Posts with the tag “relationships”

God's Timing in Relationships
by Ed Newton on January 20th, 2024
"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” - Psalms 27:14   Impatience often finds its way into the fabric of our relationships, whispering enticing promises of immediate satisfaction. The cautionary tale of Moses in Hebrews 11:25 serves as a reminder that choosing fleeting pleasures over God's timing can have lasting consequences. Nowhere is this more evident than in our...  Read More
Short-Term Satisfaction vs. Long-Term Rewards
by Ed Newton on January 6th, 2024
"He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin." - Hebrews 11:25   Life is filled with choices, and one of the most profound choices we face is between short-term satisfaction and long-term rewards. It's a decision that can impact the course of our lives and our relationship with God. In Hebrews 11:25, we read about Moses, who faced a sim...  Read More
Who Needs Your Friendship?
by Ed Newton on December 4th, 2023
"A man of many companions may come to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother." - Proverbs 18:24   Have you ever stopped to consider the people in your life and asked yourself, "Who needs my friendship?" In a world that often emphasizes what we can gain from others, it's essential to shift our focus to what we can give and how we can be a friend to those around us. We're surro...  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
Learning From the Past
by Ed Newton on October 21st, 2023
"Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old.” - Isaiah 43:18   The old adage reminds us that "those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." This timeless wisdom underscores the importance of learning from our history and experiences. When we neglect to glean valuable insights from our past, we risk falling into familiar traps and repeating past mistakes.  The ...  Read More
The Power of Christian Relationships
by Ed Newton on August 20th, 2023
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (NIV) - "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up."   As believers, it is crucial to come together in Christian relationships. We are designed to thrive in community, and the support, encouragement, and accountability of fellow belie...  Read More
Pursuing Peace: The Way of the Believer
by Ed Newton on June 23rd, 2023
"If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone." - Romans 12:18    Today, I want to talk to you about something that is on everyone's minds: peace. We live in a world where conflict and chaos seem to be the norm, but as believers in Christ, we are called to pursue peace.  In Romans 12:18, Paul encourages us to "live at peace with everyone." Notice that he says "everyo...  Read More
What is Happening Around You?
by Ed Newton on May 11th, 2023
“Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.” - Philippians 2:4  I want to ask you a question today: What is happening around you? What is going on in your spouse’s life? What struggles are your best friends going through? What are the blessings and hardships your family members have been experiencing? Were you able to answer those questions with confid...  Read More
The Few
by Ministry Support on January 27th, 2022
“Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. The one who is victorious will, like them, be dressed in white. I will never blot out the name of that person from the book of life, but will acknowledge that name before my father and his angels.” - Revelation 3:4-5 Have you ever used the phrase “but _______ does ...  Read More
Wrapped Up in Him
by Jared West on November 28th, 2021
“Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality” (Romans 12:13).   If you’re married, you know that it takes a while to get to know someone. It took months or years before you really got to know your spouse, and even after marriage, you still find things out about them. Can you imagine being married to your spouse but only talking to them for an hour a week? If you’re not marri...  Read More
The Purpose of Humility
by Jared West on November 17th, 2021
“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (Romans 12:16-8).  What is haughty? It means having an air of superiority— being someone who is pretentious or prideful. Jesus...  Read More
Attitude of Honor
by Jared West on November 16th, 2021
“Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight. Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all. If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all” (Romans 12:16-8).   Remember your parents or a teacher telling you to watch your attitude? Perhaps you never had to be reminde...  Read More

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