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Mike Trimble
Farmersvile, CA
Family, Church, Photography, Giants' Baseball, and Coffee
Interests: Church Leadership, Photography, Cycling, Baseball, Coffee
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This past week, Kathy and I snuck away to the coast for two days. It was a wonderful time of refreshing. It was fun watching these guys, along with other sea birds, patroling for food along the shoreline. I told Kathy that if I couldn't be an eagle, I would be fine being a seagul. She laughed at me. 1 Timothy 6:6–7 (ESV) — "But godliness with contentment is great gain..." Continue reading
Posted 6 days ago at The Journey
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If you get a chance, take a moment or two and just enjoy the beauty of spring wherever you are this week. It's out there, all around you. Don't miss it! Here's this Sunday's message... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2014 at The Journey
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“He causes the clouds to rise over the whole earth. He sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from his storehouses.” (Psalm 135:7, NLT) I took this photograph in January 2011...There is not even a hint of green this year. Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2014 at The Journey
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“Everything he does reveals his glory and majesty. His righteousness never fails.” (Psalm 111:3, NLT) All around us are reminders of God's glory and majesty! "Everything He does reveals His glory and majesty". If we are not careful, it's easy to miss these reminders. We hurry from one place to the next, staying too busy to notice 'anything' He does, let alone 'everything' He does. This past week, while out making visits, I noticed the amazing color of these leaves and had to stop and snap a few photos. As I gazed at them through the lens of my camera, I spoke to the Lord, "Thank you God! I needed this reminder today.". It had been one of those days; I had spent most of the day ministering to hurting people, and I was feeling pretty drained. I packed my gear up and left, feeling completey refreshed, knowing that God was going to be glorified in the lives of those I had ministered to that day. We are often too busy mourning the passing of one season to recognize the beauty of the new season. Too busy mourning what once was, to praise The Lord for what is. “For everything... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2013 at The Journey
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Serving the Lord should be a joy! Unfortunately, we're pretty good about complicating things and making even the most joyous things in life a burden. You can't do this or that, or you must do this or that. Really? Sometimes we need to re-evaluate the things we're doing. Are they burdensome? Are they truly "His commandments" or have we fallen into the trap of living up to others' expectations? “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome.” (1 John 5:3, ESV) Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2013 at The Journey
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“Two men went up into the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee, standing by himself, prayed thus: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other men, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I get.’ But the tax collector, standing far off, would not even lift up his eyes to heaven, but beat his breast, saying, ‘God, be merciful to me, a sinner!’” (Luke 18:10–13, ESV) Thanksgiving is a great time for us to reflect on the many blessings God has bestowed upon us. In my quiet time this morning, I read the story of the Pharisee and tax collector going up into the temple to pray. They both were thankful, but they were thankful for different reasons. The Pharisee was thankful for all that he was, compared to others, and for all that he did for God. The tax collector was thankful for mercy. He simply cried out for mercy; he understood that he was nothing without God, and that God's work was far greater than his own. I am so thankful for God, who is... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2013 at The Journey
A fairly common brain teaser on the iPhone is the "Phantom Email". Your iPhone or iPad says you have a new unread email message but you go to read it there is nothing new there...Grrrr! Quick fix. Open your email folder Click Edit (top right) Select All (bottom left) Mark All As Unread Select All (again) Mark All As Read Good luck! Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2013 at The Journey
I'm just finishing up a Music Appreciation class at Fresno Pacific and have been up to my ears in all sorts of music. I was hiding out at Starbucks today while finishing up a test and term paper when I ran accross this video. Beethoven's Ode To Joy has always been one of my favorites from the Classical Period but it was especially touching in this video and had me holding back tears. I kept thinking of Psalm 133:1 while watching...and thinking how truly beautiful it must be to The Lord when he sees us dwelling together in unity. “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!” (Psalm 133:1, ESV) Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2013 at The Journey
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“The LORD directs the steps of the godly. He delights in every detail of their lives.” (Psalm 37:23, NLT) This afternoon Kathy and I made a quick trip to Bakersfield to pray with JL McAlister and visit with his family for a little while. On the way home we stopped in the middle of nowhere for a Coke, there's a lot of nowhere around here and I like it that way. Tonight, as I'm sipping a great cup of coffee and finishing up a few things before Sunday morning, I keep thinking of Psalm 37:23 and how "He delights in every detail of (our) lives". Isn't that an amazing thought? The creator of the universe directs our paths and takes delight in every detail of our lives. Not just the big things...the details! Details might be small but they can be very important. Details like blood sugar levels, heart rates, blood pressure, and body chemestry are very important and rest assured our God delights in these important details our lives. I believe He also delights in little details like a flower placed in our path, a colorful sunset, the sweet song of a bird in the morning, or any number... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2013 at The Journey
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I am experimenting with some new things lately. Well, at least new-to-me. Things that are hopefully beneficial in ministry and getting the Word out to aa many people as possible. Youversion - About a month ago I started using Youversion's Live Event feature for our Sunday morning worship services. It has been a pretty simple to learn and doesn't take that much time to work with and I have seen immediate benefits. Garageband - It's been on my Mac all along but I've never done anything with it. I'm now experimenting with editing recorded sermons so that they can be uploaded to this blog or to iTunes. iTunes - I have set up a podcast in iTunes and have uploaded two weeks worth of messages. This was not as difficult as I imagened it would be. Again, I see this as an opportunity to share God's Word with a few more people. That's it for new-to-me technology at the moment. Here's a link to the podcast. Hope on Itunes Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2013 at The Journey
“Do not pray for easy lives. Pray to be stronger men. Do not pray for tasks commensurate with your strength. Pray for strength commensurate with your tasks.” - Phillips Brooks Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2013 at The Journey
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You ever have one of those days, weeks, or months where your schedule gets totally tossed out? We can be creatures of habit, captives to our routines, but sometimes The Holy Spirit wants to lead us in a different direction for a while. A brief detour from the norm. And if we're not careful we let these changes mess our attitudes up. This morning I was reading about Philip and his quick trip to "a desert place" and The Lord reminded me that He directs the paths of His children. Acts 8:26-28 (ESV) Now an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is a desert place. And he rose and went. And there was an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a court official of Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, who was in charge of all her treasure. He had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning, seated in his chariot, and he was reading the prophet Isaiah. It's interesting to me that out in the middle of nowhere, Philip crosses paths with a guy in a chariot that just happens to need someone to... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2013 at The Journey
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Hartland Christian Camp 06/2013 Psalm 23 1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. 5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. 6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. We may find ourselves resting in green pastures, refreshed with still waters, or walking through treacherous places. The one thing that is constant, never changing, is the comforting, reassuring, opening statement to the 23rd Psalm, "The Lord is my shepherd". He will care for us, protect us, provide for us, and lead us. My prayer today is that I may learn to trust Him more than ever along the paths... Continue reading
Posted Jul 12, 2013 at The Journey
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Don't you hate being lied to? I've been wrestling with my thoughts in this area lately, reading, praying, and searching for the best way to deal with friends and acquaintances who have compromised their integrity for one reason or another. We do have a responsibility to our brothers and sisters to seek to restore them when they are overtaken in a transgression. Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. (Galatians 6:1 ESV) But today, the words "Keep watch on yourself" seemed to jump off the page and pin the thoughts I had been wrestling with to the mat. The Holy Spirit changed my focus from others' lapses in integrity to examining my own integrity. It's very easy to spot flaws in others' character, and far more comfortable than examining our own hearts. As a leader, my integrity is extremely important. I want my wife, my children, my church, and my colleagues to be able to trust me. A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. (Proverbs 22:1... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2013 at The Journey
Farmersville Free Will Baptist Church is working together with LifeTouch to publish a new Church Directory. We will be taking family portraits the week of April 8th and would love for you to participate. Each family will receive a free 8x10 portrait and of course you will be able to order other prints if you choose. Click on the following link to schedule your portait setting... Farmersville Free Will Baptist Church Directory Continue reading
Posted Mar 5, 2013 at The Journey
Some through the waters, some through the flood, Some through the fire, but all through the blood; Some through great sorrow, but God gives a song, In the night season and all the day long. God is omniscient and omnipresent, all knowing and all places. With that in mind, take a few moments to look around you today, and remember that He not only knows where you are, He is there with you. His beautiful handiwork surrounds us as a glorious reminder of how very close He is and how much He loves and cares for us. Don't let the busyness of your day rob you of the joy of His presence. Whatever you face today, know this, God Leads His Dear Children Along! "For You Are My Rock And My Fortress; And For Your Name's Sake You Lead Me And Guide Me" ~ Psalm 31:3 Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2012 at The Journey
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The Dutch have several interesting wedding traditions. One such tradition is that of planting Lilly Of The Valley flowers around the bride and groom's home. The flowers serve as a reminder that happiness is renewed year after year just like the flowers. Commitment is a huge part of success in marriage and among the commitments we make, maybe we ought to make a commitment to just being happy, and doing everything we can to make our marriages happy. Marriage is a gift from God intended to make our lives more enjoyable. Then the Lord God said, "It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him." So the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh. And the rib that the Lord God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, "This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man." Therefore a man shall... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2012 at The Journey
“I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.” (Psalm 9:1, ESV) After a very busy Monday and Tuesday I took a morning run up to Mineral King, one of my favorite places to take in the amazing artistry of our wonderful Lord. The view from the Mineral King bridge is always beautiful regardless of the time of year. Today, Fall colors were pretty dominant. The sound of the water was soothing. Thank you Lord, for providing us with so much beauty in such close proximity. Happy Thanksgiving 2012! Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2012 at The Journey