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The Little Pine Tree Author Moves to Paradise!

IMG_0127If you have never been to Paradise and are looking for an excuse to make the trip then wait no longer! I have found it. It’s a little island off the coast of southwest Florida called Anna Maria. Quaint and funky not snobbish haughty or wild. Just regular folks looking for a little peace and quiet with their friends and family in a quiet atmosphere on pristine beaches. This old Florida town has all the charm you would expect from Paradise but folks don’t die to get here, yet once you do you’ll die to get here every chance you get.

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The Little Pine Tree Released Nationally

boyThe Little Pine Tree is available through all major book stores like Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble. But if you want a signed copy delivered before Easter Sunday you must order from the Author, Mark Labriola. Simply go to the contact page and make your request. Otherwise you can order directly from the publisher at  Tate Publishing today.

The Love God Hates

Joe Quatrone, Jr.

slide-1-638 A group of first-graders had just completed a tour of a hospital and the nurse who directed them was asking for questions. Immediately a hand went up. “How come the people who work here are always washing their hands?” a little fellow asked.

After the laughter had subsided the nurse gave a wise answer. “They are ‘always washing their hands’ for two reasons. First, they love health; and second, they hate germs.”

In more than one area of life, love and hate go hand in hand. A husband who loves his wife is certainly going to exercise a hatred for what would harm her. “Those who love the Lord hate evil” (Ps. 97:10). “Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good” (Rom. 12:9).

In my last article, we saw how John’s epistle reminds us to exercise love (1 Jn…

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It’s All About Jesus

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Night Is Coming When No man Can Work

John 9:4 We must work the works of Him who sent Me as long as it is day; night is coming when no one can work.

As the time approaches, we wait for Jesus’ return. We look up and worship Him and pray for all our loved ones who are unaware of the coming Savior. The Lord has given us the tools, through His Holy spirit, to reach everyone we love for Christ. Now you have the chance to reach your children, your children’s children and their friends. Share The Little Pine Tree this week and prepare to sing Hallelujah to the King of Kings with the souls God has used you to reach and influence for Christ.

Read The Little Pine Tree review below and follow the links to purchase your copy before Easter Sunday! Start reaching those you love for Christ!

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Notice! Easter is around the corner

This Easter morning, as your children rush to the kitchen table, what are they expecting to see?chocolatebunnies

Give them something to carry them beyond the excitement of jelly beans, peeps and massive doses of chocolate candy!

Introduce them to many of the answers they’ll be looking for.

Go to http://www.thelittlepinetree.com and request an author signed copy today!

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Lose Our Children Lose America

n5fywshy-1346724949The American Christian society that we have known for generations is fading away. I almost sound like my parents arguing for the “way things used to be”. But don’t be fooled. Its monumentally different than that. The changes in American culture are not only a “Pop” culture change; affecting music and styles. Its a post 60s worldview that has been gradually undermining the foundations of our government and Christian culture in general.  Its been like the proverbial frog in a pan of cold water on a stove with the burner turned on warm. The societal temperature has changed so gradually since the 60’s and now the environment is getting close to past the point of no return. The humanistic ideologues have infiltrated our schools at the earliest levels and have twisted our children to believe in evolution, tolerance, multiculturalism and atheism over the Bible. As a matter of fact there are atheists around the world that opine that they’re losing their grip on society. Why is it that Christian parents have to be the ones to homeschool their children or spend an inordinate amount of money above and beyond the taxes they already pay to send their children to private schools? In the olden days we might have argued “why don’t the atheists and other minorities” homeschool their kids if keeping them away from Christianity is so important to them. But we’ve given them the keys to academic leadership all around the country through godless unions as well as the DOE in the federal government.

It’s been like the proverbial frog in a pan of cold water with the burner on warm.

Parents now live with children who patronize their attempt to redirect their young minds against the “secular” authorities at school. We are watching this conversion before our eyes from Bible based principles to those founded on evolution and atheism disguised as secularism. This void will eventually be the fertile soil for Islam and other aggressive ideologies that wish to conquer our way of life and could eventually lead to attacks on our soil as we saw on 9/11.

The bulwarks of our Christian society have been surrendered by most Christians for fear of being labeled  a racist or bigot.

The symptoms of our Judeo/Christian foundational erosion are legalization of drugs, gay marriage, abortion, pro-Islam and anti-nationalism. But we cannot win this battle by taking our fight against the symptoms alone. We have to start by influencing our children before they become brainwashed by our schools. “The Little Pine Tree” tells an amazing story that will help evangelize your little ones early. Next, make the decision to stand up against the anti-Christian / anti-Bible rhetoric in your local community and schools. Decide now not be intimidated by the name calling that comes your way. Understand that your childs world will become a very dangerous place without Christian values ruling the day and your impact may not be admired by many other than close friends and your church. Remember 1 Peter 3:14-16

“But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. AND DO NOT FEAR THEIR INTIMIDATION, AND DO NOT BE TROUBLED, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you, yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.…

It’s Raining!

tumblr_ls3dk0S0nS1qcg3zwo1_500It’s raining! Some of my worst memories as a child. Those days that were depressingly gloomy and boring. Don’t we all detest the feeling of boredom? Of course the Little Pine Tree must have felt the same way since the continuous downpour of water kept all his friends away. The birds, huddled in their nest, the foxes in their dens the bunnies in their holes. All waiting for the rain to stop. Even the Carpenter’s boy stayed at home. But why? isn’t our God a good and loving God? Indeed He is. So if rain is good and boredom is bad what is my problem?

The problem is a limited perspective. As a child my whining complaints of boredom only elicited a reprimand from my parents, usually my mother. No creative alternatives offered other than a stern encouragement to play with the many toys I had received from “Santa” that previous Christmas. So what does God say about boredom? First, let’s understand what the definition of the word “boredom” is:

Boredom = A state of malaise close to anxiety, a feeling of emptiness

I believe if we take a moment to see what the Bible has to say we’ll find a number of answers. One that immediately comes to mind is Philippians 4:6-7

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

This sure is a great answer. It is the solution the Lord has created for us when its raining. It a time to look to God, to pray and bring our bored heart to Him with thanksgiving. Unfortunately my mother only pointed me to worldly solutions. And as we grow up that’s exactly what we run to, yet with the same unsatisfactory result.

So if its raining in your neck of the woods or forest, as was the case for the Little Pine Tree, obey what our loving Savior has to say through the scriptures. Present your request to God with thanksgiving and He’ll take your boredom away, even if its raining.

Shalom

Does God Have Have a Plan for Me?

nature_trees_autumn_season_alone_roads_m15122The pressures of life begin gnawing at us from the time we’re born. While some are born with incredible gifts or talents (which allow them to avoid many problems) we all look for ways to escape them. So while focussing on solutions our attention is averted from the purpose we may truly have, God’s plan. The little pine tree questioned his purpose, set apart from all the other trees in the forest. He was faced with troubles that seemed insurmountable. Problems that seemed to have no purpose at all and  that only  made him sad.

Is that how it is for you? If it is, it doesn’t have to be. You can rest during tough times, no matter how difficult. You don’t have to find your own way out of your problems. Sure, you may fall out of favor with associates, friends and family but in order to see the plan God has for your life you have to let go and trust Him.

The words of a 40 year old song come to mind as I’m writing this today. They may be familiar to you as well, written by Carole King.

“If the sky above you should turn dark and full of clouds and that old north wind should begin to blow, keep your head together and call my name out loud. Soon I will be knocking upon your door”

Jesus could  very well have written these words, as a matter of fact I believe He did in Jeremiah 33:3. So stop wondering about God’s will or plan for your life. Just stop trying to create a life absent of things that cause pressure. Just keep your head together and call His name out loud, Jesus.  Because you’re one of His, he’ll hear you and soon He’ll come knocking upon your door, leading you in the way, into the plan He has for you.

Don’t Fear God!

cross-and-sky_1084_1024x768But doesn’t the Bible say to fear the Lord and obey him? Yes it does, but it doesn’t mean what you think. The Hebrew word for fear is a noun not a verb and it means to have a spirit of reverence towards. Don’t ask me why the english translators picked fear, I may look into it and post the answer at another time.

But one thing I do know is that obedience to God, from what we misinterpret as  a verb to “fear”  God, is not His will.

Most Christians  have grown up towing the line, being obedient, out of fear of their parents or a “fear” of God. What a contrast to what our heavenly Father truly wants. So what does He want? Well I say that what He wants is our obedience through His supernatural transformation of our hearts because we’ve chosen to know in the deepest way His love for us. And that is His will.

The word of God says that Perfect Love (God’s love) cast out ALL of our fears because with fear comes torment or punishment. (Paraphrase 1 John 4:18)

And since the Bible is clear that Jesus took our punishment on the cross, and He commands us (Christians) not to fear, God desires us to enjoy His peace, the peace of God that Jesus Himself had, a peace that passes all natural understanding. Focus on seeking to know His love for you and do not fear. Obedience to Him will come, trust Him…it will.

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