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West Oaks Church of God Newsletter for May 01, 2022

THE PRAYER TENT

When a creative mother in Chicago noticed her son was anxious during the pandemic she came up with a biblical solution. Together they made a prayer tent - a homemade pup tent - and set it up in a corner of the boy's bedroom. Whenever he felt afraid, he could go there, read his Bible or kids' devotional book, pray, and feel enclosed in safety.

The idea originated with Moses. In Exodus 33, when Moses was frazzled by the idolatry of the children of Israel, he "took his tent and pitched it outside the camp." (Exodus 33:7). This wasn't the famous Tabernacle, which would be built later. This was an ordinary tent. Some translations use the word "tabernacle," but that's simply another word for tent. This was an ordinary tent, yet whenever Moses entered it, the presence of the Lord descended and met with him.

You may want to literally build a prayer tent for yourself or your children. But truly, any quiet spot where we enter God's presence in prayer and Bible reading is a special place of safety. The Lord longs to be with us, to hear us, and to answer our prayers.






PRAYER REQUESTS

Pray for Teresa Parlier, Len Hayles, Cephas and Billie Ann Goodman, Peaches, Jackie Freeman, Patty Bulcharan, Pastor and Teresa, our West Oaks Academy students and teachers.






DID YOU KNOW? MAY IS HERE!
  • -- MAY 6TH.........4TH GRADE PIANO RECITAL......12 to 1 p.m.: At West Oaks Church; Admission Free but Seats limited. Please let Joyce Boatwright know if you plan to attend.
  • --MAY 8TH..........MOTHER'S DAY
  • --MAY 12TH.......1 NIGHT ONLY, THE FILM 'The Harbingers of Things To Come' will be shown in theatres across the country.
    It is taken from Jonathon Cahn's book 'The Harbinger II'.
  • --MAY 15TH.......WEST OAKS ACADEMY CLASS OF 2022 BACCALAUREATE SERVICE....Everyone invited.
  • --MAY 30TH.......MEMORIAL DAY
  • --Did you know there is only one island on Lake Apopka. It is called Smith Island and only one family lives there. They also have buffalo on the island living among them. The family, Anthonys, both have a boat which they drive to Winter Garden to work each day. They also have buffalo in Ocoee on 11 acres just north of Silver Star on Bluford. You can view the buffalo any time.





QUIPS AND QUOTES
  • **Cars are not the only thing recalled by their maker.
  • **Church Shopping? We're open Sundays.
  • **Exposure to the SON will keep you from burning later.
  • **There are no atheists in hell.
  • **A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.
  • **Wrinkled with burdens? Come to Jesus for a faith lift.
  • **Hang out with Jesus. He hung out for you.
  • **To get nowhere, follow the crowd.
  • **Spend your years ripening instead of rotting.
  • **Every breath you take is a miracle. Every day is a gift.
  • **I find television educational. Every time someone turns it on, I go in the other room and read a book.