Energizer

And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:7

Energizer

Do you remember the Energizer Bunny? The pink, battery-operated bunny beat his drum and traveled about while a voice announced the company’s slogan, “It keeps going and going and going and going…

Can you relate? Many of us feel just like that bunny around the holidays. Church activities, shopping, Christmas cards, baking, cleaning, parties, keeping up with work, and more shopping all have a way of taking their toll. Hard work and service are both good and necessary, but so is stopping once in a while. Even the Energizer Bunny needed to stop for a battery change!

Take some time this coming season to stop and watch the snow fall, and if you happen to be in one of those warm southern states maybe substitute a cool, clear, star-filled night! You’ll find that when you stop, the significance of Christ’s birth will transform your busy heart to a peace-filled heart.

- Steve Arterburn

“Oh! Do not attack me with your watch. A watch is always too fast or too slow.  I cannot be dictated to by a watch.“- Jane Austen (1775-1817)

My Past Haunts Me

Dr. Jill Hubbard, author of “The Secrets Women Keep” shares her research on women who are haunted by choices made or incidents that occurred in the past… things they just can’t share with others or seem to be able to work through. Do you have something in your past that still haunts you? Watch for more.

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Pursuing Your Dreams

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. – Hebrews 10:36

Pursuing Your Dreams

Have you ever seen Michelangelo’s David or experienced a live stage performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet? These are amazing works of art and literature. They will most certainly be admired through all time.

But what if either of these men had allowed life’s difficulties to get in the way of their passion, their life’s work? We all face difficulties and we all have dreams. What’s the difference between average men and those who rise to greatness? Perseverance.

If a project is worth pursuing, it will require initiative, energy, and endurance. One stroke of the hammer didn’t chisel Michelangelo’s David. And Shakespeare didn’t pen Romeo and Juliet over a spot of afternoon tea. Any accomplishment worth attaining requires sustained effort. You must persevere to see your dream through.

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Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.‘ – Thomas Edison (1847-1931)

Calling

Whatever you do, do well. For when you go to the grave, there will be no work or planning or knowledge or wisdom – Ecclesiastes 9:10

Whether you receive a paycheck or emotional reward for your job, can you honestly say that God has directed you to your present work? Did you seek his guidance before or since taking your present job or position? If not, perhaps it’s time you did! You may find that he directed your path without your knowledge, or you might discover that he has some other work in mind for you.

Calling

How do we find the work that God wants us to do? First, we should take stock of our gifts and abilities. Most people enjoy doing things that exercise their gifts. Second, we can ask friends, coworkers, and family members if they have any particular feeling about what kind of work we might enjoy. Finally, we can take a test such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator. Don’t worry, it isn’t the kind of test you can pass or fail, but you can gain insights into the way you were created, and you’ll understand why certain types of work will suit you better than others.

As one man said, ‘Religious activity, Bible study, our personal devotions must be a preparation, not a substitution, for dealing with pivotal choices facing all of us: What am I giving my life to? Do my goals, ambitions, and values reflect the beliefs I espouse? How much of what I consider important does God consider valuable in light of eternity.’

Excerpted from “Flashpoints” by Steve Arterburn

Serving

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. – Colossians 3:23-24

Serving

At the heart of the Civil War was a large portion of free people who concluded that slavery shouldn’t be. Colonel Joshua L. Chamberlain was one of those men. In the movie Gettysburg he says, ‘This is a different kind of army. If you look back through history, you’ll see men fighting for pay, for women, for some other kind of loot. They fight for land, power, because a king leads them, or just because they like killing. But we are here for something new. This has not happened much in the history of the world. We are an army out to set other men free.’

Throughout history, God has been calling men and women to give of themselves so others can be free. Are you willing to make sacrifices for others?

Steve Arterburn

‘For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice ‘ no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.’ – John Burroughs (1837-1921)

New Life Live: September 1, 2014

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Topics: MarriageFriendshipBipolarEmotional AbuseFear & Anxiety 
Hosts: Steve Arterburn and Guest Host Marilyn Meberg

Caller Questions:

  1. My husband will not ask for insurance coverage at work and I feel slighted. 
  2. How do I find direction after betrayal? 
  3. Is there a way to help heal a relationship between my friend and her daughter? 
  4. What therapy options are available for my daughter’s bipolar boyfriend? 
  5. I am separated from my emotionally abusive husband; why do I feel guilty and fearful? 

Suggested Resources:
7 Minute Marriage Solution
5 Blind Spots

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New Life Marriage Weekend Workshop Testimony

Marriage Weekend Testimony

Before this weekend, my marriage was in crisis mode. Communication was non-existent and my husband and I were each holding on to so much pride and bitterness that we were stuck and unwilling to move forward. We did not leave any room for God to work in the marriage.

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This weekend has been transformational. We have let go of anger, bitterness, and self-righteousness. We have committed to moving forward and using all the skills and techniques to do the hard work in order to have the marriage that God desires for us.

I leave here with hope that we are both willing to stop doing all the old patterns and sinful behaviors that were destroying our marriage and do the work to let God transform the marriage and make it in to what he wants. It’s going to be hard work but now we both have a spirit of willingness to do that work. This weekend will give you completely new ways and tools to use to break all your old patterns. It gives a completely new framework for marriage. ~ Betsey

Temptations Everywhere

Temptations Everywhere

No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it. - 1 Corinthians 10:13 NIV

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If you stop to think about it, the cold, hard evidence is right in front of your eyes: you live in a temptation-filled world. The devil is out on the street, hard at work, causing pain, stress, and heartache in more ways than ever before. Here in the 21st century, the bad guys are working around the clock to lead you astray. That’s why you must remain vigilant.

In a letter to believers, Peter offered a stern warning: “Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8 NASB). What was true in New Testament times is equally true in our own. Satan tempts his prey and then devours them. As believing Christians, we must beware. And, if we seek righteousness in our own lives, we must earnestly wrap ourselves in the protection of God’s Holy Word. When we do, we are secure.

In the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus went through agony of soul in His efforts to resist the temptation to do what He felt like doing rather than what He knew was God’s will for Him. ~Joyce Meyer

Temptation is not a sin. Even Jesus was tempted. The Lord Jesus gives you the strength needed to resist temptation. ~Corrie Ten Boom

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, life is filled with temptations to stray from your chosen path. But, I face no temptation that You have not already met and conquered through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the One who empowers me with His strength and His love. Amen

Listening To Guilt

Listening To Guilt

There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. - Romans 8:1 NKJV

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All of us have made mistakes. Sometimes, we are swept up by events that encourage us to behave in ways that we later come to regret. And sometimes, even when our intentions are honorable, we make errors in judgment that have long-lasting consequences. When we look back at our actions with remorse, we may experience intense feelings of guilt. But God has an answer for the guilt that we feel. That answer is His forgiveness.

Sometimes, long after God has forgiven us, we may continue to withhold forgiveness from ourselves. Instead of accepting God’s mercy and accepting our past, we may think far too long and hard about the things that ‘might have been,’ the things that ‘could have been,’ or the things that ‘should have been.’

Are you troubled by feelings of guilt, even after you’ve received God’s forgiveness? Are you still struggling with painful memories of mistakes you made long ago? Are you focused so intently on yesterday that your vision of today is clouded? If so, you still have work to do’spiritual work. You should ask your Heavenly Father not for forgiveness (He granted that gift the very first time you asked Him!) but instead for acceptance and trust: acceptance of the past and trust in God’s plan for your life.

If you find yourself plagued by feelings of guilt or shame, consult God’s survival guide: His Holy Word. And as you do so, consider the following Biblically-based tips for overcoming those feelings of guilt once and for all:

1. Stop doing the things that make you feel guilty: How can you expect not to feel guilty if you should feel guilty? (Acts 26:20)
2. Ask God for forgiveness. When you ask for it, He will give it. (1 John 1:9)
3. Ask forgiveness from the people you have harmed: This step is hard, but helpful. And even if the other folks cannot find it in their hearts to forgive you, you have the satisfaction of knowing that you asked. (Proverbs 28:13)
4. Forgive yourself: if you’re no longer misbehaving, it’s the right thing to do. And today is the right day to do it. (Romans 14:22)
5. Become more diligent in your daily time of prayer and Bible study. A regular time of quiet reflection and prayer will allow you to praise your Creator, to focus your thoughts, to remind yourself of His love, and to seek His guidance in matters great and small. (Isaiah 50:45)
6. Get busy making the world a better place. Now that God has forgiven you, it’s time for you to show your gratitude by serving Him. (Matthew 23:11-12)

Guilt is a gift that leads us to grace. - Franklin Graham

Today’s Prayer
Lord Jesus, help me to forgive myself as you forgive me. Amen.

 

 

This Workshop helped me be a better Relator

This Workshop helped me be a better Relator

Marriage WorkshopMy life before this marriage weekend was horrible. I avoided all issues and tried to to please my wife in ways other than on a relational and emotional level. I wanted to spend more time at work rather than deal with my wife at home. This marriage weekend has taught me better ways to communicate and relate to my wife, and how to comfort her. I also learned how to release and open up. Anyone considering this marriage workshop should definitely go to this life altering weekend. – Mike