You have probably been hearing about New Life TV for a few weeks now. We talk about it on the radio all the time and you have most likely seen the branding all over our website. But have you wondered what it is we do through this channel and how it is changing and transforming lives? Watch this short video to find out more . . .
Serve wholeheartedly, as if you were serving the Lord, not men. – Ephesians 6:7
The word “discipline” tends to put people on the defensive because it’s often mistakenly associated with the idea of punishment. That’s unfortunate, and very inaccurate. The Latin root of the word discipline means student. That’s why Webster’s Dictionary defines discipline as “training or experience that corrects, molds, strengthens, or perfects, especially the mental faculties or moral character.” And that’s why Jesus calls those who follow Him in faith His disciples.
Through the centuries, Christians have stimulated their life in Christ by practicing what are called “spiritual disciplines.” But as our culture has increasingly lost the ability to be informed by its past, and as society grows ever more permissive and lax, the “spiritual disciplines” have been forsaken and almost forgotten.
I’m talking about daily Bible reading—alone in a time of devotion, and together with your family. Concentrated, intentional, and regular time of prayer, alone and with fellow believers. Taking time to care for the sick, the widows and the orphans. Serving our neighbors in need as a response to Christ’s love for us.
Consider adding one Spiritual discipline to your life this week.
The best servant does his work unseen. – Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
The Lord says, “Forget what happened before, and do not think about the past. Look at the new thing I am going to do. It is already happening. Don’t you see it? I will make a road in the desert and rivers in the dry land.” Isaiah 43:18-19 NCV
If you’re like most people, you like being in control. Period. You want things to happen according to your wishes and according to your timetable. But sometimes, God has other plans . . . and He always has the final word.
Oswald Chambers correctly observed, “Our Lord never asks us to decide for Him; He asks us to yield to Him—a very different matter.” These words remind us that even when we cannot understand the workings of God, we must trust Him and accept His will.
All of us experience adversity and pain. As human beings with limited comprehension, we can never fully understand the will of our Father in heaven. But as believers in a benevolent God, we must always trust His providence.
When Jesus went to the Mount of Olives, as described in Luke 22, He poured out His heart to God. Jesus knew of the agony that He was destined to endure, but He also knew that God’s will must be done. We, like our Savior, face trials that bring fear and trembling to the very depths of our souls, but like Christ, we too must ultimately seek God’s will, not our own.
Are you embittered by a personal tragedy that you did not deserve and cannot understand? If so, it’s time to make peace with life. It’s time to forgive others, and, if necessary, to forgive yourself. It’s time to accept the unchangeable past, to embrace the priceless present, and to have faith in the promise of tomorrow. It’s time to trust God completely. And it’s time to reclaim the peace—His peace—that can and should be yours.
Acceptance means learning to trust God more. Today, think of at least one aspect of your life that you’ve been reluctant to accept, and then prayerfully ask God to help you trust Him more by accepting the past.
Prayer may not get us what we want, but it will teach us to want what we need. – Vance Havner
I am truly grateful that faith enables me to move past the question of “Why?” - Zig Ziglar
What’s Wrong with Grownups
Fathers, do not embitter your children or they will become discouraged. – Colossians 3:21
“What’s wrong with grownups?” This was a question posed by a Sunday school teacher to a class of ten-year-olds. See if you recognize yourself in any of these complaints:
- Grownups make promises, then forget them, or say it wasn’t a promise, just a “maybe.”
- Grownups don’t do the things they tell their children to do—like pick up their things or always tell the truth.
- Grownups don’t listen. They decide ahead of time what they’re going to answer.
- Grownups make mistakes, but won’t admit them. They pretend they weren’t mistakes at all—or that somebody else made them.
- Grownups always talk about what they did and what they knew when they were ten-years-old, but they don’t try to think what it’s like to be ten-years-old right now.
If you’re like me, right now you’re thinking, “Ouch!” Children are perceptive, and they are much more pure in heart than we give them credit for. Take time for them, be honest with them, don’t be afraid to say, “I’m sorry”.
Nothing you ever do for a child is wasted. – Garrison Keillor
Children are the brightest treasures we bring forth into this world, but too large a percentage of the population continues to treat them as inconveniences and nuisances, when they’re not treating them as possessions or toys. – Charles de Lint
Last week, radio show host, Bill Handel, a well known satirist who is also Jewish mentioned that he was envious of this young man’s faith. Nick Magnotti was diagnosed with cancer three years ago. At the time he was 24 years old. The cancer started in his appendix and spread through his abdomen and pelvis. Watch the video above and hear Nick’s remarkable story and the wonderful legacy of faith that he left behind for his daughter, Austyn. Nick went to be with the Lord on January 7, 2014.
Jesus Didn’t Hurry
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.- Ecclesiastes 3:1
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?
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
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
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
- I just found out my perfect 22yo son is gay; is it my fault?
- How do you feel about the MMPI (personality test) that is required for licensing?
- My 20yo niece ran off with her boyfriend then faked an abduction; should we let her live with us again?
- When is the right time to tell my 6yo daughter that she was adopted as a baby?
- When is a good time to leave a relationship that is emotionally abusive?
- How do I talk with my sister and not be a trigger for her disassociative disorder?
- Should I feel guilty for not accepting my 31yo irresponsible daughter’s boyfriend?
- I am OK with our 17yo son using marijuana; why would my wife take issue with it?
- Should I act or not on the fact that my ex is paying people to stalk me?
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6
Humility | Doorways, Not Doormats
Humility. What is it anyway? If I’m humble, do I have to roll over and play second fiddle to everyone, all the time? Too often humility has been misunderstood as a negative character trait. I would like to help you get a clear biblical perspective on what humility is and what it is not. Humility isn’t thinking less of your-self; it’s thinking more of God and of others. In other words, humility isn’t about putting our-selves down, but rather, about glorifying God and affirming others.
Consider Jesus. He left His place of highest honor in heaven in order to become a man, flesh and blood, here on earth. However, He didn’t tear himself down or deny that He was a person of value and importance. What He did do is lift others up through His humility and show them how valuable they were to God.
So, you see, humility isn’t about being a doormat; it’s about being a doorway–a doorway through which others enter into the presence and power of God. By focusing on building others up and helping others connect with God, we show them the love of God, who desires the best for them.
Think about how you can strive to put others’ interests ahead of your own. I challenge you to show others in your home, your offices, or even in the checkout line at the market, how you and God value them. A good way to begin is by asking yourself what Jesus would do if he were in your place.
Spontaneously and without effort we have fulfilled the law (towards one person) by loving our neighbor as ourselves. It is an image, a foretaste, of what we must become to all if Love Himself rules in us without a rival. – C.S. Lewis