October 21, 2014
Protected From the Big and Small In May 1995, a 34 year old construction worker by the name of Randy Reid, was doing some final welding on top of a nearly completed water tower in one of Chicago’s suburbs. At one point, Randy unhooked his safety belt so he could reach for some pipes. But at that same moment, a metal beam slipped off a nearby crane, and bumped the scaffolding Randy was standing on. The scaffolding tipped, and Randy lost his balance. He fell 110 feet to the ground below. In landing, he just missed a pile of rocks and construction debris on the ground. Instead he landed face down on a pile of dirt. A fellow worker saw the whole accident and immediately called 911. When paramedics arrived, they couldn’t believe their eyes. They found Randy completely conscious, moving, and complaining that he had a sore back. Even though he went through such a horrendous fall, Randy still maintained his sense of humor. Because as paramedics carried him on a backboard to the ambulance, Randy asked one thing. He said, “Hey guys, be careful, will you? Don’t drop me.” When he arrived at the hospital and was examined by the doctors, and they discovered that the only injury he suffered was a bruised lung. Friends, I think sometimes our faith resembles Randy. God protects us from harm in a 110-foot fall, but we’re still nervous about three-foot heights. By that I mean, we have faith that God will save us from hell and death, but we’re afraid that He won’t be able to protect us from the smaller difficulties we are going to face this coming week"But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and ALL these things shall be added to you." (Matthew 6:33) “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In ALL your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    October 21, 2014

    Protected From the Big and Small

    In May 1995, a 34 year old construction worker by the name of Randy Reid, was doing some final welding on top of a nearly completed water tower in one of Chicago’s suburbs. At one point, Randy unhooked his safety belt so he could reach for some pipes. But at that same moment, a metal beam slipped off a nearby crane, and bumped the scaffolding Randy was standing on. The scaffolding tipped, and Randy lost his balance. He fell 110 feet to the ground below. In landing, he just missed a pile of rocks and construction debris on the ground. Instead he landed face down on a pile of dirt.

    A fellow worker saw the whole accident and immediately called 911. When paramedics arrived, they couldn’t believe their eyes. They found Randy completely conscious, moving, and complaining that he had a sore back.

    Even though he went through such a horrendous fall, Randy still maintained his sense of humor. Because as paramedics carried him on a backboard to the ambulance, Randy asked one thing. He said, “Hey guys, be careful, will you? Don’t drop me.” When he arrived at the hospital and was examined by the doctors, and they discovered that the only injury he suffered was a bruised lung.

    Friends, I think sometimes our faith resembles Randy. God protects us from harm in a 110-foot fall, but we’re still nervous about three-foot heights. By that I mean, we have faith that God will save us from hell and death, but we’re afraid that He won’t be able to protect us from the smaller difficulties we are going to face this coming week

    "But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and ALL these things shall be added to you." (Matthew 6:33)

    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; In ALL your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    • 1 hour ago
     October 20, 2014
DivorceMALACHI 2:16 NIV 16 “I hate divorce,” says the LORD God of Israel, “and I hate a man’s covering himself with violence as well as with his garment,” says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith. God hates divorce because He loves people. Keep that in focus. Divorce hurts people, so God is against it. But God is NOT against the person who is divorced. Many reading this have been divorced, and would agree that divorce is no fun for anyone. It is devastating, ranking right up with the death of a spouse or a child in causing stress. Divorce does not usually solve problems, but creates more problems. Whatever is causing conflict and trouble will almost surely still be there after a divorce. If you are thinking about getting a divorce — don’t. (Of course, if your life is in danger, you should protect  yourself.) With God’s love and faith, anything can be faced and overcome. God, who raises the dead, can also resurrect your marriage and give you love for each other. If you have been divorced, God is not mad at you. He still loves you. (Remember, the reason God is against divorce is that He loves you and wants to spare you the pain and suffering.) Divorce is NOT the unforgivable sin. And remember, when God forgives He forgets. While it is true that you may continue to suffer effects of a divorce in this natural realm, as far as God is concerned, it can be forgiven and forgotten. As for me: God hates divorce because He loves people, including me.

Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

     October 20, 2014

    Divorce

    MALACHI 2:16 NIV
    16 “I hate divorce,” says the LORD God of Israel, “and I hate a man’s covering himself with violence as well as with his garment,” says the LORD Almighty. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith.

    God hates divorce because He loves people. Keep that in focus. Divorce hurts people, so God is against it. But God is NOT against the person who is divorced.

    Many reading this have been divorced, and would agree that divorce is no fun for anyone. It is devastating, ranking right up with the death of a spouse or a child in causing stress.

    Divorce does not usually solve problems, but creates more problems. Whatever is causing conflict and trouble will almost surely still be there after a divorce.

    If you are thinking about getting a divorce — don’t.

    (Of course, if your life is in danger, you should protect  yourself.)

    With God’s love and faith, anything can be faced and overcome. God, who raises the dead, can also resurrect your marriage and give you love for each other.

    If you have been divorced, God is not mad at you. He still loves you. (Remember, the reason God is against divorce is that He loves you and wants to spare you the pain and suffering.)

    Divorce is NOT the unforgivable sin. And remember, when God forgives He forgets. While it is true that you may continue to suffer effects of a divorce in this natural realm, as far as God is concerned, it can be forgiven and forgotten.

    As for me: God hates divorce because He loves people, including me.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 1 day ago
    October 18, 2014
The Bible Gives You Instructions For Victory JOSHUA 1:8 NLT 8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. God has the answer for every problem. God’s Word is God’s wisdom (Luke 11:49). The Bible is God’s message, given to you from His heart of love, so you can know the truth, and have a sure foundation on which to base your life. The Bible was not given to put you down, but to raise you up. Not to put you in bondage, but to make you free! (John 8:31-32) God’s Word gives you dependable truth you can use to form your beliefs, so that your beliefs will line up with the reality of how God’s creation works. God alone knows all truth, and in the Bible He shared what you need to know to live a blessed life. Follow God’s instructions and things will go well with you. The answer for success in life is to do what the Bible says to do, because it is truth. As for me: The Bible is my instruction book for victory.

Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    October 18, 2014

    The Bible Gives You Instructions For Victory

    JOSHUA 1:8 NLT
    8 Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do.

    God has the answer for every problem. God’s Word is God’s wisdom (Luke 11:49).

    The Bible is God’s message, given to you from His heart of love, so you can know the truth, and have a sure foundation on which to base your life.

    The Bible was not given to put you down, but to raise you up. Not to put you in bondage, but to make you free! (John 8:31-32)

    God’s Word gives you dependable truth you can use to form your beliefs, so that your beliefs will line up with the reality of how God’s creation works. God alone knows all truth, and in the Bible He shared what you need to know to live a blessed life.

    Follow God’s instructions and things will go well with you. The answer for success in life is to do what the Bible says to do, because it is truth.

    As for me: The Bible is my instruction book for victory.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 2 days ago
    October 18, 2014
What Time Is It?
Read 2 Peter 3:1-16, Ecclesiastes 3:1-16
“For God says, ‘At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.’ Indeed, God is ready to help you right now. Today is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2 NLT
“God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11
We all ask or think this question often in the course of a day or night, and the answer depends on where we are physically as relating to Eastern, Standard, Daylight, or universal Greenwich Mean Time.
Time is also used in terms of seasons, stages of life, and history. The railroads used to pride themselves upon running on time. Airlines used to stress on-time arrival until they got so bad that they quit bringing it up.
We all need to understand and strive to live on Heavenly Standard Time. God has put us here for purposes for which He created us. He will hold us all accountable for our faithfulness and our fruitfulness in using the time He gives us.
We have a timeless God who has prepared a timeless eternity for us in heaven and a timely process through which we will grow into the image of Christ during our presence on this earth.
When we run on Heavenly Standard Time, we run life powered by the Holy Spirit who has been given as a guarantee that we will win the race and receive not only the gift of eternal life but the prizes that await all who have managed the Lord’s business well.
When we live by God’s standards, controlled by the Spirit, we will no longer be held captive to our flesh and the consequences of living in the sin and corruption of the world.
When Jesus’ ways become our ways by faith as we grow and abide in Him, we are going to have the time of our life living on Heavenly Standard Time.
Father, keep me ever mindful that my time is in Your hands and help me to make the most of it by glorifying You in all that I do. In Jesus’ name, Amen

Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    October 18, 2014

    What Time Is It?

    Read 2 Peter 3:1-16, Ecclesiastes 3:1-16

    “For God says, ‘At just the right time, I heard you. On the day of salvation, I helped you.’ Indeed, God is ready to help you right now. Today is the day of salvation.” 2 Corinthians 6:2 NLT

    “God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

    We all ask or think this question often in the course of a day or night, and the answer depends on where we are physically as relating to Eastern, Standard, Daylight, or universal Greenwich Mean Time.

    Time is also used in terms of seasons, stages of life, and history. The railroads used to pride themselves upon running on time. Airlines used to stress on-time arrival until they got so bad that they quit bringing it up.

    We all need to understand and strive to live on Heavenly Standard Time. God has put us here for purposes for which He created us. He will hold us all accountable for our faithfulness and our fruitfulness in using the time He gives us.

    We have a timeless God who has prepared a timeless eternity for us in heaven and a timely process through which we will grow into the image of Christ during our presence on this earth.

    When we run on Heavenly Standard Time, we run life powered by the Holy Spirit who has been given as a guarantee that we will win the race and receive not only the gift of eternal life but the prizes that await all who have managed the Lord’s business well.

    When we live by God’s standards, controlled by the Spirit, we will no longer be held captive to our flesh and the consequences of living in the sin and corruption of the world.

    When Jesus’ ways become our ways by faith as we grow and abide in Him, we are going to have the time of our life living on Heavenly Standard Time.

    Father, keep me ever mindful that my time is in Your hands and help me to make the most of it by glorifying You in all that I do. In Jesus’ name, Amen

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 3 days ago
    October 17, 2014
This Is A Season Of Growth
This is the time and the season where I am teaching My children to stand on their own two feet. That means that I am not holding their hands as much as they have been used to.
In past times, I was quick to meet My own with words of encouragement, and I was quick to give them tangible confirmations of My great love for them. But now I am calling My own to a greater level of maturity.
That means that I am asking them to believe what I have said in My word, and to walk in faith with less tangible evidences of My great care for them. I have not stopped caring, I have just stopped giving them as many immediate confirmations and encouragements, so that they have an opportunity to stand in faith.
The times and seasons ahead will be difficult for many, and I want My own to have an absolute assuredness down deep within their spirits that I will continue to care for them; that I will provide for them and that I will be their protection and their shield. I am the God that does not change. I have been faithful in the past and I will continue to do so in the present and also in the future.
I have not changed, but I am interacting with many of My own a bit differently. Do not be surprised at this, for this a natural outcome of growth and maturity. As a child grows and matures in the natural, their parents treat them differently at different levels of maturity. In the early days, they constantly watch the child and do not allow them to wander off on their own for even a few minutes. They are very quick to comfort and to encourage, but they are also very quick to limit what their little one may or may not do, and the child is not permitted to make decisions on their own. Likewise when a child first starts to walk, the parents hold its hand constantly. But as the child matures, it is allowed to take steps on its own. Good earthly parents change how they interact with their child as it grows and matures.
They do not treat a seven year old the same way they treat a toddler, nor do they treat a teen the same way that they treat a seven year old.
Dear one, you are growing and maturing spiritually. So do not think it strange that My interactions with you change as well. I ask you to stand in faith with less immediate assurances that I am here for you– but I do not leave your side, nor do I stop taking care of you.
A difficult season is coming on the face of this earth, where uncertainty rules and men’s hearts will fail them for fear. But you are not to be ruled by this season. You are to stand in faith and in the assuredness that I I am faithful to take care of My own. I may not give you as many little encouragements as I used to each time that you face a trial. But that is not because I have distanced myself from you, it is because you are growing up and I expect you to stand more often in faith.
Do not dismay when you look at the circumstances around you. Choose to trust Me and to walk in My peace, for I have given you the ability to do so. I have not stopped caring for you, dear child. But you are growing up and that is why I have changed how I interact with you. You may not feel My assurances as often as you used to, but I remain just as faithful to meet you needs as I have been in the past when you were a spiritual babe.
You may not feel Me holding your hand quite as often as you are used to, for I am calling you to stand in faith. But I do not change; I remain faithful to take care of you as much now as I have in the past. You are growing up, little one, but you are not growing apart from Me. I am still right here with you.

Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    October 17, 2014

    This Is A Season Of Growth

    This is the time and the season where I am teaching My children to stand on their own two feet. That means that I am not holding their hands as much as they have been used to.

    In past times, I was quick to meet My own with words of encouragement, and I was quick to give them tangible confirmations of My great love for them. But now I am calling My own to a greater level of maturity.

    That means that I am asking them to believe what I have said in My word, and to walk in faith with less tangible evidences of My great care for them. I have not stopped caring, I have just stopped giving them as many immediate confirmations and encouragements, so that they have an opportunity to stand in faith.

    The times and seasons ahead will be difficult for many, and I want My own to have an absolute assuredness down deep within their spirits that I will continue to care for them; that I will provide for them and that I will be their protection and their shield. I am the God that does not change. I have been faithful in the past and I will continue to do so in the present and also in the future.

    I have not changed, but I am interacting with many of My own a bit differently. Do not be surprised at this, for this a natural outcome of growth and maturity. As a child grows and matures in the natural, their parents treat them differently at different levels of maturity. In the early days, they constantly watch the child and do not allow them to wander off on their own for even a few minutes. They are very quick to comfort and to encourage, but they are also very quick to limit what their little one may or may not do, and the child is not permitted to make decisions on their own. Likewise when a child first starts to walk, the parents hold its hand
    constantly. But as the child matures, it is allowed to take steps on its own. Good earthly parents change how they interact with their child as it grows and matures.

    They do not treat a seven year old the same way they treat a toddler, nor do they treat a teen the same way that they treat a seven year old.

    Dear one, you are growing and maturing spiritually. So do not think it strange that My interactions with you change as well. I ask you to stand in faith with less immediate assurances that I am here for you– but I do not leave your side, nor do I stop taking care of you.

    A difficult season is coming on the face of this earth, where uncertainty rules and men’s hearts will fail them for fear. But you are not to be ruled by this season. You are to stand in faith and in the assuredness that I I am faithful to take care of My own. I may not give you as many little encouragements as I used to each time that you face a trial. But that is not because I have distanced myself from you, it is because you are growing up and I expect you to stand more often in faith.

    Do not dismay when you look at the circumstances around you. Choose to trust Me and to walk in My peace, for I have given you the ability to do so. I have not stopped caring for you, dear child. But you are growing up and that is why I have changed how I interact with you. You may not feel My assurances as often as you used to, but I remain just as faithful to meet you needs as I have been in the past when you were a spiritual babe.

    You may not feel Me holding your hand quite as often as you are used to, for I am calling you to stand in faith. But I do not change; I remain faithful to take care of you as much now as I have in the past. You are growing up, little one, but you are not growing apart from Me. I am still right here with you.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 4 days ago
    October 16, 2014
When You are Too Busy…
Child of Mine, do not fret in those times when life gets so busy that you struggle to find the time to pull aside and spend with Me. I know that these busy seasons will occasionally happen in your life, and I do not have a problem with that…as long as they only happen occasionally.
(If you find that happening all of the time, then there is a problem with your priorities, and you need to rearrange your schedule to give Me a greater priority on your time).
But when your priorities are clearly in order, I know and understand that from time to time you are going to have some very busy weeks…weeks where you won’t have as much time as usual to pour into the things that you cherish and value.
I am not some recipe or formula that you have to put so much time per day into Me, seven days a week. No, dear one, I am much more than that.
I am a friend Who you are in personal relationship with. I understand that you will have those occasional “crazy” times, when there are so many demands on you that you can’t get everything done. I will not become angry nor will I push you away nor reject you if you have those occasional days where you just don’t have the time that you desire to spend with Me. I understand and I will come alongside of you in those brief moments where you turn your attention to Me and where your soul cries out for Me.
Of course, I don’t want you to make a habit of letting other things be at a higher priority in your life that your relationship with Me is. I would not like that at all and it would not be good for you.
But those occasional times will come where you are so busy that you just cannot get it all done. There will occasionally be days when your intimacy time with Me slips away. When this happens, know that I understand; I will not leave you or abandon you in those times. I understand, and I will find ways to break briefly into your day to meet you in the midst of your business and activity. Yes, dear one, I will find a way to bless you and to and manifest
My love to you.

Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008
Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    October 16, 2014

    When You are Too Busy…

    Child of Mine, do not fret in those times when life gets so busy that you struggle to find the time to pull aside and spend with Me. I know that these busy seasons will occasionally happen in your life, and I do not have a problem with that…as long as they only happen occasionally.

    (If you find that happening all of the time, then there is a problem with your priorities, and you need to rearrange your schedule to give Me a greater priority on your time).

    But when your priorities are clearly in order, I know and understand that from time to time you are going to have some very busy weeks…weeks where you won’t have as much time as usual to pour into the things that you cherish and value.

    I am not some recipe or formula that you have to put so much time per day into Me, seven days a week. No, dear one, I am much more than that.

    I am a friend Who you are in personal relationship with. I understand that you will have those occasional “crazy” times, when there are so many demands on you that you can’t get everything done. I will not become angry nor will I push you away nor reject you if you have those occasional days where you just don’t have the time that you desire to spend with Me. I understand and I will come alongside of you in those brief moments where you turn your attention to Me and where your soul cries out for Me.

    Of course, I don’t want you to make a habit of letting other things be at a higher priority in your life that your relationship with Me is. I would not like that at all and it would not be good for you.

    But those occasional times will come where you are so busy that you just cannot get it all done. There will occasionally be days when your intimacy time with Me slips away. When this happens, know that I understand; I will not leave you or abandon you in those times. I understand, and I will find ways to break briefly into your day to meet you in the midst of your business and activity. Yes, dear one, I will find a way to bless you and to and manifest

    My love to you.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org



    • 4 days ago
    October 15, 2014
Down Memory Lane
Read Hebrews 6:10-12, Psalm 145
“Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8b NLT
We often think of special occasions and special scenes as “Kodak moments” and the perfect time to take a picture. We need to live our lives building “memory moments.”
Although it is not good to live in the past, it is certainly good to look back and learn from our mistakes and to enjoy the happy memories of a life well lived.
God has given each of us a film of life where our history is recorded, and we can rewind and recall.
As we climb the stairway to heaven through the seasons of life, we need to be mindful of what we will have to look down upon on memory lane.
Family or other reunions are mostly walks down memory lane where shared experiences are remembered and enjoyed. Treasured memories of growing up through childhood and adolescence include everything from sports to scouts, from learning to drive to graduation, and parents, teachers, and friends. As we get older, weddings, careers, children, and their lives continue to make deposits in our memory bank of life.
There are memories of mistakes made, sins committed, and opportunities lost that, although forgiven, will still cause us to have regret and godly sorrow. It is comforting to know that God remembers these confessed sins no more, and we should not fix our thoughts on them.
The fondest memories of all should be of falling in love with Jesus and remembering how He was always there for us, answered prayers, and continues to be not only our brother but our best friend. What joy there will be on memory lane when it has been walked with Jesus!
Father, thank you for all the precious memories of “sacred delights” with which You have blessed my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    October 15, 2014

    Down Memory Lane

    Read Hebrews 6:10-12, Psalm 145

    “Fix your thoughts on what is true and honorable and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:8b NLT

    We often think of special occasions and special scenes as “Kodak moments” and the perfect time to take a picture. We need to live our lives building “memory moments.”

    Although it is not good to live in the past, it is certainly good to look back and learn from our mistakes and to enjoy the happy memories of a life well lived.

    God has given each of us a film of life where our history is recorded, and we can rewind and recall.

    As we climb the stairway to heaven through the seasons of life, we need to be mindful of what we will have to look down upon on memory lane.

    Family or other reunions are mostly walks down memory lane where shared experiences are remembered and enjoyed. Treasured memories of growing up through childhood and adolescence include everything from sports to scouts, from learning to drive to graduation, and parents, teachers, and friends. As we get older, weddings, careers, children, and their lives continue to make deposits in our memory bank of life.

    There are memories of mistakes made, sins committed, and opportunities lost that, although forgiven, will still cause us to have regret and godly sorrow. It is comforting to know that God remembers these confessed sins no more, and we should not fix our thoughts on them.

    The fondest memories of all should be of falling in love with Jesus and remembering how He was always there for us, answered prayers, and continues to be not only our brother but our best friend. What joy there will be on memory lane when it has been walked with Jesus!

    Father, thank you for all the precious memories of “sacred delights” with which You have blessed my life. In Jesus’ name, Amen.



    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 6 days ago
    October 14, 2014
In Seasons Of Struggle
Child of Mine, do not be surprised when you encounter struggles, difficulty or hardship in your life–for I use these things to help you grow and mature. Struggle is a part of living and growing–all living things go through that, including you.
Child, I love you dearly and I am committed to taking good care of you. But I promise you that, at times, you will have struggles in your life. Do not be surprised when they come. Remember what My Son said: “In this world, you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.”*
Dear one, you must understand that I want to see you grow up and mature. I want to see you molded into My image, and I want to see you develop My character in your life. That means you must go through a growth process. You must face difficulties and trials, for they help you to mature. I want you to learn to be victorious and to overcome in the midst of these struggles. I want you to learn how to solve problems in Me–and you can’t do that if you don’t face any. I want you to learn how to lean on My Spirit for His leading and support. I want your faith to grow and to become perfected. That is why I allow these things in your life.
So do not mistake a season of growth for a season of My displeasure. Do not assume that I have lifted My hand of protection off of you and do not assume that I am far from you. Child of Mine, I am with you always and in all things. Trust Me and follow Me, and I will lead you on to victory.
* John 16:33
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    October 14, 2014

    In Seasons Of Struggle

    Child of Mine, do not be surprised when you encounter struggles, difficulty or hardship in your life–for I use these things to help you grow and mature. Struggle is a part of living and growing–all living things go through that, including you.

    Child, I love you dearly and I am committed to taking good care of you. But I promise you that, at times, you will have struggles in your life. Do not be surprised when they come. Remember what My Son
    said: “In this world, you will have tribulation. But be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world.”*

    Dear one, you must understand that I want to see you grow up and mature. I want to see you molded into My image, and I want to see you develop My character in your life. That means you must go through a growth process. You must face difficulties and trials, for they help you to mature. I want you to learn to be victorious and to overcome in the midst of these struggles. I want you to learn how to solve problems in Me–and you can’t do that if you don’t face any. I want you to learn how to lean on My Spirit for His leading and support. I want your faith to grow and to become perfected. That is why I allow these things in your life.

    So do not mistake a season of growth for a season of My displeasure.
    Do not assume that I have lifted My hand of protection off of you and do not assume that I am far from you. Child of Mine, I am with you always and in all things. Trust Me and follow Me, and I will lead you on to victory.

    * John 16:33

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 1 week ago
    October 13, 2014
What Are Alms? “Alms” are not some kind of tree, but something you should know about — and do. The Greek word translated alms in the New Testament originally meant mercy or kindness, then came to represent the kind deeds caused by mercy and kindness. So it came to mean charitable giving to the poor — or giving motivated by love. Many times this word is translated as “charitable deed.”LUKE 12:33 NKJ 33 “Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys. Jesus often spoke of giving alms. But He made it clear that our motives are important.MATTHEW 6:2-4 NRSV 2 “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. The Bible tells of Cornelius, “a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always” (Acts 10:2), who had an angel deliver this message:ACTS 10:4 NKJ 4 … he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God. God was impressed with this Roman soldier’s giving to meet the needs of the poor. What he did got God’s attention. Alms are not offerings to worship God, or support His  ministers. Alms are charitable deeds — gifts to the poor and  needy. Helping people who are in trouble. Alms are important to God. They are an act of love. We are not  made right with God by giving, or any works we do, but only  through what Jesus did for us. But as children of God we should  help care for others who God also loves. As for me: Alms are gifts of love to help people in trouble.

Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    October 13, 2014

    What Are Alms?

    “Alms” are not some kind of tree, but something you should know about — and do.

    The Greek word translated alms in the New Testament originally meant mercy or kindness, then came to represent the kind deeds caused by mercy and kindness. So it came to mean charitable giving to the poor — or giving motivated by love.

    Many times this word is translated as “charitable deed.”

    LUKE 12:33 NKJ
    33 “Sell what you have and give alms; provide yourselves money bags which do not grow old, a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys.

    Jesus often spoke of giving alms. But He made it clear that our motives are important.

    MATTHEW 6:2-4 NRSV
    2 “So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward.
    3 But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
    4 so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.


    The Bible tells of Cornelius, “a devout man and one who feared God with all his household, who gave alms generously to the people, and prayed to God always” (Acts 10:2), who had an angel deliver this message:

    ACTS 10:4 NKJ
    4 … he said to him, “Your prayers and your alms have come up for a memorial before God.


    God was impressed with this Roman soldier’s giving to meet the needs of the poor. What he did got God’s attention.

    Alms are not offerings to worship God, or support His  ministers. Alms are charitable deeds — gifts to the poor and  needy. Helping people who are in trouble.

    Alms are important to God. They are an act of love. We are not  made right with God by giving, or any works we do, but only  through what Jesus did for us. But as children of God we should  help care for others who God also loves.

    As for me: Alms are gifts of love to help people in trouble.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 1 week ago
    October 12, 2014
Guard Against the Yeast When God led the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt, He told them to prepare for a quick departure by making bread without yeast. He gave instructions to remember their departure through the celebration of Passover - also called the Feast of Unleavened Bread. During this celebration there was a seven day period when yeast was not even allowed in the home: "For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And whoever eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel" (Exodus 12:19). When God established the various offerings through Moses, yeast became associated with an unworthy sacrifice; "Every grain offering you bring to the Lord must be made without yeast" (Leviticus 2:11). About 1500 years later, Jesus used the symbolism of yeast to give His disciples an important warning.Luke 12:1 “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” (HYPOCRISY: A pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principals, etc., that one does not really possess.)
With this choice of words, Jesus warned that hypocrisy has the ability to contaminate our lives, and therefore the offering we present to God. The Pharisees had an outward appearance of godliness, but their hearts had compromised true worship and become contaminated; “On the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness” (Matthew 23:28). When we examine our own heart, does it match how we appear on the outside? Or have we too become full of hypocrisy? The symbolism of yeast gives another clear warning; "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough" (Galatians 5:9). Every day we are tempted to make compromises with the world; compromises which cause us to behave contrary to our professed beliefs. This is hypocrisy and must be avoided at all cost! Each incident seems so small - like only “a little yeast” - but soon the compromises work through all areas of our life. The only worthy endeavor during our allotted time on earth is to present ourselves, with complete abandonment, as a living sacrifice to God; "this is your spiritual (or reasonable) act of worship" (Romans 12:1). Our Heavenly Father is worthy of our very best…a pure and holy offering. Let’s celebrate our release from the slavery of sin by cleaning our home and removing all spiritual compromise. Let’s give our whole heart to God in loving worship and guard against ANYTHING which pulls us away. Let’s fight the hypocrisy in our lives and diligently guard against the yeast.
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    October 12, 2014

    Guard Against the Yeast

    When God led the people of Israel out of slavery in Egypt, He told them to prepare for a quick departure by making bread without yeast. He gave instructions to remember their departure through the celebration of Passover - also called the Feast of Unleavened Bread. During this celebration there was a seven day period when yeast was not even allowed in the home: "For seven days no yeast is to be found in your houses. And whoever eats anything with yeast in it must be cut off from the community of Israel" (Exodus 12:19).

    When God established the various offerings through Moses, yeast became associated with an unworthy sacrifice; "Every grain offering you bring to the Lord must be made without yeast" (Leviticus 2:11).

    About 1500 years later, Jesus used the symbolism of yeast to give His disciples an important warning.

    Luke 12:1 “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” (HYPOCRISY: A pretense of having a virtuous character, moral or religious beliefs or principals, etc., that one does not really possess.)

    With this choice of words, Jesus warned that hypocrisy has the ability to contaminate our lives, and therefore the offering we present to God. The Pharisees had an outward appearance of godliness, but their hearts had compromised true worship and become contaminated; “On the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness” (Matthew 23:28). When we examine our own heart, does it match how we appear on the outside? Or have we too become full of hypocrisy?

    The symbolism of yeast gives another clear warning; "A little yeast works through the whole batch of dough" (Galatians 5:9). Every day we are tempted to make compromises with the world; compromises which cause us to behave contrary to our professed beliefs. This is hypocrisy and must be avoided at all cost! Each incident seems so small - like only “a little yeast” - but soon the compromises work through all areas of our life.

    The only worthy endeavor during our allotted time on earth is to present ourselves, with complete abandonment, as a living sacrifice to God; "this is your spiritual (or reasonable) act of worship" (Romans 12:1). Our Heavenly Father is worthy of our very best…a pure and holy offering.

    Let’s celebrate our release from the slavery of sin by cleaning our home and removing all spiritual compromise. Let’s give our whole heart to God in loving worship and guard against ANYTHING which pulls us away. Let’s fight the hypocrisy in our lives and diligently guard against the yeast.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 1 week ago