Posts with the tag “wisdom”

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
Discovering Strength in Helplessness
by Ed Newton on March 5th, 2024
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." - 2 Corinthians 12:9    No matter who you are, there are moments in each of our lives where we just can’t help but feel a little helpless. In these moments, we are left overwhelmed by circumstances beyond our control.  Feeling helpless is a universal experience, a profound acknowledgment of our limitations. This sentiment ...  Read More
The Journey of Faith
by Ed Newton on February 28th, 2024
"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    Through your journey of faith, it's crucial to understand that the path is not always a linear ascent. While surrendering your life to Christ is a transformative moment, it doesn't guarantee a constant upward trajectory wit...  Read More
Ignoring The Signals
by Ed Newton on February 5th, 2024
"Stop listening to instruction, my son, and you will stray from the words of knowledge." - Proverbs 19:27   As a human being, God gives each of us free will. God does not make choices for you. Instead, He allows you to choose freely. He allows you to choose what you do, when you do it, who you do it with, and how you do it. He gives us the freedom to make our own decisions. And while He doesn’t ma...  Read More
Becoming the Best Version of Yourself
by Ed Newton on December 25th, 2023
"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!" - 2 Corinthians 5:17   As we journey through life, there's a universal desire within each of us to become the best version of ourselves. We long to grow, improve, and develop in various areas of our lives. Yet, the question we must ask ourselves is this: How does God fit into our transformation and g...  Read More
Let Go of the Rope
by Ed Newton on December 8th, 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   Have you ever played tug of war? It's an intense battle of strength and willpower, each side pulling with all their might to gain control. Life can often feel like a never-ending game of tug of war, with us desperately clinging to ...  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
Is Your Heart Prepared for God's Mighty Work?
by Ed Newton on October 29th, 2023
"Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me." - Psalm 51:10   Have you ever questioned whether your heart is truly ready for God to work mightily in your life? It's a vital inquiry that invites us to examine the condition of our innermost thoughts and intentions. Our hearts serve as the epicenter of our relationship with God. As Proverbs 4:23 wisely advises, "Above all e...  Read More
Overcoming the Barrier of Pride
by Ed Newton on October 15th, 2023
"When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom." - Proverbs 11:2   Pride, that subtle but powerful foe, has a way of creeping into our hearts and minds, causing us to believe that we know better than God. This prideful attitude can hinder us from fully living out the extraordinary plan that God has for our lives. It's essential to recognize and overcome this barrier to embr...  Read More
The Perfect One
by Ed Newton on October 6th, 2023
"As for God, his way is perfect: The Lord's word is flawless; he shields all who take refuge in him." - Psalm 18:30   In a world filled with imperfections and uncertainties, take solace in the unchanging and flawless nature of our God. His perfection is a source of comfort and hope, an anchor for our souls in times of doubt and difficulty. That’s why I love the reminder in today’s key verse from P...  Read More
God's Infinite Power
by Ed Newton on September 19th, 2023
"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us." - Ephesians 3:20 (NIV)   As you embark on your faith journey, remember that our God is not limited by human understanding or expectations. He can do immeasurably more than you could ever ask or imagine. His power knows no bounds, and His love for you is beyond comprehensio...  Read More
Deepening Dependence
by Ed Newton on September 2nd, 2023
Psalm 34:18 (NIV) - "The LORD is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit."   In our journey of faith, we are not immune to making mistakes. But even in our failures, God's grace abounds. He can use our mistakes as opportunities to deepen our dependence on Him, drawing us closer to His loving embrace and guiding us toward growth and transformation. Psalm 34:18 assures u...  Read More
Relinquishing Control to God
by Ed Newton on August 13th, 2023
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV) - "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."   Trusting God requires us to relinquish control. It means acknowledging that our human understanding is limited and surrendering our plans, desires, and fears into His capable hands. When we release our grip on control and tru...  Read More
Choosing What Matters Most
by Ed Newton on July 24th, 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   Life presents us with countless choices, often pitting what we want most (God's way) against what we want in the moment (the world's way). It's a challenge we all face—choosing between tempo...  Read More
Trusting God with Your Dreams
by Ed Newton on July 19th, 2023
"Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart." - Psalm 37:4   Close your eyes for a moment and envision your dreams. They may be big or small, near or far, but they hold a special place in your heart. Now, imagine entrusting those dreams to the loving hands of God. What would that look like to trust God with your dreams and embrace His perfect plan for your life? T...  Read More
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
Trusting God with Relationships
by Ed Newton on July 16th, 2023
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding." - Proverbs 3:5   Relationships can bring immense joy, but they can also present challenges and uncertainties. In the midst of the complexities of relationships, there is one unwavering truth: trusting God with our relationships is the key to cultivating healthy connections that reflect His love and grace. Trusting God ...  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
Putting God First: It's not just a trend, it's a lifestyle
by Ed Newton on June 15th, 2023
"But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well." - Matthew 6:33   Today, I want to talk about something that's on all of our minds: priorities. It seems like everyone is busy these days, with work, school, family, hobbies, and social media taking up so much of our time and energy. But have you ever stopped to ask yourself: what's really importa...  Read More
Maybe The Reason is...
by Ed Newton on April 17th, 2023
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A Mentee
by Ed Newton on April 16th, 2023
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” -- Proverbs 22:6  As we walk through this journey we call life, it is important to have peers that walk beside us. It is important to have mentors that we can go to who walked ahead of us. Each of these roles is important. We need those who are similar in age and life circumstances who can relate to where w...  Read More
No Longer Crippled by Confusion
by Ed Newton on January 27th, 2023
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of Glory, may give you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which He has called you, what are the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints.” - Ephesians 1:17-18  If you are His child, I have good news for you: God’s got you. Over the ...  Read More
Growing in Wisdom
by Ministry Support on November 3rd, 2022
“Asking God, the glorious Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, to give you spiritual wisdom and insight so that you might grow in your knowledge of God.” - Ephesians 1:17  Do you ever wonder what God is thinking? Have you ever prayed, “God if you would just tell me what you want me to do, I’ll do it.” If you are struggling to know the heart of God, it might be time to pray for wisdom. Wisdom is the gr...  Read More
The Regulars
by Ministry Support on August 9th, 2022
“Be happy in your hope. Do not give up when trouble comes. Do not let anything stop you from praying.” - Romans 12:12   Are you consistent in your relationship with God? At restaurants, they have a name for those who visit a lot; they call them “the regulars.” They have their regular order and often come at their regular time. When it comes to your relationship with the Lord, are you a regular?   ...  Read More
Heavenly minded
by Ministry Support on April 17th, 2022
“Set your minds on the things above, not on earthly things.”(Colossians 3:2)Have you ever heard the phrase, “they are so heavenly minded they are of no earthly good.” The idea is exactly what it says, that when you are thinking ahead to heaven, you are of no good in the present moment. But in fact, if you are heavenly minded, you’ll be of great value on this earth.See, Colossians 3:2 would say, “S...  Read More
What Is Best
by Ministry Support on April 5th, 2022
“I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony about Jesus because of the word of God. they had not worshiped the beast or its image and had not received its mark on their foreheads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years.” (Revelation 20:4)Yesterday, w...  Read More
The Wisdom of Seekers
by Ministry Support on December 20th, 2021
“After Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of King Herod, wise men from the east arrived unexpectedly in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and have come to worship Him” (Matthew 2:1-2).  Throughout Scripture, the Lord has used the influence of symbols to communicate with humanity. Before Jesus came to earth, humans coul...  Read More
His Words of War
by Jared West on November 7th, 2021
“For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens” (Ephesians 6:12).   America was the shining land across the sea. That’s how many people who came over from the “old world” thought of the nation. It was a shining beacon of hope—a lighthouse in a dim world. ...  Read More

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