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Love or Frustration

Parents are  you dominated by love or frustration?  Do you lead your children or do you push them? Leading is born out of love and pushing is born out of frustration. We tell our children that we demand obedience and speak sharply because we love them and only want the best for them. Children are seldom convinced by this argument. It appears to them as if they are being pushed into doing what mom and dad want.    As a Christian, you must first be blown away by what Christ has done for you on the cross. This is expressed by drinking deeply of God’s commands so that your heart is permeated with them. Then, this love for God and his […]

Redemptive Thrillers

How familiar are you with God’s redemptive thrillers?   Perhaps this is not a category of biblical literature that is familiar to you. If this is true, you are missing out on something special. These thrillers actually do exist! They are found in the compelling narratives of the Old Testament.   Psalm 78 urges parents and the church not to hide the truth of God from your children. If these narratives are not presented with the drama and action with which the Holy Spirit wrote them, then God’s truth is hidden.   You must learn the context of the great stories presented in Scripture. Are you filled with wonder and awe at how God, throughout the Bible, rescued his people […]

Help, Someone I love has been abused

Ebook available now for $1.99! Sadly, many people are the silent victims of abuse. Jim Newheiser brings biblical perspective and wisdom to bear on such situations. Intended Readership: Friends of people in a relationship of abuse People in a relationship of abuse Marriage counselors General counselors Pastors and church ministry teams Chapter Titles: Introduction What Is Abuse? A Biblical Understanding of Abuse Helping the Victim of Abuse How Victims Can Become Overcomers Conclusion Personal Application Projects Where Can I Get Further Help?

Like oil & water, trust and anxiety don’t mix

God calls you to trust his wisdom and not your own.  Anxiety leads to confusion. Trust in God and his ways leads to peace. Like oil and water, trust and anxiety do not mix. There is much in life that can be overwhelming. But God remains in control of his world. As Philippians 4 warns, anxiety will separate you from knowing the peace of God.   Our bodies don’t do well with self trust. (See Proverbs 3:7&8) Trusting God and purposely loving him in all that you do brings health to your soul and stability to your walk. Trusting your own understanding leads to a troubled spirit and to a lack of stability. If your mind is centered more on […]

Teach your kids the difference between condemnation and conviction

Your children, like you, have a problem with sin. Sin has an immediate negative impact, but even more destructive is sin’s aftermath. Like radiation fallout after a nuclear blast, sin’s fallout can spread and last for years.    Condemnation follows sin:   First, and most importantly, sin brings the condemnation of God.    Then, as others become aware of our sins human condemnation occurs.    Finally, a heart burdened by sin begins the ritual of self-condemnation.    There is no person on the planet that can escape the consequences of defying God. No one can escape condemnation and the toll it extracts. Its impact may be felt in minutes or it may take years to play out.   Condemnation is […]

Wisdom & Your Emotions

The pursuit of wisdom must be a passionate pursuit.  I admit that passion and wisdom are not thoughts that are often put together. But this comparison is made with great force in Proverbs: Wisdom is more precious than rubies;     nothing you desire can compare with her. Proverbs 3:15   Additionally, acquiring wisdom means that wisdom is be loved:   Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you;     love her, and she will watch over you. Proverbs 4:6   The love of wisdom is what will protect your heart. Notice the emotional connection with wisdom in these two Proverbs. Wisdom pursued with  heartfelt desire and deep love offers protection for your heart. This is how you guard your heart (Proverbs […]

Thought for the Lord’s Day

Christ secured freedom that can never be lost.  Those without Christ will never experience true freedom. No matter how hard one works to secure freedom from things on earth, the ultimate freedom is to be free of the sins of the heart. We all have craved and compromised for significance apart from Christ. We all have been found wanting. We all know the most oppressive condemnation is that which entangles the heart with the burden of unrighteous sinful thoughts, words, and deeds. Without Christ there is no freedom of worship, no relief from condemnation. Because of Christ’s sacrifice we have been set free. There was no war that we could win, no declaration we could make, no payment that could […]

Jesus Christ on being free:

and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:“The Spirit of the Lord is on me,because he has anointed meto proclaim good news to the poor.He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisonersand recovery of sight for the blind,to set the oppressed free,to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”Luke 4:17-19

God’s idea of freedom:

But for you who fear my name, the Sun of Righteousness will rise with healing in his wings. And you will go free, leaping with joy like calves let out to pasture. 3 On the day when I act, you will tread upon the wicked as if they were dust under your feet,” says the Lord of Heaven’s Armies.Malachi 4:2-3  

Is America Independent from God?

On July 4th, two hundred thirty-eight years ago, Americans declared their independence from England and her King. Unfortunately, such matters are seldom settled by simply signing a piece of paper. England was not pleased with this declaration and went to war. But in the end, America had her desire—she was independent of the English. But in what sense are people and countries ever independent? It is an enticing idea that a person or a country can independently forge their own destiny,  write their own history. However, this idea is just as deadly as it is enticing. Reality is this: no country is free from the rule of the Great Sovereign of the Universe. Each person owes his next breath, and […]