Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Retreats are always a great opportunity to unplug from technology & distractions and plug into God. One of the Bible passages we focused on was the story of Martha & Mary in Luke 10. Martha invited Jesus into her home, but got distracted by serving. While Mary enjoyed fellowship with Jesus and focused on Him while sitting. Martha got upset at Mary, but Jesus affirmed that Mary had actually chosen what is better. Often times it is easy to get distracted from spending time with God by actually getting too busy in our acts of service for God. In those times, ministry actually gets in the way of intimacy with God. We must constantly be reminded that working for God is never a substitute for spending time with God no more than working to support a family replaces spending time with our family. It's all about relationship. Service should RESULT from our relationship with Jesus, not REPLACE our relationship with Jesus. Sitting is better than serving; sitting precedes serving. We can't adequately serve until we have sufficiently sat.
As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”
“Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed — or indeed only one. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Friday, April 11, 2014
GTD will be hosting a retreat this weekend in DeLand and unable to monitor the registration forms until we return on Monday. As soon as we get back we will update the headcount.
Liquid details & registration
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Monday, April 7, 2014
I love playing with outdoor gear. This morning I'm repacking a couple of CamelBaks with "The 10 Essentials" for survival. Because there are actually more than 10 items recommended for "The 10 Essentials" I now refer to these survival "must haves" as "The Crucial Essentials". They include things like water, food, fire starter, water purification, first aid, signaling devices, paracord, knife, flashlight, sunscreen, insect repellant, etc, etc. They are the things you will wish you had if you get lost in the wilderness. In addition, it helps to have mental toughness & the know-how to use these items packed in a seperate pack... your "Brain Pack". At GTD we supply our guides with many of these items. That's why you see so much gear in the picture. I'm also doing inventory. I love this stuff =)
Saturday, April 5, 2014
"...but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment." 1 Timothy 6:17
I love that we have a God who wants us to enjoy everything that He has provided.
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Friday, March 28, 2014
The early registration discount of $649/person ends at 11:59pm March 31st. After that the cost goes up to $699/person.
I challenge you to find a 6-day planned trip to the Grand Canyon for less than GTD offers it. It's impossible!! You can't find a company that will do all that we are offering for under $2000. You couldn't put this trip together by yourself for less than we offer it! Many outfitters charge $825 just for the hikes. We offer an entire pre-planned trip for only $649!!! But that's only for a few more days!!! Then the cost goes up to $699.
AND.... GTD offers you payment plans, Bill Me Later, and referral discounts to help enable you to participate. We've made it tooooo easy for you!! Ask anyone who has come in the past and you'll find out they loved every minute of it and would highly recommend it to you. In fact, they love it so much that many people come back the next year!
Check out the details here and register today!!
"THOUGHTS ABOUT MY 40th BIRTHDAY:
I write this on the eve of my 40th Birthday and as I think of ushering in the BIG 4-0-, I can't help but thank God for the years He has given me here on this earth. I am so thankful for the love and complete forgiveness I have found in Him as my Lord and Savior. My life has been full of ups and downs, great memories, bad choices, hurtful times, I've caused hurt and been hurt, I've overcome, I've struggled through, I've found joy in the simple things and in God's amazing beauty, I've lived in abundance and I've lived in need, I've looked into the eyes of loved ones on their death beds, cried many tears, my heart has been full of joy and sadness, I've said goodbye to those I've loved, longed for those I miss, I've made new friend and lost old, I've felt confident, successful and yet insecure all at the same time, I've impacted lives of children as a teacher, volunteer and missionary and still I feel as though I've haven't quite hit my God given potential, I've been an athlete and dancer, worked in a fast food and pizza chain, been a waitress, customer service rep, bartender, teacher, secretary, bridal consultant, realtor, cheerleader, coach, missions and prosperity director and through it all the LORD has refined me, changed me, challenged me, grown me, loved me, forgiven me, helped me, inspired me, pursued me and has NEVER given up on me even at times when I've given up on myself. My life is HIS. He is my friend and my creator, the one who has made me unique in every way. He's the one who put the curl in my hair, the pigment in my skin, the smile on my face, the color brown in my eyes, a great sense of smell and hearing, given me a sensitive heart of compassion, a love for mankind and animals, he's blessed me with creativity, an eye for photography, a passion for health, a desire to help others, a sense of wonder, a love of nature and so much more. Tonight I reflect on Psalm 139 (the entire chapter is worth the read), vs 13-18:
"For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother's womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.
How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them, they are more than the sand. I awake, and I am still with you."
What beautiful thoughts! These words are a beautiful gift. I am blessed. My prayer is that all people would know and understand who God is and know Him as I do. My life has been forever changed by His love!
Happy Birthday to me! Here is to celebrating 40 years of life and for many more years to come! I look forward to seeing how God uses me in the future! Thanks for taking the time to read this, to wish me a Happy Birthday and for being a part of my journey!" (- Laurie)
VOLUNTEER OF THE DAY! Carson Vescovi =)
We loved having my nephew Carson over at the GTD office yesterday. He volunteered one of his spring break days and worked all day helping me build some extra storage shelves. Let me tell you, this hard working 11 year old is already skillful at building and planning. Great job Carson! (-DUG)
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
1 Samuel 24
- DUG <><
Saturday, March 22, 2014
Caving is the one thing I said I'd never do when I got hired on with GTD and it was the first thing I ever did and now I'm here leading another trip with Doug Garner and His nephew Carson! So glad my never turned into trying, I hate living my life in fear of things, it's not the way God intended it to be. -Laurie
"for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." 2 Timothy 1:7
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
110 pics of the canoeing trek have been uploaded to the GTD Online Photo Album.
Saturday, March 15, 2014
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RESCUE IS JUST ANOTHER WAY OF SAYING DELIVERANCE AND THAT'S JUST WHAT JESUS DOES FOR US IF WE ARE WILLING TO BE RESCUED!!!!!
THE MEN SOAKED IT UP!!!!!
Friday, March 14, 2014
Thursday, March 13, 2014
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Thank you Terri Davis for the unexpected care package to GTD full of supplies & instructions for making Survival Salvation Bracelets!! It's a survival bracelet with the colors from the Wordless Book. The colors reveal how a person can receive salvation through faith in Jesus. We love, love, love this gift! Thank you so much Terri =)
Friday, March 7, 2014
Thursday, March 6, 2014
We are also looking forward to the FCA Banquet tonight put together by Chuck and featuring keynote speaker - former two-time National Champion football coach of Auburn - Coach Gene Chizik. Should be a terrific time!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Join us this Fri & Sat (March 7-8) to learn how to advance forward in a world that is retreating backward.
MEN!!! DON'T TRY TO DO LIFE BY YOURSELF! Team up with other guys who are striving after Christ and who will help lift you up when you fall. Come be a part of our RESCUE Men's Advance Event and escape the danger that comes from being a lone ranger!
Sign up today for one of the best events of the year!
Click here for details & to register
Faith always requires you to risk something in order to display trust. We display measures of faith everyday without even thinking about it each time we sit on a chair, accelerate our vehicles, get in an elevator, or eat at a restaurant. We display that we trust that the chair will hold us, the vehicle's brakes will stop us, the elevator cables will not drop us, and the food we eat will not kill us. God created us to operate our lives in a perpetual state of faith, but He dares us to grow our faith beyond the minor accomplishments of sitting on chairs. He invites us, calls us, dares us to great things, but we must RISK leaving the comfort of our chairs in order to take hold of the deepest measures of life. Faith is like a muscle in that it wastes away if it is rarely used. But it grows bigger, stronger, and more capable when it is exercised. We have built a ministry that helps you grow your faith... that takes you to the edge and teaches you to overcome the fears that keep you from trusting and risking. There are greater tragedies in life than dying, such as living a life of regrets that comes from never risking. William Shakespeare wrote, "A coward dies a thousand times before his death, but the valiant taste of death but once." I want to invite you on a GTD event this year to help you grow your faith, to help you learn to take responsible risks, to move you from the coward's chair to the God-awesome adventure of a life of faith.
Follow our blog & check out our event calendar! We hope to see you on a GTD event this year =)
Monday, February 24, 2014
Friday, February 21, 2014
GTD is excited to be a part of "The RESCUE Men's Advance Weekend" along with Calvary Baptist Church of Clearwater. This event is open to all men 18 years old & older. We are taking up to 60 men through a 24-hour fire fighting rescue course that ties in spiritual parallels with our walk with God and our role in helping rescue our brothers in Christ. Men, you don't want to miss this event & the lasting impact that it will make in your life.
Date: March 7-8, 2014 (Fri-Sat)
Start Time: 3:30pm (Fri)
End Time: 4pm (Sat)
Includes: Food, resources, t-shirt, teaching, training, activities, memories, & a life-changing experience.
To register click here
Thursday, February 20, 2014
See all 20 pictures here.