The Morning Watch

The Morning Watch

Every morning He wakes me. He teaches me to listen like a student. The Lord God helps me learn . . . – Isaiah 50:4-5 NCV


Each new day is a gift from God, and if you are wise, you will spend a few quiet moments each morning thanking the Giver. When you do, you’ll discover that time spent with God can lift your spirits and relieve your stress.

Warren Wiersbe writes, “Surrender your mind to the Lord at the beginning of each day.” That is sound advice. When you begin each day with your head bowed and your heart lifted, you are reminded of God’s love, His protection, and His commandments. Then, you can align your priorities for the coming day with the teachings and commandments that God has placed upon your heart.

So, if you’ve acquired the unfortunate habit of trying to “squeeze” God into the corners of your life, it’s time to reshuffle the items on your to-do list by placing God first. And if you haven’t already done so, form the habit of spending quality time with your Father in heaven. He deserves it . . . and so do you.

How paltry must be the devotions of those who are always in a hurry. – William Law

How motivating it has been for me to view my early morning devotions as time of retreat alone with Jesus, who desires that I “come with Him by myself to a quiet place” in order to pray, read His Word, listen for His voice, and be renewed in my spirit. – Anne Graham Lotz

I suggest you discipline yourself to spend time daily in a systematic reading of God’s Word. Make this “quiet time” a priority that nobody can change. – Warren Wiersbe

Lord, help me to hear Your direction for my life in the quiet moments when I study Your Holy Word. And as I go about my daily activities, let everything that I say and do be pleasing to You. Amen


Studying God’s Word Builds Character

Studying God’s Word Builds Character

You will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished on the words of the faith and of the sound doctrine which you have been following. 1 Timothy 4:6 NASB


God’s promises are found in a book like no other: the Holy Bible. The Bible is a road map for life here on earth and for life eternal. We are called upon to trust its promises, to follow its commandments, and to share its Good News. We are instructed to study the Bible each day and meditate upon its meaning for our lives. Otherwise, we deprive ourselves of an invaluable, character-building gift from the Creator. God’s Holy Word is, indeed, a transforming, life-changing, one-of-a-kind treasure. And, a passing acquaintance with the Good Book is insufficient for those who seek to obey God’s Word and to understand His will.

God has made promises to mankind and to you. God’s promises never fail and they never grow old. You must trust those promises and share them with your family, with your friends, and with the world.

Are you standing on the promises of God? Are you expecting God to do wonderful things, or are you living beneath a cloud of apprehension and doubt? The familiar words of Psalm 118:24 remind us of a profound yet simple truth: ‘This is the day which the LORD hath made; we will rejoice and be glad in it’ (KJV). Do you trust that promise, and do you live accordingly? If so, you are living the passionate life that God intends.

For passionate believers, every day begins and ends with God’s Son and God’s promises. As we face the inevitable challenges of life, we must arm ourselves with the promises of God’s Holy Word. When we do, we can expect the best, not only for the day ahead, but also for all eternity.

Trust God’s Word: Charles Swindoll writes, ‘There are four words I wish we would never forget, and they are, ‘God keeps his word.” And remember: When it comes to studying God’s Word, school is always in session.

Reading news without reading the Bible will inevitably lead to an unbalanced life, an anxious spirit, a worried and depressed soul. Bill Bright

God gives us a compass and a Book of promises and principles’ the Bible’and lets us make our decisions day by day as we sense the leading of His Spirit. This is how we grow. Warren Wiersbe

A New Venture for Steve Arterburn and New Life

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Christian Author and Radio Host Steve Arterburn in New Venture with Top TV Execs


LAGUNA BEACH, Ca., March 20, 2014 –  In a new venture with two media titans, New York Times bestselling Christian author and radio host, Steve Arterburn will complement his nationally syndicated, daily call-in radio show with a new subscription-based TV channel on the Internet.

Debuting March 24 at 4:00 p.m. EDT (1:00 p.m. PDT), Arterburn’s New Life TV will be the first of several channels on a platform created by TAPP Media, the brainchild of Jon Klein, former President of CNN/U.S., and Jeff Gaspin, former Chairman of NBC Universal Television Entertainment.

New Life TV will feature a fresh 30-minute show every weekday.  For $9.95 a month, fans of Arterburn (and his line-up of co-hosts), whose radio show has an estimated 3 million listeners, will be able to log onto and view the original programming in one sitting or in shorter shareable clips, as well as access archived  material.  New Life TV will be available on multiple devices including smart phones, tablets, computers, laptops, smart TV’s.

Arterburn’s popular radio call-in show, New Life Live, features Arterburn, a human relationship expert, and his co-hosts, dispensing Christian-based advice to listeners who call in on a variety of problems—marriage, anger, grief, anxiety, abuse, addictions, and other issues.  New Life TV will delve into these subjects in greater depth than the radio format allows, and offer members the opportunity to interact with Arterburn and his co-hosts during regular video chats.

“This venture has the potential to expand our sphere of influence and help more people experience life transformation. This is an opportunity we didn’t see coming, but we’re extremely grateful for it,” Arterburn said.  He added, “One day we’ll address an issue of the day, another day how to build, grow and repair a relationship, another on how to integrate Biblical principles into daily lives, yet another on addiction recovery and then one on general counseling topics.”

In addition to New Life TV, TAPP plans to roll out several channels this year—and dozens more in the next two to three years.  The company recently announced funding from Discovery Communications, and individual investors including Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google.

A Fit of Temper that Changed a Young Man’s Life

A Fit of Temper that Changed a Young Man’s Life

But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere. Peacemakers who sow in peace raise a harvest of righteousness. – James 3:17-18


When Benjamin Carson was a teenager he had a terrible temper. One day he got into a scuffle with another youth, drew a knife, and stabbed at the other boy. The blade, however, caught on the boy’s belt buckle.

That fit of temper was a flashpoint experience for Carson. He went home and fell to his knees, praying for three hours for the Lord to take his temper away.

So, what happened to that young boy? Benjamin Carson retired last year as the director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, known all over the world for his surgical skills and care for his young patients.

But if God hadn’t prevented his blade from striking and Carson hadn’t conquered his fit of temper that day, hundreds of patients would’ve been deprived of this physician’s compassionate care and brilliant skills as a neurosurgeon.

Aren’t you glad God is in control? Aren’t you glad that His eyes are always on us, watching out for us. The hymn writer of old said it best when he wrote, “For His eye is on the sparrow, and I know He watches me.”

I came to realize that if people could make me angry they could control me. Why should I give someone else such power over my life? – Dr. Benjamin Carson

George Burns |It’s Nice to be Anywhere

It’s Nice to be Anywhere

No man has power over the wind to contain it; so no one has power over the day of his death. Ecclesiastes 8:8


When it comes to the length of your life, what do you consider long enough?

On March 9, 1996 comedian and actor George Burns passed away at the age of 100. He was still performing live comedy, until just a few years before his death. At his 98th birthday celebration, he addressed his guest in true “George Burns style”,saying “It’s nice to be here . . . at 98, it’s nice to be anywhere.”

At 98 years-old, George Burns considered every day a gift and he was right! Whether you’re twenty-two years old or ninety-two, life is precious and should never be taken for granted. None of us are born with a guaranteed number of days on this earth. We have no promise that we will be here tomorrow and should realize that each moment is priceless. In acknowledging each day as an irreplaceable gift, we will be more likely to make the most of the time that we are given.

Start each morning by thanking the Lord for the day He has given you. Then spend that day, as if you meant what you said.

When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick. – George Burns

Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9


Have you ever calculated and carefully planned something . . . only to find that the results were not what you expected?

In January of 1996, a Los Angeles based radio station awarded a pair of Superbowl tickets to the winner of their “Crazy Stunt” contest. For his stunt, finalist Mike Garcia intended to remove his glass eye, swallow it, bring it back up, and replace it in the socket . . . all before a live audience. In preparation, Garcia consumed a massive quantity of food, followed by a 6-pack of beer. Once onstage, the first half of his stunt went according to plan; Garcia effortlessly removed his glass eye and swallowed it. The second half, however, took an unexpected turn.

The gluttonous portions of food and ale had their anticipated effect. But despite his best efforts, Garcia could not retrieve the eye that he had swallowed. He heaved upon stage for more than fifteen minutes and then left the stage tired, disappointed, and missing one eye. Had he known the outcome in advance, he probably would have opted to buy tickets, which probably would have been cheaper than what he spent to replace his prosthesis.

Be careful when you find yourself thinking that you have it all figured out. You could be headed for trouble. We need God’s input and direction every moment of the day. Remember that even though we are reading the map, He is at the wheel. Look to the Lord when making the smallest, and seemingly most insignificant decisions.

Prayer should be the key of the day and the lock of the night. – George Herbet

Focusing on God

Focusing on God

Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. – Matthew 6:34


All of us may find our courage tested by the inevitable disappointments and tragedies of life. After all, ours is a world filled with uncertainty, hardship, sickness, and danger. Trouble, it seems, is never too far from the front door. When we focus upon our fears and our doubts, we may find many reasons to lie awake at night and fret about the uncertainties of the coming day. A better strategy, of course, is to focus not upon our fears, but instead upon our God. God is as near as your next breath, and He is in control. He offers salvation to all His children, including you. God is your shield and your strength; you are His forever. So don’t focus your thoughts upon the fears of the day. Instead, trust God’s plan and His eternal love for you. And remember: God is good, and He has the last word.

Whether our fear is absolutely realistic or out of proportion in our minds, our greatest refuge is Jesus Christ.  – Luci Swindoll

Fear and doubt are conquered by a faith that rejoices. And faith can rejoice because the promises of God are as certain as God Himself. - Kay Arthur

Today’s Prayer
Your Word reminds me, Lord, that even when I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I need fear no evil, for You are with me, and You comfort me. Thank You, Lord, for a perfect love that casts out fear. Let me live courageously and faithfully this day and every day. Amen

Love-Hate Relationships

Love-Hate Relationships

As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.  Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.  Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. - Ephesians 4:1-3

love&hate.newlifeAlmost every person has at least one—a person you love, but also deeply resent or hate.  It could be a parent, spouse, sibling, boss, a rebellious child, neighbor, friend or even God.

Living in a love-hate relationship isn’t easy.  It requires some very complicated and refined coping skills.  The problem, however, is that too many people go on, day after day, merely coping with the situation.  Either they’re unaware that they can do more than cope, or they are unwilling to do it.

Those resigned to merely cope with the situation are not happy people.  Whether they stay in the relationship or leave, they render themselves powerless to change. They lose faith in the power of God to change the situation.  They give up on prayer as a means to facilitate change.

But our challenge goes beyond prayer.  The beginning of a solution rests in your decisions—your decision to do something—to take action.  Set boundaries.  See a counselor.  Join a group.  Confront in love.

Remember, “no decision” is a decision.

The man who rolls up his sleeves seldom loses his shirt.Stephen Covey

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.Martin Luther King Jr.


Day 24 of Thanksgiving

“With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation.  In that day you will say: ‘Give thanks to the LORD, call on His name; make known among the nations what He has done, and proclaim that His name is exalted.  Sing to the LORD, for He has done glorious things; let this be known to all the world.’”   –   Isaiah 12:3-5


Each morning in the month of November we invite you to visit our website where you’ll  find a new quote or Scripture that we hope will lift your spirit and keep you tuned in to what Thanksgiving is all about—gratitude to God, along with a new image—a graphic or photo to coincide with it. View each day of thanks.

Day 13 of Thanksgiving

 The unthankful heart discovers no mercies; but let the thankful heart sweep through the day and, as the magnet finds the iron, so it will find, in every hour, some heavenly blessings! – Henry Ward Beecher


Each morning in the month of November we invite you to visit our website where you’ll  find a new quote or Scripture that we hope will lift your spirit and keep you tuned in to what Thanksgiving is all about—gratitude to God, along with a new image—a graphic or photo to coincide with it. View each day of thanks.

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