Posts with the tag “journey”

Growing Every Day
by Ed Newton on April 16th, 2024
"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    Life is a journey of growth, of transformation, of becoming more like Christ with each passing day. But here's the thing: that journey never ends. As long as we're on this earth, God is always at w...  Read More
Embracing the Hope of Change
by Ed Newton on February 22nd, 2024
"For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven." - Ecclesiastes 3:1   In the ebb and flow of life, change is a constant companion. Our present circumstances, no matter how challenging or joyous, are not etched in permanence. Ecclesiastes 3 beautifully captures the essence of life's seasons, reminding us that change is not only inevitable but also a source of hope. Look n...  Read More
Obedience Over Comfort
by Ed Newton on February 16th, 2024
"But Samuel replied: 'Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the Lord? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.'" - 1 Samuel 15:22   In a world that often prioritizes comfort, God calls us to a higher standard – obedience. The journey of faith is not about seeking ease but about aligning our will with His. Obedience may le...  Read More
Trusting the Unseen Path
by Ed Newton on February 10th, 2024
"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   Over the last few days, we have spent a lot of time talking about God’s will. We have specifically talked about free will, and the ability to choose whether we want to be obedient to God’s plan or not. What can often make that deci...  Read More
Goal Setting: A Path to Becoming More Like Christ
by Ed Newton on December 28th, 2023
"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 3:14   Goal setting is a practice that many of us are familiar with in various aspects of our lives, such as our careers, education, or health. However, have you ever considered the importance of setting spiritual goals as a means to become more like Christ? In Philippians 3:14, the ...  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
The Impact of the Company We Keep
by Ed Newton on December 3rd, 2023
"Do not be misled: 'Bad company corrupts good character.'" - 1 Corinthians 15:33   Ever had a friend who seemed like a lot of fun but led you down a path you later regretted? It's a scenario many of us can relate to, where the company we keep can profoundly influence our lives. Let's take a moment to reflect on the repercussions of running with the wrong crowd. Our friends and acquaintances play a...  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
Embrace Your Unique Journey
by Ed Newton on September 16th, 2023
"Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else." - Galatians 6:4 (NIV)   In this fast-paced world of constant comparison, it's easy to get caught up in measuring our worth based on the achievements and appearances of others. However, God calls us to focus on our individual journeys and growth, comparing ourselves ...  Read More
Praising God for His Unchanging Love
by Ed Newton on September 6th, 2023
Psalm 136:1 (NIV) - "Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good. His love endures forever."   In our journey of faith, we often stumble and make mistakes. Yet, amidst our failures, God's grace remains boundless. He extends forgiveness and showers us with His unwavering love. Today, let us pause to praise God for His endless grace despite our continuous mistakes. Psalm 136:1 exhorts us to give thanks ...  Read More
I Can't Live Like This Anymore
by Ed Newton on August 3rd, 2023
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17   Have you ever reached a breaking point where you realize that the sin in your life is holding you captive and robbing you of joy and peace? The good news is that you don't have to live like this anymore. God offers a way of escape and invites you to surrender your sins to Him, ...  Read More
Willing to Drill
by Ed Newton on April 6th, 2023
“But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” - Matthew 6:33  Over the last few days, we have been discussing a man named Mr. Yates who lived in West Texas during a not-so-great season of life. He was a man living in poverty trying to make one last-ditch effort to save his home. So he had a team drill up the land to see what was beneath. What...  Read More
What’s Holding You Back?
by Ed Newton on December 6th, 2022
“Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return about this time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” - Genesis 18:14  If you followed along with us yesterday, you probably felt a conviction. If there is something that you have been putting off doing, God wants you to know that now is the time. You have waited for so long, you have thought about it, wrestled with it, and weighed the pros and co...  Read More
You Just Have To Ask
by Ed Newton on November 17th, 2022
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.” - Matthew 7:7Yesterday, we talked about God-given dreams. There are times when we have selfish dreams that are only to benefit us, and those are the ones we want to avoid. But there are other times when God has placed a burning passion inside our hearts...  Read More

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