Your Daily Dose of Spiritual Vitamins

Try to shine as lights among the people of this world, as you hold firmly to the message that gives life. – Philippians 2:15-16

Audrey Wetherell Johnson was not interested in reaching American women. Her heart was in China. After fourteen years of service there, she had been driven out by Communist forces in 1950, and her heart was set on returning to continue her missionary work. But God had a different idea.

As a young Englishwoman, Audrey embraced agnosticism. And as she received an education in Europe, she began to doubt both the Bible and the faith. But personal unhappiness caused her to seek truth, and “suddenly God’s mysterious revelation was given to me. I can only say with Paul, ‘It pleased God to reveal His Son in me.'” Audrey’s love for Christ led her to China.

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Her health was not good when she returned to North America, and while she recuperated, she was asked to teach the Bible to a handful of women who already knew much about Scripture. As she sorrowfully envisioned teaching thousands of Chinese, the Lord gave her the verse, “For who has despised the day of small things?” (Zech. 4:10 NKJV).

At that moment, Bible Study Fellowship, a program for women across America, began. The program continues to use Miss Johnson’s three key questions: (1) What does the passage say? (2) What did it mean to the people in the day it was written? and (3) What does it mean to me?

Studying Holy Scriptures provides food for the spirit, just as eating healthy food provides nourishment for the body. Audrey Johnson’s three key questions regarding Bible study guarantee a well-balanced diet for both groups and individuals.

God’s Word provides us with objective truth–yesterday, today, and forever. And just like our daily dose of vitamins, it revitalizes, sustains and nourishes us. Are you getting your daily dose?

New Life Live: July 31, 2014

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Topics: ParentingMarriageBlended FamilyPornographyDatingSingle 
Hosts: Steve Arterburn and Guest Host Marilyn Meberg

Caller Questions:

  1. Should I bring my angry 13yo stepson from the Philippines to live here in the U.S.? 
  2. How do I let go of my husband who is addicted to porn when I love him so much? 
  3. Is it ok to date an unbeliever? 
  4. Am I called to be single forever after being divorced? 

Suggested Resources:
7 Minute Marriage Solution
Is This The One
Healing Is a Choice

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New Life Live: July 30, 2014

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Topics: Sexual IntegrityMarriageDivorceAlcoholismSalvationChurch Life 
Hosts: Steve ArterburnDr. Sheri KefferMilan Yerkovich

Caller Questions:

  1. My husband uses prostitutes; is this grounds for divorce? 
  2. Is it unhealthy for me to date an alcoholic who lives with his mother? 
  3. Can a Christian lose his salvation? 

Suggested Resources:
Every Man’s Battle
Life Recovery Bible
Spiritual Renewal Study Bible


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New Life Live: July 29, 2014

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Topics: Sexual IntegrityPornographyBlended FamiliesGrandparentingDivorceDating 
Hosts: Steve Arterburn and Guest Host Jim Daly, President and Host of Focus on the Family

Caller Questions:

  1. Thank you for Every Man’s Battle!  How much should I disclose to my wife? 
  2. My 17yo daughter from a previous marriage moved in with her dad after I remarried; how do I heal this relationship? 
  3. Thank you for Focus on the Family and for New Life Live! 
  4. What role do we play with our 11yo grandson while his parents are separated? 
  5. Comment: I told my wife I wouldn’t sign divorce papers until she watches tv.newlife.com.
  6. What boundaries do I set with my boyfriend after finding out he has a porn addiction? 

Suggested Resources:
The Good Dad  (by Jim Daly)
7 Minute Marriage Solution
Every Man’s Battle

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New Life Live: July 25, 2014

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Topics: IntimacyMarriageVacillatorsAnxietyFriendshipsCounseling 
Hosts: Steve ArterburnMilan Yerkovich

Caller Questions:

  1. How do I overcome problems with intimacy and sex with my husband and stop fantasizing?
  2. Three years after Every Man’s Battle, how can I connect with my wife emotionally? 
  3. What else can I do about my gripping anxiety? 
  4. My friends seem to be hiding behind their labels of Borderline, PTSD, etc. and not trying to function; how can I connect with them? 

Suggested Resources:
7 Minute Marriage Solution
Changes That Heal
Fear & Anxiety CD
Never Go Back

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What Is Your Focus?

What Is Your Focus?

Look straight ahead, and fix your eyes on what lies before you. Mark out a straight path for your feet; then stick to the path and stay safe. Don’t get sidetracked; keep your feet from following evil. ~ Proverbs 4:25-27 NLT

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The condition of your character is determined, to a surprising extent, by the direction of your thoughts. If you focus your thoughts and energies on positive matters—if you focus on things that bring honor to your family and yourself—you’ll reap rich rewards. But if you focus too intently on the distractions and temptations of our 21st-century world, you’re inviting trouble.

Paul Valiry observed, “We hope vaguely but dread precisely.” How true. All too often, we allow the worries of everyday life to overwhelm our thoughts and cloud our vision. A clearer perspective, a renewed faith, and a different focus is what’s needed.

When we focus on the frustrations of today or the uncertainties of tomorrow, we rob ourselves of peace in the present moment. But, when we focus on possibilities instead of roadblocks, our worries no longer tyrannize us.

What is your focus today? Are you willing to focus your thoughts and energies on God’s blessings and upon His will for your life? Or will you turn your thoughts to other things? Before you answer that question, consider this: God created you in His own image, and He wants you to experience joy and abundance. But, God will not force His joy upon you; you must claim it for yourself.

Today, remember that God is infinitely greater than the challenges that you face. Remember, too, that your thoughts are profoundly powerful, so guard them accordingly. Ask yourself if you’re truly focusing your thoughts and energies on matters that are pleasing to God and beneficial to your family. Then ask your Creator to help you focus on His love, His Son, and His plan for your life.

 As long as Jesus is one of many options, he is no option. Max Lucado

Just like commercial organizations need to get their focus off themselves, we as individual Christians and collective churches need to recalibrate our sights on the target God has given us: spiritually lost people. Bill Hybels

Only the man who follows the command of Jesus single-mindedly and unresistingly lets his yoke rest upon him, finds his burden easy, and under its gentle pressure receives the power to persevere in the right way. Dietrich Bonhoeffer
TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Heavenly Father, when I become distracted by the things of this world and I lose focus of you, please bring conviction to my heart. I knowledge today that you are bigger than any challenge I currently face. And just as you are aware of every sparrow that falls from the sky, I know Lord that you are mindful of me. Amen

New Life Live: July 23, 2014

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Topics: MarriageAlcoholicsBoundariesMother IssuesParentingDifficult ConversationsPleasers 
Hosts: Steve ArterburnMilan Yerkovich and Guest Host Kay Yerkovich

  1. Caller Questions:
    1. My husband is not willing to get help; how much should I know about his past? 
    2. I am separated from my alcoholic husband; what is my next step? 
    3. The Marriage Solution Workshop was so great! 
    4. My mom has lung cancer and won’t tell me who my bio dad is; should I insist or let it go?
    5. I am the nanny to a 6yo; how can I talk to his mom about his behavior problems without offending her? 
    6. How do I heal so I don’t make the same mistake of marrying an abusive man? 
    7. I disowned two of my siblings; will God judge me for that? 

Suggested Resources:
7 Minute Marriage Solution
How We Love
How We Love Our Kids

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New Life Live: July 22, 2014

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Topics: Weight IssuesAffairsTrustForgivenessDatingPornography 
Host: Steve Arterburn

Caller Questions:

  1. Your Lose It For Life Workshop helped me to connect! 
  2. My wife and I drive a truck and I cheated on her one year ago; how do I regain her trust? 
  3. How can I get over the hurt of my husband’s affairs, back when he got us into swinging? 
  4. Since my ex was a pastor who had affairs; is it OK for me to date a wonderful non-Christian man? 
  5. My separated husband is into male porn and is having an emotional affair; should I reconcile or quit the marriage? 

Suggested Resources:
Healing Is a Choice
7 Minute Marriage Solution
Is This The One

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New Life Live: July 21, 2014

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Topics: MarriageSexual FantasySelf WorthDatingPornography 
Hosts: Steve ArterburnDr. Henry CloudDr. Jill Hubbard

Caller Questions:

  1. What a great experience at the Marriage Solution Workshop! 
  2. I am married; why do I fixate on a man at church? 
  3. Thank you for the good help you gave my wife at the Healing Is a Choice Workshop! 
  4. How do I move past a sexual relationship toward marriage with a man who fathered my child? 
  5. The Marriage Solution Workshop saved my marriage! I found porn on his phone a few days before. 

Suggested Resources:
Never Go Back
7 Minute Marriage Solution
How We Love

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New Life Live: July 16, 2014

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Topics: Adult ChildrenDivorceDatingChurch LifeSinglesTrustSexual Integrity
Hosts: Steve ArterburnDr. Dave StoopDr. Jill Hubbard

Caller Questions:

  1. How can I respond to my 26yo daughter telling me she is in a polyamorous relationship with two guys? 
  2. Can I divorce and still live a godly life? 
  3. My ex-boyfriend is in church leadership; should I warn them about him? 
  4. I am 41yrs old and feel guilty chatting with guys on Facebook. 
  5. How can I get my wife to trust me and get over my emotional affair? 

Suggested Resources:
Is This The One
How We Love
Secrets Women Keep
Rethink How You Think

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