By: Dave Messenger
We hope you like the new look and feel of our newly updated website. We are now setup for viewing on mobile devices like android phones and iphones, ipads, etc. We will soon be going live with online giving, and will be adding more new content soon including pictures and possibly some videos. If you have any ideas that you would like to have us include on this website please leave your comments here. We will probably not be able to accommodate every suggestion but we will review all suggestions and implement any that we believe would be beneficial for all.
We are excited about the things that God is doing at New Life and would love to have you come and join us for worship on Sunday at 10:00 am. Hope to see you soon!
By: Dave Messenger
Did you ever think that you know God pretty well and that that you have learned a great deal about Him. It seems to me that every time I think that way He usually makes me realize that I really don't know Him all that well and that I know much less about Him than I could.
I believe God desires that we learn to know Him on a more personal level and to know more about Him. In order to know someone better it requires a conversation with them. A conversation is two-way. A conversation not only requires speaking by one party but it requires listening by the other party. Did you ever have a "conversation" with someone and they did all of the talking and you couldn't get a word in edgewise? I believe that is sometimes how we treat God. We do all of the talking and don't give Him a chance to talk back to us. If we would spend more time "conversing" with God rather than to God perhaps we would receive more answers to life's problems, challenges, whatever we are in need of, or are seeking God for answers to. If we do all of the talking and God is only allowed to listen, how is it that we expect Him to answer us? The dictionary defines "converse" as: to talk informally with another or others; exchange views, opinions, etc. by talking. Wow! So if we talk with God informally and exchange our views and opinions with Him and allow him to talk back to us by telling us His views and opinions, wouldn't we have a much greater understanding of God and know him better. Proverbs 2:6 (NLT) says that "For the Lord grants wisdom! From his mouth come knowledge and understanding." In order to gain that wisdom, knowledge and understanding we must first learn to listen to what He is saying to us.
If we are intently listening for God to speak to us I believe He can also speak to us through: His Word, other people, a time of worship, a time of prayer, a time of fasting. Don't you think that if we would only be patient and sit quietly just listening for God to speak to us perhaps we would receive more answers? We shouldn't always come to God by just making our requests only known to Him and doing all of the talking. Sometimes I think we need to develop that intimate conversation and relationship with Him and learn to just listen for the sound of His voice.
Did you ever call out to your pet to come or to do something, whether it be a dog or another animal? Do they not know the sound of their master's voice? They are not only obedient to that voice but they know the sound of their master's voice very well. How much more should we know the sound of our Master's voice, like the scripture says in John 10:27 (NLT) "My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me." When He speaks to us we should listen and hear what it is that He has to say to us.
By: Pastor Bob Lauver
And Azariah went out to meet Asa and said to him, "Listen to me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: the LORD is with you when you are with Him. And if you seek Him, He will let you find Him; but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you. II Chron. 15:2 NASB
What a word for our nation at this time, as we have crowned our president for a second term as the leader of the United States of America. And oh yes, this is also a great word for Churches across our land and even for families. We cannot assume that the Lord is with us just because we are Americans and that we used to fear God in the past. God plainly says here, “The Lord is with you when you are with Him.”
And again He says, “if you will forsake Him, He will forsake you.” Now that is a sobering thought. Do you think that God stands with our nation as we: slaughter millions of innocent babies, as we openly condone the practice of Sodomy, as we forbid the mention of His Name in our schools and colleges, and forbid our children to celebrate the birthday of Jesus Christ, calling it a winter Holiday instead of Christmas.
I believe that many of our leaders no longer value Jesus Christ and have forsaken Him for a more secular, politically correct position. What does God say? He says, “if we forsake Him, He will forsake us.
Listen, it’s time to return to the Lord in our families, in the churches and in or nation. May God be with you as you walk through this year of 2013. We do not know what this year all holds, but we do know who holds us in the palm of His Hands.