Posts with the tag “growth”

Purpose in Pain
by Ed Newton on April 15th, 2024
"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   Pain is a part of life. It’s a painful truth, isn't it? Whether it's physical, emotional, or spiritual, we all experience pain in one form or another. And in those moments, it's easy to feel overwhelmed, discouraged, even de...  Read More
From Platform to Pasture
by Ed Newton on March 18th, 2024
"The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he refreshes my soul." - Psalm 23:1-3   In a world obsessed with platforms and popularity, it's easy to chase after success without considering the importance of the process. We desire elevation without cultivation, seeking influence and recognition without understanding the necessity...  Read More
Progress, Not Perfection
by Ed Newton on December 16th, 2023
 "Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." - Philippians 1:6   The journey of faith is not a pursuit of perfection, but rather a path of progress. As followers of Christ, we strive to be like Him, to grow in love, and to live according to His teachings. Yet, we must remember that we will never achieve absolute perf...  Read More
Maturing Through Trials
by Ed Newton on November 17th, 2023
"Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." - James 1:4   Life presents us with a series of challenges and trials, each an opportunity for growth and transformation. James 1:4 implores us to "Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." This process of maturity and completeness can be hindered w...  Read More
Refined by Fire
by Ed Newton on November 15th, 2023
"See, I have refined you, though not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction." - Isaiah 48:10   Life's trials often feel like a relentless inferno, where our hopes, dreams, and faith are tested in the searing heat. Yet, just as gold is refined in the fire, we, too, are refined through trials. In Isaiah 48:10, God reassures us, saying, "See, I have refined you, though not as silve...  Read More
One Decision, New Beginnings
by Ed Newton on October 26th, 2023
"I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live." - Deuteronomy 30:19   Life is full of pivotal moments—decisions that shape our path and influence our future. It only takes one decision to turn your life completely around. Such decisions offer us the opportunity for ne...  Read More
Changing Us to Change Others
by Ed Newton on October 5th, 2023
"And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord's glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit." - 2 Corinthians 3:18   Sometimes, we may find ourselves going through challenging seasons of change and growth, wondering why God is leading us through such transformations. In these moments, it's essential to challenge o...  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
Renewing Your Mind for God's Next Level
by Ed Newton on September 18th, 2023
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will." - Romans 12:2 (NIV)   If you desire God to take you to the next level in your spiritual journey, be willing to allow Him to change your thinking. Our minds are powerful battlegrounds, and God's transformati...  Read More
Living Up to Your Potential
by Ed Newton on August 23rd, 2023
"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 3:14 (NIV)   Are you living the life God has called you to? Have you fully embraced your purpose and are you maximizing your potential in Him? These questions invite us to reflect honestly on our lives and challenge us to live in alignment with the calling God has placed upon us. God...  Read More
Stepping Beyond Comfort
by Ed Newton on August 14th, 2023
Isaiah 43:19 (NIV) - "See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland."   Trusting God requires us to step out of our comfort zones. It beckons us to venture into the unknown, to embrace change, and to believe that God has something extraordinary in store for us. Stepping beyond comfort is not merely a challen...  Read More
What For?
by Ed Newton on August 29th, 2022
“For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven.” - Ecclesiastes 3:1   As we discussed yesterday, everything in your life happens for a reason. There is no coincidence. When you are a believer, God is watching over your entire life. And in everything that happens, He is either orchestrating or allowing the situations and circumstances you find yourself in.  This can be en...  Read More
Will You Be Ready?
by Ministry Support on August 4th, 2022
“The man who does not give up when tests come is happy. After the test is over, he will receive the crown of life. God has promised this to those who love Him.” - James 1:12   We have spent the last few days talking about the situations, circumstances, and people God either allows or intentionally places in your life for whatever purpose He might want. What we know by now is that, with God, nothin...  Read More
Wisdom To Gain
by Ed Newton on August 2nd, 2022
“So be careful how you live. Live as men who are wise and not foolish. Make the best use of your time. These are sinful days.” - Ephesians 5:15-16   Over the last two days, we have unpacked the myth that there is such a thing as “luck,” “coincidence,” or “happenstance.” When it comes to God, these words just aren’t in play. He is intentional and has a purpose for all that He does. Proverbs 16:33 t...  Read More
Time Crunch
by Ministry Support on May 21st, 2022
“The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (Lamentations 3:25-26).Time is one of the greatest mysteries God ever made. He lives outside of it, yet we somehow live our lives in it. We can’t see it, but we rely on it daily. It’s how we make our plans and how we create goals. It’s how we wake up, cook, work, and...  Read More
The Few
by Ministry Support on January 27th, 2022
“Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my father and his angels.” - Revelation 3:4-5 Have you ever used the phrase “but _______ does ...  Read More

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