Respect PeopleJAMES 3:9-10 NIV 9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness. 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. It seems that respect has gone out of style. But God’s unchanging Word teaches us to treat people with respect. Not agreeing with someone is no reason to treat them disrespectfully. Just because they are wrong does not make them unworthy of respect. By His death for them, Jesus showed us He considers people valuable and precious. So, we should not treat people as insignificant or worthless. Disrespecting people is actually disrespecting God who created them. God considers this so vital for wives, He gave a specific command to respect their husband.EPHESIANS 5:33 NIV 33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Certainly, we should respect all people, but God obviously thought a special reminder to wives was needed. A wise woman will enjoy the benefits, both now and for eternity, of acting on this command from a loving Heavenly Father.MATTHEW 25:40 NIV 40 “The King will reply, `I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.’ The world respects people who are rich, famous, and successful. Anyone can do that. But how do you treat those who are thought to be the “least,” who seemingly cannot help you in any way? As for me: I will respect people because they are valuable to God and He loves them.

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

Paul@newhopecambridge.org   April 24, 2014

    Respect People

    JAMES 3:9-10 NIV
    9 With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we
    curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness.
    10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers,
    this should not be.

    It seems that respect has gone out of style. But God’s
    unchanging Word teaches us to treat people with respect.

    Not agreeing with someone is no reason to treat them
    disrespectfully. Just because they are wrong does not make them
    unworthy of respect.

    By His death for them, Jesus showed us He considers people
    valuable and precious. So, we should not treat people as
    insignificant or worthless.

    Disrespecting people is actually disrespecting God who created
    them.

    God considers this so vital for wives, He gave a specific
    command to respect their husband.

    EPHESIANS 5:33 NIV
    33 However, each one of you also must love his wife as he loves
    himself, and the wife must respect her husband.

    Certainly, we should respect all people, but God obviously
    thought a special reminder to wives was needed.

    A wise woman will enjoy the benefits, both now and for
    eternity, of acting on this command from a loving Heavenly
    Father.

    MATTHEW 25:40 NIV
    40 “The King will reply, `I tell you the truth, whatever you
    did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for
    me.’

    The world respects people who are rich, famous, and successful.
    Anyone can do that.

    But how do you treat those who are thought to be the “least,”
    who seemingly cannot help you in any way?

    As for me: I will respect people because they are valuable to
    God and He loves them.

    Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org   April 24, 2014

    • 10 hours ago
    God Is Bigger Than Your BoxPSALM 78:41 KJV 41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel. God is unlimited (but people can limit what God does for them). True, God cannot deny Himself. That means He cannot act contrary to who He is and what He has said. But beyond that God has no limits that we know of. The Bible tells us the people of Israel limited what God could do for them. We should not make the same mistake.1 CORINTHIANS 12:4-6 KJV 4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit. 5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord. 6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all. God is very creative. From looking at His creation, you could even guess that sameness might bore Him. Every fingerprint is different. Every eyeball is different. Every ear is different. No two leopards have the same spots. Yet people think things like: “God cannot work outside of our denomination.” “Every church has to be just like ours.” “God can only move in this one way.” “God will only do this, if …” But God is bigger than you realize! God may have a million different ways to do something. Just look at what He created. There is not just one type of bug. No, there are millions. We know of nearly a million types of beetles alone. So don’t limit God in your thinking. He is God! As for me: I will not limit God. He is bigger than I can think.

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

Paul@newhopecambridge.org   April 22, 2014

    God Is Bigger Than Your Box

    PSALM 78:41 KJV
    41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.

    God is unlimited (but people can limit what God does for them).

    True, God cannot deny Himself. That means He cannot act contrary to who He is and what He has said. But beyond that God has no limits that we know of.

    The Bible tells us the people of Israel limited what God could do for them. We should not make the same mistake.

    1 CORINTHIANS 12:4-6 KJV
    4 Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit.
    5 And there are differences of administrations, but the same Lord.
    6 And there are diversities of operations, but it is the same God which worketh all in all.

    God is very creative. From looking at His creation, you could even guess that sameness might bore Him. Every fingerprint is different. Every eyeball is different. Every ear is different. No two leopards have the same spots.

    Yet people think things like:

    “God cannot work outside of our denomination.”

    “Every church has to be just like ours.”

    “God can only move in this one way.”

    “God will only do this, if …”

    But God is bigger than you realize!

    God may have a million different ways to do something. Just look at what He created. There is not just one type of bug. No, there are millions. We know of nearly a million types of beetles alone.

    So don’t limit God in your thinking. He is God!

    As for me: I will not limit God. He is bigger than I can think.

    Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org   April 22, 2014

    • 2 days ago
    Sleep Is A Gift From GodPSALM 127:2 NKJ 2 … He gives His beloved sleep. PROVERBS 3:24 NKJ 24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. PSALM 3:5 NKJ 5 I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me. PSALM 4:8 NKJ 8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety. We can trust in God and sleep even when we face the storms of life, just as Jesus and Peter did in the following verses.MARK 4:38 NKJ 38 But He was … asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” ACTS 12:6 NKJ 6 And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers … Jesus Approves RestMARK 6:31 NKJ 31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. MATTHEW 11:28-29 NKJ 28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. While rest is clearly part of God’s will for us, we are also cautioned in Proverbs against sleeping too much. Balance is important. Different people may require different amounts of sleep to function at their best. You should seek God for wisdom in this area. As for me: God gives me sweet, sound sleep.

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

Paul@newhopecambridge.org    April 21, 2014

    Sleep Is A Gift From God

    PSALM 127:2 NKJ
    2 … He gives His beloved sleep.

    PROVERBS 3:24 NKJ
    24 When you lie down, you will not be afraid; yes, you will lie
    down and your sleep will be sweet.

    PSALM 3:5 NKJ
    5 I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the Lord sustained me.

    PSALM 4:8 NKJ
    8 I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; for You alone, O
    Lord, make me dwell in safety.

    We can trust in God and sleep even when we face the storms of
    life, just as Jesus and Peter did in the following verses.

    MARK 4:38 NKJ
    38 But He was … asleep on a pillow. And they awoke Him and
    said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?”

    ACTS 12:6 NKJ
    6 And when Herod was about to bring him out, that night Peter
    was sleeping, bound with two chains between two soldiers …

    Jesus Approves Rest

    MARK 6:31 NKJ
    31 And He said to them, “Come aside by yourselves to a deserted
    place and rest a while.” For there were many coming and going,
    and they did not even have time to eat.

    MATTHEW 11:28-29 NKJ
    28 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I
    will give you rest.
    29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle
    and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

    While rest is clearly part of God’s will for us, we are also
    cautioned in Proverbs against sleeping too much. Balance is
    important. Different people may require different amounts of
    sleep to function at their best. You should seek God for wisdom
    in this area.

    As for me: God gives me sweet, sound sleep.

    Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org    April 21, 2014

    • 3 days ago
     Rejoice In The Lord AlwaysPHILIPPIANS 4:4 NIV 4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! No matter how bad things are around you, you can always rejoice in the Lord. God is good — even when circumstances are bad. You can look beyond the temporary problems of life and focus on the Eternal God and His goodness. You can rejoice that God loves you and that you have a home in Heaven. If you only rejoice when you feel like it — and circumstances warrant it — you may never rejoice much. But you will miss a lot of joy. For when you rejoice in the Lord and focus on Him, joy begins to flow out of your inner being and strengthens you. This is God’s answer for depression. Focus on God. Rejoice in Him, and receive the spiritual strength you need to carry on in victory.HABAKKUK 3:18 NIV 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior. “Yet I WILL.” Whenever you decide to, you can rejoice. In spite of feelings and circumstances, you can choose to rejoice. Rejoicing is subject to your will — not your circumstances. When can you rejoice? When should you rejoice?1 THESSALONIANS 5:16 NASB 16 Rejoice always; As for me: I will rejoice — in the Lord!

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

Paul@newhopecambridge.org    April 20, 2014

     Rejoice In The Lord Always

    PHILIPPIANS 4:4 NIV
    4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!

    No matter how bad things are around you, you can always rejoice
    in the Lord.

    God is good — even when circumstances are bad.

    You can look beyond the temporary problems of life and focus on
    the Eternal God and His goodness. You can rejoice that God
    loves you and that you have a home in Heaven.

    If you only rejoice when you feel like it — and circumstances
    warrant it — you may never rejoice much. But you will miss a
    lot of joy. For when you rejoice in the Lord and focus on Him,
    joy begins to flow out of your inner being and strengthens you.

    This is God’s answer for depression. Focus on God. Rejoice in
    Him, and receive the spiritual strength you need to carry on in
    victory.

    HABAKKUK 3:18 NIV
    18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my
    Savior.

    “Yet I WILL.” Whenever you decide to, you can rejoice. In spite
    of feelings and circumstances, you can choose to rejoice.

    Rejoicing is subject to your will — not your circumstances.

    When can you rejoice? When should you rejoice?

    1 THESSALONIANS 5:16 NASB
    16 Rejoice always;

    As for me: I will rejoice — in the Lord!

    Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org    April 20, 2014

    • 4 days ago
    The Holy Spirit Will Teach YouJOHN 14:26 NASB26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.What a wonderful, patient teacher the Holy Spirit is!This teacher has no limits. He never has to call on anyone else for an answer. He knows everything.Whatever you are doing, He can help you — and teach you how to do it better. Just ask.Jesus said it, “He will teach you all things.”I love the story of George Washington Carver, who asked God to teach him about the peanut — then changed our world with the knowledge he gained of the peanut.Do not hesitate to ask God to teach you about even the smallest things. He understands every detail and is never too busy for you.From child raising to atomic science — He is the mostknowledgeable and capable teacher.And the Holy Spirit is always available! No need to wait for office hours to call on this professor. Call on Him anytime.As for me: The Holy Spirit is teaching me.
 
Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org    April 19, 2014

    The Holy Spirit Will Teach You

    JOHN 14:26 NASB
    26 “But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I said to you.


    What a wonderful, patient teacher the Holy Spirit is!

    This teacher has no limits. He never has to call on anyone else for an answer. He knows everything.

    Whatever you are doing, He can help you — and teach you how to do it better. Just ask.

    Jesus said it, “He will teach you all things.”

    I love the story of George Washington Carver, who asked God to teach him about the peanut — then changed our world with the knowledge he gained of the peanut.

    Do not hesitate to ask God to teach you about even the smallest things. He understands every detail and is never too busy for you.

    From child raising to atomic science — He is the most
    knowledgeable and capable teacher.

    And the Holy Spirit is always available! No need to wait for office hours to call on this professor. Call on Him anytime.

    As for me: The Holy Spirit is teaching me.

     

    Paul Blom Sr., Director of Recovery Ministries

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org    April 19, 2014

    • 5 days ago
    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

    • 6 days 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 week 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

    • 1 week 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

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    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

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