Posts with the tag “relationship”

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
The Art of Prayer
by Ed Newton on March 7th, 2024
"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." - Colossians 4:2    Colossians 4:2 encourages us, "Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." Let's explore the art of prayer, not as a formula but as a heart-to-heart communion with God. Prayer is more than a ritual; it's an intimate conversation with the Creator who knows us intimately. There's an art to this sacred prac...  Read More
Finding All You Need in God
by Ed Newton on February 14th, 2024
"And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 4:19    While having human relationships is important, it is essential to remember that He alone is the ultimate source of everything we need. When there's a void, our first pursuit should be God, for in Him, we find completeness. Think about the richness of God's provision. He places friends,...  Read More
The Path of True Repentance
by Ed Newton on January 4th, 2024
"Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord." - Acts 3:19   True repentance is not merely feeling sorry for our wrongdoings; it involves a complete change of direction, a U-turn of the soul that leads us back to God's embrace. Picture standing at a crossroads in your life. One path is marked by your sinful choices, while the o...  Read More
When God Changes Your Life
by Ed Newton on December 13th, 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 felt stuck in a situation, wondering if change is even possible? The good news is that God not only has the power to change your circumstances, but He can also change your life in profound ways. The Bible is filled with examples of believers whose lives were trans...  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
Transformed Desires
by Ed Newton on July 31st, 2023
 "Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me." - Psalm 51:10   As we draw nearer to God, something remarkable happens: He transforms our desires and cravings. The closer we grow to Him, the more our hearts align with His will, and the old desires that once consumed us fade away. Let's explore the profound work of God in reshaping our hearts and molding our desires. In...  Read More
The Power of Consistency
by Ed Newton on July 11th, 2023
"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." - Hebrews 10:23   Today, I want to dive into a topic that holds immense importance in our spiritual journey—consistency in our relationship with God. In a world of constant change and distractions, it is crucial to anchor ourselves in the unchanging love and faithfulness of our Heavenly Father. Just as a plant need...  Read More
Speak Up: God is Listening
by Ed Newton on June 18th, 2023
"Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you." - Jeremiah 29:12   Have you ever felt like no one is listening to you? Maybe you've been talking to your friends or family about something important and they just don't seem to get it. It can be frustrating and make us feel like our words don't matter. But, let me tell you something, God is always listening. Jeremiah 29:...  Read More
Are You Ducking God?
by Ed Newton on February 13th, 2023
“To the Lord our God belong mercy and forgiveness, for we have rebelled against Him.” - Daniel 9:9  There is a popular phrase the kids say now when they believe someone is avoiding an outcome. They try to put pressure on the person by asking the question, “are you ducking smoke?” The term “ducking” means avoiding and “smoke” means trouble, confrontation, or a consequence.Are you ducking smoke? In ...  Read More
by Ed Newton on February 2nd, 2023
“So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.” - 1 Corinthians 15:58  When you hear the word, “consistent,” what does your mind go to? Are you a consistent person? Most people will immediately think of the things they are passionate about. That is where you will show the most con...  Read More
The Only Unforgiveable Sin
by Ed Newton on January 30th, 2023
“If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” - 1 John 1:9  Did you know when it comes to the love of the Father, you cannot mess up? That’s right. No matter what you do wrong, He is ready and willing to forgive you. This does not mean that we won’t sin, but what it means is that when we do, the Lord will forgive us. John tells...  Read More
Build Your Group
by Ed Newton on December 20th, 2022
“Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works. And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of His return is drawing near.” - Hebrews 10:24-25  Do you have a community that can come alongside you when life hits you hard? Is there a group of people that you know, no matter what happens, will be ...  Read More
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
Jesus Knocks Too
by Ed Newton on November 15th, 2022
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” - Revelation 3:20Over the last few days, we have looked at how God’s door is always open for us. It does not matter if we are a nonbeliever, a believer who has strayed from God, or a believer battling with sin. God’s door is always open.But what about when w...  Read More
Open To Sinners
by Ed Newton on November 14th, 2022
“Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through Me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures.” - John 10:9 Did you know that no matter who you are or where you are in life, Jesus' door is always open to you? That’s right. There is nothing you can do that will lead God to close His door on you. As we have looked at the last couple of days, Jesus' door is open to first-t...  Read More
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
Friends With Sinners
by Ministry Support on July 11th, 2022
“Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that His kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?” - Romans 2:4   How many of you remember MySpace? So before there was Facebook, there was MySpace. And then Justin Timberlake bought it and we don’t know what happened to MySpace. It’s gone. But at the time, it was our soc...  Read More
Faux Heart
by Ministry Support on May 19th, 2022
“Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known” (Luke 12:1-2).Jesus told people to beware of the Pharisees, who were considered the highest, most esteemed religious men of that period. They knew Scripture well, and they spent time teaching people on the outside, but their hearts ...  Read More

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