Posts with the tag “truth”

Loving God Above All
by Ed Newton on April 19th, 2024
"If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple." - Luke 14:26    The word "hate" can be jarring, especially when we hear it in the context of our relationships with others. But when Jesus tells us to hate our family members and even our own lives, He's not advocating for actual hatred....  Read More
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Protecting Against Irreversible Consequences
by Ed Newton on April 6th, 2024
"The prudent see danger and take refuge, but the simple keep going and pay the penalty." - Proverbs 22:3   In life, there are moments when we stand at a crossroads, facing choices that have the power to alter the course of our lives forever. It's in these critical moments that guardrails become essential—a safeguard against veering off the path and plunging into irreversible consequences. While Go...  Read More
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Gratitude for God's Faithfulness
by Ed Newton on March 23rd, 2024
"And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord: 'If you give the Ammonites into my hands, whatever comes out of the door of my house to meet me when I return in triumph from the Ammonites will be the Lord's, and I will sacrifice it as a burnt offering.'" - Judges 11:30-31   Have you ever found yourself in a desperate situation, bargaining with God, promising to fulfill a vow if He comes through for you? It'...  Read More
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Embracing God's Training Ground
by Ed Newton on March 19th, 2024
"Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand." - Isaiah 64:8   In the shadows of Tob, away from the spotlight and the noise of the world, God cultivates and shapes us into the people He has destined us to become. Just as the potter molds clay on the wheel, God refines us in the quiet moments of our lives, reworking and sculpting us according...  Read More
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Embracing Purpose in Pain
by Ed Newton on March 11th, 2024
"But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive." - Genesis 50:20   Life's journey is a winding road, filled with peaks and valleys, victories and defeats. There are moments of joy and moments of pain, times of celebration and times of sorrow. Yet, in the midst of it all, there is a profound truth to hol...  Read More
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From Brokenness to Masterpiece
by Ed Newton on March 3rd, 2024
"He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." - Psalm 147:3   When we choose to veer away from God's intended plan and follow our own will, it often results in brokenness and the aftermath of misguided decisions. Yet, in the midst of our shattered choices, God reveals Himself as the Master Redeemer, turning our brokenness into a beautiful masterpiece. The narrative of life often unfolds ...  Read More
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Surrendering Struggles
by Ed Newton on February 29th, 2024
"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28    In the midst of difficulty, God invites us to see a profound truth, He doesn't desire for us to merely "try harder" in our struggles, but to surrender them to His unwavering strength.  Often, we fall into the trap of attempting to navigate difficulties in our own strength, believing that trying harder wi...  Read More
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Embracing the Hope of Change
by Ed Newton on February 22nd, 2024
"For everything there is a season, a time for every activity under heaven." - Ecclesiastes 3:1   In the ebb and flow of life, change is a constant companion. Our present circumstances, no matter how challenging or joyous, are not etched in permanence. Ecclesiastes 3 beautifully captures the essence of life's seasons, reminding us that change is not only inevitable but also a source of hope. Look n...  Read More
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The Path of Blessings through Obedience
by Ed Newton on February 20th, 2024
"If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on earth." - Deuteronomy 28:1   Your obedience is a pathway to blessings. Throughout Scripture, God has illustrated the profound connection between obedience and His abundant favor. Let's explore two biblical examples that showcase the blessings tha...  Read More
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Not of This World
by Ed Newton on January 15th, 2024
"If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world." - John 15:19   God often reminds us that we are not meant to conform to the patterns of this world. Instead, He commands us to be of Him: set apart, distinct, and aligned with a higher purpose. The words of Jesus in John 15:19 illuminate this divine callin...  Read More
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The Incomparable Gift
by Ed Newton on December 21st, 2023
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." - John 3:16   As we approach the Christmas season, our hearts naturally turn to thoughts of gifts. We make lists, exchange presents, and delight in the joy of giving and receiving. While this is a beautiful aspect of the holiday, it's crucial to remember the most exc...  Read More
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Beyond Our Understanding
by Ed Newton on December 10th, 2023
"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts." - Isaiah 55:8-9   Have you ever prayed for something and wondered why God didn't grant your request when you wanted it? It's a common experience that often leaves us questioning His timing. The ...  Read More
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Grace Greater Than Sin
by Ed Newton on October 13th, 2023
"But where sin increased, grace increased all the more." - Romans 5:20   Have you ever questioned whether your sins are too great, whether you've strayed too far from the path of righteousness? It's a struggle many face, feeling that they've fallen beyond redemption. But today, be reminded that you can't “out-sin” God, for His grace is always greater than your sins. Romans 5:20 speaks of a profoun...  Read More
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Trusting God's Flawless Plan
by Ed Newton on October 7th, 2023
"Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!" - Romans 11:33    In the grand tapestry of life, God weaves every thread with precision and purpose. His perfection knows no mistakes, and in His infinite wisdom, He orchestrates every event and circumstance for a reason. It is easy to become disheartened when we face...  Read More
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A Shining Example of God's Love
by Ed Newton on September 26th, 2023
"Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity." - 1 Timothy 4:12 (ESV)   As followers of Christ, we carry a responsibility to set an example for those watching us. Whether young or old, our lives can be a powerful testimony of God's love, grace, and transformative power. In a world that often lacks genuine role models, ...  Read More
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Renewing Your Mind for God's Next Level
by Ed Newton on September 18th, 2023
"Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing, and perfect will." - Romans 12:2 (NIV)   If you desire God to take you to the next level in your spiritual journey, be willing to allow Him to change your thinking. Our minds are powerful battlegrounds, and God's transformati...  Read More
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Taking Your Faith Higher
by Ed Newton on September 10th, 2023
"But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen." - 2 Peter 3:18 (ESV)  Today, let's talk about taking our faith to the next level. As we continue to walk with Christ, it's essential to elevate our faith, not only individually but also as a community of believers. Faith is like a seed planted in our hearts. It ...  Read More
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Unique Roles, One Purpose
by Ed Newton on August 27th, 2023
1 Corinthians 12:4-6 (NIV) - "There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but in all of them and in everyone it is the same God at work."   In the kingdom of God, everyone has a unique role to play. While not everyone is called to be a pastor or a full-time minister, God can...  Read More
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Redeemed Through Christ
by Ed Newton on July 6th, 2023
"In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God's grace." - Ephesians 1:7   Have you ever felt like you're beyond repair? Like no matter what you do, you'll never be good enough? We've all been there, but the good news is that we don't have to stay there. As believers, we are redeemed through Christ. His blood shed on the cross paid the p...  Read More
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Guarding Against False Teachings
by Ed Newton on June 30th, 2023
"The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon their faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons. Such teachings come through hypocritical liars, whose consciences have been seared as with a hot iron." - 1 Timothy 4:1-2   As we look at today’s key verse, we learn about how we can guard against false teachings. In this passage in 1 Timothy, we read about how some ...  Read More
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The Truth Reveals Your Future
by Ed Newton on June 29th, 2023
"I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am who I am." - John 13:19  Did you know that God's truth can reveal what is to come in your life? It's easy to get caught up in the day-to-day struggles of life, but when we tune in to God's truth, we can gain a clearer perspective on what the future holds.  In John 13:19, Jesus says, "I am telling you no...  Read More
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The Truth That Sets You Free
by Ed Newton on June 28th, 2023
"Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." - John 8:32   I want to challenge you with a question as we dive into today’s devotion: What truth would set you free? Think about it for a moment. Maybe it's a truth about yourself, about your past, or about the world around you. Whatever it is, the truth has the power to set us free. In John 8:32, Jesus says, "Then you will know th...  Read More
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The Truth of God
by Ed Newton on June 27th, 2023
"God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?" - Numbers 23:19   Today we're talking about the truth of God. There are a lot of voices out there in the world today, and it can be hard to know who to trust. But let me tell you something, friends: God only speaks the truth. Numbers 23:19 says,...  Read More
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He Knows Best
by Ed Newton on May 21st, 2023
“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down are acquainted with all your ways.” – Psalm 139:1-3  How much do you trust God? You might say, “Pastor, I’m a person of faith. I trust God with my life.” And while that is true, do you trust Him with your day-to-day life? Do you trust ...  Read More
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Love Like Jesus
by Ed Newton on May 19th, 2023
“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another: just as I have loved you, you also are to love one another.” - John 13:34  When you serve others and put others first, God changes your heart. I have seen this happen so many times. It is amazing how people’s lives change when they step out and realize the world isn’t all about them. When we shift our focus from ourselves to others, we n...  Read More
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Show You Care
by Ed Newton on May 12th, 2023
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.” - 1 John 3:17-18  Yesterday, I asked this question: What is happening around you? Do you know what’s going on in your kid's lives? In your best friends’ lives? What about your aunt that liv...  Read More
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From Him
by Ed Newton on March 30th, 2023
“For from Him and through Him and for Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.” - Romans 11:36  If you have followed along with us the last few days, you have been reminded of the awesomeness of the God we serve. He sent His Son, Jesus, to lay down His life for us. He saved us, He forgives us, and He continues to bless us. This is not because we deserve it, but because it’s who He is...  Read More
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The Truth...Doesn’t Hurt
by Ed Newton on March 17th, 2023
“Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord, but those who act faithfully are His delight.” - Proverbs 12:22  Have you ever heard the phrase, “The truth hurts?” While this can be true, I’d argue the truth doesn’t hurt...at least not as bad as the lie, especially after it has been uncovered. If you read the Bible, it won’t take long for you to find out that God hates a liar.  Proverbs 12:22 says, “L...  Read More
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God Protects You
by Ed Newton on February 19th, 2023
“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous man runs into it and is safe.” - Proverbs 18:10  As a child of God, there are things God actively does on your behalf. Sometimes, we make the mistake of thinking He is just some distant deity that is up on His throne waiting to reign down judgment on all that do not live up to His law.  But that couldn’t be further from the truth. While there ...  Read More
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Open To STRAYngers
by Ed Newton on November 13th, 2022
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.” - 2 Chronicles 7:14 Over the last couple of days, we have discussed how God’s door is always open. It does not matter the time, day, week, or month. His door is open, and He is ready for you to wa...  Read More
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I’ll Do That Later
by Ed Newton on October 8th, 2022
“But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’” - Luke 12:20   Has someone ever asked you to do something, but you were busy doing something you were a little more into at the moment? So when they asked you, you told them “I’ll do that later.”   Maybe you were playing a game with your friends, and your mom asked you to t...  Read More
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Believe The Hype
by Ed Newton on September 22nd, 2022
“One’s pride will bring Him low, but He who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.” - Proverbs 29:23   Have you ever watched an athlete, actor, or someone who when you saw them for the first time, you loved their humility? They weren’t a big name yet. They were just making their way onto the scene. But they had gotten good enough that they were just starting to garner a little attention.  So you no...  Read More
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The Hard Truth
by Ed Newton on September 12th, 2022
“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.” - 2 Timothy 3:16   Yesterday, I asked you the question, “Are you a prophet?” Has God given you a truth or placed something inside of you that He wants you to share with the world? God does not put these things on our hearts for us to keep them to ourselves. God wants ...  Read More
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Are You A Prophet?
by Ed Newton on September 11th, 2022
“For no prophecy was ever produced by the will of man, but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit.” - 2 Peter 1:21   When you read the title above, what do you think? It is likely that you have never thought of yourself as a prophet. Some people believe prophets are like Christian psychics, given this ability to predict the future or what is coming.   But that is just not...  Read More
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Who Are You Believing For?
by Ed Newton on August 26th, 2022
“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” - James 1:2-4   Have you reached your breaking point? Are you waiting on God to do something th...  Read More
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The Forgotten God
by Ministry Support on July 28th, 2022
“The heart is free where the Spirit of the Lord is. The Lord is the Spirit.” - 2 Corinthians 3:17   Over the last two days, we have talked about what rests in our hands, and how we do not always realize the value of what is in them. If you are a believer in Christ, you have been given the Holy Spirit, who now lives inside of you, and you have His power in your hands.  The worth and value of the Ho...  Read More
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The Dare of Dependence
by Ministry Support on April 26th, 2022
“As a deer longs for streams of water, so I long for You, God. I thirst for God, the living God” (Psalm 42:1-2).Have you ever been outside on a blistering summer day and you’re sweating, you’re tired, your throat is so dry that it feels like sandpaper, and all you can think about is drinking something cool?In Psalm 42, David writes that he thirsts for God the way a deer pants for water. He writes ...  Read More
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Lord or Liar?
by Ministry Support on March 23rd, 2022
“After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had a great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor.” (Revelation 18:1)Did you know in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) it is illegal for someone to convert from Islam to Christianity? As a matter of fact, the great imam that signed the document of unification would believe that if you fall away from Islam and become a Chri...  Read More
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The Social Expert
by Ministry Support on March 22nd, 2022
“One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls came and said to me, ‘Come, I will show you the punishment of the great prostitute, who sits by many waters. With her the kings of the earth committed adultery, and the inhabitants of the earth were intoxicated with the wine of her adulteries.” (Revelation 17:1-2)Yesterday we talked about the one world church, which Revelation 17 describes as a pros...  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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