Easter in Narnia

He will swallow up death forever. The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tears from all faces; he will remove the disgrace of his people from all the earth. The Lord has spoken. – Isaiah 25:8

Easter in Narnia

In C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, the lion, Aslan, offers himself as a sacrifice for a little boy, a traitor named Edmund. When the lion rises from the dead he says:

. . . [the Witch’s] knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backward.

Does that story sound familiar? It should; it’s the story of Easter. Jesus Christ gave his life for traitors whom he loved, was raised from the dead, and therefore broke the curse of death.

– Steve Arterburn

Our Lord has written the promise of resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in springtime.” – Martin Luther (1483-1546)

Jesus Didn’t Hurry

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven. – Ecclesiastes 3:1

Jesus Didnt Hurry

One of my staff members has a habit of reminding me that Jesus was never in a hurry. I’m always in a hurry, hoping for quick answers and looking for motion in the direction I want to go. But then I hear him say it again . . . “Jesus was never in a hurry.

I’ve thought about that and it makes me think of using a crock pot. The most tender, juicy meat you can fix is in a slow cooker. And, that’s how it is with healing. Healing is a process that won’t be hurried. It’s a slow cooker experience. And if you accept that, it will take the pressure off you to finish it up.

God desires for you to pay attention to Him and His creation in your life each day. When you race through life doing everything as fast as you can, you miss some pretty awesome things along the way. Every challenge, every growth opportunity, every surprise that comes your way is an opportunity for your to look for God.

Healing can be slow, but it doesn’t mean you’re not growing. Allow it to slow cook and you’ll have a tastier recovery filled with some mouth watering nuggets of wisdom. Let the Master Chef do His job with you.

Jesus was never in a hurry. Why are you?

– Steve Arterburn

Being in a hurry. Getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. I cannot think of a single advantage I’ve ever gained from being in a hurry. But a thousand broken and missed things, tens of thousands, lie in the wake of all the rushing…. Through all that haste I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away. – Ann Voskamp

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there someday. – A.A. Milne

New Life Live: February 19, 2016

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From the Archives of New Life Live, This Show Originally Aired January 27, 2004

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Topics: Homosexuality, Parenting, Tolerance, Engagement, Christian Walk, Making Decisions
Hosts: Steve Arterburn, Dr. John Townsend, Dr. Henry Cloud

Caller Questions:

  1. My 13yo son is asking about homosexuality; is he struggling with his own identity?
  2. How do I stop being annoyed by noisy people?
  3. I am engaged after being married twice; how do I know if I should call it off or not?
  4. Can you recommend a Scripture so I will have peace with my salvation instead of feeling condemned?
  5. My family is pressuring me to get more education, but I want to spend more time with my toddler.

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Every Young Man’s Battle
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What Have You Got to Lose?

There are many burdens that weigh us down, like the need to control, unrealistic expectations or getting trapped in the past. Let’s take a look at some of these rocks we carry and see if it’s time to surrender them to God’s grace. Click here to watch the video.

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Never Give In

What, then shall we say in response to this?  If God is for us, who can be against us? – Romans 8:31

Never Give In

World War II ravaged through Europe for more than two years. The Axis forces looked invincible.  England had suffered massive air raids by German forces in late 1940, and again in the spring of 1941.

On October 29, 1941, Great Britain’s Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, visited the Harrow School for boys, his alma mater-to speak to its students.  What message did the times demand? What could Churchill say to these young men in the face of the Blitzkrieg that seized Europe, leveled London, and cast their lives and futures into a thick fog of uncertainty?  His words were simple, moving, and unforgettable: “Never give in—never, never, never, never, never give in.”

Are you tired, have you grown weary from the “Blitzkrieg” in your life? There is hope at the cross for you. God is in the business of turning hopeless situations around. Remember, Lazarus had been in a grave for four days, his family was in mourning when Jesus showed up and called him back from the place of the dead. God can make something of the ashes that we bring to Him—Isaiah 61:3 tells us that “He will give us beauty in exchange for ashes.” We need to stand firm in our faith and never give up or give in to the belief that He cannot redeem us or the situations we find ourselves in.

Perseverance—it’s born of faith, it’s nourished by hope and it’s a sure sign of strength of character.  What role does it play in your Christian life?

And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. – Galatians 6:9

The greatest glory in living lies not, in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.Nelson Mandela

Asking for Directions

I call to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I am saved from my enemies. – Psalm 18:3

Asking for Directions

God has a way of showing us that we don’t know as much as we think we do. And He will certainly act when we need to be shown that we don’t know better than He does.

That’s what happened to King Nebuchadnezzar who had to learn a serious lesson in humility. Talk about a severe act of mercy. This once proud king was struck with a mental illness for seven years. His mental illness caused him to roam the pastures outside the palace and chew grass like a cow. After paying the price for his pride, the once self-sufficient and self-centered king said, “Now I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify the King of heaven, because everything He does is right and all His ways are just. And those who walk in pride He is able to humble.” (Daniel 4:37) In this confession, three things are important, the words: “everything,” and “all,” and the phrase “His ways.”

These words speak to the king’s new understanding of God’s control and to the choice He wants each of us to make: God’s way or my way? Too often we neglect to ask God, “How do you want me to handle this?” or “How should I respond to this situation in a manner consistent with God’s word?”

The reasons for not asking these questions boil down to one of two issues: ignorance or arrogance. I don’t recommend either. Neither will benefit you, and both carry very high price tags.

“No time is so well spent in every day as that which we spend upon our knees.” J.C. Ryle (1816-1900)

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, help me to always take the time to seek your will and direction. Your word is a lamp unto my feet, help me to remember to consult your word and help me to remember that Your way is always better than mine. Amen

Perseverance

Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him. – James 1:12

Perseverance

Soon after making a decision to follow Christ, a young Nigerian named Daniel returned to his Muslim village. He was excited about his new faith. . . the people of his village were not. Furious at him, the women of the village beat him and left him for dead.

When he regained consciousness the following day, he decided he must not have been clear in explaining his new faith. So he went back to the village and witnessed again. The women beat him and left him for dead again. This time he remained unconscious for two days.

When he awoke, he again assumed he hadn’t expressed himself well. So he returned a third time. This time the village women broke into tears at his perseverance, and eventually the good news of Christ gained a foothold in that place.

If you’re weary in sharing the good news of Jesus with friends, family, or your kids, take heart. And remember, we share Christ by our actions and how we conduct our lives, as much as we do with our words.

– Steve Arterburn

Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1807-1882)

A Good Name

Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective. – James 5:16

A Good Name

I recently heard a story about a man who was arrested at a hospital where he went to get treatment for a serious animal bite on his leg.  Why was this insult added to the man’s injury?  That’s where this story gets interesting.

The man claimed the bite was from a pit bull.  But authorities discovered it was really from a ten-foot-long, 450-pound Siberian tiger he was keeping as a pet in his apartment!  To make matters even worse, the man had a six-foot-long alligator roaming around his apartment as well.

Does this strike you as bizarre?  Irresponsible?  Perhaps even a bit insane?  It should.  But think about it . . . don’t we too often treat sin—a threat ultimately more dangerous to us than any tiger or alligator—with a similar nonchalance?

What sin are you hanging on to as a pet?  It’s bound to have some serious consequences sooner or later.  Perhaps it’s time to release that pet back in to the wild.

– Steve Arterburn

Never hold discussions with a monkey when the organ grinder is in the room.” – Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

New Life Live: December 2, 2015

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Topics: Dating, Grief, Sexual Betrayal, Marriage, Separation
Hosts: Steve Arterburn, Dr. Dave Stoop, Milan Yerkovich

Caller Questions:

  1. I want to encourage women to go to the Women In the Battle Workshop–it was phenomenal!
  2. How do I decide to take back the father of my kids after 3yrs of separation?
  3. Why did I give my relationship so much time when my fiancée kept ending it every few months?
  4. The goodness of God was overwhelming at the Women In the Battle Workshop!
  5. I am so happy I took your advice to seek legal help!

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2016 New Life Calendar  (not available for purchase; call 800-639-5433 during December to receive FREE with any donation!)
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Is This The One

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Persevering Amidst Hardship

Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. – Romans 5:3-5

Persevering Amidst Hardship

In 1741 George Frideric Handel wrote Messiah, one of the finest and most inspiring musical scores ever composed. In the time leading up to his greatest accomplishment, Handel’s health and fortunes had reached a low ebb. A stroke had left the right side of his body paralyzed; and he worked under the threat of imprisonment on account of crushing financial debt.

I can’t help but wonder whether Handel would’ve chosen the tenuous life of a composer had he known ahead of time the suffering he’d endure. If not, the world would’ve missed the blessing of this timeless and beautiful composition of praise.

Like Handel, we don’t know what our future holds. But we can be confident that God does, and that He uses every hardship to mold our character and accomplish a plan that remains perfect despite our inability to comprehend it. I pray that today you persevere in that certain hope.

Steve Arterburn

“Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” – John Quincy Adams (1767-1848)