God Will Crush Satan Under Your FeetROMANS 16:20 NLT 20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you. Many don’t know it yet, but the New Testament reveals that God has given authority over the devil to all Christians. Therefore we have a responsibility to exercise that authority and stop the devil. Here are some of the verses that make that clear.LUKE 10:19 NKJ 19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. MARK 16:17 NKJ 17 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; EPHESIANS 4:27 NKJ 27 nor give place to the devil. JAMES 4:7 NKJ 7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. But one verse in the New Testament, Romans 16:20 (see above), seems to give a different message. It seems to say we must wait on God to do something about the devil, instead of doing it ourselves. For a long time, this verse confused me because it seemed to conflict with the rest of the New Testament teaching. So who is responsible now for controlling the devil? Have believers truly been given that responsibility? Or, should we look to God expecting Him to do it? Are we to wait on God to stop the devil’s activities in our lives, or are we supposed to do something by using the authority Jesus gave us? One day I finally saw it. Romans 16:20 is not saying that God will do anything about the devil apart from you. God will work through you and satan will be crushed UNDER YOUR FEET. It will be your feet that do the crushing. The power working in you will be from God, but the feet will be yours. In other words, you must take action. You have to step out — and step on — the devil. Romans 16:20 seems to say God will stop the devil — which would contradict all these other verses. But there is no contradiction when you realize it is God working through the believer to control the devil. In other words, the believer must control the devil, but the power to do it is of God. Believers must exercise their authority and resist the devil. We cannot wait on God to do what He told us to do. As for me: God’s plan is that the devil be under my feet.
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    God Will Crush Satan Under Your Feet

    ROMANS 16:20 NLT
    20 The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. May
    the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.


    Many don’t know it yet, but the New Testament reveals that God
    has given authority over the devil to all Christians. Therefore
    we have a responsibility to exercise that authority and stop
    the devil.

    Here are some of the verses that make that clear.

    LUKE 10:19 NKJ
    19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and
    scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing
    shall by any means hurt you.

    MARK 16:17 NKJ
    17 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name
    they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues;

    EPHESIANS 4:27 NKJ
    27 nor give place to the devil.

    JAMES 4:7 NKJ
    7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee
    from you.

    But one verse in the New Testament, Romans 16:20 (see above),
    seems to give a different message. It seems to say we must wait
    on God to do something about the devil, instead of doing it
    ourselves. For a long time, this verse confused me because it
    seemed to conflict with the rest of the New Testament teaching.

    So who is responsible now for controlling the devil? Have
    believers truly been given that responsibility? Or, should we
    look to God expecting Him to do it?

    Are we to wait on God to stop the devil’s activities in our
    lives, or are we supposed to do something by using the
    authority Jesus gave us?

    One day I finally saw it. Romans 16:20 is not saying that God
    will do anything about the devil apart from you. God will work
    through you and satan will be crushed UNDER YOUR FEET. It will
    be your feet that do the crushing. The power working in you
    will be from God, but the feet will be yours. In other words,
    you must take action. You have to step out — and step on —
    the devil.

    Romans 16:20 seems to say God will stop the devil — which
    would contradict all these other verses. But there is no
    contradiction when you realize it is God working through the
    believer to control the devil. In other words, the believer
    must control the devil, but the power to do it is of God.

    Believers must exercise their authority and resist the devil.
    We cannot wait on God to do what He told us to do.

    As for me: God’s plan is that the devil be under my feet.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 15 hours ago
    September 14, 2014
REMEMBER THE SCARS John Gordon was a respected general for the South in the Civil War. After the war, he was running for the United States Senate, but a man who had served under him in the war, angry over some political incident, was determined to see him defeated. Everyone knew this man would fight Gordon’s bid to become a senator. During the convention, he angrily stamped down the aisle with his anti-Gordon vote in hand. As he saw Gordon sitting on the platform, he noticed how his once handsome face was disfigured with the scars of battle — marks of his willingness to suffer and bleed for a cause he believed in. The old soldier was stricken with remorse. Overcome with emotion, he exclaimed, “It’s no use; I can’t do it. Here’s my vote for John Gordon.” Then, turning to the general, he said, “Forgive me, General. I had forgotten the scars.” What a difference it makes in our lives when we remember the scars! With so many things to distract us, we don’t often take time each day to reflect on what Jesus went through on the cross for us. But, when we are tempted to stray, it is a remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice that has the power to draw us back to him."He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5) May I encourage you this morning to take a moment to pause and “remember the scars”

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

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 14, 2014

    REMEMBER THE SCARS

    John Gordon was a respected general for the South in the Civil War. After the war, he was running for the United States Senate, but a man who had served under him in the war, angry over some political incident, was determined to see him defeated. Everyone knew this man would fight Gordon’s bid to become a senator.

    During the convention, he angrily stamped down the aisle with his anti-Gordon vote in hand. As he saw Gordon sitting on the platform, he noticed how his once handsome face was disfigured with the scars of battle — marks of his willingness to suffer and bleed for a cause he believed in.

    The old soldier was stricken with remorse. Overcome with emotion, he exclaimed, “It’s no use; I can’t do it. Here’s my vote for John Gordon.” Then, turning to the general, he said, “Forgive me, General. I had forgotten the scars.”

    What a difference it makes in our lives when we remember the scars! With so many things to distract us, we don’t often take time each day to reflect on what Jesus went through on the cross for us. But, when we are tempted to stray, it is a remembrance of Christ’s sacrifice that has the power to draw us back to him.

    "He was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon him, and by his stripes we are healed." (Isaiah 53:5)

    May I encourage you this morning to take a moment to pause and “remember the scars”

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 1 day ago
    September 12, 2014
Impossible Made Possible!"…The things which are impossible with men are possible with God." (Luke 18:27) My relationship with my mother has, at times, been a source of confusion and frustration to me. Perhaps the problem was that we were simply two very different people. Regardless of the why, based on past experience, it seemed that this is simply the way things were, and were most likely going to remain. However, God had something else in mind. He used another circumstance in my life to show me a better way to break through the differences and conflicts, and to find our common bond. Love. How simple a common denominator this was; right in front of me all along, and yet, even in its simplicity, I did not see. Setting pride and past differences aside, I picked up pen to paper and wrote a letter from the heart, one which my mother was happy to receive. She responded back, and several more back and forth letters from the heart followed. Then, the next step; a phone call. It had been years since we spoke, and I was not sure how either of us was going to react, but I dialed nonetheless. Mother was clearly overjoyed to hear from me. We had so much to say we spoke long distance for almost 4 hours! This happened again, and again, and again. The next step was a simple gesture of thoughtfulness. Knowing how much I enjoy getting packages in the mail, I decided to send mom a care package. Along with a box of cake mix for her past birthday I missed, and a few other odds and ends I thought might make her smile. I also sent her a beautiful white Bible with gold print on the cover. Mother loved it and wrote to tell me how much she appreciated me thinking of her. During this time, I could sense a subtle difference with each gift of love. Mom and I didn’t need to agree or disagree on everything anymore because we both seemed to finally understand that love is much bigger than petty divisions. Our relationship is slowly blossoming, and it is truly a wonder to see. A few years ago, if you told me such a thing would occur, I would have laughed and said, “Impossible!” I should have remembered that nothing is impossible with God, and since God is Love, likewise, nothing is impossible with love! Today, if a situation you are encountering could benefit from the healing power of God’s love, won’t you call on Him to assist you?
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 12, 2014

    Impossible Made Possible!

    "…The things which are impossible with men are possible with God." (Luke 18:27)

    My relationship with my mother has, at times, been a source of confusion and frustration to me. Perhaps the problem was that we were simply two very different people. Regardless of the why, based on past experience, it seemed that this is simply the way things were, and were most likely going to remain.

    However, God had something else in mind. He used another circumstance in my life to show me a better way to break through the differences and conflicts, and to find our common bond. Love.

    How simple a common denominator this was; right in front of me all along, and yet, even in its simplicity, I did not see. Setting pride and past differences aside, I picked up pen to paper and wrote a letter from the heart, one which my mother was happy to receive. She responded back, and several more back and forth letters from the heart followed. Then, the next step; a phone call. It had been years since we spoke, and I was not sure how either of us was going to react, but I dialed nonetheless.

    Mother was clearly overjoyed to hear from me. We had so much to say we spoke long distance for almost 4 hours! This happened again, and again, and again.

    The next step was a simple gesture of thoughtfulness. Knowing how much I enjoy getting packages in the mail, I decided to send mom a care package. Along with a box of cake mix for her past birthday I missed, and a few other odds and ends I thought might make her smile. I also sent her a beautiful white Bible with gold print on the cover. Mother loved it and wrote to tell me how much she appreciated me thinking of her.

    During this time, I could sense a subtle difference with each gift of love. Mom and I didn’t need to agree or disagree on everything anymore because we both seemed to finally understand that love is much bigger than petty divisions. Our relationship is slowly blossoming, and it is truly a wonder to see.

    A few years ago, if you told me such a thing would occur, I would have laughed and said, “Impossible!” I should have remembered that nothing is impossible with God, and since God is Love, likewise, nothing is impossible with love!

    Today, if a situation you are encountering could benefit from the healing power of God’s love, won’t you call on Him to assist you?

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 3 days ago
    September 11, 2014
 God’s Word Is SettledPSALM 119:89 NKJ 89 Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Heaven is not running around trying to figure out the will of God. His Word is settled in Heaven. God surely had enough time before the Bible was written down to make any changes in His plans. Now that He has given His Word, He will keep it and see that it comes to pass.MARK 13:31 NKJ 31 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.” ISAIAH 40:8 NKJ 8 “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever.” 1 PETER 1:23 NKJ 23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever, JOHN 17:17 NKJ 17 “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth. The issue is settled in Heaven. Now you should settle it: God’s Word is true. God said what He meant and meant what He said. As for me: God tells the truth, so I will not doubt what He has said.

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

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 11, 2014

     God’s Word Is Settled

    PSALM 119:89 NKJ
    89 Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven.


    Heaven is not running around trying to figure out the will of
    God. His Word is settled in Heaven.

    God surely had enough time before the Bible was written down to
    make any changes in His plans. Now that He has given His Word,
    He will keep it and see that it comes to pass.

    MARK 13:31 NKJ
    31 “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no
    means pass away.”

    ISAIAH 40:8 NKJ
    8 “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God
    stands forever.”

    1 PETER 1:23 NKJ
    23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but
    incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides
    forever,

    JOHN 17:17 NKJ
    17 “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

    The issue is settled in Heaven. Now you should settle it: God’s
    Word is true. God said what He meant and meant what He said.

    As for me: God tells the truth, so I will not doubt what He has
    said.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 4 days ago
    September 10, 2014
The Weapon of the SpiritEPHESIANS 6:17 NKJ 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; A soldier needs a weapon. In Bible days a sword was the most effective weapon available. Today we have machine guns and other sophisticated weapons. But there is no weapon more powerful than the one God has provided for His children: the Word of God. To help you grasp this better it may help to remember that this whole universe came into existence by God releasing words. To realize how much power is in God’s Words, you have to understand how much power God has. All the power of God is behind His Word. Once He has spoken something, God never changes His mind but causes His Word to be fulfilled. So don’t lightly esteem the Word of God and think it is not a powerful weapon. You just need to learn how to use it — the same as with any weapon. There are spiritual forces arrayed against us. But God has not left us without all we need to live in safety and victory. But unless we “take” God’s provision — His Word — and speak it boldly against our enemy, we will be in trouble. As for me: I will use the spiritual weapon God has provided for me, which is speaking His Word.

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

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 10, 2014

    The Weapon of the Spirit

    EPHESIANS 6:17 NKJ
    17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the
    Spirit, which is the word of God;

    A soldier needs a weapon. In Bible days a sword was the most
    effective weapon available. Today we have machine guns and
    other sophisticated weapons.

    But there is no weapon more powerful than the one God has
    provided for His children: the Word of God.

    To help you grasp this better it may help to remember that this
    whole universe came into existence by God releasing words. To
    realize how much power is in God’s Words, you have to
    understand how much power God has.

    All the power of God is behind His Word. Once He has spoken
    something, God never changes His mind but causes His Word to be
    fulfilled.

    So don’t lightly esteem the Word of God and think it is not a
    powerful weapon. You just need to learn how to use it — the
    same as with any weapon.

    There are spiritual forces arrayed against us. But God has not
    left us without all we need to live in safety and victory. But
    unless we “take” God’s provision — His Word — and speak it
    boldly against our enemy, we will be in trouble.

    As for me: I will use the spiritual weapon God has provided for
    me, which is speaking His Word.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 5 days ago
    September 9, 2014
Shake it Off!
Read Matthew 11:28-30, Isaiah 52
Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:34
Failure, rejection, and guilt are some of the side effects of living life in a sin sick world and we are all going to experience them at some time or another.
Its not a matter of if, but of when. We need to know how to deal with them. Instead of getting shook up, we need to shake off.
We need to know that our security is not based on our worldly success or rejection, and that failure is never final with God.
When we confess our guilt to God or to others we may have wronged and ask for forgiveness with godly sorrow and repentance there is absolutely no reason in the world for us to hold on to guilt.
If we do not learn to shake off failure, rejection, or guilt we are doomed to the crippling effects of living as losers instead of as the winner’s Christ has made us to be when we receive by grace through faith the salvation and righteousness He died to earn for us.
When we learn, by the grace of God, to shake off the failures, rejections, and guilt of our yesterdays and focus on the bright future God has prepared for all those who love Him and are called according to His purposes, we can be sure that God will not only restore the joy of our salvation when we shake off our sins through daily confession and repentance, He will provide the all sufficient grace to see us through any other failures, rejections or sins that might beset us.
What peace and joy there is in learning how to “shake it off.”
Dear Lord, help me to learn how to shake it off when I get all shook up. In Jesus’ sweet name, Amen

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

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 9, 2014

    Shake it Off!

    Read Matthew 11:28-30, Isaiah 52

    Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart, All you who hope in the LORD. Psalm 31:34

    Failure, rejection, and guilt are some of the side effects of living life in a sin sick world and we are all going to experience them at some time or another.

    Its not a matter of if, but of when. We need to know how to deal with them. Instead of getting shook up, we need to shake off.

    We need to know that our security is not based on our worldly success or rejection, and that failure is never final with God.

    When we confess our guilt to God or to others we may have wronged and ask for forgiveness with godly sorrow and repentance there is absolutely no reason in the world for us to hold on to guilt.

    If we do not learn to shake off failure, rejection, or guilt we are doomed to the crippling effects of living as losers instead of as the winner’s Christ has made us to be when we receive by grace through faith the salvation and righteousness He died to earn for us.

    When we learn, by the grace of God, to shake off the failures, rejections, and guilt of our yesterdays and focus on the bright future God has prepared for all those who love Him and are called according to His purposes, we can be sure that God will not only restore the joy of our salvation when we shake off our sins
    through daily confession and repentance, He will provide the all sufficient grace to see us through any other failures, rejections or sins that might beset us.

    What peace and joy there is in learning how to “shake it off.”

    Dear Lord, help me to learn how to shake it off when I get all shook up. In Jesus’ sweet name, Amen

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 6 days ago
    September 8, 2014
I Don’t Agree With Other Preachers1 CORINTHIANS 13:9 NLT 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! I don’t know one single person on earth I agree with completely on every single thing they believe. That does not make me right, or make them wrong. It just means that we are all in a process of learning, so of necessity we are not all at the same place in our thinking. There are some who know more than I do about a subject, and there are some who know less than I do about that subject. I should not fight or argue with those who know less about a subject than I do. Neither should I be proud because of my knowledge. For everything I have learned, I have been taught. I was not born with superior knowledge. And you may find, as I have from time to time, that I thought I had knowledge of a subject, only to find out later that I was wrong. In order to keep learning, I need to stay open to what others have to say. I need to truly listen to others. However, if I once believed what someone is teaching, but the Lord corrected me, then it would be foolish to waste my time continuing to listen to them on that subject. I don’t  need to criticize or condemn them. But I don’t need to keep listening to them speak on that subject, either. Yet, there may be other subjects that I could still learn from them. As for me: Everyone is still learning, and I can learn something from everyone.

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

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 8, 2014

    I Don’t Agree With Other Preachers

    1 CORINTHIANS 13:9 NLT
    9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the
    gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture!

    I don’t know one single person on earth I agree with completely
    on every single thing they believe.

    That does not make me right, or make them wrong.

    It just means that we are all in a process of learning, so of
    necessity we are not all at the same place in our thinking.

    There are some who know more than I do about a subject, and
    there are some who know less than I do about that subject.

    I should not fight or argue with those who know less about a
    subject than I do. Neither should I be proud because of my
    knowledge. For everything I have learned, I have been taught. I
    was not born with superior knowledge.

    And you may find, as I have from time to time, that I thought I
    had knowledge of a subject, only to find out later that I was
    wrong.

    In order to keep learning, I need to stay open to what others
    have to say. I need to truly listen to others.

    However, if I once believed what someone is teaching, but the
    Lord corrected me, then it would be foolish to waste my time
    continuing to listen to them on that subject. I don’t  need to
    criticize or condemn them. But I don’t need to keep listening
    to them speak on that subject, either. Yet, there may be other
    subjects that I could still learn from them.

    As for me: Everyone is still learning, and I can learn something
    from everyone.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 1 week ago
    September 7, 2014
Living Carelessly
Read Psalm 141, Revelation 3
“Watch out! Don’t let me find you living in careless ease and drunkenness, and filled with the worries of this life.” Luke 21:34 NLT
One of the greatest dangers confronting us in our new life in Christ is falling into the habit of living carelessly. We must be on the look out and avoid carelessness in any area of our lives.
Careless words that hurt our witness and the feelings of others are sometimes too easy to speak out but so hard to take back.
A careless and indifferent attitude towards sin makes us the kind of lukewarm Christians that God mentions in Revelation 3.
When we get careless with our priorities, we start putting other things ahead of God and commit spiritual adultery by giving the pursuit of pleasure, possessions, or the approval of others precedence over growing into the fullness of Christ, which should be the number-one priority of every believier.
When we get careless with our finances, we fall into bondage to debt and are not able to let God’s generosity flow through us or give God any reason to trust us with more material blessings.
Carelessness in choosing our friends and our past times can also have disastrous consequences.
Using our freedom from condemnation for sin carelessly will kill.
We have not been set free to sin but free to live free from the power of sin and in the power of the Spirit.
We should always remember that God’s grace is free, but it was not cheap. Jesus had to die to earn it for us.
We must never let anything tear us down or deter us from living lives fully pleasing to God and fruitful in every good work.
As for me; may I never be guilty of getting careless in the way I live the life You have given me. Amen.
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 7, 2014

    Living Carelessly

    Read Psalm 141, Revelation 3

    “Watch out! Don’t let me find you living in careless ease and drunkenness, and filled with the worries of this life.” Luke 21:34 NLT

    One of the greatest dangers confronting us in our new life in Christ is falling into the habit of living carelessly. We must be on the look out and avoid carelessness in any area of our lives.

    Careless words that hurt our witness and the feelings of others are sometimes too easy to speak out but so hard to take back.

    A careless and indifferent attitude towards sin makes us the kind of lukewarm Christians that God mentions in Revelation 3.

    When we get careless with our priorities, we start putting other things ahead of God and commit spiritual adultery by giving the pursuit of pleasure, possessions, or the approval of others precedence over growing into the fullness of Christ, which should be the number-one priority of every believier.

    When we get careless with our finances, we fall into bondage to debt and are not able to let God’s generosity flow through us or give God any reason to trust us with more material blessings.

    Carelessness in choosing our friends and our past times can also have disastrous consequences.

    Using our freedom from condemnation for sin carelessly will kill.

    We have not been set free to sin but free to live free from the power of sin and in the power of the Spirit.

    We should always remember that God’s grace is free, but it was not cheap. Jesus had to die to earn it for us.

    We must never let anything tear us down or deter us from living lives fully pleasing to God and fruitful in every good work.

    As for me; may I never be guilty of getting careless in the way I live the life You have given me. Amen.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 1 week ago
    September 6, 2014
 Don’t Let Your Heart Be TroubledJOHN 14:1 NIV 1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. Because Jesus told us to NOT LET our hearts be troubled, it means we can do it. Jesus would never tell us to do something that was impossible for us to do.JOHN 14:27 NIV 27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. JOHN 16:33 NIV 33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” As this verse indicates, believers are not exempt from trouble in this world. But Jesus the Victor is always with us to lead us into victory, no matter what we may face.PROVERBS 4:23 NLT 23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life. ISAIAH 26:3 NLT 3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! The information you feed into your consciousness determines what you believe. If your heart is troubled, it means you are looking at, and feeding in, the wrong information. What you feed on, listen to, and watch is important. Look to God and His Word. Refuse to doubt God’s never-failing love and provision. As for me: I will not allow my heart to be troubled, but I will trust in Jesus.
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 6, 2014

     Don’t Let Your Heart Be Troubled

    JOHN 14:1 NIV
    1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also
    in me.


    Because Jesus told us to NOT LET our hearts be troubled, it
    means we can do it. Jesus would never tell us to do something
    that was impossible for us to do.

    JOHN 14:27 NIV
    27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give
    to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled
    and do not be afraid.

    JOHN 16:33 NIV
    33 “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have
    peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I
    have overcome the world.”

    As this verse indicates, believers are not exempt from trouble
    in this world. But Jesus the Victor is always with us to lead
    us into victory, no matter what we may face.

    PROVERBS 4:23 NLT
    23 Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the
    course of your life.

    ISAIAH 26:3 NLT
    3 You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all
    whose thoughts are fixed on you!


    The information you feed into your consciousness determines
    what you believe.

    If your heart is troubled, it means you are looking at, and
    feeding in, the wrong information.

    What you feed on, listen to, and watch is important.

    Look to God and His Word. Refuse to doubt God’s never-failing
    love and provision.

    As for me: I will not allow my heart to be troubled, but I will
    trust in Jesus.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 1 week ago
    September 5th, 2014
Do You Feel The Heat? A refiner in Biblical times had a special way of purifying his silver. Using a large pot, he placed ore (with a high silver content that was mined from the earth) inside. He would build a huge, blazing fire underneath and carefully waited and watched as the contents started to melt. First he skimmed large amounts of sediment from the top with a wooden spoon. Knowing the silver was not pure he made the fire hotter by add more wood to the already bright flames. Soon the intense heat would cause impure particles to surface and these, too, were skimmed off of the liquid metal. Still not satisfied with the refinement, the worker turned up the heat with an even hotter flame by using his densest wood. Although this was a long process, the refiner never left his post. He doesn’t want to injure the silver by leaving it on the heat too long. “It is ready” he announced to his new apprentice. With a questioning look the young man readies the molds. The master refiner removed the pot from the heat and allowed the apprentice to look inside. He announced, “You know the silver is perfectly refined when you can see a reflection of yourself. Now it is ready for use.” When was the last time the “heat” was turned up in your life? Maybe your relationships seemed to burn your broken heart or a health problem felt like constant fire or the all-too-common financial hot coals were burning your pocket book. What knowledge or change of personality or insight did you gain from the experience? The intention of the high heat allowed God to remove the sediment from your character that kept Him from seeing His reflection in your life. He refined character with the blazing warmth of troublesome times in order to remove any particles of self-reliance or disobedience. The surface of a heated heart shimmered with hope. His image soon appeared, as an outline of The Refiner’s Reflection. That last bit of high temperature brought into focus a clear image of the Refiner. You are ready for his use.Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’”

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

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    September 5th, 2014

    Do You Feel The Heat?

    A refiner in Biblical times had a special way of purifying his silver. Using a large pot, he placed ore (with a high silver content that was mined from the earth) inside. He would build a huge, blazing fire underneath and carefully waited and watched as the contents started to melt. First he skimmed large amounts of sediment from the top with a wooden spoon. Knowing the silver was not pure he made the fire hotter by add more wood to the already bright flames.

    Soon the intense heat would cause impure particles to surface and these, too, were skimmed off of the liquid metal. Still not satisfied with the refinement, the worker turned up the heat with an even hotter flame by using his densest wood. Although this was a long process, the refiner never left his post. He doesn’t want to injure the silver by leaving it on the heat too long.

    “It is ready” he announced to his new apprentice. With a questioning look the young man readies the molds. The master refiner removed the pot from the heat and allowed the apprentice to look inside. He announced, “You know the silver is perfectly refined when you can see a reflection of yourself. Now it is ready for use.”

    When was the last time the “heat” was turned up in your life? Maybe your relationships seemed to burn your broken heart or a health problem felt like constant fire or the all-too-common financial hot coals were burning your pocket book. What knowledge or change of personality or insight did you gain from the experience?

    The intention of the high heat allowed God to remove the sediment from your character that kept Him from seeing His reflection in your life. He refined character with the blazing warmth of troublesome times in order to remove any particles of self-reliance or disobedience. The surface of a heated heart shimmered with hope. His image soon appeared, as an outline of The Refiner’s Reflection. That last bit of high temperature brought into focus a clear image of the Refiner. You are ready for his use.

    Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will bring into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, ‘They are my people,’ and they will say, ‘The LORD is our God.’”

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 1 week ago