Launching Into the New Year!

We are on a spiritual journey together.  It’s a journey of character and soul building.  And I say we’re on this journey together because very few people can make such a journey alone.  We need one another.  It’s the way God designed life to be.

One way that we need you is financially—plain and simple, we need your financial support.

But this is not a traditional fundraising letter simply asking you to help us pay our bills.  It’s much more than that.  It’s about our desire to reach more people than we’ve ever reached before.  It may mean starting TV production again; creating our own treatment center for inpatient care, outpatient care, and addiction treatment; or expanding our radio presence to cities where we can’t be heard right now.  Whatever it ends up being, it’s all about helping more of you experience God’s transforming power and the new life He has in mind for you.

We are a ministry where we intentionally work towards that transformation experience and process.  We teach, we counsel, we help you process and decide the next right thing to do, you help you find a group or community of people to be a part of.  Sometimes what we suggest is not easy—it’s tough love, but it’s always with compassion and a sense of God’s grace.

New Life provides the tools for you to learn sound, Biblical wisdom, compassion, character building, and the courage to make the changes that will remove blind spots that block God’s work in you.

Make not mistake, extra, year-end gifts are necessary to fully fund this year’s accomplishments, catch up on some past bills, and launch us into the new year on solid ground.  Whether or not you make a year-end gift is between you and God.  If you sense He’s prepared you for such a time as this to make a gift, please do so today.  The size isn’t what matters—it could be $10, $100, $1,000 or $10,000.  God measures your heart.  We are thrilled and thankful no matter the size of your gift.

There are three ways you can make your gift:

  1. Click here and give on-line, right now.
  2. Call us at (800) NEW-LIFE (639-5433) and make your gift over the phone.
  3. Mail your gift to New Life at P.O. Box 1018, Laguna Beach, CA  92652.

Thank you if you have already made your gift.

If you have never made a gift to New Life, please pray if this is your time to do so.

New Life is a media ministry—we air on radio every week day.  We hear from our listeners and know that we’ve influenced many of you through the years.  We’re confident and proud of that stewardship of influence and God’s grace.  And we are deeply grateful for your past generosity, for your kind words of affirmation and the encouragement you give us.

We pray that this new year will be a year filled with God’s goodness and grace and in your lives, and that you’ll experience the transformation that comes from the renewing of your mind as Paul talks about in Romans 12:2.

Happy New Year!

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Advent Video #4: Steve Arterburn

Steve Arterburn reads from Luke 2:8-20

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Advent Video #3: Dr. Jill Hubbard

Dr. Jill Hubbard reads from Matthew 1:18-25:

  • 18 This is how Jesus the Messiah was born. His mother, Mary, was engaged to be married to Joseph. But before the marriage took place, while she was still a virgin, she became pregnant through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  • 19 Joseph, her fiancé, was a good man and did not want to disgrace her publicly, so he decided to break the engagement quietly.
  • 20 As he considered this, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream. “Joseph, son of David,” the angel said, “do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife. For the child within her was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
  • 21 And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”
  • 22 All of this occurred to fulfill the Lord’s message through his prophet:
  • 23 “Look! The virgin will conceive a child!
      She will give birth to a son,
   and they will call him Immanuel,
which means ‘God is with us.’”
  • 24 When Joseph woke up, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded and took Mary as his wife.
  • 25 But he did not have sexual relations with her until her son was born. And Joseph named him Jesus.

Press: Battling their sex addiction

Laguna Beach-based New Life Ministries specializes in workshops to help men with a problem that can be as damaging as drug, alcohol addiction.

While many associate sex addiction with the high-profile struggles of celebrities like Tiger Woods or David Duchovny, Laguna Beach-based New Life Ministries says the issue isn’t just a problem for those in the public eye.

Instead, they say, it’s an addiction that everyday men suffer in private.

Founder of New Life Ministries Steve Arterburn said he didn’t realize the demand for sex addiction counseling until he co-authored the book, “Every Man’s Battle: Winning the War on Sexual Temptation One Victory at a Time,” with Fred Stoeker more than 10 years ago.

With more than 3 million copies sold, Arterburn decided to start an intensive workshop to address the needs of thousands of men who claimed to be struggling with sexual addiction.

He said he heard a statistic that as many as one in three people are affected by sexual addiction.

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Advent Video #2: Milan Yerkovich

“But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah are only a small village among all the people of Judah. Yet a ruler of Israel will come from you, one whose origins are from the distant past.” Micah 5:2

Real Repentance Builds Character

Steve Arterburn

When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, you will return to the Lord your God in later days and obey Him. He will not leave you, destroy you, or forget the covenant with your fathers that He swore to them by oath, because the Lord your God is a compassionate God. Deuteronomy 4:30-31 HCSB

Who among us has sinned? All of us. But, God calls upon us to turn away from sin by following His commandments. And the good news is this: When we do ask God’s forgiveness and turn our hearts to Him, He forgives us absolutely and completely.

Genuine repentance requires more than simply offering God apologies for our misdeeds. Real repentance may start with feelings of sorrow and remorse, but it ends only when we turn away from the sin that has heretofore distanced us from our Creator. In truth, we offer our most meaningful apologies to God, not with our words, but with our actions. As long as we are still engaged in sin, we may be ‘repenting,’ but we have not fully ‘repented.’

Is there an aspect of your life that is distancing you from your God? If so, ask for His forgiveness, and’just as importantly’ stop sinning. Then, wrap yourself in the protection of God’s Word. When you do, both you and your character will be secure.

But suppose we do sin. Suppose we slip and fall. Suppose we yield to temptation for a moment. What happens? We have to confess that sin. Billy Graham

Repentance begins with confession of our guilt and recognition that our sin is against God. Charles Stanley

When true repentance comes, God will not hesitate for a moment to forgive, cast the sins in the sea of forgetfulness, and put the child on the road to restoration. Beth Moore

Four marks of true repentance are: acknowledgement of wrong, willingness to confess it, willingness to abandon it, and willingness to make restitution. Corrie ten Boom

The one who conceals his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them will find mercy. Proverbs 28:13 HCSB   Character builder
If you’re engaged in behavior that is displeasing to God, today is the day to stop. First, confess your sins to God. Then, ask Him what actions you should take in order to make things right again.

Advent Video #1: Dr. Dave Stoop

Listen as Dr. Dave Stoop reads from Isaiah 7:10-14 and shares a personal story:

  • 10 Later, the Lord sent this message to King Ahaz:
  • 11 “Ask the Lord your God for a sign of confirmation, Ahaz. Make it as difficult as you want—as high as heaven or as deep as the place of the dead.”
  • 12 But the king refused. “No,” he said, “I will not test the Lord like that.”
  • 13 Then Isaiah said, “Listen well, you royal family of David! Isn’t it enough to exhaust human patience? Must you exhaust the patience of my God as well?
  • 14 All right then, the Lord himself will give you the sign. Look! The virgin will conceive a child! She will give birth to a son and will call him Immanuel (which means ‘God is with us’).

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