The Elephant and the Stake
I read something interesting this week about which I had never really thought. Most of us have either been to the circus or seen pictures of them on the television. Have you ever seen or noticed the huge elephants they have there and how they keep them from wandering off? They generally have a chain from their leg to a small stake in the ground. Have you ever wondered why they don’t just walk off taking the stake with them?
 
Well, they are trained not to do that! How you might ask? I understand it goes something like this: When they are just babies they are chained or tied to huge stakes driven deep into the ground. There is not any chance the baby elephant can pull out the stake. For weeks the baby elephant tries to pull the stake and escape and eventually learns the lesson that you can’t pull out the stake. They just stay where they put you and learn to live within the boundaries which their keepers have placed upon them. Each of us can look at that massive mammal and see that they can escape anytime they wish -  just walk away, but they don’t know the strength contained within them.
 
I wonder how many of us have been have been chained to a stake by people and circumstances in our lives? God created each of us with the potential to be just about anything we want to be and far too often we don’t know the  strength contained within us.
 
Now don’t confuse commitments and personal obligations with “a stake that holds us”. Those are things we choose willingly to do in or with our lives. They don’t keep us from our potential; they help us see more clearly our goals or dreams.
 
What is your stake? Someone giving you a hard time about what you can or can’t do well? Someone criticizing you or your work? Some real mistake you made in your past that you are having trouble dealing with now? Self doubt? Self pity? Perhaps something no one knows about but you? The Apostle Paul gives us some words of encouragement for living in and dealing with our personal “stake”. In Philippians 3:13-14. Paul wrote, "No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven"
 
So how about it… Are you going to continue to be tied to a stake in your life or are you going to break free and live to the potential God has given you? Of course, the greatest potential is that of being a genuine child of God! What’s holding you back? I can assure you it’s nothing that you and God can’t pull from the ground and set you free.
 
May God give you the strength of Samson in fighting your spiritual battles and finding your potential today!   "I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:13)

Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@Newhopecambridge.org    April 18, 2014

    The Elephant and the Stake

    I read something interesting this week about which I had never really thought. Most of us have either been to the circus or seen pictures of them on the television. Have you ever seen or noticed the huge elephants they have there and how they keep them from wandering off? They generally have a chain from their leg to a small stake in the ground. Have you ever wondered why they don’t just walk off taking the stake with them?

     

    Well, they are trained not to do that! How you might ask? I understand it goes something like this: When they are just babies they are chained or tied to huge stakes driven deep into the ground. There is not any chance the baby elephant can pull out the stake. For weeks the baby elephant tries to pull the stake and escape and eventually learns the lesson that you can’t pull out the stake. They just stay where they put you and learn to live within the boundaries which their keepers have placed upon them. Each of us can look at that massive mammal and see that they can escape anytime they wish -  just walk away, but they don’t know the strength contained within them.

     

    I wonder how many of us have been have been chained to a stake by people and circumstances in our lives? God created each of us with the potential to be just about anything we want to be and far too often we don’t know the 
    strength contained within us.

     

    Now don’t confuse commitments and personal obligations with “a stake that holds us”. Those are things we choose willingly to do in or with our lives. They don’t keep us from our potential; they help us see more clearly our goals or dreams.

     

    What is your stake? Someone giving you a hard time about what you can or can’t do well? Someone criticizing you or your work? Some real mistake you made in your past that you are having trouble dealing with now? Self doubt? Self pity? Perhaps something no one knows about but you? The Apostle Paul gives us some words of encouragement for living in and dealing with our personal “stake”. In Philippians 3:13-14. Paul wrote, "No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven"

     

    So how about it… Are you going to continue to be tied to a stake in your life or are you going to break free and live to the potential God has given you? Of course, the greatest potential is that of being a genuine child of God! What’s holding you back? I can assure you it’s nothing that you and God can’t pull from the ground and set you free.

     

    May God give you the strength of Samson in fighting your spiritual battles and finding your potential today!   

    "I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me." (Philippians 4:13)

    Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@Newhopecambridge.org    April 18, 2014

    • 11 hours ago
    Hang On To Your FaithThe devil’s whole strategy is to get you to turn loose of yourfaith in God and His Word.MARK 4:15 NIV15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word issown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away theword that was sown in them.How can the devil steal the Word from someone? Only when itseems untrue. People don’t turn loose of what they believe istrue.So, to steal the Word, the devil must convince people it’s nottrue. The devil does this by getting us to focus on what oursenses tell us, instead of on God’s Word, the seed whichchanges our circumstances when we retain it.As with any seed, the full manifestation of its life is notapparent immediately, but manifests over time with the propercare. God’s Word will change your circumstances!If you don’t believe God’s Word, you won’t act on it. Withoutfollowing God’s instructions, you will not be made free (seeJohn 8:31-32).Actions cannot be separated from believing. Whatever you areacting on is what you really believe.In the New Testament, “faith” is the noun and “believe” is theverb form of the same Greek word. So, hanging on to your faithmeans to keep believing what God said — regardless ofcircumstances.HEBREWS 10:23 KJV23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith withoutwavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)A key to hanging on to your faith is found in what you say.When you speak of fear and doubt, faith shrivels. But when youspeak faith words in line with the Bible, your faith growsstrong.The devil tries to get you to doubt God and His Word. The devilwants you to give up on God, to not trust Him, to not expectHim to do what He said in His Word. Do not give up! God can betrusted.As for me: I will keep on believing and acting on God’s Word.
Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org        April 17, 2014

    Hang On To Your Faith

    The devil’s whole strategy is to get you to turn loose of your
    faith in God and His Word.

    MARK 4:15 NIV
    15 Some people are like seed along the path, where the word is
    sown. As soon as they hear it, Satan comes and takes away the
    word that was sown in them.

    How can the devil steal the Word from someone? Only when it
    seems untrue. People don’t turn loose of what they believe is
    true.

    So, to steal the Word, the devil must convince people it’s not
    true. The devil does this by getting us to focus on what our
    senses tell us, instead of on God’s Word, the seed which
    changes our circumstances when we retain it.

    As with any seed, the full manifestation of its life is not
    apparent immediately, but manifests over time with the proper
    care. God’s Word will change your circumstances!

    If you don’t believe God’s Word, you won’t act on it. Without
    following God’s instructions, you will not be made free (see
    John 8:31-32).

    Actions cannot be separated from believing. Whatever you are
    acting on is what you really believe.

    In the New Testament, “faith” is the noun and “believe” is the
    verb form of the same Greek word. So, hanging on to your faith
    means to keep believing what God said — regardless of
    circumstances.

    HEBREWS 10:23 KJV
    23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without
    wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;)


    A key to hanging on to your faith is found in what you say.
    When you speak of fear and doubt, faith shrivels. But when you
    speak faith words in line with the Bible, your faith grows
    strong.

    The devil tries to get you to doubt God and His Word. The devil
    wants you to give up on God, to not trust Him, to not expect
    Him to do what He said in His Word. Do not give up! God can be
    trusted.

    As for me: I will keep on believing and acting on God’s Word.

    Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org        April 17, 2014

    • 1 day ago
    You Are God’s Work Of ArtEPHESIANS 2:10 NLT 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Outwardly, you may not appear to be much of a masterpiece. You may look like a piece of junk. But inwardly, and in reality, you are God’s work of art — and God does not make any junk. All that is outward and seen is only temporary — like the cocoon the butterfly inhabits for only a short time. So, while you should take care of your present body, don’t be overly concerned about it. Most importantly, don’t think of yourself as just the body you are now living in. You are a child of Almighty God, creator and ruler of the universe. Someone God is “raising” to be His companion for eternity. You are NOT insignificant. Admittedly, you are a work in progress. God still has more work to do with you — but He is the artist, and He will finish His work. (Hint: as you submit to God, the easier it is for Him to change you into the wonderful image He has in mind.) Someday, everyone will clearly see what God has done in you: making you a wonderful, unique individual worthy of Himself. As for me: Regardless of how I look or feel, I AM God’s work of art — His masterpiece.
Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org        April 16, 2014

    You Are God’s Work Of Art

    EPHESIANS 2:10 NLT
    10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in
    Christ Jesus, so that we can do the good things he planned for
    us long ago.


    Outwardly, you may not appear to be much of a masterpiece. You
    may look like a piece of junk. But inwardly, and in reality,
    you are God’s work of art — and God does not make any junk.

    All that is outward and seen is only temporary — like the
    cocoon the butterfly inhabits for only a short time. So, while
    you should take care of your present body, don’t be overly
    concerned about it. Most importantly, don’t think of yourself
    as just the body you are now living in.

    You are a child of Almighty God, creator and ruler of the
    universe. Someone God is “raising” to be His companion for
    eternity. You are NOT insignificant.

    Admittedly, you are a work in progress. God still has more work
    to do with you — but He is the artist, and He will finish His
    work. (Hint: as you submit to God, the easier it is for Him to
    change you into the wonderful image He has in mind.)

    Someday, everyone will clearly see what God has done in you:
    making you a wonderful, unique individual worthy of Himself.

    As for me: Regardless of how I look or feel, I AM God’s work of
    art — His masterpiece.

    Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org        April 16, 2014

    • 2 days ago
    My name is Gossip
I have no respect for justice. I maim without killing. I break hearts and ruin lives. I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age. The more I am quoted, the more I am believed. I flourish at every level of society. My victims are helpless. They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no face. To track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become. I am nobodies friend. Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same. I topple governments, wreck marriages, and ruin careers — cause sleepless nights, heartaches, and indigestion. I spawn suspicion and generate grief. I make innocent people cry in their pillows.
 
Gossip A wound that runs deep  The enemy uses many tactics to render us ineffective.·  Gossip (tale bearing) is a weapon that the enemy uses to divide the body.·  Gossip is an innate desire to our flesh.· Prov 26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. (KJV) Prov 26:22 The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body. (NKJ) Prov 26:22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts. (NIV)  The words of talebearer are seeds of discord.·  They cause division.·  They break down rather than build up.·  They bring reproach to the name of Christ.·  They go down deep into a person’s soul·  Strife and bitterness are their fruit.· Prov 26:20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. (NKJ)  Gossip is fuel the fire of strife.·  It is destructive and it spreads quickly.·  Don’t give place to gossip.·  You can snuff the fire.· Lev 19:16 ’You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD. (NKJ)  God knew that gossip was a destructive force.·  Though we are not under the law we can learn from this principle.·  It endangers those around you.· Prov 11:11-13 11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked. 12 He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his peace. 13 A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.  Cities are torn down from the mouth of the wicked.·  Words are important·  If we are not looking out for our neighbors best interest, we lack wisdom.·  Some things are meant to be left in secret between brethren.·  God considers this faithfulness.· When is it gossip and when is it not? The “THINK” principle T – is it true H – is it helpful I – is it inspirational N – is it necessary K – is it kind  Believers who continually gossip are carnal Christians.·  They tear down rather than build up.·  We must guard ourselves against gossip.·  Be led by our spirit-man not by the soul realm.·  It calls for repentance in the body of Christ.·  It calls for the anointing of the Holy Spirit.·  It calls for discipline and true holiness, not religiosity.·  Will you be an anointed or carnal Christian? I have noticed that:  Anointed Folks always put others before themselves.·  Anointed Folks are always in a state of self-examination.·  Anointed folks are diligent not disobedient to God’s word.·  Anointed folks are disciples of Jesus, not destroyers of the Body.·  Anointed Folks commend others on what they do right, not criticize what they do wrong.·  Anointed Folks have a river of joy rather than a stagnant pool of judgment.·  Anointed folks are always looking for the best, instead of expecting the worst.·  Anointed folks encourage others to greatness rather than condemn them to insignificance.·  Anointed folks·are developers of people not destroyers.  Anointed folks love people into conviction rather than beat them into condemnation.·  Anointed folks free people from sin instead of putting them into more bondage.· Will you be an anointed or carnal?
 
Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org     April 15, 2014

    My name is Gossip

    I have no respect for justice. I maim without killing. I break hearts and ruin lives. I am cunning and malicious and gather strength with age. The more I am quoted, the more I am believed. I flourish at every level of society. My victims are helpless. They cannot protect themselves against me because I have no face. To track me down is impossible. The harder you try, the more elusive I become. I am nobodies friend. Once I tarnish a reputation, it is never the same. I topple governments, wreck marriages, and ruin careers — cause sleepless nights, heartaches, and indigestion. I spawn suspicion and generate grief. I make innocent people cry in their pillows.

     

    Gossip
    A wound that runs deep

     The enemy uses many tactics to render us ineffective.
    ·
     Gossip (tale bearing) is a weapon that the enemy uses to divide the body.
    ·
     Gossip is an innate desire to our flesh.
    ·

    Prov 26:22 The words of a talebearer are as wounds, and they go down into the innermost parts of the belly. (KJV)

    Prov 26:22 The words of a talebearer are like tasty trifles, and they go down into the inmost body. (NKJ)

    Prov 26:22 The words of a gossip are like choice morsels; they go down to a man’s inmost parts. (NIV)

     The words of talebearer are seeds of discord.
    ·
     They cause division.
    ·
     They break down rather than build up.
    ·
     They bring reproach to the name of Christ.
    ·
     They go down deep into a person’s soul
    ·
     Strife and bitterness are their fruit.
    ·

    Prov 26:20 Where there is no wood, the fire goes out; and where there is no talebearer, strife ceases. (NKJ)

     Gossip is fuel the fire of strife.
    ·
     It is destructive and it spreads quickly.
    ·
     Don’t give place to gossip.
    ·
     You can snuff the fire.
    ·

    Lev 19:16 ’You shall not go about as a talebearer among your people; nor shall you take a stand against the life of your neighbor: I am the LORD. (NKJ)

     God knew that gossip was a destructive force.
    ·
     Though we are not under the law we can learn from this principle.
    ·
     It endangers those around you.
    ·

    Prov 11:11-13
    11 By the blessing of the upright the city is exalted, but it is overthrown by the mouth of the wicked.
    12 He who is devoid of wisdom despises his neighbor, but a man of understanding holds his peace.
    13 A talebearer reveals secrets, but he who is of a faithful spirit conceals a matter.

     Cities are torn down from the mouth of the wicked.
    ·
     Words are important
    ·
     If we are not looking out for our neighbors best interest, we lack wisdom.
    ·
     Some things are meant to be left in secret between brethren.
    ·
     God considers this faithfulness.
    ·

    When is it gossip and when is it not?

    The “THINK” principle
    T – is it true
    H – is it helpful
    I – is it inspirational
    N – is it necessary
    K – is it kind

     Believers who continually gossip are carnal Christians.
    ·
     They tear down rather than build up.
    ·
     We must guard ourselves against gossip.
    ·
     Be led by our spirit-man not by the soul realm.
    ·
     It calls for repentance in the body of Christ.
    ·
     It calls for the anointing of the Holy Spirit.
    ·
     It calls for discipline and true holiness, not religiosity.
    · 

    Will you be an anointed or carnal Christian?

    I have noticed that:
     Anointed Folks always put others before themselves.
    ·

     Anointed Folks are always in a state of self-examination.
    ·

     Anointed folks are diligent not disobedient to God’s word.
    ·

     Anointed folks are disciples of Jesus, not destroyers of the Body.
    ·

     Anointed Folks commend others on what they do right, not criticize what they do wrong.
    ·

     Anointed Folks have a river of joy rather than a stagnant pool of judgment.
    ·

     Anointed folks are always looking for the best, instead of expecting the worst.
    ·

     Anointed folks encourage others to greatness rather than condemn them to insignificance.
    ·

     Anointed folks
    ·are developers of people not destroyers.

     Anointed folks love people into conviction rather than beat them into condemnation.
    ·

     Anointed folks free people from sin instead of putting them into more bondage.
    ·

    Will you be an anointed or carnal?

     

    Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org     April 15, 2014

    • 3 days ago
    All The Promises Of God2 CORINTHIANS 1:20 NCV 20 The yes to all of God’s promises is in Christ, and through Christ we say yes to the glory of God. Although the entire Bible is a message to us today, not all of it is written directly to us. The New Testament epistles are written directly to us who are in the church, the Body of Christ, which includes all believers. We do need to rightly divide the Bible, but since all the promises of God are yes in Christ — they find their fulfillment in Him — we can take any promise of blessing in the entire Bible and appropriate it by faith. God has blessed us with every blessing in Christ!EPHESIANS 1:3 NKJ 3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, Every promise in the Bible is not directed to us specifically. But, by faith in Jesus Christ, we can appropriate every blessing God has to offer. When we do receive the promised blessings of God’s Word, it brings glory to God. All this is not automatic. You have to actively receive. But the main “activity” involved with receiving blessing from God is believing. To truly believe you need evidence. That’s why you need to read and study the Bible. As for me: Every Bible promise of blessing is mine in Christ.
Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org        April 14, 2014

    All The Promises Of God

    2 CORINTHIANS 1:20 NCV
    20 The yes to all of God’s promises is in Christ, and through Christ we say yes to the glory of God.

    Although the entire Bible is a message to us today, not all of it is written directly to us.

    The New Testament epistles are written directly to us who are in the church, the Body of Christ, which includes all believers.

    We do need to rightly divide the Bible, but since all the promises of God are yes in Christ — they find their fulfillment in Him — we can take any promise of blessing in the entire Bible and appropriate it by faith.

    God has blessed us with every blessing in Christ!

    EPHESIANS 1:3 NKJ
    3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,

    Every promise in the Bible is not directed to us specifically. But, by faith in Jesus Christ, we can appropriate every blessing God has to offer.

    When we do receive the promised blessings of God’s Word, it brings glory to God.

    All this is not automatic. You have to actively receive. But the main “activity” involved with receiving blessing from God is believing. To truly believe you need evidence. That’s why you need to read and study the Bible.

    As for me: Every Bible promise of blessing is mine in Christ.

    Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org        April 14, 2014

    • 4 days ago
    SAFE THINKING
 The last few days I have been reading the book of Second Timothy. This verse caught my mind and my heart, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. "The two words that caught my attention were “sound mind”. Actually, there is one compound Greek word that is translated “sound mind”. [sos = safe + phren = mind, thus “safe-thinking”] Oh, how we have a need in our world today for “safe-thinking”!  “Safe-thinking” is found in the Word of God. The Apostle Paul stated it this way, ”Finally, my brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8) What more contemporary words of encouragement for wholesome, “safe-thinking” could be given than these? In a world filled with the antithesis of “safe-thinking” what better guidelines than those found in Philippians 4:8? I am concerned that, in today’s media, we find much that is unwholesome and unsafe. Television is filled with programs and commercials that take us away from “safe-thinking”, and move us toward the profane and dark side of mankind. The descending maelstrom of today’s media blitz is weakening the foundation of gospel truth and Christ-centered thinking which set this nation’s foundation. Proverbs 23:7 declares, “For as a man thinks in his heart, so he is.” Thoughts generate direction, and direction determines destination. We all would do well, in the unwholesome media blitz, to consider what direction our thoughts are encouraging us to go, and what destination we are headed for. In a world whose airwaves are being filled with “darkness”, and are controlled by the prince of the power of the air, I would like to encourage us all to follow the Apostle Paul’s exhortation in Romans 12:2 - “Do not be conformed (Don’t allow peer pressure and trends to be the model to follow) to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, (by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit) - that you may prove (by testing the truth of Scripture) what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
 
Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008
Paul@newhopecambridge.org    April 13, 2014

    SAFE THINKING


    The last few days I have been reading the book of Second Timothy. This verse caught my mind and my heart, "For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. "The two words that caught my attention were “sound mind”. Actually, there is one compound Greek word that is translated “sound mind”. [sos = safe + phren = mind, thus “safe-thinking”]

    Oh, how we have a need in our world today for “safe-thinking”!  “Safe-thinking” is found in the Word of God. The Apostle Paul stated it this way, ”Finally, my brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue, and if there is anything praiseworthy - meditate on these things.” (Philippians 4:8)

    What more contemporary words of encouragement for wholesome, “safe-thinking” could be given than these? In a world filled with the antithesis of “safe-thinking” what better guidelines than those found in Philippians 4:8?

    I am concerned that, in today’s media, we find much that is unwholesome and unsafe. Television is filled with programs and commercials that take us away from “safe-thinking”, and move us toward the profane and dark side of mankind.

    The descending maelstrom of today’s media blitz is weakening the foundation of gospel truth and Christ-centered thinking which set this nation’s foundation. Proverbs 23:7 declares, “For as a man thinks in his heart, so he is.” Thoughts generate direction, and direction determines destination. We all would do well, in the unwholesome media blitz, to consider what direction our thoughts are encouraging us to go, and what destination we are headed for.

    In a world whose airwaves are being filled with “darkness”, and are controlled by the prince of the power of the air, I would like to encourage us all to follow the Apostle Paul’s exhortation in Romans 12:2 - “Do not be conformed (Don’t allow peer pressure and trends to be the model to follow) to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, (by the Word of God and the Holy Spirit) - that you may prove (by testing the truth of Scripture) what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”

     

    Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org    April 13, 2014

    • 5 days ago
    Forgive!MARK 11:25-26 NKJ 25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses. 26 “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.” You must forgive others. No matter what they have done. It is the command of God. But it was given for our benefit. To not forgive hurts you. Refusing to forgive is like swallowing poison daily. It will destroy you. Jesus said we should forgive when we stand praying. So we don’t have to wait until people apologize. Nor does forgiveness require a long time. Forgiveness is not a feeling. It is a decision to quit holding something against someone. When we forgive people we must release them and forget it. You may think it is impossible to forgive someone who has deeply wronged you. With God it is possible. He never asks us to do something we cannot do.LUKE 6:35-38 NKJ 35 “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Highest. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful. 37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.” Whatever we measure out is what will be measured back to us. If we want others — including God — to show mercy to us and forgive us — we must forgive and be merciful to others. It is not enough to forgive only those people who have wronged us a little. We must forgive everyone!MATTHEW 18:21-22 NKJ 21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven. Surely Jesus was not setting a maximum limit on the number of times we should forgive. He gave an absurdly high number so we would realize He meant for us to forgive without limit – just as He forgives us.LUKE 23:33-34 NKJ 33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots. Jesus set a perfect example of forgiveness for us when He forgave those who mocked Him and crucified Him. But this kind of forgiveness is certainly beyond normal human ability or experience. It takes the power of God to do it. When we are born again we have access to that power through the love of God inside us.EPHESIANS 4:32 NKJ 32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.We are commanded to forgive others in the same way God has forgiven us! Having God’s help is necessary to do that.COLOSSIANS 3:13 NKJ 13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do. It is not optional. If we desire God’s blessing and fellowship — we must forgive others as He forgave us. As for me: With God’s help, I will forgive.
 
Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org    April 12, 2014

    Forgive!

    MARK 11:25-26 NKJ
    25 “And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, that your Father in heaven may also forgive you your trespasses.
    26 “But if you do not forgive, neither will your Father in heaven forgive your trespasses.”

    You must forgive others. No matter what they have done. It is the command of God. But it was given for our benefit.

    To not forgive hurts you. Refusing to forgive is like swallowing poison daily. It will destroy you.

    Jesus said we should forgive when we stand praying. So we don’t have to wait until people apologize. Nor does forgiveness require a long time.

    Forgiveness is not a feeling. It is a decision to quit holding something against someone. When we forgive people we must release them and forget it.

    You may think it is impossible to forgive someone who has deeply wronged you. With God it is possible. He never asks us to do something we cannot do.

    LUKE 6:35-38 NKJ
    35 “But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Highest. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.
    36 “Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
    37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
    38 “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

    Whatever we measure out is what will be measured back to us. If we want others — including God — to show mercy to us and forgive us — we must forgive and be merciful to others.

    It is not enough to forgive only those people who have wronged us a little. We must forgive everyone!

    MATTHEW 18:21-22 NKJ
    21 Then Peter came to Him and said, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”
    22 Jesus said to him, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.


    Surely Jesus was not setting a maximum limit on the number of times we should forgive. He gave an absurdly high number so we would realize He meant for us to forgive without limit – just as He forgives us.

    LUKE 23:33-34 NKJ
    33 And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified Him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left.
    34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.” And they divided His garments and cast lots.

    Jesus set a perfect example of forgiveness for us when He forgave those who mocked Him and crucified Him. But this kind of forgiveness is certainly beyond normal human ability or experience. It takes the power of God to do it. When we are born again we have access to that power through the love of God
    inside us.

    EPHESIANS 4:32 NKJ
    32 And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you.

    We are commanded to forgive others in the same way God has forgiven us! Having God’s help is necessary to do that.

    COLOSSIANS 3:13 NKJ
    13 bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.

    It is not optional. If we desire God’s blessing and fellowship — we must forgive others as He forgave us.

    As for me: With God’s help, I will forgive.

     

    Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org    April 12, 2014

    • 6 days ago
     Faith Is A Choice

LUKE 22:67 NASB
67 “If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I
tell you, you will not believe;

No one can force anyone to believe anything. Each one of us
chooses whether we will believe something, based on our
evaluation of the evidence presented to us.

Faith and belief may have different English meanings, but in 
the New Testament they are different forms of the same Greek 
word. Believe is the verb and faith is the noun for the same 
word. (Like think and thought are in English.)

JOHN 20:25 NASB
25 The other disciples therefore were saying to him, “We have
seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I shall see in His
hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the
place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not
believe.”

Note that Thomas said, “I WILL NOT believe.”

Many think seeing miracles would cause people to have faith.
But the only ones who believe as a result of seeing miracles
are those who choose to accept the miracle as sufficient
evidence for them to believe. It is still a choice.

JOHN 12:37 NET
37 Although Jesus had performed so many miraculous signs before
them, they still refused to believe in him,

I used to think faith was difficult to pin down with certainty
— something like a feeling or state of being. But now I
understand that once we make the decision to believe, we are in
faith, no matter how we may feel.

At its heart, faith is always a decision. No one can force you
to believe in anything. The choice is yours.

However, we cannot believe or have faith in anything without
evidence. We must have evidence that convinces us before we can
believe something.

The primary evidence God has given us so that we may have faith
in Him is His Word. God is not a liar; He can be trusted.
Whatever God says, always comes to pass.

So if someone says they don’t have much faith, the solution is
for them to see the evidence from God’s Word on that subject,
then choose to accept what God said as true. Then they will
have faith. At that point they may not feel anything, but they
have faith.

The primary action of faith toward God is speaking in agreement
with God’s Word. Jesus said if you had faith you would say. So
we express what we believe by the words we speak. And then we
stand in that position of faith, regardless of feelings or
circumstances.

As for me: Nothing can force me to believe. I must choose to
believe.
Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008
Paul@newhopecambridge.org    April 11, 2014

     Faith Is A Choice

    LUKE 22:67 NASB

    67 “If You are the Christ, tell us.” But He said to them, “If I

    tell you, you will not believe;

    No one can force anyone to believe anything. Each one of us

    chooses whether we will believe something, based on our

    evaluation of the evidence presented to us.

    Faith and belief may have different English meanings, but in 

    the New Testament they are different forms of the same Greek 

    word. Believe is the verb and faith is the noun for the same 

    word. (Like think and thought are in English.)

    JOHN 20:25 NASB

    25 The other disciples therefore were saying to him, “We have

    seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I shall see in His

    hands the imprint of the nails, and put my finger into the

    place of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not

    believe.”

    Note that Thomas said, “I WILL NOT believe.”

    Many think seeing miracles would cause people to have faith.

    But the only ones who believe as a result of seeing miracles

    are those who choose to accept the miracle as sufficient

    evidence for them to believe. It is still a choice.

    JOHN 12:37 NET

    37 Although Jesus had performed so many miraculous signs before

    them, they still refused to believe in him,

    I used to think faith was difficult to pin down with certainty

    — something like a feeling or state of being. But now I

    understand that once we make the decision to believe, we are in

    faith, no matter how we may feel.

    At its heart, faith is always a decision. No one can force you

    to believe in anything. The choice is yours.

    However, we cannot believe or have faith in anything without

    evidence. We must have evidence that convinces us before we can

    believe something.

    The primary evidence God has given us so that we may have faith

    in Him is His Word. God is not a liar; He can be trusted.

    Whatever God says, always comes to pass.

    So if someone says they don’t have much faith, the solution is

    for them to see the evidence from God’s Word on that subject,

    then choose to accept what God said as true. Then they will

    have faith. At that point they may not feel anything, but they

    have faith.

    The primary action of faith toward God is speaking in agreement

    with God’s Word. Jesus said if you had faith you would say. So

    we express what we believe by the words we speak. And then we

    stand in that position of faith, regardless of feelings or

    circumstances.

    As for me: Nothing can force me to believe. I must choose to

    believe.

    Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org    April 11, 2014

    • 1 week ago
    God Does Not Defend Himself A curious thing about God is that He never seems to defend Himself! This is important for us to understand as we face the daily spiritual battle. Humans usually interpret silence on the part of someone being accused as guilt. But this is wrong when God is accused. Jesus never argued with anyone. God gave His Word. You either believe it or you don’t. God doesn’t beg you to believe in Him, or try to convince you against your will.MARK 15:3-5 NKJ 3 And the chief priests accused Him of many things, but He answered nothing. 4 Then Pilate asked Him again, saying, “Do You answer nothing? See how many things they testify against You!” 5 But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate marveled. Although the Gospel of John says Jesus talked some with Pilate, He did not in any way defend Himself. Who do you think tells us that God is bad? Who puts those thoughts in your mind?REVELATION 12:10 NKJ 10 … for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. The Bible reveals satan is the accuser. The devil accuses us before God, and accuses God to us. We need to learn, like God, to ignore what the devil says. Ignoring what the devil says is a way to resist him. When he brings thoughts of doubt to us, but we don’t act on his lies or speak them, we are resisting the devil. We cast down whatever is against God’s Word by not accepting it or speaking it. It is probably safe to say that satan is either author or supporter of all thoughts which accuse God of wrong. Because satan is behind accusations against God, you can see why God would not stoop to defend Himself against them. God’s loving actions throughout history, including dying on the cross for us, speak in God’s defense. He has no need of any other defense for an honest, searching person open to truth. We should not blame God for evil and bad things. God is not guilty!JOB 40:2,8 NLT 2 “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?” 8 “Will you discredit my justice and condemn me just to prove you are right? Throughout the book of Job many negative things were said about God, questioning His justice. But when God came on the scene He did not respond to any of the accusations (Job 38-42). God did not defend Himself nor explain Himself. All God said was basically, “Who are you?” and “What do you know?” Instead of responding to the negative accusations, God turned the focus to whether humans are really qualified to judge God. Job’s response was to repent and admit he didn’t know what he had been talking about (Job 42:3,6). If we are honest, we have to admit there is much we don’t know, and we are not now fully qualified to judge God. Just because we don’t understand everything that happens is no reason for us to condemn God. Imagine trying to explain something complicated to a one-year- old child. No matter how smart we may think we are, compared to God we are no doubt very much like a one-year-old child in our understanding of many things. Because God does not defend Himself, and we lack total understanding, our faith is sometimes tested. Doubts arise in our minds. But we should never doubt that God is good and just. He deserves our faith. We may not understand, but that is not proof that God is guilty. Why should God defend Himself? He is the judge, and He knows He is innocent! Also, God knows all the accusations against Him originate with His enemy, the devil. In the Bible, God has already revealed the truth about who is responsible for all the bad things that happen. We need to go to the Bible for our answers. God has already revealed truth to us through His written Word, so why should He repeat Himself? One day God may defend Himself and explain all that He has done. But it will be at a time when we are able to fully comprehend. It won’t be because God has to defend Himself, but rather because He enjoys sharing with His children. As for me: God has no need to defend Himself. He is perfect!
 
Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org    April 10, 2014

    God Does Not Defend Himself

    A curious thing about God is that He never seems to defend Himself! This is important for us to understand as we face the daily spiritual battle.

    Humans usually interpret silence on the part of someone being accused as guilt. But this is wrong when God is accused.

    Jesus never argued with anyone. God gave His Word. You either believe it or you don’t. God doesn’t beg you to believe in Him, or try to convince you against your will.

    MARK 15:3-5 NKJ
    3 And the chief priests accused Him of many things, but He answered nothing.
    4 Then Pilate asked Him again, saying, “Do You answer nothing? See how many things they testify against You!”
    5 But Jesus still answered nothing, so that Pilate marveled.

    Although the Gospel of John says Jesus talked some with Pilate, He did not in any way defend Himself.

    Who do you think tells us that God is bad? Who puts those thoughts in your mind?

    REVELATION 12:10 NKJ
    10 … for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.


    The Bible reveals satan is the accuser. The devil accuses us before God, and accuses God to us. We need to learn, like God, to ignore what the devil says.

    Ignoring what the devil says is a way to resist him. When he brings thoughts of doubt to us, but we don’t act on his lies or speak them, we are resisting the devil. We cast down whatever is against God’s Word by not accepting it or speaking it.

    It is probably safe to say that satan is either author or supporter of all thoughts which accuse God of wrong. Because
    satan is behind accusations against God, you can see why God would not stoop to defend Himself against them.

    God’s loving actions throughout history, including dying on the cross for us, speak in God’s defense. He has no need of any other defense for an honest, searching person open to truth. We should not blame God for evil and bad things. God is not guilty!

    JOB 40:2,8 NLT
    2 “Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers?”
    8 “Will you discredit my justice and condemn me just to prove you are right?


    Throughout the book of Job many negative things were said about God, questioning His justice. But when God came on the scene He did not respond to any of the accusations (Job 38-42). God did not defend Himself nor explain Himself. All God said was basically, “Who are you?” and “What do you know?”

    Instead of responding to the negative accusations, God turned the focus to whether humans are really qualified to judge God.

    Job’s response was to repent and admit he didn’t know what he had been talking about (Job 42:3,6).

    If we are honest, we have to admit there is much we don’t know, and we are not now fully qualified to judge God. Just because we don’t understand everything that happens is no reason for us to condemn God.

    Imagine trying to explain something complicated to a one-year- old child. No matter how smart we may think we are, compared to God we are no doubt very much like a one-year-old child in our understanding of many things.

    Because God does not defend Himself, and we lack total understanding, our faith is sometimes tested. Doubts arise in our minds. But we should never doubt that God is good and just. He deserves our faith. We may not understand, but that is not
    proof that God is guilty.

    Why should God defend Himself? He is the judge, and He knows He is innocent! Also, God knows all the accusations against Him originate with His enemy, the devil.

    In the Bible, God has already revealed the truth about who is responsible for all the bad things that happen. We need to go to the Bible for our answers. God has already revealed truth to us through His written Word, so why should He repeat Himself?

    One day God may defend Himself and explain all that He has done. But it will be at a time when we are able to fully comprehend. It won’t be because God has to defend Himself, but rather because He enjoys sharing with His children.

    As for me: God has no need to defend Himself. He is perfect!

     

    Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org    April 10, 2014

    • 1 week ago
    Whatever You Allow
 
MATTHEW 18:18 CEV
18 I promise you that God in heaven will allow whatever you allow on earth, but he will not allow anything you don’t allow.
 
Many think whatever happens is God’s will. But the Bible reveals God’s will and lets us know we have a part to play in
cooperating with God to see His will come to pass in our lives.
 
According to Jesus, God’s will is that things be on earth as  they are in Heaven (Matthew 6:10).
 
God gave us a free will. We must choose God’s will, for God does not force it on us.
 
Sickness is not of God. There is no sickness in Heaven.  Acts 10:38 reveals that sickness is an oppression of the devil. So
we should resist sickness.
 
Poverty is not of God. There is no lack in Heaven.
 
Selfishness, strife, unforgiveness, and hatred are not of God. None of those are in Heaven. These are all things we should not allow in our lives.
 
The devil cannot do anything in your life unless you allow it. Scripture says that if you will resist the devil he will flee
from you.
 
JAMES 4:7 NKJ
7 …submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.
 
1 PETER 5:8-9 NKJ
8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith,….
 
Too many people resist only for a short time then quit resisting. If something is not God’s will then we should
maintain the attitude that it is not acceptable. If something bad is in your life it is only because you allow it to remain.
You can decide to refuse and resist.
 
Whatever you will put up with is what you will have. But if you decide something is unacceptable then it can change.
 
"But I tried to resist and it would not leave."
 
Resisting does not mean trying for awhile. Resisting evil should never stop. Resist to death. Never quit. Never give up.
Never give in. Fight the good fight of faith until victory is manifest.
 
EPHESIANS 4:27 NKJ
27 nor give place to the devil.
 
As for me: I refuse to allow any of the works of the devil in my life.
 
Paul Blom Sr.,  Director of Recovery Ministries
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org    April 9, 2014

    Whatever You Allow

     

    MATTHEW 18:18 CEV

    18 I promise you that God in heaven will allow whatever you allow on earth, but he will not allow anything you don’t allow.

     

    Many think whatever happens is God’s will. But the Bible reveals God’s will and lets us know we have a part to play in

    cooperating with God to see His will come to pass in our lives.

     

    According to Jesus, God’s will is that things be on earth as  they are in Heaven (Matthew 6:10).

     

    God gave us a free will. We must choose God’s will, for God does not force it on us.

     

    Sickness is not of God. There is no sickness in Heaven.  Acts 10:38 reveals that sickness is an oppression of the devil. So

    we should resist sickness.

     

    Poverty is not of God. There is no lack in Heaven.

     

    Selfishness, strife, unforgiveness, and hatred are not of God. None of those are in Heaven. These are all things we should not allow in our lives.

     

    The devil cannot do anything in your life unless you allow it. Scripture says that if you will resist the devil he will flee

    from you.

     

    JAMES 4:7 NKJ

    7 …submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.

     

    1 PETER 5:8-9 NKJ

    8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.

    9 Resist him, steadfast in the faith,….

     

    Too many people resist only for a short time then quit resisting. If something is not God’s will then we should

    maintain the attitude that it is not acceptable. If something bad is in your life it is only because you allow it to remain.

    You can decide to refuse and resist.

     

    Whatever you will put up with is what you will have. But if you decide something is unacceptable then it can change.

     

    "But I tried to resist and it would not leave."

     

    Resisting does not mean trying for awhile. Resisting evil should never stop. Resist to death. Never quit. Never give up.

    Never give in. Fight the good fight of faith until victory is manifest.

     

    EPHESIANS 4:27 NKJ

    27 nor give place to the devil.

     

    As for me: I refuse to allow any of the works of the devil in my life.

     

    Paul Blom Sr.,  Director of Recovery Ministries

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org    April 9, 2014

    • 1 week ago