September 29, 2014
The One-Armed Man A 10-year-old boy felt as though he had lost his identity when he lost his left arm in a devastating car accident.  After six months of adjusting to his handicap, he decided to study judo despite the fact that he had only one arm.   The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why, after three months of training, the master had taught him only one move. “Sensei,” the boy finally said, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?” “This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know,” the sensei replied. Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training. Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals. This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced.  For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened. “No,” the sensei insisted, “Let him continue.” Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard.  Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament. He was the champion. On the way home, the boy and the sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind: “Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?” “You won for two reasons,” the sensei answered. “First, you’ve almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”   The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength! Paul knew that God will take our biggest weakness and use it to show His strength.  ”But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. [10] That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor. 12:9-10 )
 
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 29, 2014

    The One-Armed Man

    A 10-year-old boy felt as though he had lost his identity when he lost his left arm in a devastating car accident.  After six months of adjusting to his handicap, he decided to study judo despite the fact that he had only one arm.
     
    The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn’t understand why, after three months of training, the master had taught him only one move.

    “Sensei,” the boy finally said, “Shouldn’t I be learning more moves?”

    “This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you’ll ever need to know,” the sensei replied. Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training.

    Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match.

    Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals. This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced.  For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened. “No,” the sensei insisted, “Let him continue.”

    Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard.  Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament. He was the champion. On the way home, the boy and the sensei reviewed every move in each and every match.

    Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind: “Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?”

    “You won for two reasons,” the sensei answered. “First, you’ve almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm.”
     
    The boy’s biggest weakness had become his biggest strength!

    Paul knew that God will take our biggest weakness and use it to show His strength.  ”But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. [10] That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor. 12:9-10 )

     

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 23 hours ago
    September 28, 2014
 A Perfect FriendPROVERBS 18:24 RSV 24 There are friends who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. Would you like to have a perfect friend? A friend who loved you no matter what you did. A friend who would always be there when you needed them. A friend who knew you intimately yet still loved you. A friend who always encouraged you and never put you down. A friend who was smart but not conceited. A friend who had no personal problems to distract them. A friend who was powerful and famous, yet down-to-earth and approachable. A friend who is righteous yet merciful to others. A friend who never makes a mistake. A friend who enjoyed having a good time and sharing a laugh with you. A friend who had the knowledge and ability to help you with everything. A friend who is not too good to wash your feet or clean your toilet, yet talented enough to be the best at everything. A friend who puts your interests ahead of their own. A friend who loves you more than you love yourself. A friend who would be willing to die for you. There is only one. His name is Jesus, and He wants to be your friend. As for me: Jesus is my friend.
 
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 28, 2014

     A Perfect Friend

    PROVERBS 18:24 RSV
    24 There are friends who pretend to be friends, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

    Would you like to have a perfect friend?

    A friend who loved you no matter what you did.

    A friend who would always be there when you needed them.

    A friend who knew you intimately yet still loved you.

    A friend who always encouraged you and never put you down.

    A friend who was smart but not conceited.

    A friend who had no personal problems to distract them.

    A friend who was powerful and famous, yet down-to-earth and approachable.

    A friend who is righteous yet merciful to others.

    A friend who never makes a mistake.

    A friend who enjoyed having a good time and sharing a laugh with you.

    A friend who had the knowledge and ability to help you with everything.

    A friend who is not too good to wash your feet or clean your toilet, yet talented enough to be the best at everything.

    A friend who puts your interests ahead of their own.

    A friend who loves you more than you love yourself.

    A friend who would be willing to die for you.

    There is only one. His name is Jesus, and He wants to be your friend.

    As for me: Jesus is my friend.

     

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 1 day ago
    September 27, 2014
Christ Died For Ungodly PeopleROMANS 5:6,8 GWN 6 Look at it this way: At the right time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for ungodly people. 8 Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates Gods love for us. Let’s slow down and think about what verse 6 above told us by restating it. Christ died for: terrible people. for people who are most unlike God. for people so bad no one thinks there is any hope for them. Why! Why did Christ die for ungodly people? What was the purpose? What good did it do? Why did Jesus do such a thing? The answer is given in the rest of Romans 5. It tells the story of how one man (Adam) got all humanity living under a curse and the dominion of the devil because of his rebellion and disobedience to God. But through what another man did (Jesus Christ, who was God and became a man), salvation and deliverance and freedom along with a restored relationship with God is made available to all humanity. By choosing the Lord Jesus Christ we are delivered from the kingdom of darkness in which we were held captive (Colossians 1:13). This is not just for a select few who deserve it. It is available tor all — even the most terrible, the most ungodly. Jesus died to set us all free. It would be good for you to read the entire fifth chapter of Romans several times and let the message soak deeply into your thinking. God’s love for you (and all humanity) caused Him to put into action a plan to redeem us and set us free. Jesus died as a demonstration of God’s love in order to set humanity free — even those who were most ungodly. Jesus died for them. So what should your attitude be toward ungodly, terrible people? Should you hate them? Should you tell them to go to Hell? NO! Jesus loved them enough to die for them! So you should tell them about how much Jesus loves them and the provision He has already made to set them free from their sins. You should tell them the Good News! They are loved by God! God has forgiven them! (2 Corinthians 5:19) They can be free! It is not God’s plan that people remain ungodly. He demonstrated His love at Calvary so people will turn to Him and allow Him to give them a new nature, making them His children. As for me: My Lord Jesus Christ died for sinners, to set them free.
 
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 27, 2014

    Christ Died For Ungodly People

    ROMANS 5:6,8 GWN
    6 Look at it this way: At the right time, while we were still helpless, Christ died for ungodly people.
    8 Christ died for us while we were still sinners. This demonstrates Gods love for us.

    Let’s slow down and think about what verse 6 above told us by restating it. Christ died for:
    terrible people. for people who are most unlike God. for people so bad no one thinks there is any hope for them.

    Why!

    Why did Christ die for ungodly people? What was the purpose? What good did it do? Why did Jesus do such a thing?

    The answer is given in the rest of Romans 5. It tells the story of how one man (Adam) got all humanity living under a curse and the dominion of the devil because of his rebellion and
    disobedience to God. But through what another man did (Jesus Christ, who was God and became a man), salvation and deliverance and freedom along with a restored relationship with
    God is made available to all humanity.

    By choosing the Lord Jesus Christ we are delivered from the kingdom of darkness in which we were held captive (Colossians 1:13). This is not just for a select few who deserve it. It is
    available tor all — even the most terrible, the most ungodly. Jesus died to set us all free.

    It would be good for you to read the entire fifth chapter of Romans several times and let the message soak deeply into your thinking. God’s love for you (and all humanity) caused Him to
    put into action a plan to redeem us and set us free.

    Jesus died as a demonstration of God’s love in order to set humanity free — even those who were most ungodly. Jesus died for them.

    So what should your attitude be toward ungodly, terrible people? Should you hate them? Should you tell them to go to Hell?

    NO! Jesus loved them enough to die for them! So you should tell them about how much Jesus loves them and the provision He has already made to set them free from their sins.

    You should tell them the Good News! They are loved by God! God has forgiven them! (2 Corinthians 5:19) They can be free!

    It is not God’s plan that people remain ungodly. He demonstrated His love at Calvary so people will turn to Him and allow Him to give them a new nature, making them His children.

    As for me: My Lord Jesus Christ died for sinners, to set them free.

     

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 2 days ago
    September 26, 2014
The Future Begins TodayPHILIPPIANS 3:13 NKJ 13 …one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, Today IS the first day of the rest of your life. And it will be what you and God make it. Your past does not have to dictate your future. You can begin again. With God you really can have a fresh start. God can forgive your past — and help you to forgive yourself. But most importantly, God can change you. He can make you into the kind of person you know you should be.2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 NRSV 17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new! Your life can be different. But don’t think it will be different if you continue to do things exactly the same as you always have. For your life to change — you must MAKE changes. If you want real change — God’s Word is the key. You must immerse yourself in the Word. What you feed in determines the output of your life.ACTS 20:32 NLT 32 “And now I entrust you to God and the word of his grace – his message that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself. God’s Word will build you up. Jesus said it would make you free — if you continue in it (John 8:31-32). The Bible is God’s answer to man’s problems. It gives life and hope and instruction so we can walk in victory. Prayer is also vital. Prayer is communication with God. All relationships require communication to keep from growing cold. So, actively involve God in your life. Consult with Him on every decision. God is the best helper you will ever have.JOHN 14:16 NKJ 16 “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever, The future can be better. The choice is yours. If you invite and involve God in your future — it will be bright! As for me: I invite God into every area of my life and future.
 
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 26, 2014

    The Future Begins Today

    PHILIPPIANS 3:13 NKJ
    13 …one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead,

    Today IS the first day of the rest of your life. And it will be what you and God make it.

    Your past does not have to dictate your future. You can begin again. With God you really can have a fresh start.

    God can forgive your past — and help you to forgive yourself. But most importantly, God can change you. He can make you into the kind of person you know you should be.

    2 CORINTHIANS 5:17 NRSV
    17 So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

    Your life can be different. But don’t think it will be different if you continue to do things exactly the same as you always have.

    For your life to change — you must MAKE changes.

    If you want real change — God’s Word is the key. You must immerse yourself in the Word. What you feed in determines the output of your life.

    ACTS 20:32 NLT
    32 “And now I entrust you to God and the word of his grace – his message that is able to build you up and give you an inheritance with all those he has set apart for himself.

    God’s Word will build you up. Jesus said it would make you free — if you continue in it (John 8:31-32).

    The Bible is God’s answer to man’s problems. It gives life and hope and instruction so we can walk in victory.

    Prayer is also vital. Prayer is communication with God. All relationships require communication to keep from growing cold.

    So, actively involve God in your life. Consult with Him on every decision. God is the best helper you will ever have.

    JOHN 14:16 NKJ
    16 “And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever,

    The future can be better. The choice is yours. If you invite and involve God in your future — it will be bright!

    As for me: I invite God into every area of my life and future.

     

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 3 days ago
    September 25, 2014
 Mankind’s Dominion God did not create men and women to be puppets, robots, or slaves.GENESIS 1:26-28 NRS 26 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” 27 So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them. 28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.” Humans have been given dominion over every thing that moves on earth. That would include the devil and his forces trying to operate here on earth. So we should not allow the devil to operate here!PSALM 8:4-6 NRS 4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them? 5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor. 6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet, Even though mankind fell, God has never changed His purpose for mankind, nor His decrees.ROMANS 5:17 NRS 17 If, because of the one man’s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ. Jesus came to redeem mankind from our fallen state, and restore us back to the position of dominion God originally created us to walk in. Now those who are in Christ are joint heirs with Him (Romans 8:17). Our dominion now is not to rule over other people. Jesus perfectly illustrated for us during His earthly life how mankind is supposed to live on earth and exercise our dominion. But one day, those who are faithful will rule with Jesus over the nations (Revelation 2:26). As for me: God gave me dominion — not the devil.
 
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 25, 2014

     Mankind’s Dominion

    God did not create men and women to be puppets, robots, or slaves.

    GENESIS 1:26-28 NRS
    26 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the
    cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.”
    27 So God created humankind in his image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.
    28 God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth and subdue it; and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the air and over
    every living thing that moves upon the earth.”

    Humans have been given dominion over every thing that moves on earth. That would include the devil and his forces trying to operate here on earth. So we should not allow the devil to
    operate here!

    PSALM 8:4-6 NRS
    4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?
    5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God, and crowned them with glory and honor.
    6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands; you have put all things under their feet,

    Even though mankind fell, God has never changed His purpose for mankind, nor His decrees.

    ROMANS 5:17 NRS
    17 If, because of the one man’s trespass, death exercised dominion through that one, much more surely will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness exercise dominion in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.

    Jesus came to redeem mankind from our fallen state, and restore us back to the position of dominion God originally created us to walk in. Now those who are in Christ are joint heirs with
    Him (Romans 8:17).

    Our dominion now is not to rule over other people. Jesus perfectly illustrated for us during His earthly life how mankind is supposed to live on earth and exercise our dominion. But one day, those who are faithful will rule with Jesus over the nations (Revelation 2:26).

    As for me: God gave me dominion — not the devil.

     

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 4 days ago
    September 24, 2014
 I Am Wrong “What are you wrong about, preacher?” I don’t know. If I knew I would change. “Then how do you know you’re wrong?” Unless I’m perfect and know everything — I must be wrong about some things. I just don’t know what. “But I thought preachers knew everything.” Some of them may think they do. But even the Apostle Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament, said he only knew in part.1 CORINTHIANS 13:12 NIV 12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known. There are two ways to face life: thinking you know everything and are doing everything right, or realizing you are not yet perfect. The first way is pride, the second is humility. If you think you know everything, you cut yourself off from learning. If you think everything you do is right, you almost eliminate any chance of improvement. Do you really desire to never know more than you do now? Would it please you to never make any progress from where you are now? Then, to protect you from the enemy of pride, start each day saying, “I am wrong. Lord, show me where to change.” Pride stunts your growth as a person. Pride retards progress. Pride robs you and can kill. Pride causes strife and destroys relationships. Pride isolates. Pride closes doors of opportunity. Humility is the only antidote for pride and all its horrible consequences. The first step to wholeness is to realize you have a problem. SAY THIS: I am wrong. Lord, please correct me.
 
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 24, 2014

     I Am Wrong

    “What are you wrong about, preacher?”

    I don’t know. If I knew I would change.

    “Then how do you know you’re wrong?”

    Unless I’m perfect and know everything — I must be wrong about some things. I just don’t know what.

    “But I thought preachers knew everything.”

    Some of them may think they do. But even the Apostle Paul, who wrote most of the New Testament, said he only knew in part.

    1 CORINTHIANS 13:12 NIV
    12 Now we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.


    There are two ways to face life: thinking you know everything and are doing everything right, or realizing you are not yet perfect. The first way is pride, the second is humility.

    If you think you know everything, you cut yourself off from learning. If you think everything you do is right, you almost eliminate any chance of improvement.

    Do you really desire to never know more than you do now? Would it please you to never make any progress from where you are now?

    Then, to protect you from the enemy of pride, start each day saying, “I am wrong. Lord, show me where to change.”

    Pride stunts your growth as a person. Pride retards progress. Pride robs you and can kill. Pride causes strife and destroys relationships. Pride isolates. Pride closes doors of opportunity.

    Humility is the only antidote for pride and all its horrible consequences.

    The first step to wholeness is to realize you have a problem.

    SAY THIS: I am wrong. Lord, please correct me.

     

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 5 days ago
    September 23, 2014
God Owns The Earth1 CORINTHIANS 10:26 NKJ 26 for “the earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness.” God owns the earth and all its fullness because He created it. And nothing that has happened since has changed who owns the earth.PSALM 115:16 NKJ 16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S; But the earth He has given to the children of men. This one verse taken alone could cause someone to think God had given ownership of the earth to mankind. This is not so, as you will see from the verses below. So it must mean that the Lord has given us the use of the earth — not the title deed of ownership. Some think the earth belongs to the devil because some translations of 2 Corinthians 4:4 refer to him as the “god of this world.” But the word translated “world” in this verse does not mean earth, but a time period.2 CORINTHIANS 4:4 NKJ 4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. Some think the temptations of Christ in Matthew 4 prove the devil has a legal right here on earth.MATTHEW 4:8-9 NKJ 8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. 9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” For this to be a real temptation, the devil had to be able to give what he offered Jesus. But here again the word translated “world” does not mean earth. It  means the world system, or the governments of mankind who were alienated from God. That just means mankind has yielded to the devil, but it gives no proof that he had ownership or control of the earth. The devil has no legal authority to control the earth. He only operates here by deception and by influencing people (who do have a right to use the earth) to do wrong. God still owns the earth!LEVITICUS 25:23 NKJ 23 ‘The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me. JOB 41:11 NKJ 11 Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him? Everything under heaven is Mine. PSALM 50:10,12 NKJ 10 For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills. 12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; For the world is Mine, and all its fullness. HAGGAI 2:8 NKJ 8 ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the LORD of hosts. PSALM 24:1 NKJ 1 The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein. As for me: My Father God owns the entire earth and all the wealth it contains.
 
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 23, 2014

    God Owns The Earth

    1 CORINTHIANS 10:26 NKJ
    26 for “the earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness.”

    God owns the earth and all its fullness because He created it. And nothing that has happened since has changed who owns the earth.

    PSALM 115:16 NKJ
    16 The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD’S; But the earth He has given to the children of men.

    This one verse taken alone could cause someone to think God had given ownership of the earth to mankind. This is not so, as you will see from the verses below. So it must mean that the Lord
    has given us the use of the earth — not the title deed of ownership.

    Some think the earth belongs to the devil because some translations of 2 Corinthians 4:4 refer to him as the “god of this world.” But the word translated “world” in this verse does not mean earth, but a time period.

    2 CORINTHIANS 4:4 NKJ
    4 whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.


    Some think the temptations of Christ in Matthew 4 prove the devil has a legal right here on earth.

    MATTHEW 4:8-9 NKJ
    8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.
    9 And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.”

    For this to be a real temptation, the devil had to be able to give what he offered Jesus. But here again the word translated “world” does not mean earth. It  means the world system, or the
    governments of mankind who were alienated from God. That just means mankind has yielded to the devil, but it gives no proof that he had ownership or control of the earth.

    The devil has no legal authority to control the earth. He only operates here by deception and by influencing people (who do have a right to use the earth) to do wrong.

    God still owns the earth!

    LEVITICUS 25:23 NKJ
    23 ‘The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me.

    JOB 41:11 NKJ
    11 Who has preceded Me, that I should pay him? Everything under heaven is Mine.

    PSALM 50:10,12 NKJ
    10 For every beast of the forest is Mine, And the cattle on a thousand hills.
    12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you; For the world is Mine, and all its fullness.

    HAGGAI 2:8 NKJ
    8 ‘The silver is Mine, and the gold is Mine,’ says the LORD of hosts.

    PSALM 24:1 NKJ
    1 The earth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.

    As for me: My Father God owns the entire earth and all the wealth it contains.

     

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 6 days ago
    September 21, 2014
Integrity"Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.  Examine me, O LORD, and try me;  Test my mind and my heart. For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth."  (Psalm 26:1-3) Two outs, bottom of the ninth, behind by one run, Ryan’s right foot was pressed to the front edge of the third base bag. Every muscle in his eleven-year-old body was flexed, ready to bolt home with the tying run. Kenny, the winning run, stood grinning on second, Dylan, the team’s best hitter was at the plate. The first pitch was high and outside, “Ball One!”  The next caught the inside corner, “Steeeriiick!”  Two more balls and a foul tip later the count is full. Ryan’s eyes are glued to the ball while his ear is tuned to the third base coach listening for just one word. Dylan drove the next pitch to the right of the pitcher, well out of reach, and the coach screamed the one word, “GO!”   Ryan digs for home. Now at this level of play, a hit like that is usually good for extra bases, but today the third baseman made a play worthy of the Major Leagues. A diving stab knocked the ball down. Quick as a cat, he scooped it up, spun, and made the peg home to stop the tying run from scoring; it was going to be close. A perfect peg, a perfect slide, a perfect catch, a perfect sweeping tag and a big cloud of dust converge around the plate at the umpire’s feet. The umpire hesitated for a second; he couldn’t see the tag clearly for dust and the position of the catcher. He glanced at the field referee who gestured that he wasn’t sure either. As he was starting to spread his arms wide, palms down, Ryan looked into the umpire’s face. “Sir, I missed the plate, he tagged me out.” “Son, do you know what it means if I call you out?  The game is over and you lose” “Yes sir, I know. But that’s the truth.” Ryan whispered. The umpire turned his head slightly, “Why would you give it up like that?” “You see Sir, this catcher knows I became a Christian last week. I can’t trade a baseball game today for what he will think about me tomorrow.”

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

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 21, 2014

    Integrity

    "Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering.  Examine me, O LORD, and try me;  Test my mind and my heart. For Your lovingkindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth."  (Psalm 26:1-3)

    Two outs, bottom of the ninth, behind by one run, Ryan’s right foot was pressed to the front edge of the third base bag. Every muscle in his eleven-year-old body was flexed, ready to bolt home with the tying run.

    Kenny, the winning run, stood grinning on second, Dylan, the team’s best hitter was at the plate.

    The first pitch was high and outside, “Ball One!”  The next caught the inside corner, “Steeeriiick!”  Two more balls and a foul tip later the count is full. Ryan’s eyes are glued to the ball while his ear is tuned to the third base coach listening for just one word. Dylan drove the next pitch to the right of the pitcher, well out of reach, and the coach screamed the one word, “GO!”   Ryan digs for home.

    Now at this level of play, a hit like that is usually good for extra bases, but today the third baseman made a play worthy of the Major Leagues. A diving stab knocked the ball down. Quick as a cat, he scooped it up, spun, and made the peg home to stop the tying run from scoring; it was going to be close.

    A perfect peg, a perfect slide, a perfect catch, a perfect sweeping tag and a big cloud of dust converge around the plate at the umpire’s feet.

    The umpire hesitated for a second; he couldn’t see the tag clearly for dust and the position of the catcher. He glanced at the field referee who gestured that he wasn’t sure either.

    As he was starting to spread his arms wide, palms down, Ryan looked into the umpire’s face. “Sir, I missed the plate, he tagged me out.”

    “Son, do you know what it means if I call you out?  The game is over and you lose”

    “Yes sir, I know. But that’s the truth.” Ryan whispered.

    The umpire turned his head slightly, “Why would you give it up like that?”

    “You see Sir, this catcher knows I became a Christian last week. I can’t trade a baseball game today for what he will think about me tomorrow.”

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 1 week ago
    September 20, 2014
When The Wind Blows Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer. “Are you a good farm hand?” the farmer asked him. “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man. Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work. Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!” The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.” Enraged by the old man’s response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, and he returned to bed to also sleep while the wind blew. Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life? The hired hand in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. We secure ourselves against the storms of life by accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior and by grounding ourselves firmly in the Word of God.

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

    September 20, 2014

    When The Wind Blows

    Years ago a farmer owned land along the Atlantic seacoast. He constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic. They dreaded the awful storms that raged across the Atlantic, wreaking havoc on the buildings and crops. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a short, thin man, well past middle age, approached the farmer.

    “Are you a good farm hand?” the farmer asked him.

    “Well, I can sleep when the wind blows,” answered the little man.

    Although puzzled by this answer, the farmer, desperate for help, hired him. The little man worked well around the farm, busy from dawn to dusk, and the farmer felt satisfied with the man’s work.

    Then one night the wind howled loudly in from offshore. Jumping out of bed, the farmer grabbed a lantern and rushed next door to the hired hand’s sleeping quarters. He shook the little man and yelled, “Get up! A storm is coming! Tie things down before they blow away!” The little man rolled over in bed and said firmly, “No sir. I told you, I can sleep when the wind blows.”

    Enraged by the old man’s response, the farmer was tempted to fire him on the spot. Instead, he hurried outside to prepare for the storm. To his amazement, he discovered that all of the haystacks had been covered with tarpaulins. The cows were in the barn, the chickens were in the coops, and the doors were barred. The shutters were tightly secured. Everything was tied down. Nothing could blow away. The farmer then understood what his hired hand meant, and he returned to bed to also sleep while the wind blew.

    Can you sleep when the wind blows through your life? The hired hand in the story was able to sleep because he had secured the farm against the storm. We secure ourselves against the storms of life by accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior and by grounding ourselves firmly in the Word of God.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

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    • 1 week ago
    September 19, 2014
 Tell The TruthEPHESIANS 4:25 NLT 25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body. People lie because of fear of loss or pain. They are afraid if they always tell the truth, things might go badly for them. So people lie to try to obtain a better result for themselves. But lies can take you only so far. Truth always prevails in the end. So a lie that was done in an attempt to help you, will always end up eventually hurting you instead. Some might argue that sometimes lies are used to avoid hurting other’s feelings. Like when someone asks, “Do I look old or fat?” and you tell them “No!” because you want them to feel good about themselves. But actually you don’t want them to think badly of you for telling them the truth. I would never suggest that you say anything to put anyone down and make them feel bad. But you don’t have to respond directly to that type of question, either. Instead you could answer with something like, “You are a wonderful person and I love you.” One thing we need to learn is that we are not obligated to answer every time we are asked a question. Jesus did not! (Matthew 27:14 for example.) There are times when it is best to simply say nothing. As Christians, we may lament how politicians and government leaders seem to have problems with telling the truth. But we cannot condemn them without condemning ourselves, if we are also guilty of sometimes not telling the truth. We need a revival of truth in our culture. As Christians we should be people who mean what we say and can be depended on to tell the truth. We are supposed to be a light to the world around us, setting a good example.PSALM 15:4 CEB 4 someone who despises those who act wickedly, but who honors those who honor the LORD; someone who keeps their promise even when it hurts; We should always keep our word, if it is at all possible. Even if it costs us everything we have. If we do find ourselves in a situation where it is impossible to keep our promise, then we should apologize to those we have let down.JOHN 16:13 CEB 13 However, when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you in all truth. He won’t speak on his own, but will say whatever he hears and will proclaim to you what is to come. The Spirit of Truth lives in us, so we should be known for our truthfulness. People should be saying, “You can depend on them. If they say something, you can count on it being true!” There should be a clear difference between the children of light and the children of darkness, the children of God and the children of the devil.JOHN 8:44 NLT 44 For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies. Never forget that the devil is the father of lies. While a lie may tempt with the promise of improving things, remember that the devil’s work results in stealing, killing, and destruction (John 10:10). (Some Bible examples seem to indicate that an unselfish lie to stop evil people from killing an innocent victim is not treated as a sin. Rahab protecting the Israelite spies (Joshua 2:5), and the midwives not killing the Israelite baby boys in Egypt (Exodus 1:15-21) are examples of this. These are extreme and very rare occurrences, and should not be used as an excuse for lesser situations.) As for me: I will tell the truth, or keep quiet.

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

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 19, 2014

     Tell The Truth

    EPHESIANS 4:25 NLT
    25 So stop telling lies. Let us tell our neighbors the truth, for we are all parts of the same body.

    People lie because of fear of loss or pain. They are afraid if they always tell the truth, things might go badly for them.

    So people lie to try to obtain a better result for themselves. But lies can take you only so far. Truth always prevails in the end. So a lie that was done in an attempt to help you, will always end up eventually hurting you instead.

    Some might argue that sometimes lies are used to avoid hurting other’s feelings. Like when someone asks, “Do I look old or fat?” and you tell them “No!” because you want them to feel good about themselves. But actually you don’t want them to think badly of you for telling them the truth.

    I would never suggest that you say anything to put anyone down and make them feel bad. But you don’t have to respond directly to that type of question, either.

    Instead you could answer with something like, “You are a wonderful person and I love you.”

    One thing we need to learn is that we are not obligated to answer every time we are asked a question. Jesus did not! (Matthew 27:14 for example.) There are times when it is best to simply say nothing.

    As Christians, we may lament how politicians and government leaders seem to have problems with telling the truth. But we cannot condemn them without condemning ourselves, if we are also guilty of sometimes not telling the truth.

    We need a revival of truth in our culture. As Christians we should be people who mean what we say and can be depended on to tell the truth. We are supposed to be a light to the world around us, setting a good example.

    PSALM 15:4 CEB
    4 someone who despises those who act wickedly, but who honors those who honor the LORD; someone who keeps their promise even when it hurts;

    We should always keep our word, if it is at all possible. Even if it costs us everything we have. If we do find ourselves in a situation where it is impossible to keep our promise, then we should apologize to those we have let down.

    JOHN 16:13 CEB
    13 However, when the Spirit of Truth comes, he will guide you in all truth. He won’t speak on his own, but will say whatever he hears and will proclaim to you what is to come.

    The Spirit of Truth lives in us, so we should be known for our truthfulness. People should be saying, “You can depend on them. If they say something, you can count on it being true!”

    There should be a clear difference between the children of light and the children of darkness, the children of God and the children of the devil.

    JOHN 8:44 NLT
    44 For you are the children of your father the devil, and you love to do the evil things he does. He was a murderer from the beginning. He has always hated the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, it is consistent with his character; for he is a liar and the father of lies.

    Never forget that the devil is the father of lies.

    While a lie may tempt with the promise of improving things, remember that the devil’s work results in stealing, killing, and destruction (John 10:10).

    (Some Bible examples seem to indicate that an unselfish lie to stop evil people from killing an innocent victim is not treated as a sin. Rahab protecting the Israelite spies (Joshua 2:5), and the midwives not killing the Israelite baby boys in Egypt (Exodus 1:15-21) are examples of this. These are extreme and
    very rare occurrences, and should not be used as an excuse for lesser situations.)

    As for me: I will tell the truth, or keep quiet.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 1 week ago