Posts with the tag “trust”

Setting Guardrails
by Ed Newton on April 2nd, 2024
"Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path." - Psalm 119:105   In life, we often encounter situations where the line between right and wrong may blur, and the path ahead seems uncertain. In these moments, setting guardrails becomes essential—a deliberate decision to establish boundaries that protect us from veering off course and straying into danger. The Bible provides us with numerous ...  Read More
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Ordinary to Extraordinary
by Ed Newton on March 13th, 2024
"But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong." - 1 Corinthians 1:27   Have you ever wondered if God can really use someone like you to do extraordinary things? Perhaps you've felt too ordinary, too insignificant to make a meaningful impact. Well, let me remind you of a truth that has echoed throughout history: God deli...  Read More
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Unfailing Faithfulness
by Ed Newton on February 4th, 2024
"The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does." - Psalm 145:13   No matter where you are in life, or what is going on, I want to bring some encouragement to you today: the God you serve is unfailing. That’s right, when you truly decide to turn things over to Him, you will find out that He will never fail you nor forsake you. Psalm 145:13 is a great reminder for us that, "...  Read More
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Faith Under Construction
by Ed Newton on January 12th, 2024
"Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord." - Psalm 27:14   Waiting is often seen as a season of stillness, a pause in the grand narrative of our lives. In these moments of anticipation, God, the master builder of our faith, is at work. Our waiting is not in vain; it's a crucial part of the process where God shapes and fortifies our faith. The psalmist in Psalm 27:14 implo...  Read More
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The Weight of Our Words
by Ed Newton on December 29th, 2023
"When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow." - Ecclesiastes 5:4   Our words are powerful. They carry weight and influence, shaping our relationships and reflecting the integrity of our character. It is crucial that we honor the promises we make and strive to do what we say we will do. Ecclesiastes 5:4 reminds us of the importance of keepi...  Read More
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The Daily Act of Surrender
by Ed Newton on December 9th, 2023
"Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship." - Romans 12:1   You've likely heard the phrase "surrender to Christ" before, but what does full surrender truly entail? Surrendering to Christ is not a one-time decision you make when you first give your life to Him. Inste...  Read More
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The Master of the Big Picture
by Ed Newton on December 7th, 2023
"As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." - Isaiah 55:9   Life can often feel like a complicated puzzle with missing pieces. We struggle to make sense of the past, wrestle with the challenges of the present, and worry about an uncertain future. It's during these times of uncertainty that we need to remember why we should tr...  Read More
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Finding Lessons in the Midst of Challenges
by Ed Newton on November 14th, 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. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything." - James 1:2-4   Life is filled with challenges, trials, and difficulties. At times, it can seem like nothing is going right, and our natural respo...  Read More
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The Power of Perspective
by Ed Newton on November 13th, 2023
"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." - Romans 8:28   Our perspective has a profound impact on how we navigate life's challenges. It's the lens through which we view the world, and it can be the difference between despair and hope. In Romans 8:28, we find a powerful reminder of the importance of perspective: "A...  Read More
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The Power of Surrender
by Ed Newton on October 30th, 2023
"Then Jesus said to them all: 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me.'" - Luke 9:23   Surrender is a concept that can be both profound and challenging. It calls us to yield control and acknowledge that God's plans are superior to our own. Yet, surrender is not a sign of weakness; rather, it's an expression of trust in God's wisdom and sove...  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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Seeking First God's Kingdom
by Ed Newton on October 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 the midst of life's busyness and demands, it's easy to lose sight of what truly matters. However, Jesus challenges us to prioritize God above all else, trusting that when we seek His kingdom first, He takes care of the rest. Matthew 6:33 teaches us the importance of seeking Go...  Read More
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Trusting God's Perfect Timing
by Ed Newton on September 21st, 2023
"For everything, there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven." - Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV)   In our journey to level up and reach new heights in life, it's essential to recognize that sometimes the reason we cannot progress yet is that it is not the right time. As humans, we often desire immediate progress and instant results, but God's plans are intricately woven with divine timing. ...  Read More
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Hidden Rewards of Faithfulness
by Ed Newton on September 15th, 2023
"But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you." - Matthew 6:6 (NIV)   In a world that often celebrates public achievements and recognitions, it can be easy to feel overlooked when we do the right thing in secret. However, God sees and values our faithfulness, even in the hidden places...  Read More
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God's Steadfast Presence in Every Step
by Ed Newton on August 28th, 2023
Psalm 37:24 (NIV) - "though they stumble, they will not fall, for the LORD upholds them with his hand."   There are times in life when we feel like we can't go on, when the weight of challenges and trials threatens to knock us down. Yet, even in those moments, we can find strength and encouragement in knowing that we will never fall because God has us every step of the way. His steadfast presence ...  Read More
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Living Up to Your Potential
by Ed Newton on August 23rd, 2023
"I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus." - Philippians 3:14 (NIV)   Are you living the life God has called you to? Have you fully embraced your purpose and are you maximizing your potential in Him? These questions invite us to reflect honestly on our lives and challenge us to live in alignment with the calling God has placed upon us. God...  Read More
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The Challenge of Trust: What Sets Believers Apart
by Ed Newton on August 12th, 2023
Psalm 56:3 (NIV) - "When I am afraid, I put my trust in you."   Trusting God is not always easy. It requires us to relinquish control, step out of our comfort zones, and place our faith in the unseen. If trusting God were effortless, everyone would do it. However, it is precisely this willingness to trust that sets us believers apart. In Psalm 56:3, David declares, "When I am afraid, I put my trus...  Read More
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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
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Trusting God with Your Fears
by Ed Newton on July 20th, 2023
"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you." - Psalm 56:3   Fear has a way of gripping our hearts, paralyzing us from stepping into the fullness of life that God has designed for us. But there is a powerful truth that can set us free: Trusting God with our fears. Let's explore what it truly means to surrender our fears into the hands of our loving and faithful God. Trusting God with your fears begin...  Read More
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Trusting God with Your Finances
by Ed Newton on July 18th, 2023
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." - Proverbs 3:5   Finances can often be a source of stress and worry in our lives. However, there is a profound truth that can bring us peace and freedom: we can trust God with our finances. With this in mind, I want us to take a closer look at what it truly means to surrender our financial well-being into His capable h...  Read More
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Trusting God with Your Career
by Ed Newton on July 17th, 2023
"Commit your work to the Lord, and your plans will be established." - Proverbs 16:3   Careers can be filled with big questions, big decisions, and big aspirations. In the midst of it all, there is one constant source of guidance and assurance: trusting God with your career. Let's explore what it truly means to surrender your professional journey to His divine hands. Trusting God with your career b...  Read More
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Surrendering All Aspects of Your Life
by Ed Newton on July 15th, 2023
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." - Proverbs 3:5   I want you to ask yourself a profound question: Do you trust God with your life? I'm not just talking about partial trust, but a complete surrender of all aspects of your being. Let's journey together and explore the depths of what this trust looks like. Trusting God is not a one-time decision; it's a ...  Read More
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Transforming Your Mind
by Ed Newton on May 4th, 2023
“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” - Romans 12:2  If we want to grow our faith and live in a way that honors God, it starts with transforming our minds. The reason most people don’t have the type of faith that can move mountains is because they don’t t...  Read More
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Fitting In
by Ed Newton on May 1st, 2023
“Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.” - Matthew 6:8When we fail to trust God and have faith in His plan, we get ourselves in trouble. But on the other hand, when you choose to have faith, it can change your life. Real, genuine faith can move mountains.But a lack of faith can turn things for the worse. So why do we do it? Why do we not trust God? Well, unfor...  Read More
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Faith is a Muscle
by Ed Newton on April 28th, 2023
“So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” - Romans 10:17  We’ve spent the last few days discussing FAITH. When you have real faith, it can change your life. The power of faith in God is limitless in your life. That is the good news. But here’s the thing; you can’t just go and, in the blink of an eye, start having life-changing faith. Faith is like a muscle in your body...  Read More
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What Are You Worried About?
by Ed Newton on March 23rd, 2023
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” - Philippians 4:6  What has you so worried? What makes you anxious? What thought is keeping you awake at night? We have spent the last few days talking about gratitude and thankfulness, specifically being thankful for what God has done, is doing, and will do. B...  Read More
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Are You Real?
by Ed Newton on December 12th, 2022
“Better is a poor person who walks in his integrity than one who is crooked in speech and is a fool.” - Proverbs 19:1  Are you real? This might not be a question you think about very often. In fact, it might not be something you have ever really thought of. But it’s a good question to ask yourself from time to time.  Yesterday, we referenced the hot new app taking young kids by storm called “BeRea...  Read More
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Trust The Process
by Ed Newton on December 4th, 2022
“Jesus replied, ‘You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.’” - John 13:7  “Tanking” is a very polarizing word in the National Basketball Association (NBA). It is a word meant for teams that cannot compete for a championship, so they make moves to lose games for a better draft pick. I will leave out the strategies or ethics behind tanking, and instead talk about a team that be...  Read More
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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
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Street Cred
by Ed Newton on October 5th, 2022
“When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that He had said He would do to them, and He did not do it.” - Jonah 3:10   As Jonah’s in the mouth of a big fish, the fish is swimming to Nineveh. Jonah has repented to God and asked forgiveness for his disobedience. That is all fine and great. Now, how is he going to preach to the Ninevites? These are ...  Read More
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A Spirit of Fear
by Ministry Support on August 18th, 2022
 “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.” - 2 Timothy 1:7   Do you have a spirit of fear? Do the difficulties, challenges, or hardships life throws your way lead you to faith, or do they lead you to fear? If you are not a Christ follower, it is understandable why hard times would make you fearful. You are not in control, and you have no ide...  Read More
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But For How Long?
by Ed Newton on August 17th, 2022
“Dear brothers and sisters, be patient as you wait for the Lord’s return. Consider the farmers who patiently wait for the rains in the fall and in the spring. They eagerly look for the valuable harvest to ripen. You, too, must be patient. Take courage, for the coming of the Lord is near.” - James 5:7-8   Yesterday, we talked about faith, a word that is commonly associated with God. We believe in G...  Read More
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Your Sixth Sense
by Ministry Support on June 29th, 2022
“‘Don’t be afraid,’ the prophet answered. ‘Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.’” - 2 Kings 6:16When you accept Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, something changes. You are given a sixth sense, if you will. That sense is the Holy Spirit. It is something that is only available to Christ followers.It is what allowed Elisha to stay calm in the storm as the enemy surround...  Read More
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Buried Treasure
by Ministry Support on June 1st, 2022
“Look, I am about to do something new; even now it is coming. Do you not see it? Indeed, I will make a way in the wilderness, rivers in the desert” (Isaiah 43:19).In 2007, Lake Okeechobee in Florida experienced a severe drought. This lake is the second largest lake in the state, but it was dangerously low, and people were in a panic because it hit a record drypoint.The dry season ended up being a ...  Read More
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Nearly Empty
by Ministry Support on May 31st, 2022
“So she proceeded to do according to the word of Elijah. Then the woman, Elijah, and her household ate for many days. The flour jar did not become empty, and the oil jug did not run dry, according to the word of the Lord He had spoken through Elijah” (1 Kings 17:15-16)Most of us would agree that we want to be people of great faith. We want to be like Elijah and become strong, faithful prophets who...  Read More
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A Band of Brothers
by Ministry Support on May 16th, 2022
“When daylight came, He summoned His disciples, and He chose 12 of them—He also named them apostles” (Luke 6:13)Jesus didn’t walk through life on His own—He had brothers with Him. He chose twelve that would be His disciples, and wherever Jesus went, the twelve went with Him.Jesus calls us into the family, not because the Father cannot satisfy us, but because we grow better when we’re surrounded by...  Read More
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Going Through The Motions
by Ministry Support on March 27th, 2022
“Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.” (Revelation 19:1-2)Going through the motions. It is something a lot of pastors and speak- ers talk about in relation to God. So many believers become “lukewarm” in their ...  Read More
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What Else Matters?
by Ministry Support on March 19th, 2022
“Great and marvelous are your deeds, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, King of the nations. Who will not fear you, Lord, and bring glory to your name? For you alone are holy. All nations will come and worship before you, for your righteous acts have been revealed.” (Revelation 15:3-4)Yesterday, we talked about a deeper love — that when you consider what will take place after the rapt...  Read More
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Trusting His Deliverance
by Ministry Support on March 15th, 2022
“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’” (Psalm 46:10)As we continue through this series of Revelation, we have spent much time talking about the inevitable victory of Jesus Christ. Satan and his demons will have their moment where it will appear as if the destruction they have caused will lead to the end, but ultimately, G...  Read More
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Worship Is Your Weapon
by Ministry Support on March 7th, 2022
“And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.” (Revelation 14:3)Yesterday, we talked about a song written just for you — that when you face trying times or difficult circumstances, God is writing a song specifically for you. There is a message inside that is custo...  Read More
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