MEMO FROM GOD:Effective immediately, please be aware that there are changes you need to make in your life. These changes need to be completed in order that I may fulfill my promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life.1.  QUIT WORRYING Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way? 2. PUT IT ON THE LIST Something needs done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do list. Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can’t help you until you turn it over to me. And although my to-do list is long, I am after all, God. I can take care of anything you put into my hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot of things that you never even realize.3.  TRUST ME Once you’ve given your burdens to me, quit trying to take them back. Trust in me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs, your problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on my list. Problem with finances? Put it on my list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster? For my sake, put it on my list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask.4.  LEAVE IT ALONE Don’t wake up one morning and say, “Well, I’m feeling much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here.” Why do you think you are feeling stronger now? It’s simple. You gave me your burdens and I’m taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don’t you know that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you started? Leave them with me and forget about them. Just let me do my job.5.  TALK TO ME I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I’m in control. But there’s one thing I pray you never forget. Please don’t forget to talk to me OFTEN! I love you. I want to hear your voice. I want you to include me in on the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with me. I want to be your dearest friend.6.  HAVE FAITH I see a lot of things from up here that you can’t see from where you are. Have faith in me that I know what I’m doing. Trust me, you wouldn’t want the view from my eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and meet your needs. You only have to trust me. Although I have a much bigger task than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your simple part. How hard can trust be?7.  SHARE You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven’t heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those who have none.8.  BE PATIENT I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes me a little longer than you expect to handle something on my to-do-list? Trust in my timing, for my timing is perfect. Just because I created the entire universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should always rush, rush, rush.9.  BE KIND Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for my sake.  I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. Please know I love each of your differences.10.  LOVE YOURSELF As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me for one reason only - to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of Love. Love me. Love your neighbors. But also love yourself. It makes my heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to me. Don’t ever forget that! With all my heart I love you, 
GOD
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org      July 30, 2014

    MEMO FROM GOD:

    Effective immediately, please be aware that there are changes you need to make in your life. These changes need to be completed in order that I may fulfill my promises to you to grant you peace, joy and happiness in this life.


    1.  QUIT WORRYING 
    Life has dealt you a blow and all you do is sit and worry. Have you forgotten that I am here to take all your burdens and carry them for you? Or do you just enjoy fretting over every little thing that comes your way?


    2. PUT IT ON THE LIST 
    Something needs done or taken care of. Put it on the list. No, not YOUR list. Put it on MY to-do list. Let ME be the one to take care of the problem. I can’t help you until you turn it over to me. And although my to-do list is long, I am after all, God. I can take care of anything you put into my hands. In fact, if the truth were ever really known, I take care of a lot of things that you never even realize.


    3.  TRUST ME 
    Once you’ve given your burdens to me, quit trying to take them back. Trust in me. Have the faith that I will take care of all your needs, your problems and your trials. Problems with the kids? Put them on my list. Problem with finances? Put it on my list. Problems with your emotional roller coaster? For my sake, put it on my list. I want to help you. All you have to do is ask.


    4.  LEAVE IT ALONE 
    Don’t wake up one morning and say, “Well, I’m feeling much stronger now, I think I can handle it from here.” Why do you think you are feeling stronger now? It’s simple. You gave me your burdens and I’m taking care of them. I also renew your strength and cover you in my peace. Don’t you know that if I give you these problems back, you will be right back where you started? Leave them with me and forget about them. Just let me do my job.


    5.  TALK TO ME 
    I want you to forget a lot of things. Forget what was making you crazy. Forget the worry and the fretting because you know I’m in control. But there’s one thing I pray you never forget. Please don’t forget to talk to me OFTEN! I love you. I want to hear your voice. I want you to include me in on the things going on in your life. I want to hear you talk about your friends and family. Prayer is simply you having a conversation with me. I want to be your dearest friend.


    6.  HAVE FAITH 
    I see a lot of things from up here that you can’t see from where you are. Have faith in me that I know what I’m doing. Trust me, you wouldn’t want the view from my eyes. I will continue to care for you, watch over you, and meet your needs. You only have to trust me. Although I have a much bigger task than you, it seems as if you have so much trouble just doing your simple part. How hard can trust be?


    7.  SHARE 
    You were taught to share when you were only two years old. When did you forget? That rule still applies. Share with those who are less fortunate than you. Share your joy with those who need encouragement. Share your laughter with those who haven’t heard any in such a long time. Share your tears with those who have forgotten how to cry. Share your faith with those who have none.


    8.  BE PATIENT 
    I managed to fix it so in just one lifetime you could have so many diverse experiences. You grow from a child to an adult, have children, change jobs many times, learn many trades, travel to so many places, meet thousands of people, and experience so much. How can you be so impatient then when it takes me a little longer than you expect to handle something on my to-do-list? Trust in my timing, for my timing is perfect. Just because I created the entire universe in only six days, everyone thinks I should always rush, rush, rush.


    9.  BE KIND 
    Be kind to others, for I love them just as much as I love you. They may not dress like you, or talk like you, or live the same way you do, but I still love you all. Please try to get along, for my sake.  I created each of you different in some way. It would be too boring if you were all identical. Please know I love each of your differences.


    10.  LOVE YOURSELF 
    As much as I love you, how can you not love yourself? You were created by me for one reason only - to be loved, and to love in return. I am a God of Love. Love me. Love your neighbors. But also love yourself. It makes my heart ache when I see you so angry with yourself when things go wrong. You are very precious to me. Don’t ever forget that!

    With all my heart I love you, 

    GOD

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org      July 30, 2014

    • 1 day ago
    Hold Fast What Is Good1 THESSALONIANS 5:21 KJV 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Sometimes things that should be obvious to us are not. Like, if what you are doing is not working out, it would be wise to consider a change. Too many people are not receiving the blessings God’s Word promises, things the Bible says God desires us to have. But instead of considering changing things in their life, too often people fall into the temptation of blaming God and thinking He is holding out on them. But that is never true! There is never any fault or problem with God.PSALM 84:11 KJV 11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.If you are acting on the Word and planting good seeds, don’t let the devil discourage you and cause you to give up too soon. But if the course of your life is going the wrong direction, and it is not getting better over time, then it would be wise to consider your ways — and make changes. This is not something that should be done too hastily. Often the only thing we are doing wrong that keeps God’s provision from manifesting in our life is giving up on our faith too soon. Jesus told us the kingdom of God works like a seed (Matthew 13:31, Mark 4:26). A seed takes time to grow. Just because full-grown blessing is not yet evident in your life is no sign it is not growing. If you do need to change, what are the changes you will need to make? Always it will be following the directions God gave us in His Word. If you think you are following the directions in God’s Word, and they are not producing freedom, peace, and wholeness in your life (over time), then it is very possible you are somewhat inaccurate in your interpretation and understanding of the Word. Because acting accurately on God’s Word will make you free.JOHN 8:31-32 NKJ 31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. 32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” Don’t be discouraged or disheartened. Just abide in God’s Word and always look to Him and He will give you wisdom to know what to do.
As for me: I hold fast to what is good, and God helps me when corrections are necessary.
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org       July 29, 2014

    Hold Fast What Is Good

    1 THESSALONIANS 5:21 KJV 21 Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.

    Sometimes things that should be obvious to us are not. Like, if what you are doing is not working out, it would be wise to consider a change.

    Too many people are not receiving the blessings God’s Word promises, things the Bible says God desires us to have. But instead of considering changing things in their life, too often people fall into the temptation of blaming God and thinking He is holding out on them.

    But that is never true! There is never any fault or problem with God.

    PSALM 84:11 KJV
    11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

    If you are acting on the Word and planting good seeds, don’t let the devil discourage you and cause you to give up too soon. But if the course of your life is going the wrong direction, and it is not getting better over time, then it would be wise to consider your ways — and make changes.

    This is not something that should be done too hastily. Often the only thing we are doing wrong that keeps God’s provision from manifesting in our life is giving up on our faith too soon.

    Jesus told us the kingdom of God works like a seed (Matthew 13:31, Mark 4:26). A seed takes time to grow. Just because full-grown blessing is not yet evident in your life is no sign it is not growing.

    If you do need to change, what are the changes you will need to make? Always it will be following the directions God gave us in His Word.

    If you think you are following the directions in God’s Word, and they are not producing freedom, peace, and wholeness in your life (over time), then it is very possible you are somewhat inaccurate in your interpretation and understanding of the Word. Because acting accurately on God’s Word will make you
    free.

    JOHN 8:31-32 NKJ
    31 Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed.
    32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”

    Don’t be discouraged or disheartened. Just abide in God’s Word and always look to Him and He will give you wisdom to know what to do.

    As for me: I hold fast to what is good, and God helps me when corrections are necessary.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org       July 29, 2014

    • 2 days ago
    All Point’s Bulletin Thousands of cars are stolen every year in California, but in 1981, there was one car theft that made all the local papers and was the lead story on the evening news. The police had issued an all-points bulletin to find the missing car and to make contact with the person who stole it. Why was this car theft getting so much attention? The owner of the stolen car had informed the police that on the front seat of the car was a box of crackers laced with a deadly poison. The car owner had planned to use the crackers as rat bait. So the police were desperately trying to find the thief not to punish him, but to save his life. They were afraid he would eat one of the crackers and die. In the same way, our Heavenly Father pursues us - not because he wants to punish us but because he wants to save us. You may be running away from God because - like the car thief - you are a sinner. You have broken God’s law. But what you may not realize is that God is trying to rescue you, not condemn you. The penalty for your sin has been paid by Jesus Christ on the cross, and God wants to give you your freedom. So stop running and turn yourself in. Your life is at stake!"For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)
 
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org       July 28, 2014

    All Point’s Bulletin

    Thousands of cars are stolen every year in California, but in 1981, there was one car theft that made all the local papers and was the lead story on the evening news. The police had issued an all-points bulletin to find the missing car and to make contact with the person who stole it.

    Why was this car theft getting so much attention? The owner of the stolen car had informed the police that on the front seat of the car was a box of crackers laced with a deadly poison. The car owner had planned to use the crackers as rat bait. So the police were desperately trying to find the thief not to punish him, but to save his life. They were afraid he would eat one of the crackers and die.

    In the same way, our Heavenly Father pursues us - not because he wants to punish us but because he wants to save us. You may be running away from God because - like the car thief - you are a sinner. You have broken God’s law.

    But what you may not realize is that God is trying to rescue you, not condemn you. The penalty for your sin has been paid by Jesus Christ on the cross, and God wants to give you your freedom. So stop running and turn yourself in. Your life is at stake!

    "For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord." (Romans 6:23)

     

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org       July 28, 2014

    • 3 days ago
    He Has The Words
 Lord, a family from our church buried their son last week. I want to comfort them. I want to tell them I care. I want to help them get through this time of suffering and pain. I want to, but I don’t have the words.
 Lord, a member of our congregation has been called up for active duty. He has shipped out to another land to represent our nation in a possible war. I want to ask for protection. I want to say something to his family that will reassure them that he will be safe. I want to, but I don’t know what to say.
 Lord, I just found out that another couple from our church has decided to give up on their marriage. They have filed for a divorce.  I am shocked. I am stunned.  They both are hurting and I want to help them. I want to say something that will fix their marriage. I want to say something to make the hurt go away. I want to, but I don’t know what to say.
 Lord, I know a guy who has been struggling to stay sober, but he told me last week that he blew it again. He’s angry. He’s disappointed. He’s afraid he is headed for trouble, again. I want to fix his problem. I want to tell him he’ll be okay. I want to say something that will give him strength make it one more day. I want to, but I don’t know what to say.
 Lord, I met a lady who has just found out that her husband has been having an affair, and that he wants out of their marriage. She is devastated. She is broken. He is indifferent and doesn’t want to talk. I want to comfort her. I want to promise her that all will be well in a little while. I want to, but I can’t.
 Lord, there are a lot of people who are hurting. There are families in pain and misery. I want to say something to make it all better. I want to, but I can’t. I don’t know what to say. So I sit here praying for the families of the astronauts, these parents who lost their son, the family of the soldier and the soldier, the couple getting a divorce, the man with the addiction, the lady with the broken heart. But even as I pray I don’t know the words to say. My soul is aching. My heart is hurting. I don’t have the words.
 "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God." (Romans 8:26-27)
 
He has the words…
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org       July 27, 2014

    He Has The Words

     Lord, a family from our church buried their son last week. I want to comfort them. I want to tell them I care. I want to help them get through this time of suffering and pain. I want to, but I don’t have the words.

     Lord, a member of our congregation has been called up for active duty. He has shipped out to another land to represent our nation in a possible war. I want to ask for protection. I want to say something to his family that will reassure them that he will be safe. I want to, but I don’t know what to say.

     Lord, I just found out that another couple from our church has decided to give up on their marriage. They have filed for a divorce.  I am shocked. I am stunned.  They both are hurting and I want to help them. I want to say something that will fix their marriage. I want to say something to make the hurt go away. I want to, but I don’t know what to say.

     Lord, I know a guy who has been struggling to stay sober, but he told me last week that he blew it again. He’s angry. He’s disappointed. He’s afraid he is headed for trouble, again. I want to fix his problem. I want to tell him he’ll be okay. I want to say something that will give him strength make it one more day. I want to, but I don’t know what to say.

     Lord, I met a lady who has just found out that her husband has been having an affair, and that he wants out of their marriage. She is devastated. She is broken. He is indifferent and doesn’t want to talk. I want to comfort her. I want to promise her that all will be well in a little while. I want to, but I can’t.

     Lord, there are a lot of people who are hurting. There are families in pain and misery. I want to say something to make it all better. I want to, but I can’t. I don’t know what to say. So I sit here praying for the families of the astronauts, these parents who lost their son, the family of the soldier and the soldier, the couple getting a divorce, the man with the addiction, the lady with the broken heart. But even as I pray I don’t know the words to say. My soul is aching. My heart is hurting. I don’t have the words.

     "In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings that words cannot express. And he who searches our hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God." (Romans 8:26-27)

     

    He has the words…

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org       July 27, 2014

    • 4 days ago
     Sin’s DeceptionHEBREWS 3:13 NLT 13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and hardened against God. Sin advertises that it will bring happiness, but fails to deliver. Deception’s story is that going God’s way is too restrictive — too hard — and won’t lead to happiness. So sin tells you to throw off restraint and live for the moment — do whatever feels right to you with no thought for the future. The only problem is that it does not work! Sin’s promises are empty. All sin hurts people. So all sin will (eventually) make someone miserable. Can you make yourself happy by making others miserable? No! It may seem to work for awhile, but in the end it fails. Don’t be deceived! You cannot make yourself happy by hurting people. Instead of happiness, sin actually pays out in death.ROMANS 6:23 NLT 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord. Whatever pleasure sin may bring is something very temporary which lasts for only a short while. Then it brings death!HEBREWS 11:25 NLT 25 He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. Fortunately, there is good news! Jesus came to save us from sin.MATTHEW 1:21 NKJ 21 “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” The good news is that no matter how deeply sin has trapped you, Jesus will forgive you and free you! Jesus is not your enemy — sin is your enemy. Sin only promises you happiness, then brings destruction, misery, and pain. Jesus is your friend who came to set you free from sin. Jesus frees us not only from the punishment of sin, but also from the power and control of sin. When you receive Him, Jesus puts His life and love in your heart, so you don’t have to sin. People sin because they are afraid of missing out on something good. All sin is based on fear, which results from not truly knowing God loves us. But God does love you! Enough to die for you! So you can be certain that He does not want to withhold any good thing from you.MATTHEW 7:14 NLT 14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it. Many people read this verse in Matthew and think of few people making it to Heaven, but that is not what Jesus said. Life, in full victory, as God intended, is enjoyed by very few people during our time on earth. The reason is because they allow themselves to be deceived by sin. The road of joyful, wonderful life is difficult. It can be a struggle to keep from being deceived. But Jesus will help you! He is the Way! So call on Jesus and trust Him to help you! As for me: I refuse to let sin deceive me!
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org           July 24, 2014

     Sin’s Deception

    HEBREWS 3:13 NLT
    13 You must warn each other every day, while it is still
    “today,” so that none of you will be deceived by sin and
    hardened against God.

    Sin advertises that it will bring happiness, but fails to
    deliver.

    Deception’s story is that going God’s way is too restrictive —
    too hard — and won’t lead to happiness. So sin tells you to
    throw off restraint and live for the moment — do whatever
    feels right to you with no thought for the future.

    The only problem is that it does not work! Sin’s promises are
    empty.

    All sin hurts people. So all sin will (eventually) make someone
    miserable.

    Can you make yourself happy by making others miserable? No! It
    may seem to work for awhile, but in the end it fails.

    Don’t be deceived! You cannot make yourself happy by hurting
    people.

    Instead of happiness, sin actually pays out in death.

    ROMANS 6:23 NLT
    23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is
    eternal life through Christ Jesus our Lord.

    Whatever pleasure sin may bring is something very temporary
    which lasts for only a short while. Then it brings death!

    HEBREWS 11:25 NLT
    25 He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of
    enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.

    Fortunately, there is good news! Jesus came to save us from sin.

    MATTHEW 1:21 NKJ
    21 “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name
    JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”

    The good news is that no matter how deeply sin has trapped you,
    Jesus will forgive you and free you!

    Jesus is not your enemy — sin is your enemy. Sin only promises
    you happiness, then brings destruction, misery, and pain. Jesus
    is your friend who came to set you free from sin.

    Jesus frees us not only from the punishment of sin, but also
    from the power and control of sin.

    When you receive Him, Jesus puts His life and love in your
    heart, so you don’t have to sin.

    People sin because they are afraid of missing out on something
    good. All sin is based on fear, which results from not truly
    knowing God loves us.

    But God does love you! Enough to die for you! So you can be
    certain that He does not want to withhold any good thing from
    you.

    MATTHEW 7:14 NLT
    14 But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is
    difficult, and only a few ever find it.

    Many people read this verse in Matthew and think of few people
    making it to Heaven, but that is not what Jesus said. Life, in
    full victory, as God intended, is enjoyed by very few people
    during our time on earth. The reason is because they allow
    themselves to be deceived by sin.

    The road of joyful, wonderful life is difficult. It can be a
    struggle to keep from being deceived. But Jesus will help you!
    He is the Way! So call on Jesus and trust Him to help you!

    As for me: I refuse to let sin deceive me!

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org           July 24, 2014

    • 1 week ago
    Anger
As we come to terms with loss and change, we may blame ourselves, our Higher Power, or others.  The person may be connected to the loss, or he or she may be an innocent bystander.  We may hear ourselves say: “If only he would have done that…If I wouldn’t have done that…Why didn’t God do it differently?
We know that blame doesn’t help.  In recovery, the watchwords are self-responsibility and personal self-responsibility are the only concepts that can move us forward, but to get there we may need to allow ourselves to feel angry and to occasionally indulge in some blaming.
It is helpful, in dealing with others, to remember that they, too, may need to go through their angry stage to achieve acceptance.  To not allow others, or ourselves, to go through anger and blame may slow down the grief process.
Trust ourselves and the grief process.  We won’t stay angry forever.  But we may need to get mad for a while as we search over what could have been, to finally accept what is.
God, help me accept my own and others’ anger as part of achieving acceptance and peace.  Within that framework, help me strive for personal accountability.
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org       July 23, 2014

    Anger

    As we come to terms with loss and change, we may blame ourselves, our Higher Power, or others.  The person may be connected to the loss, or he or she may be an innocent bystander.  We may hear ourselves say: “If only he would have done that…If I wouldn’t have done that…Why didn’t God do it differently?

    We know that blame doesn’t help.  In recovery, the watchwords are self-responsibility and personal self-responsibility are the only concepts that can move us forward, but to get there we may need to allow ourselves to feel angry and to occasionally indulge in some blaming.

    It is helpful, in dealing with others, to remember that they, too, may need to go through their angry stage to achieve acceptance.  To not allow others, or ourselves, to go through anger and blame may slow down the grief process.

    Trust ourselves and the grief process.  We won’t stay angry forever.  But we may need to get mad for a while as we search over what could have been, to finally accept what is.

    God, help me accept my own and others’ anger as part of achieving acceptance and peace.  Within that framework, help me strive for personal accountability.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org       July 23, 2014

    • 1 week ago
    Present in tragedy
Read; Job 19:7-27
As I understand it, to say that God is mightily present in tragedy does not mean that he makes events happen to us which move us in certain directions like chessmen.  Instead, events happen under their own steam as random as rain, which means that god is present in them not as their cause but as the one who even in the hardest and most hair-raising of them offers us the possibility of that new life and healing which IF believe is what salvation is.
For instance I cannot believe that a God of love and mercy in any sense willed my father’s death; I can speak with some assurance only of how God was present in that dark time for me in the sense that I was not destroyed by it but came out of it with scars that I bear to this day, to be sure, but also somehow the wiser and the stronger for it.  Who knows how I might have turned out if my father had lived,  but through the loss of him all those long years ago I think that I learned something about how even tragedy can be a means of grace that I might never have come to any other way. 
God, help me to see the difference between your causing something bad to happen and your being present and available to help me work through it.
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org       July 22, 2014

    Present in tragedy

    Read; Job 19:7-27

    As I understand it, to say that God is mightily present in tragedy does not mean that he makes events happen to us which move us in certain directions like chessmen.  Instead, events happen under their own steam as random as rain, which means that god is present in them not as their cause but as the one who even in the hardest and most hair-raising of them offers us the possibility of that new life and healing which IF believe is what salvation is.

    For instance I cannot believe that a God of love and mercy in any sense willed my father’s death; I can speak with some assurance only of how God was present in that dark time for me in the sense that I was not destroyed by it but came out of it with scars that I bear to this day, to be sure, but also somehow the wiser and the stronger for it.  Who knows how I might have turned out if my father had lived,  but through the loss of him all those long years ago I think that I learned something about how even tragedy can be a means of grace that I might never have come to any other way.

    God, help me to see the difference between your causing something bad to happen and your being present and available to help me work through it.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org       July 22, 2014

    • 1 week ago
    It’s okay to ask
Matthew 17:20-21New International Version (NIV)
20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” 
Bring any request you have to God.  No request is too large; none too small or insignificant.  How often we limit God by not bringing to hem everything we want and need.
Do we need help getting our balance?  Getting through the day?
Do we need help in a particular relationship?  With a particular character defect?  Attaining a character asset?
Do we need help making progress on a particular task that is challenging us?  Do we need help with a feeling?  Do we want to change a self-defeating belief that has been challenging us?  Do we need information, an insight?  Support?   A friend?
Is there something in God’s universe that would really bring us joy?  
We can ask for it.  We can ask God for whatever we want. Put the request in God’s hands, trusting it has been heard, then let it go.  Leave the decision to God.  Trust that the one to whom we have turned over our lives and wills really does care about us.
As for me:  God, thank you that you want to know my wants and needs.  I will humbly bring them before you today—asking, not demanding—and leaving the results in your hands.
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org      July 21, 2014

    It’s okay to ask

    Matthew 17:20-21New International Version (NIV)

    20 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” 

    Bring any request you have to God.  No request is too large; none too small or insignificant.  How often we limit God by not bringing to hem everything we want and need.

    Do we need help getting our balance?  Getting through the day?

    Do we need help in a particular relationship?  With a particular character defect?  Attaining a character asset?

    Do we need help making progress on a particular task that is challenging us?  Do we need help with a feeling?  Do we want to change a self-defeating belief that has been challenging us?  Do we need information, an insight?  Support?   A friend?

    Is there something in God’s universe that would really bring us joy? 

    We can ask for it.  We can ask God for whatever we want. Put the request in God’s hands, trusting it has been heard, then let it go.  Leave the decision to God.  Trust that the one to whom we have turned over our lives and wills really does care about us.

    As for me:  God, thank you that you want to know my wants and needs.  I will humbly bring them before you today—asking, not demanding—and leaving the results in your hands.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org      July 21, 2014

    • 1 week ago
    Live Long And StrongDEUTERONOMY 34:7 NIV 7 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.Old age should not be a time to dread. We can look to God and receive strength, health, and provision for a full and enjoyable life. God’s plan for you is NOT an old age full of sickness, poverty, and loneliness. Moses and Caleb are examples for us.JOSHUA 14:10-11 NKJ 10 “And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said, these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I am this day, eighty-five years old. 11 “As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength for war, both for going out and for coming in. GALATIANS 3:13-14 NKJ 13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3 tells us we are to receive the blessing of Abraham — through faith — because of what Jesus has done. Now, read the following verses about Abraham.GENESIS 13:2 NKJ 2 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold. GENESIS 25:8 NASB 8 And Abraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old age, an old man and satisfied with life; and he was gathered to his people. Because Jesus has redeemed us from the curse, we also should believe God for a long, enjoyable, and productive life. And we should resist the devil who would try to steal it away from us. We have the promise of God that He will satisfy us with life. (If you are not satisfied with your life, make some changes. God intends for you to be satisfied.)PSALM 91:16 NKJ 16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My salvation.” PSALM 103:5 NKJ 5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s. God made our bodies to repair and renew themselves. As we walk and talk in faith, looking to the promises of God, the life of God will renew our bodies. (We should also allow God to guide us in the things we take into our bodies — only putting good things into our mouths.)PSALM 92:14 NKJ 14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing, ISAIAH 46:4 NIV 4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. God is faithful. He will always be our wonderful Father, our great Provider, Helper, and Healer — no matter how old we are, or what we face. As for me: Jesus redeemed me from the curse, so I will live a long, enjoyable life to the glory of God.
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org       July 20, 2014

    Live Long And Strong

    DEUTERONOMY 34:7 NIV
    7 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet
    his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone.

    Old age should not be a time to dread. We can look to God and
    receive strength, health, and provision for a full and
    enjoyable life.

    God’s plan for you is NOT an old age full of sickness, poverty,
    and loneliness.

    Moses and Caleb are examples for us.

    JOSHUA 14:10-11 NKJ
    10 “And now, behold, the Lord has kept me alive, as He said,
    these forty-five years, ever since the Lord spoke this word to
    Moses while Israel wandered in the wilderness; and now, here I
    am this day, eighty-five years old.
    11 “As yet I am as strong this day as on the day that Moses
    sent me; just as my strength was then, so now is my strength
    for war, both for going out and for coming in.

    GALATIANS 3:13-14 NKJ
    13 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having
    become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone
    who hangs on a tree”),
    14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in
    Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit
    through faith.

    Galatians 3 tells us we are to receive the blessing of Abraham
    — through faith — because of what Jesus has done. Now, read
    the following verses about Abraham.

    GENESIS 13:2 NKJ
    2 Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.

    GENESIS 25:8 NASB
    8 And Abraham breathed his last and died in a ripe old age, an
    old man and satisfied with life; and he was gathered to his
    people.

    Because Jesus has redeemed us from the curse, we also should
    believe God for a long, enjoyable, and productive life. And we
    should resist the devil who would try to steal it away from us.

    We have the promise of God that He will satisfy us with life.
    (If you are not satisfied with your life, make some changes.
    God intends for you to be satisfied.)

    PSALM 91:16 NKJ
    16 With long life I will satisfy him, And show him My
    salvation.”

    PSALM 103:5 NKJ
    5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth
    is renewed like the eagle’s.

    God made our bodies to repair and renew themselves. As we walk
    and talk in faith, looking to the promises of God, the life of
    God will renew our bodies. (We should also allow God to guide
    us in the things we take into our bodies — only putting good
    things into our mouths.)

    PSALM 92:14 NKJ
    14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh
    and flourishing,

    ISAIAH 46:4 NIV
    4 Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will
    sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will
    sustain you and I will rescue you.

    God is faithful. He will always be our wonderful Father, our
    great Provider, Helper, and Healer — no matter how old we are,
    or what we face.

    As for me: Jesus redeemed me from the curse, so I will live a
    long, enjoyable life to the glory of God.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org       July 20, 2014

    • 1 week ago
    One Thing I KnowJOHN 9:25 NKJ 25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I see.” Others may say all kinds of things about Jesus Christ. But I know the change Jesus Christ has made in me. I know the change Jesus Christ has made in the lives of millions of others now living on earth. I know the miracles and healings I have seen that were done in the Name of Jesus Christ. I know Jesus is alive and that His Word is true, because of what has happened in my life. Skeptics may loudly proclaim their theories. But they are too late to convince me. Those who think they are scholars may tell me God has changed and does not do miraculous things in our day, but they are too late to convince me. I have tasted and seen for myself that the Lord is good. I encourage you to do the same. As for me: I know God is real and Jesus Christ is alive.
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org      July 19, 2014

    One Thing I Know

    JOHN 9:25 NKJ
    25 He answered and said, “Whether He is a sinner or not I do
    not know. One thing I know: that though I was blind, now I
    see.”

    Others may say all kinds of things about Jesus Christ.

    But I know the change Jesus Christ has made in me.

    I know the change Jesus Christ has made in the lives of
    millions of others now living on earth.

    I know the miracles and healings I have seen that were done in
    the Name of Jesus Christ.

    I know Jesus is alive and that His Word is true, because of
    what has happened in my life.

    Skeptics may loudly proclaim their theories. But they are too
    late to convince me.

    Those who think they are scholars may tell me God has changed
    and does not do miraculous things in our day, but they are too
    late to convince me.

    I have tasted and seen for myself that the Lord is good. I
    encourage you to do the same.

    As for me: I know God is real and Jesus Christ is alive.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org      July 19, 2014

    • 1 week ago