Posts with the tag “guidance”

Passing on Wisdom
by Ed Newton on April 22nd, 2024
"The wise in heart accept commands, but a chattering fool comes to ruin." - Proverbs 10:8   Life is a journey of learning and growth—a journey where we not only seek wisdom from those who are older and wiser than us but also have the opportunity to impart wisdom to those who are younger and less experienced. Just as we benefit from the counsel of mentors, we also have a responsibility to be mentor...  Read More
Obedience Despite Differences
by Ed Newton on March 28th, 2024
"So whatever you believe about these things keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who does not condemn himself by what he approves. But whoever has doubts is condemned if they eat, because their eating is not from faith; and everything that does not come from faith is sin." - Romans 14:22-23   In our journey of faith, we encounter situations where God may forbid something for us that H...  Read More
Choosing Obedience Over Temptation
by Ed Newton on March 27th, 2024
"Reject every kind of evil." - 1 Thessalonians 5:22   In a world filled with temptations and distractions, it can be easy to succumb to the allure of forbidden things. Society often portrays certain behaviors or indulgences as desirable or glamorous, painting a picture of pleasure without consequence. However, as believers, we are called to heed God's commands and avoid what He has forbidden, no m...  Read More
Tuning In to God's Whispers
by Ed Newton on February 24th, 2024
"Today, if only you would hear his voice, 'Do not harden your hearts.'" - Psalm 95:7-8   In the midst of our busy lives, God is a constant communicator. His messages, like gentle whispers, resonate through our existence. The challenge lies not in God's willingness to speak but in our ability to listen. Today, let's heed the call to attune our hearts and not miss the profound messages God is speaki...  Read More
Trusting God One Step at a Time
by Ed Newton on February 18th, 2024
"Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." - Psalm 119:105    In the journey of faith, God doesn't demand that we see the entire picture. Instead, He invites us to take one step at a time, trusting that He will provide for us along the way. Psalm 118:105 reminds us, "Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." Just think about the analogy of a lamp lighting your path. The lig...  Read More
Answering the Call to Show Up
by Ed Newton on February 13th, 2024
"Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms." - 1 Peter 4:10   There are moments in each of our lives when someone desperately needs us to show up. Have you considered who in your life needs your presence right now? It's time to reflect on how God is calling you to be there for someone in their time of need. Thin...  Read More
Becoming the Best Version of Yourself
by Ed Newton on December 25th, 2023
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17   As we journey through life, there's a universal desire within each of us to become the best version of ourselves. We long to grow, improve, and develop in various areas of our lives. Yet, the question we must ask ourselves is this: How does God fit into our transformation and g...  Read More
Priority of Love
by Ed Newton on December 17th, 2023
"Jesus replied: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.' This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'" - Matthew 22:37-39   In a world full of distractions, responsibilities, and commitments, we often find ourselves struggling to prioritize what truly matters. Yet, at the core of our exis...  Read More
Decisions Without God
by Ed Newton on December 6th, 2023
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." - Proverbs 3:5-6   When we make decisions without seeking God's wisdom, we're relying solely on our limited understanding, and that can lead to significant challenges and missteps. In the book of Proverbs, we are reminded to "trust in the Lord with a...  Read More
Stagnation: The Consequence of Sin
by Ed Newton on November 24th, 2023
"Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." - Psalm 119:105   Sin, with its subtle allure and immediate gratifications, can lead us down a treacherous path—one that often culminates in spiritual stagnation. As we distance ourselves from God through disobedience, we may find our growth and transformation coming to a halt. The guidance and direction He offers become inaccessible, leaving ...  Read More
The Barrier of Sin
by Ed Newton on November 21st, 2023
"But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear." - Isaiah 59:2   Sin, a term that encompasses our disobedience to God's commands and our departure from His holiness, is far more than a mere moral transgression. It possesses the profound ability to erect formidable barriers between us and God, effectively separating us from Hi...  Read More
The Deafening Effect of Sin
by Ed Newton on November 20th, 2023
"But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear." - Isaiah 59:2   Sin has a profound impact on our ability to hear God clearly, and its consequences can be spiritually devastating. Isaiah 59:2 reminds us, "But your iniquities have separated you from your God; your sins have hidden his face from you so that he will not hear." L...  Read More
Listening to God's Whispers
by Ed Newton on November 18th, 2023
"After the earthquake came a fire, but the LORD was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper." - 1 Kings 19:12   In the midst of life's noise and busyness, there are moments when God whispers to our hearts. He gently places individuals on our minds and prompts us to take action, not as coincidences, but as divine calls to minister in their lives. When someone unexpectedly comes to...  Read More
Finding Hope in Hard Times
by Ed Newton on October 25th, 2023
"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world." - John 16:33   Hard times come in various forms — trials, disappointments, losses, and challenges that test our strength and endurance. Yet, as believers, we possess a source of hope that sets us apart from those who do not know God. Hard times are a...  Read More
The Power of Obedience
by Ed Newton on October 20th, 2023
"But if you are willing and obedient, you shall eat the good of the land." - Isaiah 1:19   There is no better decision you can make than to obey God. When God gives you a purpose or a mission, it's a call to action that should not be taken lightly. Obedience to His plan is a path filled with challenges, but the consequences of following Him are always worth it. Obedience to God is not merely a mat...  Read More
The Pain of Regret
by Ed Newton on October 19th, 2023
"But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead." - Philippians 3:13   Regret can be a heavy burden to bear, a constant reminder of past mistakes and missed opportunities. It's a pain that can linger, haunting our thoughts and hindering our progress. But it's crucial to understand that dwelling in regret is not the path to healing and fulfillment. Instead,...  Read More
Advancing Deeper in Faith
by Ed Newton on September 13th, 2023
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." - 2 Peter 3:18 (ESV)   As we embark on our journey of faith, we are called to continually take our spiritual lives to the next level. Our walk with God is not meant to remain stagnant; it is a dynamic and transformative experience that leads us to deeper intimac...  Read More
Deepening Dependence
by Ed Newton on September 2nd, 2023
Psalm 34:18 (NIV) - "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."   In our journey of faith, we are not immune to making mistakes. But even in our failures, God's grace abounds. He can use our mistakes as opportunities to deepen our dependence on Him, drawing us closer to His loving embrace and guiding us toward growth and transformation. Psalm 34:18 assures u...  Read More
Unleashing the Fullness of Life
by Ed Newton on August 26th, 2023
Ephesians 3:20 (NIV) - "Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us."   Imagine a life where you fully embrace God's plan, taking the leap of faith to trust everything He has called you to do. Picture a life where you surrender your fears, doubts, and limitations, and wholeheartedly pursue the path He has laid before y...  Read More
Starting Your Day Alone with God
by Ed Newton on July 27th, 2023
"In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait expectantly." - Psalm 5:3   The way we begin our day sets the tone for what follows. Starting our day alone with God in solitude and seeking His presence can have a profound impact on our hearts, minds, and spirits. Let's explore the benefits of carving out sacred moments each morning to connect with our...  Read More
Trusting God with Your Dreams
by Ed Newton on July 19th, 2023
"Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." - Psalm 37:4   Close your eyes for a moment and envision your dreams. They may be big or small, near or far, but they hold a special place in your heart. Now, imagine entrusting those dreams to the loving hands of God. What would that look like to trust God with your dreams and embrace His perfect plan for your life? T...  Read More
The Illusion of Greener Grass
by Ed Newton on July 10th, 2023
"But godliness with contentment is great gain." - 1 Timothy 6:6   Today I want to talk about a sly adversary that tries to mess with our minds—yes, you guessed it—the devil! He's always whispering in our ears, trying to convince us that the grass is greener on the other side. But let me tell you, my friends, that's nothing more than a clever illusion. The real green grass, the abundant life, can o...  Read More
The Power of Mentoring
by Ed Newton on July 9th, 2023
"Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing." - 1 Thessalonians 5:11   Have you ever had someone in your life who guided and supported you, helped you grow and develop, and encouraged you to pursue your dreams? It's a powerful thing to have a mentor who invests in you, believes in you, and challenges you to become the best version of yourself. But mentor...  Read More
Striving for Progress, Not Perfection
by Ed Newton on July 3rd, 2023
"For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." - Romans 3:23   Do you ever feel like you have to be perfect? Like you have to have everything together and never make a mistake? If so, I want to challenge your thinking today. The truth is no one is perfect. Not you, not me, not anyone. The Bible tells us in Romans 3:23 that "all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." Even the m...  Read More
The Truth Reveals Your Future
by Ed Newton on June 29th, 2023
"I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am." - John 13:19  Did you know that God's truth can reveal what is to come in your life? It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day struggles of life, but when we tune in to God's truth, we can gain a clearer perspective on what the future holds.  In John 13:19, Jesus says, "I am telling you no...  Read More
Putting God First: It's not just a trend, it's a lifestyle
by Ed Newton on June 15th, 2023
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." - Matthew 6:33   Today, I want to talk about something that's on all of our minds: priorities. It seems like everyone is busy these days, with work, school, family, hobbies, and social media taking up so much of our time and energy. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself: what's really importa...  Read More
Desperate for God
by Ed Newton on June 11th, 2023
"As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God." - Psalm 42:1   Have you ever felt desperate for something in your life? Perhaps it was for a job, a relationship, or even a material possession. We all have experienced moments when we feel like we just can't go on without that one thing we desperately desire. But what if we shifted our focus and became desperate for God i...  Read More
No Presence, No Protection
by Ed Newton on September 20th, 2022
 “Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” - James 4:8   Billy Graham once said, “The will of God will not take us where the grace of God cannot sustain us.” Where God leads you, He will provide for you. He will take care of all your needs. He will equip you with the skills and abilities you will need, and He will ...  Read More

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