Contagious Faith

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men. – Colossians 3:23

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The stronger your faith, the better you can rise above the inevitable stresses of turbulent times. And the more enthused you are about your faith, the better you can share it.

Are you genuinely excited about your faith? And do you make your enthusiasm known to those around you? Or are you a “silent ambassador” for Christ? God’s preference is clear: He intends that you stand before others and proclaim your faith.

Genuine, heartfelt Christianity is contagious. If you enjoy a life-altering relationship with God, that relationship will have an impact on others—perhaps a profound impact.

Does Christ reign over your life? Then share your testimony and your excitement. The world needs both.

– Steve Arterburn

Don’t take hold of a thing unless you want that thing to take hold of you. – E. Stanley Jones

We act as though comfort and luxury were the chief requirements of life, when all we need to make us really happy is something to be enthusiastic about. – Charles Kingsley

When we wholeheartedly commit ourselves to God, there is nothing mediocre or run-of-the-mill about us. To live for Christ is to be passionate about our Lord and about our lives. – Jim Gallery

TODAY’S PRAYER
Dear Lord, let me be an enthusiastic participant in life. And let my enthusiasm bring honor and glory to You. Amen

New Life Live: September 5, 2016

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Topics: Christian Walk, Shame, Forgiveness, Parenting, Anger, Sexual Integrity, In-Laws,
Hosts: Dr. Dave Stoop, Dr. Jill Hubbard and Guest Host Chris Williams

Caller Questions:

  1. I was spiritually abused and chastised for not having enough faith; how do I re-learn the Bible?
  2. Do I pursue a relationship with my 38yo son who wants nothing to do with me?
  3. Why do I have anger toward my divorced sister who is having her boyfriend sleep over?
  4. My husband is enmeshed with his mom, leaving me jealous and confused; is this normal?

Suggested Resources:
Changes That Heal
How We Love Our Kids
How We Love

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Relationship Addiction

We who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged. We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. – Hebrews 6:18b–19

Relationship Addiction

Have you ever thought about being addicted to love? It sounds like a good thing to be addicted to, but clinically speaking, it’s a problem.

Relationship addicts live in a world of paradoxes that leaves them feeling they have no way out. They desperately want to get close to someone, but end up with a person whose problems make closeness impossible. They seek security, but end up with someone who always leaves the back door open for a quick get-away.

Relationship addicts crave unconditional love, but live in constant fear of abandonment if they don’t live up to their own impossible standards. They want to be free to love, but often trap themselves in a relationship by becoming pregnant or by weaving some other type of emotional spider web. Drowning in the whirlpool of their own emotions, they turn to a rescuer who cannot swim.

When all is said and done, for healing to occur, if you’re a relationship addict, you’ll need to come to the end of your own strength and seek God’s help to resolve the hurts of the past and move toward a genuine focus on others. Without this, relationship addicts are doomed to a cycle of misery and futility. Remember, you can never fix what only God can fix.

Steve Arterburn

God is more interested in your future and your relationships than you are. – Billy Graham

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New Life Live: August 11, 2016

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Topics: Self Worth, Sexual Integrity, Smoking, Grief, Dating, Mother Issues
Hosts: Dr. Jill Hubbard and Guest Host Chris Williams with Larry Sonnenburg

Caller Questions:

  1. How do I learn to not take things so personally and stop responding negatively?
  2. My husband is looking at porn and I doubt his faithfulness; what should I do?
  3. Is it true a believer who smokes is not a believer? How do I quit?
  4. My husband and 20yo son were both murdered in the last 4yrs; how do I start over and date again?
  5. How can I have a relationship with my mother who behaves like a child and makes poor decisions?

Suggested Resources:
Healing Is a Choice
Rescued
How To Get a Date Worth Keeping

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New Life Live: July 29, 2016

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From the Archives of New Life Live, This Show Originally Aired July 23, 2004

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Topics: Parenting, Boundaries, Self Worth, Grief, Forgiveness, Affairs, Separation
Hosts: Steve Arterburn, Dr. Henry Cloud

Caller Questions:

  1. Now that my 18yo son has graduated from high school, what new boundaries should I set?
  2. My husband is in recovery and stepping up as a leader at home and I feel like I have lost my purpose.
  3. How do I let go of ever having a relationship with my father?
  4. My husband’s values are drifting and affecting our kids; how do I get him to go to church?
  5. How much longer do I put up with my depressed husband disappearing and visiting his old affair?

Suggested Resources:
You Can Do This   (current option for God Will Make a Way)
Forgiving the Unforgivable
Boundaries in Marriage

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New Life Live: June 8, 2016

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Topics: Marriage, Physical Abuse, Pornography, Sexual Integrity, Parenting, Adult Children, Grandparenting
Hosts: Steve Arterburn, Dr. Dave Stoop, Dr. Jill Hubbard

Caller Questions:

  1. Why is New Life so hard on the men? Are women not accountable?
  2. I have a restraining order on my abusive husband; what help is there for him?
  3. How can I break free from my addiction to pornography?
  4. I told my daughter-in-law not to yell so much at the kids; how do I repair our relationship?

Suggested Resources:
Just Us
Secrets Women Keep
Every Man’s Battle
Healing Is a Choice
How We Love
Emotionally Destructive Relationship

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New Life Live: May 6, 2016

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From the Archives of New Life Live, This Show Originally Aired October 26, 2004

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Topics: Pornography, In-laws, Parenting, Anxiety, Reconciliation, Alcohol, Transgender
Hosts: Steve Arterburn, Dr. John Townsend, Dr. Henry Cloud

Caller Questions:

  1. I was exposed to porn since 11yo; how do I eliminate the problem completely?
  2. Do I have a healthy relationship with my ex-husband’s siblings?
  3. Why did my 5yo daughter have a melt-down at Chuckie Cheese and have trouble catching her breath?
  4. I became a newborn Christian; how do I fix the relationship with my alcoholic father?
  5. I had gender reassignment; am I male or female in the eyes of the church?

Suggested Resources:
Lose It for Life
How To Have That Difficult Conversation  (newer version of Boundaries Face to Face)
NIV Spiritual Renewal Study Bible
Changes That Heal

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New Life Live: April 15, 2016

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From the Archives of New Life Live, This Show Originally Aired April 27, 2004

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Topics: Conflicts, Dating, Masturbation, Bipolar
Hosts: Steve Arterburn, Dr. John Townsend, Dr. Henry Cloud

Caller Questions:

  1. What else can I do to resolve conflict in my marriage?
  2. After three kids out of wedlock, how do I have good relationships with men?
  3. I am having a hard time trying to stop masturbating.
  4. As a bipolar person, should I continue an internet dating relationship with an abusive man?

Suggested Resources:
Changes That Heal  (option for How People Grow)
You Can Do This  (option for God Will Make a Way)
Every Woman’s Battle
How To Get a Date Worth Keeping
FREE TIP SHEET: Ten Eating and Exercise Changes that Really Make a Difference  (call 800-639-5433 to get your copy)

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Parenthood

Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord. – Ephesians 6:4

Parenthood

When parents don’t spend meaningful time with their kids, a credibility gap develops. In fact, one of the most common errors parents make is expecting respect without relationship.  Children might live with this contradiction for years; but if you’re cultivat­ing hurried, superficial relationships with your kids now, the odds are extremely high that, in time, they won’t respect your opinions, invite your wisdom, or respond to your warnings when they need to most.  Inevitably, as author Josh McDowell poignantly observed, “Rules without relationship leads to rebellion.

The rich experience of parenthood resists short, tidy definitions.  But never forget —despite whatever else parenthood may be—it’s a battleground for the well-being of your kids.  Therefore, it’s im­perative that you learn to fight effectively for your children, and it all starts with relationship—just like it does for us with God.

– Steve Arterburn

To be in your children’s memories tomorrow, you have to be in their lives today. – Barbara Johnson

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing. – Albert Schweitzer

Leave your pride, ego, and narcissism somewhere else. Reactions from those parts of you will reinforce your children’s most primitive fears. – Henry Cloud

In the midst of the affliction He counsels, strengthens confirms, nourishes, and favors us…. More over, when we have repented, He instantly remits the sins as well as the punishments. In the same manner parents ought to handle their children. – Martin Luther

What is an Emotionally Destructive Marriage?

People make mistakes and cause hurt in every relationship. But you can see if a marriage is healthy by how partners react when something goes wrong. Learn more about how to grow healthier connections on New Life TV.  Click here to watch this video by Leslie Vernick.

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Get Leslie’s books, The Emotionally Destructive Marriage or The Emotionally Destructive Relationship in our store.

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