Posts with the tag “embrace”

Embracing God's Training Ground
by Ed Newton on March 19th, 2024
"Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand." - Isaiah 64:8   In the shadows of Tob, away from the spotlight and the noise of the world, God cultivates and shapes us into the people He has destined us to become. Just as the potter molds clay on the wheel, God refines us in the quiet moments of our lives, reworking and sculpting us according...  Read More
The Gift of Repentance
by Ed Newton on March 8th, 2024
"Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord." - Acts 3:19    No matter who you are or how “good” you might be, we all sin from time to time. It just is what it is. It’s what comes next that is most important, and that is repentance. Acts 3:19 invites us to reflect on this gift of repentance: "Repent, then, and turn to God, so ...  Read More
Discovering Strength in Helplessness
by Ed Newton on March 5th, 2024
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." - 2 Corinthians 12:9    No matter who you are, there are moments in each of our lives where we just can’t help but feel a little helpless. In these moments, we are left overwhelmed by circumstances beyond our control.  Feeling helpless is a universal experience, a profound acknowledgment of our limitations. This sentiment ...  Read More
Expressing Selflessness
by Ed Newton on January 30th, 2024
"Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others." - Philippians 2:3-4   In your journey of faith, selflessness stands out as an act of Christ-like virtue. God calls us to emulate the sacrificial love modeled by our Savior. Today, let's explore the beauty of selfl...  Read More
Embracing the Hard
by Ed Newton on October 23rd, 2023
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." - James 1:2-3   Life often presents us with challenges that fall into three categories: hard things, hard times, and hard people. While these can be sources of discomfort, frustration, and even pain, God calls us to embrace the hard rather t...  Read More
Embracing Your Identity in Challenging Situations
by Ed Newton on October 3rd, 2023
"But he said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me." - 2 Corinthians 12:9   Life occasionally presents us with situations we can't easily escape. It may be a challenging job, a difficult relationship, or a demanding circumstance. In moments of frustrat...  Read More
Do You Need an Upgrade?
by Ed Newton on September 23rd, 2023
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NIV)   Imagine your life as a sophisticated software program, designed for remarkable purposes. Just like software, we sometimes encounter limitations or glitches that prevent us from functioning at our full potential. Just as software needs regular updates, our lives often requ...  Read More
Trusting God's Perfect Timing
by Ed Newton on September 21st, 2023
"For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." - Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV)   In our journey to level up and reach new heights in life, it's essential to recognize that sometimes the reason we cannot progress yet is that it is not the right time. As humans, we often desire immediate progress and instant results, but God's plans are intricately woven with divine timing. ...  Read More
Made With Intentionality
by Ministry Support on November 9th, 2022
“I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you as my prophet to the nations.” - Jeremiah 1:5  Did you know you were not only made in the image of God but you were made with intentionality? That is right. God was intentional in how He made you. He did not make any mistakes. From your appearance to your personality, to your mannerisms, t...  Read More
Pressing On
by Ed Newton on October 17th, 2022
“No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.” - Philippians 3:13-14  If you are chasing God’s best for you, I just want to stop and say, GOOD FOR YOU! You are smack-dab in the...  Read More
God Has A Different Plan For You
by Ministry Support on June 15th, 2022
“Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, ‘I gave birth to him in pain.’ Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, ‘Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.’ And God granted his request.” - 1 Chronicles 4:9-10Today’s key passage of Scripture references a man named J...  Read More

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