Make the Peace

How can one “make peace” with an ‪estranged‬ family‬ member? Jill Hubbard and Dave Stoop discuss how to negotiate ‪connection‬. Watch the video now.

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Inspirational Exercise

I’ve had many fitness advocates ask me about teaming up with Lose it for Life, but only one really impressed me. Let’s welcome Michelle Spadafora of Faithful Workouts to New Life TV! Click here to watch.

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How to Be a Good Friend

Having friends to support and love you is one of the greatest gifts of life. Sheri Keffer and John Townsend sit down to discuss importance of friendship and how to be the kind of friend you’d like to have. When you have true friends around you, well…It’s enough to make a grown man cry. Take a look.

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Broken Dreams

We both had dreams, they answered, but there is no one to interpret them. Then Joseph said to them, Do not interpretations belong to God? Tell me your dreams. – Genesis 40:8

Broken Dreams

Do you have dreams that never came true?

  • Maybe you were you told you had great talent, that you should go for it and make it to the top.
  • Was your dream to be a star of stage or screen?
  • Maybe your dream was to live a peaceful life teaching at a university with the security of tenure, writing a few bestsellers.
  • Maybe you believed that you’d grow up, easily discover the person God chose for you, marry that person, make a lot of money, have great kids who were never a problem, and continue to live happily ever after.

Think about your great dreams that haven’t come true, we all have some. Yet our broken dreams are by no means the end of the story, because they hold important lessons within them.

If you have faith in Christ, your final destination is secure. Our life here on earth is a character-building journey full of opportunities, to dream, to connect, and to love one another, and when there is brokenness, to adjust your dream, to re-connect, and to continue loving one another.

- Steve Arterburn

Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experiences of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired and success achieved.‘ – Helen Keller (1880-1968)

Our Only Real Hope

He has caused his wonders to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and compassionate. He provides food for those who fear him; He remembers his covenant forever. – Psalm 111:4-5

Our Only Real Hope

Donna and her husband had two babies and barely got by on the tiny pension he received from the Navy. It took more than half their income just to pay the rent. Needless to say, the money often ran out before the month did.

One month, their financial situation was so bad Donna had no money left to buy laundry soap. She got on her knees and prayed, ‘God, I’ve never needed you like I need you now. I have nothing, and I need you to provide soap to wash these diapers.’

Hearing a noise at the front door, Donna got up to see who it was. Someone had left a promotional sample of soap on her doorstep. Some would call the provision a coincidence, but Donna knew it was an act of God, a ‘divine’ coincidence.

Are you dealing with difficult circumstances? Have you talked to God about your challenges, and your needs? God wants you to come to Him and to rely upon Him.

- Steve Arterburn

Fear knocked at the door. Faith answered. No one was there.‘ – Old saying

Growing in Wisdom

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14

Growing in Wisdom

If life were like the movies, you’d expect the following:

  • The ventilation system of any building would be the perfect hiding place.
  • The Eiffel Tower could be seen from any window in Paris.
  • A man would show no pain while taking the most ferocious beating, but wince in pain when a woman tries to clean his wounds.
  • It wouldn’t be necessary to say hello or good-bye when beginning or ending phone conversations.
  • It wouldn’t matter if you’re heavily outnumbered in a fight; your enemies would patiently wait to attack you one-by-one by dancing around in a threatening manner until you’ve knocked out their predecessors.

Life, however, isn’t like the movies. There are all sorts of unexpected, non-cliche’ turns in real life. Therefore, we must continually seek after and grow in wisdom, the kind God happily gives when we ask.

- Steve Arterburn

If ye keep watch over your hearts, and listen for the voice of God and learn of him, in one short hour ye can learn more from him than ye could learn from man in a thousand years.‘ – Johannes Tauler (1300-1361)

A Disconnected Life

And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased. – Hebrews 13:16

Sharing

I don’t have any problems relating to people. Really. It’s true. I don’t ever get irritated or upset with anyone: as long as I’m alone. It’s amazing just how easy life is when I’m alone and isolated. The worst in me can lie dormant for years as long as there’s no one around to awaken the sleeping giants inside of me.

It may be true that a life of isolation is easier, but it’s also emptier. When you don’t have to face who you really are, you grow comfortable and stop developing into what God wants for you.

Are you going to take your place alongside the millions of others who’ve decided to abandon life by disconnecting? You may think this is the way life’s meant to be. But it’s not. Life is about relationship, relationship with God and with one another.

- Steve Arterburn

Be slow in choosing a friend, slower in changing.” – Ben Franklin (1706-1790)

O Holy Night

Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassion never fails. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:21-23

O Holy Night

You know what I love about Christmas?

The carols. Christmas carols have an amazing ability to bring excitement to our hearts and move our souls with deep truth. And one particularly soulful hymn is ‘O Holy Night‘. The next time you hear it, I encourage you to listen closely and soak in every word. But in the meantime, let me reflect with you on just a portion of the lyric:

Oh Holy Night
The stars are brightly shining
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Til he appeared and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope
The weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.

 

If you’re feeling the weariness of which this song speaks, I encourage you to seek the One of whom it sings. Jesus is the hope that thrills our hearts and causes weary souls to rejoice.

- Steve Arterburn

Peace on earth will come to stay, when we live Christmas every day.‘ – Helen Steiner Rice (1900-1981)

Agnostic?

Then Jesus told him, Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. – John 20:29

Agnostic

Imagine my surprise when a non-Christian friend of mine in college informed me that I was an agnostic! “You go to a Christian school,” he said, “but you’re kind of agnostic aren’t you?” I was horrified. “What do you mean?” I stammered.

I just look at what you do,” he replied. “You don’t seem to spend time doing things other Christians do, and you sure do a lot of things they’d never do, so I just assumed that you were not too sure what you believed. That means you’re agnostic.

We can’t peer into the hearts of one another, yet sometimes our actions betray our hearts, don’t they? It wasn’t easy to be confronted with proof of my unbelief, but God used this unbeliever’s conclusions to bring me back to Him.

If you were tried for being a Christian, would the fruit of your life provide evidence in support of the charges?

“I once wanted to become an atheist but I gave up…they have no holidays.” – Henny Youngman

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, when the world looks at me, I pray that they are never unsure of what my religious beliefs are or have doubts about where my heart lies. 

How Long is Too Long to Keep Dating?

Michelle sent in a one sentence email with a very straightforward question: How long is too long to stay in a dating relationship?

Check out my answer to that very question in this “Ask Me Anything” feature on tv.newlife.com ….. Better yet, become a member and send me a question of your own!

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