The Big One

Get ready; be prepared, you and all the hordes gathered about you, and take command of them. – Ezekiel 38:7

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St. Augustine defined peace as “the tranquility of order.” At the highest level, Jesus Christ’s return will bring peace through the restoration of order lost in Eden. And the truth is: peace cannot co-exist with chaos.

How much order do you have in your life? However much, my hunch is that it’s directly proportionate to the levels of tranquility and peace in your life as well. Is your desk and garage kept in such a way that you’re able to find what you need when you need it? How about those drawers and closets?

If you can never find what you thought you filed, you’re much less efficient. If you can’t find a tool when you need it and have to buy another, you’re much less profitable. If you have to spend time hunting for your keys, your wallet, or your mail, you’re much more frustrated. And if you can’t find the things you need when you need them, you’re much less prepared and confident.

Be prepared.” These are words used by military leaders, coaches, athletes, musicians, and others whose lives demand excellence. Order puts us at peace, brings tranquility, and readies us for service.

– Steve Arterburn

TODAY’S PRAYER
Father, please help me to bring order to the areas in my life that are chaotic. Amen.

Making the Most of our Mistakes

Instead, God has chosen the world’s foolish things to shame the wise, and God has chosen the world’s weak things to shame the strong. – 1 Corinthians 1:27

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Everybody makes mistakes, and so will you. In fact, Winston Churchill once observed, “Success is going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.” What was good for Churchill is also good for you, too. You should expect to make mistakes—plenty of them—but you should not allow those missteps to rob you of the enthusiasm you need to fulfill God’s plan for your life.

We are imperfect people living in an imperfect world; mistakes are simply part of the price we pay for being here. But, even though mistakes are an inevitable part of life’s journey, repeated mistakes should not be. When we commit the inevitable blunders of life, we must correct them, learn from them, and pray for the wisdom not to repeat them. When we do, our mistakes become lessons, and our experiences become adventures in character-building.

When our shortcomings are made public, we may feel embarrassed or worse, we may presume (quite incorrectly) “everybody” is concerned with the gravity of our problem. And, as a consequence, we may feel the need to hide from our problems rather than confront them. To do so is wrong. Even when our pride is bruised, we must face up to our mistakes and seek to rise above them.

Have you made a king-sized blunder or two? Of course you have. But here’s the big question: have you used your mistakes as stumbling blocks or stepping stones? The answer to this question will determine how well you perform in the workplace and in every other aspect of your life. So don’t let the fear of past failures hold you back. Instead, do the character-building thing: own up to your mistakes and do your best to fix them. Remember: even if you’ve made a colossal blunder, God isn’t finished with you yet—in fact, He’s probably just getting started.

Fix it sooner rather than later: When you make a mistake, the time to make things better is now, not later! The sooner you address your problem, the better. If not now, when?

– Steve Arterburn

Truth will sooner come out of error than from confusion. – Francis Bacon

Lord, when we are wrong, make us willing to change; and when we are right, make us easy to live with. – Peter Marshall

Roots and Wings

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. – Colossians 3:16

Roots and Wings

We all need two basic things in life. The first is stability to be grounded and secure individuals. Only then can you be relationally healthy. The second is the vision and encouragement to discern and develop your unique gifts and aptitudes. Then you can recognize, pursue, and fulfill your calling. In simple terms, you need roots, and you need wings.

Today I want to focus on the latter—the wings. We all want to be discerning so that we can develop God’s design for our lives. But be prepared . . . it takes time and energy. It takes time to connect with God; to read and study His word, to pray, to talk to God and to listen to God, and connect with other people.

As you connect with God and connect with others, you will see God’s will for your life. It’s when you actively pursue life and pursue God . . . that you’ll see God’s will revealed. Don’t wait for it, move ahead and see it happen.

Steve Arterburn

No tree becomes rooted and sturdy unless many a wind assails it. For by its very tossing it tightens its grip and plants its roots more securely; the fragile trees are those that have grown in a sunny valley. – Seneca the Younger

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Would You Please Help?

Dear Friend of New Life,

When we look at where we are financially today, and what we estimate our income will be in the next few days, with our matching gift and regular giving, we’re projecting that we’ll need $31,000 donated above and beyond regular giving in order to meet our monthly obligations this month and not fall behind and possibly jeopardize our ability to remain on all our radio outlets around the country with New Life Live.

Would you be willing to make a gift towards this $31,000 that we need by Friday this week? Your gift will be matched. If you give $10, New Life will realize $20. If you give $100, New life will realize $200. If you give $1,000, New Life will realize $2,000. You see how it works.

The reason we want to raise this money by this time is that we want to continue to reach hurting people with healing, hope and life transformation. We hear from people in all areas of ministry whose lives will never be the same. Like:

  • Mary, who wrote in that 8 years ago she was steeped in depression and contemplating suicide, but because of what she heard on our radio program, New Life Live, she went out and got help from a counselor and her life changed forever! She is fully engaged in life, she’s going to school to become a licensed counselor and she can’t believe that 8 years ago she was contemplating suicide. Would she be alive today if our radio program wasn’t there?
  • Henry shared at an Every Man’s Battle workshop that because of what he learned on Friday night at the workshop, on Saturday morning when he spoke to his wife on the phone and learned that his 11 year-old-son, crying in the background, disclosed to his mom that for a year now he’s been looking at porn, Henry, who was at the workshop because he was deep into porn for 20 years, could speak words of affirmation and love to his son that he never received from his dad, and that his son desperately needed. Two lives were touched deeply that weekend because Henry took the step to come to that workshop. Where would this family be if New Life wasn’t there for Henry to attend that workshop.
  • Bruce and Charlene’s marriage was in trouble. They argued, Bruce had anger issues, they were struggling in getting on the same page in parenting, and on and on. They called New Life and found a counselor near them, and today, almost ten years later they credit that New Life counselor with saving their marriage. Would their marriage be another divorce statistic if they didn’t know about New Life’s counseling network?

There is story after story of life change that God makes happen because we set the stage and present His principles for living and for resolving conflict and emotional issues we each face day to day.

Please support New Life with a gift TODAY so we can meet this month-end obligation. Your gift will be multiplied by two!

Thank you for partnering with us.

 

 

Larry Sonnenburg
President

Strong Enough To Encourage Others

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. – Hebrews 10:24

Strong Enough To Encourage Others
Want to build character and, at the same time, build a better life? Then find thoughtful, honorable, God-fearing people who will offer you a steady stream of encouragement.

Life is a team sport, and all of us need occasional pats on the back from our teammates. As Christians, we are called upon to spread the Good News of Christ, and we are also called to spread a message of encouragement and hope to the world.

In the book of Ephesians, Paul writes, “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen” (4:29 NIV). Paul reminds us that when we choose our words carefully, we can have a powerful impact on those around us.

Whether you realize it or not, many people with whom you come in contact every day are in desperate need of a smile or an encouraging word. The world can be a difficult place, and countless friends and family members may be troubled by the challenges of everyday life. Since we don’t always know who needs our help, the best strategy is to encourage all the people who cross our paths. So today, be a world-class source of encouragement to everyone you meet. Never has the need been greater.

– Steve Arterburn

The secret of success is to find a need and fill it, to find a hurt and heal it, to find somebody with a problem and offer to help solve it. – Robert Schuller

Do you wonder where you can go for encouragement and motivation? Run to Jesus. – Max Lucado 

Close the Gate

Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you. – Ephesians 4:32

Close the Gate

My friend grew up on a farm, and she once told me that her sole responsibility was to close the gate behind her.  That way the live­stock couldn’t backtrack into a field of alfalfa.  All she had to do was close the gate behind her.

Back then she thought gate closing was boring work—just a whole lot of waiting. Then something happened.  She discovered that while gate closing isn’t prestigious or exciting, it’s vitally impor­tant.

On the path to wellness and wholeness, there are many gates to close.  Closing the gate means not leaving loose ends hanging.

Are there people with whom you have loose ends?  Do you need to return something you “borrowed?” Is there restitution or an over­due apology that might renew a relationship?

My friend’s mom used to tell her, “Close the gates behind you.”  Most often she was talking about more than the field gate—she was talking about all the gates of life. What gates do you need to close?

– Steve Arterburn

The closing of a door can bring blessed privacy and comfort—the opening terror. Conversely, the closing of a door can be a sad and final thing—the opening a wonderfully joyous moment. – Andy Rooney

Sometimes you only get one chance to rewrite the qualities of the character you played in a person’s life story. Always take it. Never let the world read the wrong version of you. – Unknown

Finding Your Adult Voice

Have you developed your voice? Do you speak your mind and your heart? Do you do it in a respectful and well-meaning way? Today, Dr. Sheri Keffer and Milan Yerkovich are discussing how to develop this voice, but also how being able to say what you need and feel, may come with a price! Click here to watch the video.

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Wise Counsel

But Jehoshaphat also said to the king of Israel, “First seek the counsel of the Lord” – 1 Kings 22:5

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If you desire spiritual growth, then you’ll need wise counselors in your life. Even Solomon, the wisest man who ever lived, recognized the need for wise and godly counsel. Turning to trustworthy counselors in times of confusion or uncertainty can help you preserve your spiritual strength.

In the book of Proverbs, Solomon gave this advice, “Plans go wrong for lack of advice; many counselors, bring success.” (15:22)  He also said, “. . . with many counselors there is safety.”(Proverbs 11:14)

Where else can you look for wise counsel? Solomon’s father David looked to God’s Word, saying, “Your decrees please me; they give me wise advice.” (Psalm 119:24) And the prophet Isaiah made it clear that the Messiah himself would be our great counselor when he came. He said, “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us.  And the government will rest on his shoulders. These will be his royal titles: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Isaiah 9:6)

Jesus is the one who grants wisdom, hope, and purpose to life, even and especially in times of confusion or trouble. Good counsel comes from God’s word and from godly people. It can come from professionally trained pastors, counselors, or from people who understand your specific issues and care for you. Whatever the case, don’t isolate. You’ll do yourself a great service if you seek wise counsel.

– Steve Arterburn

Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom. – Walter Benjamin

The fellowship of true friends who can hear you out, share your joys, help carry your burdens, and correctly counsel you is priceless. – Ezra Taft Benson

Charity

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms. – 1 Peter 4:10

Charity

While rummaging through the trash for returnable bottles and cans, Charles Moore, a 59 year old homeless man in Detroit, found $21,000 in U. S. savings bonds. Who could need the money more than Mr. Moore, right? Yet he brought the small treasure to a nearby homeless shelter, where a staff member tracked down the owner.

Moore’s honesty amidst his dire circumstances triggered a wave of spontaneous generosity in Michigan and throughout America. The bonds’ owners gave Moore $100. Another man sent him eight trash bags of returnable bottles and a bowl of coins. A New Mexico man gave $1,000. Three others gave a combined $2,500 and local businessmen gave Mr. Moore $1,200, a shopping spree, and a lead on a job.

Isn’t life ironic? Mr. Moore, a selfless, open-handed homeless man, can teach all of us a lesson in charity.

Honesty is, in fact, the policy that pays the best.” – Winston Churchill

TODAY’S PRAYER
Lord, please help me to live with open hands and heart, that I might be Your hands and Your heart to the world. Amen.

Unhealthy Faith

See to it that no one takes you captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy, which depends on human tradition and the basic principles of this world rather than on Christ. – Colossians 2:8

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I once heard a story about a first-grader who handed his teacher a note on the first day of school. It read, “The opinions expressed by this child are not necessarily those of his parents.” I thought that story was funny, but it also got me thinking about our heavenly Father. Perhaps He sometimes feels like pinning that note to some Christians.

It’s so important that we represent God accurately! And one way to do this is by avoiding what I call beliefs of unhealthy faith. Here are a few examples: “When tragedy strikes, true believers should have real peace about it.” Does that mean if someone really close to you suddenly dies in a tragic accident that I should feel at ease and at peace? That’s crazy!

How about this one: “Material blessings are a sign of spiritual strength.” So men like Hugh Hefner, who created the Playboy em­pire, is a spiritual giant? I don’t think so! And here’s a real classic: “More than anything else, God wants me to be happy.” Help me find that passage in Scripture.

Be careful of these simple little proverbs that people try to pass off on you as Spiritual truths. Read and study God’s word regularly so you can discern statements of an unhealthy faith.

– Steve Arterburn

“We need the gift of discernment again in our pulpits. It is not ability to predict that we need, but the anointed eye, the power of spiritual penetration and interpretation, the ability to appraise the religious scene as viewed from God’s position, and to tell us what is actually going on.” – A.W. Tozer