Posts with the tag “love”

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
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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
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Immersed in His Love
by Ed Newton on January 25th, 2024
"You are precious and honored in my sight, and I love you." - Isaiah 43:4    I want you to pause for a moment and let these words sink deep into your soul: You are precious and honored in God's sight, and He loves you. This love, expansive and boundless, defies human comprehension. It's a love that surpasses the heights of the heavens and reaches into the depths of your being. Consider the vastnes...  Read More
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Not of This World
by Ed Newton on January 15th, 2024
"If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world." - John 15:19   God often reminds us that we are not meant to conform to the patterns of this world. Instead, He commands us to be of Him: set apart, distinct, and aligned with a higher purpose. The words of Jesus in John 15:19 illuminate this divine callin...  Read More
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Forgiving Yourself
by Ed Newton on December 26th, 2023
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness." - 1 John 1:9   One of the most beautiful aspects of our faith is God's unconditional forgiveness. Through Christ, we are offered the gift of forgiveness, where our sins are washed away, and we are reconciled to our Heavenly Father. But what happens when we struggle to forgive ours...  Read More
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The Incomparable Gift
by Ed Newton on December 21st, 2023
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16   As we approach the Christmas season, our hearts naturally turn to thoughts of gifts. We make lists, exchange presents, and delight in the joy of giving and receiving. While this is a beautiful aspect of the holiday, it's crucial to remember the most exc...  Read More
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Let Go of the Rope
by Ed Newton on December 8th, 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   Have you ever played tug of war? It's an intense battle of strength and willpower, each side pulling with all their might to gain control. Life can often feel like a never-ending game of tug of war, with us desperately clinging to ...  Read More
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God's Appointed Connections
by Ed Newton on November 30th, 2023
"And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him." - 1 Thessalonians 5:18   As we step into December, a month synonymous with gratitude and reflection, let us take a moment to thank God for the beautiful souls He has placed in our lives. Our journey through this world is not a solitary one; it is a collective experi...  Read More
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Going All In for Jesus
by Ed Newton on October 27th, 2023
"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope." - Jeremiah 29:11   Have you ever wondered what would happen if you truly went all in on Jesus' plan for your life? It's a question that can spark deep reflection and challenge you to consider the incredible transformation that awaits on the other side of that decision. Ima...  Read More
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The Challenge of Being Different
by Ed Newton on October 24th, 2023
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind." - Romans 12:2   As followers of Christ, we are called to be different from the world around us. Our faith invites us to a life that stands out, marked by love, grace, and a commitment to living according to God's Word. To be different means embracing the challenges that come with doing hard things and n...  Read More
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Grace Greater Than Sin
by Ed Newton on October 13th, 2023
"But where sin increased, grace increased all the more." - Romans 5:20   Have you ever questioned whether your sins are too great, whether you've strayed too far from the path of righteousness? It's a struggle many face, feeling that they've fallen beyond redemption. But today, be reminded that you can't “out-sin” God, for His grace is always greater than your sins. Romans 5:20 speaks of a profoun...  Read More
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Who Is Watching You?
by Ed Newton on October 10th, 2023
"But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love." - Psalm 33:18   In the hustle and bustle of life, it's easy to forget that you are never truly alone. Even when you think no one is watching, someone always is. The question you must ask yourself today is, "Who is watching you?" Throughout your day, there are countless eyes upon you, whether you rea...  Read More
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Offering Our Best to God
by Ed Newton on September 30th, 2023
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength." - Mark 12:30   God, our Creator and Sustainer, deserves nothing less than our very best. When we offer our wholehearted devotion, we align ourselves with the greatest commandment—to love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength (Mark 12:30). Just as a precious gift re...  Read More
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Embracing the Spirit of Love
by Ed Newton on September 12th, 2023
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God." - 1 John 4:7 (NIV)   In our journey of faith, we are called not only to love God with all our hearts but also to love one another deeply and unconditionally. Taking our relationships with others to the next level in a spiritual sense requires us to embrace the Spirit of Love, wh...  Read More
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God's Redemption in Our Mistakes
by Ed Newton on September 3rd, 2023
Ephesians 1:7 (NIV) - "In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace."  Our mistakes can leave us feeling broken, ashamed, and unworthy. However, in those moments, God's grace and forgiveness shine brightly. He can use our mistakes to reveal the depth of His love and the richness of His grace. It is not about us and our failures;...  Read More
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Cleansed by His Sacrifice
by Ed Newton on August 22nd, 2023
1 John 3:5 (NIV) - "But you know that he appeared so that he might take away our sins. And in him is no sin."   The impact of 1 John 3:5 on our lives is immeasurable. This verse reminds us of the transformative power of Jesus' sacrifice and the profound implications it has for our sin-stained lives. Through His appearance, Jesus came to take away our sins and offer us the gift of forgiveness and r...  Read More
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Embracing Abundant Life
by Ed Newton on August 1st, 2023
"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." - John 10:10b   Life in Christ is more than mere existence; it is a vibrant and abundant journey. When we are united with Christ, we experience a transformative awakening, where we move from spiritual death to eternal life. Let's explore what it means to be alive in Christ and embrace the fullness of the abundant life He offers. Befor...  Read More
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Only God Can Heal
by Ed Newton on July 22nd, 2023
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." - Psalm 147:3   In a world that offers countless remedies for our brokenness, there is still hope we can cling to as we remember this truth: only God can fix you. The things of this world may provide temporary relief, but true healing and restoration can only be found in the hands of our loving Creator.  Only God can heal because He understan...  Read More
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Surrendered for Greatness: Embracing God's Purpose
by Ed Newton on July 14th, 2023
"For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it." - Matthew 16:25   Picture this: You're standing at the edge of a vast ocean, ready to dive into the depths of an adventure that surpasses your wildest dreams. But to embark on this extraordinary journey, you must surrender your life to the greater purpose that God has in store for you. As believe...  Read More
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Love Like Jesus
by Ed Newton on May 19th, 2023
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” - John 13:34  When you serve others and put others first, God changes your heart. I have seen this happen so many times. It is amazing how people’s lives change when they step out and realize the world isn’t all about them. When we shift our focus from ourselves to others, we n...  Read More
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Show You Care
by Ed Newton on May 12th, 2023
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” - 1 John 3:17-18  Yesterday, I asked this question: What is happening around you? Do you know what’s going on in your kid's lives? In your best friends’ lives? What about your aunt that liv...  Read More
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Because His Love
by Ed Newton on March 28th, 2023
“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” - John 3:16  Yesterday, we discussed a concept that is contrary to the way we naturally think. When it comes to salvation, rewards, or blessings, our minds start thinking the way they do with everything else we try to obtain: we have to earn everything. To be gifted someth...  Read More
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Your Best
by Ed Newton on February 28th, 2023
“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.” - 2 Timothy 2:15  Are you doing your best? Are you becoming the best version of yourself? Are you trying to be the version of yourself that God created you to be? Yesterday, we looked at how God created you exactly as He meant for you to be. We learned that we shou...  Read More
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How Are You Loving?
by Ed Newton on February 24th, 2023
“And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God.” - Ephesians 5:2  Earlier this month, all around the country, people celebrated LOVE. More specifically, they celebrated a romantic love for a partner. Love always seems to be on the brain a little more than normal when February rolls around. So what better time than this month to stop and t...  Read More
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What’s Different?
by Ed Newton on February 23rd, 2023
“Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” - Philippians 2:3-4  Have you ever wondered how you can make a greater impact for God’s Kingdom? For some believers, it might be something they rarely think about. But for those who are on fire for God...  Read More
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A Selfless Love
by Ed Newton on February 21st, 2023
“Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” - John 15:13  I want you to stop and think about the people you love most in this world. It might be your husband or wife. It might be a mother or grandmother. It might be a close friend or sibling. Whoever it is, think about the person or people who mean the most to you.  Now I want to ask you a question: to what...  Read More
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You’re Only Hurting You
by Ed Newton on December 28th, 2022
“Hatred stirs up strife, but love covers all offenses.” - Proverbs 10:12  Are you struggling to forgive? We have talked over the last couple of days about forgiveness. If you are a believer who has spent any serious amount of time in the Word, you already know what the Bible says about forgiveness.  You say, “But pastor, you don’t know what they did to me.” You are right, I don’t. And you know wha...  Read More
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Real Love
by Ed Newton on December 18th, 2022
“This is real love—not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins.” - 1 John 4:10  Over the last few days, we have gone into detail about how Jesus is most definitely real. The Bible along with our own personal relationships with Him make this very easy to believe. If you haven’t developed a personal relationship with Jesus Christ, then you might ...  Read More
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Fear of The Unknown
by Ed Newton on December 9th, 2022
“And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to His purpose for them.” - Romans 8:28  Has God given you clarity in your life? Has He made it clear what you need to be doing and what path you should be pursuing? You might say, “Yes Pastor, God has made it clear but...” And that is where the fear comes in.  We can get so creativ...  Read More
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Take it to Them
by Ministry Support on November 6th, 2022
“When one of you has a dispute with another believer, how dare you file a lawsuit and ask a secular court to decide the matter instead of taking it to other believers. Don’t you realize that someday we believers will judge the world? And since you are going to judge the world, can’t you decide even these little things among yourselves?” - 1 Corinthians 6:1-2  When you find yourself in an argument ...  Read More
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Love God
by Ed Newton on October 25th, 2022
“And you must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.” - Mark 12:30  Over the last couple of days, we have talked about obedience. If you want to honor God and live your life for Him, it all starts with obedience. You say, “Okay pastor, I am all in. I want to follow God, I want to obey Him fully and carefully, just as you have said. But now ...  Read More
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Ignored
by Ed Newton on September 14th, 2022
“This is why I speak to them in parables: ‘Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.” - Matthew 13:13   Over the last few days, we have been pushing you to share what Jesus has put on your heart. And I do not want to stop today because this is such an important topic of conversation. As a believer, Jesus designed you for a specific purpose. As a HUMAN, Jesus d...  Read More
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Not For Everybody
by Ed Newton on September 13th, 2022
“If the world hates you, know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.” - John 15:18-19   As we continue to look at this idea of a “prophet,” you must understand something. Remember, you do not have to prophesy something out of the b...  Read More
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You Need Him… You Know That Right?
by Ed Newton on September 2nd, 2022
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” - Proverbs 3:5-6   If you want to live your best life and not the “YOLO, I’m just having a good time” type of life, then you need God. Specifically, you need to follow His plan. We call this “God’s will.”   His will is what He desires to happen. We...  Read More
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Are You Sincere?
by Ed Newton on August 22nd, 2022
“But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes’ and your ‘No’ be ‘No.’ Whatever is more than these is of the evil one.” - Matthew 5:37   When you hear the word “sincere,” what do you think of? Who do you think of? The Bible talks about Timothy having a “sincere faith.” It was actually Paul who said this, as Timothy’s faith reminded Paul of Timothy’s mother and grandmother.  See, the Apostle Paul took three missionar...  Read More
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A Spirit of Love
by Ed Newton on August 20th, 2022
“For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” - 2 Timothy 1:7   As we continue to look at 2 Timothy 1:7, we now know that it is not God who has given us a spirit of fear. Instead, He gives us a spirit of POWER, LOVE, and SELF-DISCIPLINE. Yesterday, we looked at the spirit of power that we can claim as His children.   Today, we look at another gi...  Read More
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Chasing After You
by Ministry Support on March 20th, 2022
“One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, ‘Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.” (Revelation 17:1-2)Revelation 17 tells the story of a prostitute. Not a specific prostitute, but more of a...  Read More
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A Deeper Love
by Ministry Support on March 18th, 2022
“Then one of the four living creatures gave to the seven angels seven golden bowls filled with the wrath of God, who lives for ever and ever. And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God and from his power, and no one could enter the temple until the seven plagues of the seven angels were completed.” (Revelation 15:7-8)If you have read any of the devotions in this series on Revelatio...  Read More
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Winning Team... Losing Team!
by Ministry Support on March 13th, 2022
“I saw in heaven another great and marvelous sign: seven angels with the seven last plagues—last, because with them God’s wrath is completed. And I saw what looked like a sea of glass glowing with fire and, standing beside the sea, those who had been victorious over the beast and its image and over the number of its name. They held harps given them by God.” (Revelation 15:1-2)Have you ever been to...  Read More
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The Love You Had At First
by Ministry Support on January 18th, 2022
“I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false. You have persevered and have endured hardships for My name, and have not grown weary. Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first”- Revelation 2:2-3 The book of Revelation in...  Read More
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