Kingdom Alignment: My Plans And Desires

Reading Time 3.5 Minutes “God bless my plan.” For a very long time I have said this mockingly as an example of exactly the type of prayer we should not pray. Living a Christian life requires us to surrender our lives to Christ, which means we live according to his plan and not ours. I…
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Getting the Message

The grocery seems to be a place where I find the Kingdom more easily. My most recent experience occurred a few days ago. As I entered the checkout line I saw that the young woman bagging the groceries had an almost rigid mask for her face. That was when I could see her face at…
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Former Things Forgotten a Novel by Thomas Trezise

New Release Contributes to the Popular Appalachian Literature Genre

“Over the past couple of decades, Appalachian literature has developed a strong and close relationship with independent publishing, showing the latter to be an important medium for the expression for Appalachian voice,” writes Kristopher Clifford in a master’s thesis in 2007. A new release, Former Things Forgotten, by Thomas Trezise, published by the hybrid Redemption…
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Pray Like Tevya

In high school, I had roles in two productions of Broadway musicals. I didn’t even sing, but they gave me the bug. Since then I’ve had a love affair with Broadway. One of my favorite musicals is Fiddler on the Roof. If you are unfamiliar with it, the musical tells the story of a Jewish…
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Christ Feeds Five Thousand — In Kentucky

Perhaps one of the more well-known stories of Christ is his feeding of the 5000. If you are a fan of The Chosen, and if you are not you should be, the miracle was featured in the final episode of season three just a week ago. I don’t think I’ve given a spoiler here because…
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God and His Kingdom in Hurricane Ian

I have created this post with significant contributions from my long-time friend, Don Stephens. You can read more of Don’s work at Dispatches from the Shadowlands . Hurricane Ian undoubtedly prompted some to ask the age-old question, “Why does God permit disasters to happen, especially when he has claimed this world as his Kingdom?” Believers…
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The Kingdom in a Grocery Aisle

Yesterday, while shopping at a grocery, I overheard a little girl of approximately six years ask her mother, “What is your favorite holiday?” Her mother turned away from the shelves and, looking squarely at her, said, “Your birthday is my favorite holiday!” And the little girl beamed. I passed by thinking to myself, “Well done,…
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The Kingdom At Our Door

A few days ago we received a Fedex delivery. That is a common experience and for us, just moving into a new home, it happens almost daily. With this delivery, when my wife, Kathy, opened the door the woman making the delivery was in tears. I heard Kathy ask her if something was wrong and…
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Welcome, I'm Tom

I'm Tom Trezise a retired lawyer and corporate executive with over twenty years of experience as a Methodist lay preacher. Raised in Appalachia, I proudly call myself a hillbilly at heart. I'm the executive director of The Everyday Kingdom, a non-profit devoted to fostering a community that helps people find and experience the peace, purpose, and joy available from living every day in Christ’s kingdom.

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