Posts with the tag “seek”

Speak Up
by Ed Newton on April 10th, 2024
"Brothers and sisters, if someone is caught in a sin, you who live by the Spirit should restore that person gently. But watch yourselves, or you also may be tempted." - Galatians 6:1   In a world that often champions individualism and self-reliance, it can be easy to adopt a mindset of "I'll do me, and you do you." Yet, as followers of Christ, we are called to something greater—a community of beli...  Read More
Choosing God's Best Over Temporary Pleasures
by Ed Newton on March 30th, 2024
"He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin." - Hebrews 11:25   In the journey of life, we often encounter temptations that promise immediate gratification but lead to long-term consequences. The story of Samson serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of choosing God's best over temporary pleasures. Despite being called to a li...  Read More
Anchored in God's Verdict
by Ed Newton on January 24th, 2024
"Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." - Galatians 1:10    In a world where opinions can be loud and approval sought after, it's easy to tie our worth to the judgments of others. Galatians 1:10 poses a poignant question, urging us to examine the source from which...  Read More
Guidance in Conflict
by Ed Newton on January 16th, 2024
"If your brother or sister sins, go and point out their fault, just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over." -Matthew 18:15   Conflict is an unavoidable part of human interactions, and even within the family of believers, disagreements can arise. How we handle these conflicts holds great significance, and the words of Jesus in Matthew 18:15 offer a timeless guide: "I...  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
Will I Move Closer to Jesus This Christmas?
by Ed Newton on December 20th, 2023
"When the angels had left them and gone into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, 'Let's go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.' So they hurried off and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby, who was lying in the manger." - Luke 2:15-16   As we approach the Christmas season, it's a perfect time to reflect on our journey of faith and ask ourselve...  Read More
Decisions Without God
by Ed Newton on December 6th, 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   When we make decisions without seeking God's wisdom, we're relying solely on our limited understanding, and that can lead to significant challenges and missteps. In the book of Proverbs, we are reminded to "trust in the Lord with a...  Read More
Embracing the Hard
by Ed Newton on October 23rd, 2023
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." - James 1:2-3   Life often presents us with challenges that fall into three categories: hard things, hard times, and hard people. While these can be sources of discomfort, frustration, and even pain, God calls us to embrace the hard rather t...  Read More
Beyond the Trends
by Ed Newton on October 11th, 2023
"Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." - Psalm 119:105   In a world filled with constant updates and ever-changing trends, it's easy to find yourself swept up in the latest fads, influenced by what's "in" on Instagram, TikTok, or any other social media platform. While these platforms can serve positive purposes, they should never be your ultimate compass. Today, you're challenged t...  Read More
Courageously Pursuing God's Purpose
by Ed Newton on October 1st, 2023
"Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." - Joshua 1:9   Chasing God's purpose for your life requires courage. It means stepping out of your comfort zone, trusting in God's guidance, and embracing the unknown with unwavering faith. Just as Joshua was called to lead the Israelites into the Promised Land, you too have...  Read More
Delayed but Not Denied: The Blessings of Sacrifice for God's Purpose
by Ed Newton on August 9th, 2023
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." - Matthew 6:33   In a world that encourages instant gratification and self-centered pursuits, it can be challenging to choose sacrifice and delay our desires for the sake of God's purpose. However, let us explore the abundant blessings that await those who prioritize God's kingdom and willingly s...  Read More
Never Forsaken
by Ed Newton on April 3rd, 2023
“And those who know Your Name put their trust in You, for You, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You.” - Psalm 9:10  Before He died, Jesus was forsaken. Judah betrayed Him. Peter lied about knowing Him. And yet, Jesus still died for their sins. He died for the sins of those who abandoned Him. He died for the sins of those who mocked Him, and He died for the sins of us still living today. Je...  Read More
How Much?
by Ed Newton on October 31st, 2022
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.” - Proverbs 3:5  We have talked a lot about obedience to God. If you want to show God how much you love Him, it all starts with obedience. Jesus says in John 14:15, “If you love me, obey my commandments.” Obedience is the foundation of our love for God. We have walked through many different ways you can obey God. But ...  Read More
Are You Listening?
by Ed Newton on August 23rd, 2022
“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what He is saying to the churches.” - Revelation 2:29   When is the last time God spoke to you? If you ask believers this question, you are bound to get many different answers. Some might say, “Pastor, He spoke to me in my quiet time this morning.” For others, they might say it has been days, weeks, months, or years since they have...  Read More

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