Posts with the tag “obedience”

Courageous Obedience
by Ed Newton on November 12th, 2023
"Again the Israelites cried out to the Lord, and he gave them a deliverer—Ehud, a left-handed man, the son of Gera the Benjamite." - Judges 3:15   In the book of Judges, we encounter the story of King Ehud, a man known for his unusual trait: he was left-handed. But it wasn't just his physical attribute that set him apart; it was his courageous obedience to God's call that made him a hero. Ehud liv...  Read More
Embracing God's Plan Beyond Fear
by Ed Newton on October 17th, 2023
"For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline." - 2 Timothy 1:7   Fear of failure can be a formidable barrier to living out God's ultimate destiny for your life. Many people remain hesitant to take a leap of faith, fearing that their endeavors might not work out as planned. However, it's crucial to recognize that when you follow God's plan, failur...  Read More
Shining as a Light in a Dark World
by Ed Newton on September 27th, 2023
"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden." - Matthew 5:14 (NIV)   As followers of Christ, we are called to be different from the world around us. We are to shine as lights in the darkness, reflecting the love, truth, and compassion of our Savior. In a world that often embraces darkness and confusion, let us stand firm in our faith and convictions. We are not called ...  Read More
Embracing Grace with Repentant Hearts
by Ed Newton on September 7th, 2023
Romans 6:1-2 (NIV) - "What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?"  God's grace is truly endless, covering our mistakes and offering forgiveness when we fall short. However, as recipients of this boundless grace, we must be mindful not to abuse it. Instead, God desires that when we mes...  Read More
Walking by Faith: Obedience in Financial Matters
by Ed Newton on August 11th, 2023
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) - "Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see."   As followers of Christ, we are called to be obedient in all areas of our lives, including our finances. However, there are times when we may find it challenging to trust God with our money, especially when we cannot see how things will turn out. In those moments, it's essential to remember ...  Read More
The Trust Factor: Tithing as a Sign of Faith
by Ed Newton on August 10th, 2023
Proverbs 3:9 (NIV) - "Honor the LORD with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops."   Have you ever wondered why tithing is an important aspect of our faith? Tithing goes beyond just financial contribution; it is a tangible way of expressing our trust in God. When we willingly give back a portion of what God has blessed us with, we demonstrate our reliance on His provision and acknowl...  Read More
Losing a Blessing
by Ed Newton on April 24th, 2023
“And David was afraid of the Lord that day, and he said, ‘How can the ark of the Lord come to me?’ So David was not willing to take the ark of the Lord into the city of David. But David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.” - 2 Samuel 6:9-10  When you choose delayed obedience or disobedience altogether, you are not only losing out on an opportunity but a blessing. The Bible tells u...  Read More
What Are You Waiting For?
by Ed Newton on March 1st, 2023
“Do not boast about tomorrow, for you do not know what a day may bring.” - Proverbs 27:1  Are you giving God your best? If the answer is no, then what are you waiting for?  From the time you are born, you have a destination that God wants to lead you to. We can call this your potential. From the time you realize what potential is, and who God is, He has a plan and purpose for your life. God wants ...  Read More
A Blessing Not a Burden
by Ed Newton on January 16th, 2023
“Loving God means keeping His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome.” - 1 John 5:3  If you love God, you will obey Him. It is through obedience that we show God our love. When we obey His commandments, we are choosing God over our own selfish, sinful, human desires. 1 John 5:3 says, “Loving God means keeping His commandments, and His commandments are not burdensome.” It is the endi...  Read More
Fear of Failure
by Ed Newton on December 7th, 2022
“Not a single one of all the good promises of the Lord had given to the family of Israel was left unfulfilled; everything he had spoken came true.” - Joshua 21:45  Are you avoiding or delaying what God has called you to do? Has He made His plan or purpose for your life abundantly clear, but you just can’t take the next step to get going? This is not uncommon. While it is exciting to know what God ...  Read More
Growing in Wisdom
by Ministry Support on November 3rd, 2022
“Asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.” - Ephesians 1:17  Do you ever wonder what God is thinking? Have you ever prayed, “God if you would just tell me what you want me to do, I’ll do it.” If you are struggling to know the heart of God, it might be time to pray for wisdom. Wisdom is the gr...  Read More
Love Others
by Ed Newton on October 26th, 2022
“The second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ No other commandment is greater than these.” - Mark 12:31  Obedience. It is something we have been talking about a lot over the last few days. In Mark 12, there is a religious teacher who asks Jesus, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” Mark 12:29-31 goes on to say, “Jesus replied, ‘The most important commandmen...  Read More
The Consequences of Our Actions
by Ed Newton on October 9th, 2022
“Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” - Galatians 6:7   When you look at the book of Micah, you will quickly find a problem with the people of God that Micah was dealing with. The problem with God’s people was simply that they lived as if there were no consequences to their sin. But this was not just a problem in that day and time.  It is true for ...  Read More
Qualifying the Called
by Ed Newton on September 18th, 2022
“Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.” - 2 Corinthians 3:5   Have you ever felt like God has you in over your head? Like you know you are following His will, and you are at peace with where you are because of your obedience, but you aren’t at peace when you think about performance?   You just don’t know if you have what it ta...  Read More
No Pressure
by Ed Newton on September 15th, 2022
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” - John 14:27   Has someone ever told you to do something, made it seem so simple as if anyone can do it, and then added the end, “No pressure”? It’s like just by saying that, your blood pressure rises and you begin to feel uneasy. They said no pres...  Read More
Experiencing Blessing
by Ministry Support on March 9th, 2022
“These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they remained virgins. They follow the Lamb wherever he goes. They were purchased from among mankind and offered as first fruits to God and the Lamb. No lie was found in their mouths; they are blameless.” (Reve- lation 14:4-5)Do you want to experience blessing? You probably think that is a trick question — of course you do! Who doesn’t...  Read More

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