November 18 Event

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Please save the date!

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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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Today Is Great Commission Giving Day

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2018 don jackie buegeWelcome to our Great Commission Giving Day!

Thank you so much for giving to support our mission. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at don.buege@blazingtrees.org.

All gifts given today, September 19, 2018 will be increased by a bonus pool of funds provided by some very dear friends of Blazing Trees.

Our Giving Day is a great opportunity to leverage your sacrificial gift to make an even greater kingdom impact. We are so grateful for everyone’s kindness.

Want to hear some stories about how God is moving in Russia? Let’s meet and talk.

We love you and are grateful to God for each of you.

– Don & Jackie Buege

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Our Giving Day is supported by generous givers like you.

Blazing Trees is a 501(c)(3) charity organization based in Nashville, TN that innovates mission resources and provides prayer, encouragement, and coaching to leaders and their teams scattered across the nations.

Thank you for all the love, prayers, and generosity

Maranatha!

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Blazing Trees Wild Frontier T-Shirt

Welcome to our 2nd official Blazing Trees t-shirt boost promotion! (ends Thursday, September 20) 

This month, we are featuring our Wild Frontier designs for 2019. Next year is the year of the Wild Frontier.

The front of the t-shirt is the Lion of Judah’s face. The back of the shirt is our mission name and 2019 Wild Frontier logo.

We have both regular and v-neck options. Color options include: dark heather grey, ice blue, midnight navy, and storm.  

Thank you for all the love, prayers, and generosity. Maranatha!

https://www.bonfire.com/blazing-trees-wild-frontier-t-shirt

 

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Maranatha Vision Video

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Maranatha Vision

We heard our Father say, “Keep holding fast, my beloved sons and daughters. 

You have been faithful to embrace the hope of your ancestors: a promised homeland where you will dwell together in my presence forever. 

For now, you see this paradise from a distance, but soon you will enjoy the firstfruits of your perseverance. 

You cannot imagine the beauty and majesty waiting for you, because today you wrestle temporarily against temptations and painful trials.

I am your Resurrection Life and Blessed Restoration. 

Reflect on my revelation and consider what I am about to do. 

You are following Jesus at the end of a long succession of generations. 

I have been preparing the nations for thousands of years to meet you and discover my truth through your prayers and testimonies. 

Many will reject your message; yet, I have set apart some who will listen, believe, and receive my Messiah. 

Stay alert and keep your eyes open for them.

The homeland where you are going is perfect and holy. 

You will live safely in my presence and see all my creation, delighting in the indescribable joys of my kingdom. 

Everyone will be surprised and in awe of Zion, because everyone born under the curse of Adam and Eve have only been able to experience righteousness partially. 

When you are home with me, you will see fully for the first time. 

You will be overwhelmed by my glory; you will truly be completely free.”

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What does the Holy Spirit want us to see today?

We foresee our Future Homeland in Hebrews chapter 11, verses 13 to 16.

‘These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 

But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.’

We foresee our Resurrection Reunion in 1 Thessalonians chapter four, verses 13 to 18.

Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. 

For we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him. 

According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord, will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep. 

For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. 

After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. 

And so we will be with the Lord forever. Therefore encourage one another with these words.’

We foresee Zion’s Perfection in Isaiah chapter 62, verses 1 to 5.

‘Because I love Zion, I will not keep still. Because my heart yearns for Jerusalem, I cannot remain silent. 

I will not stop praying for her until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her salvation blazes like a burning torch. 

The nations will see your righteousness. World leaders will be blinded by your glory. 

And you will be given a new name by the Lord ’s own mouth. The Lord will hold you in his hand for all to see— a splendid crown in the hand of God. 

Never again will you be called “The Forsaken City” or “The Desolate Land.” 

Your new name will be “The City of God’s Delight” and “The Bride of God,” for the Lord delights in you and will claim you as his bride. 

Your children will commit themselves to you, O Jerusalem, just as a young man commits himself to his bride. 

Then God will rejoice over you as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride.’

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Let’s pray.

Father, we love you! Blessed be the name of the Lord! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Glory, glory, hallelujah! Hosanna in the highest! Maranatha!

Father, you made a way where there was no way for all creation to come home. Our home is wherever you are. 

You are our Abba Father, and we are your sons and daughters adopted out of earth’s cursed orphanage into your eternal splendor. 

We do not have words to describe your amazing love. Who is able to write a song that captures your glory?

All the swirling galaxies scattered across our immeasurable universe move and breathe, and discover their identity and purpose alone in you. 

You are our Creator, the Lord of heaven and earth. Our planet is your footstool, and all the stars have sung your praises since creation’s first breath.

You know every hair on each of our heads, and you name every star. You count every grain of sand, and you measure every drop of water in the oceans. 

We will never know you fully, for you are infinitely powerful and mysteriously wise. We surrender in faith and rest in your amazing grace.

Speak, Lord, for your servants are listening. We seek first your kingdom and righteousness, keeping our eyes fixed always upon you. 

You are the Ancient of Days, our Faithful Shepherd and Wonderful Counselor, our Risen Glory King.

Father, you are Mankind’s Patient Potter. Jesus, you are Heaven’s Missionary. Holy Spirit, you are Heaven’s Blessing River. 

You came to seek the lost and save those forsaken in darkness and bondage. We declare resurrection life, salvation, and deliverance over every tribe, tongue, nation, and people, in Jesus’ name and for his glory we pray, amen.

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Thank you friends, for watching our Blazing Trees videos, and thank you so much for all the love, prayers, and generosity. 

Maranatha! Come quickly, Lord Jesus! 

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Episode 017 Maranatha Vision

We love you, and we praise our Messiah King Jesus Christ for this amazing opportunity to publish content here on YouTube for his global renown.

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

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LICENSING

Hebrews 11:13-16 is read from the New King James Version (NKJV) of the Holy Bible and used with permission.

1 Thessalonians 4:13-18 is read from the New International Version (NIV) of the Holy Bible and used with permission.

Isaiah 62:1-5 is read from the New Living Translation (NLT) of the Holy Bible and used with permission.

“Mountain, range, water, and cloud” photo on unsplash.com by photographer Mens Jia taken in Nam Co, China used freely with permission through a CCO license.

Overlay photo text created with iPhone WordSwag app.

Video mixed and produced on a MacBook Pro with iMovie.

Song #1: “With Love” by Flux licensed and used with permission from our paid account with soundstripe.com

Song #2: “Open Eyes” by Caleb Etheridge licensed and used with permission from our paid account with soundstripe.com

Song #3: “Quiet Strength” by Moments licensed and used with permission from our paid account with soundstripe.com

Soundscape: “Lake water ebb and flow” by Richard Humphries licensed and used with permission from our paid account with soundsnap.com

Any further questions about licensing and permissions, please leave a comment. Much love and grace everyone!

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Breakthrough Blessings

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Chasing Faith – “And often he has thrown him both into the fire and into the water to destroy him. But if you can do anything, have compassion on us and help us.” Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:22-24 NKJV)

Hannah’s Outpouring – “Not so, my lord,” Hannah replied, “I am a woman who is deeply troubled. I have not been drinking wine or beer; I was pouring out my soul to the Lord. Do not take your servant for a wicked woman; I have been praying here out of my great anguish and grief.” Eli answered, “Go in peace, and may the God of Israel grant you what you have asked of him.” (1 Samuel 1:15-17 NIV)

Perfect Will – Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. (Romans 12:1-2 HCSB)

Persistent Widow – Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to his chosen people who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? I tell you, he will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?” (Luke 18:6-8 NLT)

Prayer Endurance – “Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” (Matthew 7:7-8 NLT)

Powerful Strength – May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience, with joy giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the saints’ inheritance in the light. He has rescued us from the domain of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of the Son he loves. We have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, in him. (Colossians 1:11-14 HCSB)

Rushing Stream – They will fear the name of Yahweh in the west and his glory in the  east; for he will come like a rushing stream driven by the wind of the Lord . “The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those in Jacob who turn from transgression.” This is the Lord ’s declaration. “As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says the Lord : “My Spirit who is on you, and my words that I have put in your mouth, will not depart from your mouth, or from the mouth of your children, or from the mouth of your children’s children, from now on and forever,” says the Lord . (Isaiah 59:19-21 HCSB)

We pray that these Breakthrough Blessings will minister encouragement and hope to your heart today. Please pass along these blessings to others as the Holy Spirit leads.

Maranatha!

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Storytellers Bible Project

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Announcement > We just published a new page on our website showcasing the Storytellers Bible project.

story drawing circleThe Storytellers Bible project is one innovative approach to 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.

After a lot of prayer and discussions, our team was led by the Holy Spirit to begin developing these simple drawings that anyone can use and adapt to their own style of art and tribal cultures.

Our vision is to equip this generation to become a host of mobile, Spirit-filled storytellers scattered across all the nations. Maranatha!

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Story List > Free Lesson Downloads

Below, we will add new story lessons often for you to use in discipleship with your family, friends, neighbors, and whatever harvest field you find yourself in each day.

All we need to do is walk in the Spirit and ask him what story he wants to tell to each person around us. Each story is a spiritual key from heaven to open up hearts and align lives to his kingdom.

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The following activities will help you remember each story, apply wisdom to your own life, and tell the story to others.

  • Listen to the story.
  • Draw the story.
  • Tell the story with the drawings.
  • Draw your own pictures to illustrate the story.
  • Pray and ask the Holy Spirit to reveal wisdom in the story.
  • What is the Holy Spirit asking you to do next?
  • Draw a map of your family and friends and pray for them.
  • Go and tell the story to someone. Discuss the story.
  • Disciple others to become Spirit-filled storytellers.

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This project is supported by generous patrons like you.

Blazing Trees is a 501(c)(3) charity organization based in Nashville, TN that innovates mission resources and provides prayer, encouragement, and coaching to leaders and their teams scattered across the nations.

Thank you for all the love, prayers, and generosity

Maranatha!

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Tunka Valley Prayer Video

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Please enjoy this one hour prayer video featuring some of the many names of Yahweh.

All the videos were captured by an iPhone 7S in Arshan, Tunka Valley, Siberia.

This video is our first production in a new project of Blazing Trees called Digital Sanctuary.

We will be developing peaceful videos for relaxation, spiritual renewal, and meditation on the goodness, beauty, majesty, mystery, and glory of God.

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Glory Canopy Video

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So many people do not understand what’s happening in the spiritual realms while they live their lives within the earthly realm.

Isaiah 4 helps us see God as a glory canopy that covers and protects us, shades us from heat, and shields us amidst increasing spiritual warfare.

Let’s keep seeking first Jesus’ kingdom and his righteousness, practicing his presence, and walking in the glorious freedom of his Holy Spirit.

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