August 29, 2014
Delay Is Not DenialLUKE 18:1 NKJ 1 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, Many people give up too easily in prayer. When they don’t see the answer almost immediately, they quit. God is not pleased with this approach. You may say, “God knows my need. Why doesn’t He just give it to me, instead of playing games?” Whether you agree with God’s ways, or not: God is still in charge and makes the rules — not you. So, it does you no good to argue or complain. Better to just line up with God instead of fighting against His plan. Besides, in reality God’s ways are perfect, it is just that we are often too immature and ignorant to understand all God is doing. Scripture has many examples of people pressing in and receiving answers to prayer. We should never be quitters when it comes to prayer. It is God’s will to answer your prayers. He is the One who told you to pray. God actually delights in answering your prayers. (Never forget that God loves you more than you can imagine. God loves you more than He loves Himself, and proved it by dying in your place, so you could go free.) “Then why are there so many delays?” There is an enemy, the devil, who hates you and is against you receiving your answer from God. Second, some prayers involve other people, and God does not force people to do His will, but works with them patiently so they can see and do the right thing willingly. This takes time. Third, there are things that God is working in you while you are persevering in prayer. God’s plan is for you to grow up spiritually. God wants to enlarge your faith and encourage you to develop a closer relationship with Him. If every answer always came immediately, would you really press in and spend time drawing closer to God and studying His Word? Don’t despair in prayer. Keep on praying in faith as long as you are praying according to God’s Word. A delay, even a very long one, does not mean that God is saying no to your request. As for me: I will persevere in prayer.
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    August 29, 2014

    Delay Is Not Denial

    LUKE 18:1 NKJ
    1 Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to
    pray and not lose heart,

    Many people give up too easily in prayer. When they don’t see
    the answer almost immediately, they quit.

    God is not pleased with this approach.

    You may say, “God knows my need. Why doesn’t He just give it to
    me, instead of playing games?”

    Whether you agree with God’s ways, or not: God is still in
    charge and makes the rules — not you. So, it does you no good
    to argue or complain. Better to just line up with God instead
    of fighting against His plan. Besides, in reality God’s ways
    are perfect, it is just that we are often too immature and
    ignorant to understand all God is doing.

    Scripture has many examples of people pressing in and receiving
    answers to prayer. We should never be quitters when it comes to
    prayer.

    It is God’s will to answer your prayers. He is the One who told
    you to pray. God actually delights in answering your prayers.

    (Never forget that God loves you more than you can imagine. God
    loves you more than He loves Himself, and proved it by dying in
    your place, so you could go free.)

    “Then why are there so many delays?”

    There is an enemy, the devil, who hates you and is against you
    receiving your answer from God.

    Second, some prayers involve other people, and God does not
    force people to do His will, but works with them patiently so
    they can see and do the right thing willingly. This takes time.

    Third, there are things that God is working in you while you
    are persevering in prayer. God’s plan is for you to grow up
    spiritually. God wants to enlarge your faith and encourage you
    to develop a closer relationship with Him. If every answer
    always came immediately, would you really press in and spend
    time drawing closer to God and studying His Word?

    Don’t despair in prayer. Keep on praying in faith as long as
    you are praying according to God’s Word. A delay, even a very
    long one, does not mean that God is saying no to your request.

    As for me: I will persevere in prayer.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 8 hours ago
    August 28, 2014
AN EVERYDAY SURVIVAL KIT Toothpick  Rubber band  Band aid  Pencil  Eraser  Chewing gum  Mint  Candy Kiss  Tea Bag Here’s why:Toothpick - to remind you to pick out the good qualities in others… Matt 7:1Rubber band - to remind you to be flexible.  Things might not always go the way you want, but it will work out… Romans 8:28Band Aid - to remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else’s… Col. 3:12-14Pencil - To remind you to list your blessings everyday… Eph1:3Eraser - to remind you that everyone makes mistakes, and it’s okay… Gen. 50:15-21Chewing gum - to remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything …Phil 4:13Mint - to remind you that you are worth a mint to your heavenly father… John 3:16-17Candy Kiss - to remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug everyday… 1 John 4:7Tea Bag - to remind you to relax daily and go over that list of God’s blessings… 1 Thess 5:18 This is my “daily survival” gift to you. May God richly bless you.  Today, make up a special Daily Survival Kit and take it to someone you know who needs to be reminded of God’s love.  Remember, to the world, you may just be somebody, but to somebody, you may be the world  
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    August 28, 2014

    AN EVERYDAY SURVIVAL KIT
     Toothpick
     Rubber band
     Band aid
     Pencil
     Eraser
     Chewing gum
     Mint
     Candy Kiss
     Tea Bag

    Here’s why:

    Toothpick - to remind you to pick out the good qualities in others… Matt 7:1

    Rubber band - to remind you to be flexible.  Things might not always go the way you want, but it will work out… Romans 8:28

    Band Aid - to remind you to heal hurt feelings, yours or someone else’s… Col. 3:12-14

    Pencil - To remind you to list your blessings everyday… Eph1:3

    Eraser - to remind you that everyone makes mistakes, and it’s okay… Gen. 50:15-21

    Chewing gum - to remind you to stick with it and you can accomplish anything …Phil 4:13

    Mint - to remind you that you are worth a mint to your heavenly father… John 3:16-17

    Candy Kiss - to remind you that everyone needs a kiss or a hug everyday… 1 John 4:7

    Tea Bag - to remind you to relax daily and go over that list of God’s blessings… 1 Thess 5:18


    This is my “daily survival” gift to you. May God richly bless you.  Today, make up a special Daily Survival Kit and take it to someone you know who needs to be reminded of God’s love.  Remember, to the world, you may just be somebody, but to somebody, you may be the world  

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 1 day ago
    August 27, 2014
Bless And Do Not CurseROMANS 12:14 NLT 14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. (Fallen) human nature retaliates. If someone wrongs us, we want revenge. But children of God, who have the love of God in their hearts, should act differently (Romans 5:5).1 PETER 3:9 NLT 9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it. We have been delivered from the power of darkness and placed in the Kingdom of Love, where Jesus is Lord (Colossians 1:13). Our King desires that all people be blessed (John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9). God loves the whole world. We are His representatives to give them that message (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). We cannot win the world by cursing them. We are supposed to love them.JOHN 13:34 NLT 34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. We are to love as Jesus loved. Even when treated badly, He never cursed those who mistreated Him.LUKE 23:34a NLT 34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” People do evil because they are trapped in spiritual darkness. Our only real enemy is the devil and his forces, not people.EPHESIANS 6:12 NLT 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Just as Jesus was mistreated, we will not avoid being mistreated in this life.JOHN 15:17-21 NLT 17 This is my command: Love each other. 18 “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first. 19 The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you. 20 Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would listen to you. 21 They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the One who sent me. 1 PETER 2:19-23 NLT 19 For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment. 20 Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you. 21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. 22 He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone. 23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly. We can expect to suffer the same things Jesus did in life, primarily rejection and mistreatment. (Note that Jesus never suffered sickness or lack during His life, until He died on the cross for us.) Yet in all this, we can rejoice, knowing that God our Father is just, and He will protect us and reward us for doing His will. As for me: God loves me, so I can love others, even when they act unlovely.
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    August 27, 2014

    Bless And Do Not Curse

    ROMANS 12:14 NLT
    14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them.

    (Fallen) human nature retaliates. If someone wrongs us, we want revenge.

    But children of God, who have the love of God in their hearts, should act differently (Romans 5:5).

    1 PETER 3:9 NLT
    9 Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate with insults when people insult you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God has called you to do, and he will bless you for it.

    We have been delivered from the power of darkness and placed in the Kingdom of Love, where Jesus is Lord (Colossians 1:13). Our King desires that all people be blessed (John 3:16, 1 Timothy 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9).

    God loves the whole world. We are His representatives to give them that message (2 Corinthians 5:18-21). We cannot win the world by cursing them. We are supposed to love them.

    JOHN 13:34 NLT
    34 So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.

    We are to love as Jesus loved. Even when treated badly, He never cursed those who mistreated Him.

    LUKE 23:34a NLT
    34 Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.”

    People do evil because they are trapped in spiritual darkness. Our only real enemy is the devil and his forces, not people.

    EPHESIANS 6:12 NLT
    12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

    Just as Jesus was mistreated, we will not avoid being mistreated in this life.

    JOHN 15:17-21 NLT
    17 This is my command: Love each other.
    18 “If the world hates you, remember that it hated me first.
    19 The world would love you as one of its own if you belonged to it, but you are no longer part of the world. I chose you to come out of the world, so it hates you.
    20 Do you remember what I told you? ‘A slave is not greater than the master.’ Since they persecuted me, naturally they will persecute you. And if they had listened to me, they would
    listen to you.
    21 They will do all this to you because of me, for they have rejected the One who sent me.

    1 PETER 2:19-23 NLT
    19 For God is pleased with you when you do what you know is right and patiently endure unfair treatment.
    20 Of course, you get no credit for being patient if you are beaten for doing wrong. But if you suffer for doing good and endure it patiently, God is pleased with you.
    21 For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps.
    22 He never sinned, nor ever deceived anyone.
    23 He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.

    We can expect to suffer the same things Jesus did in life, primarily rejection and mistreatment. (Note that Jesus never suffered sickness or lack during His life, until He died on the cross for us.)

    Yet in all this, we can rejoice, knowing that God our Father is just, and He will protect us and reward us for doing His will.

    As for me: God loves me, so I can love others, even when they act unlovely.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 2 days ago
    August 26, 2014     The River
 Walking through the forest, a seasoned hiker came upon a broad, slowly moving river. He stopped to gaze over the waters, appreciating the beauty, when suddenly he heard a faint cry coming from upstream. Looking in the direction of the noise, he saw an obviously drowning man floundering in the river and drifting slowly toward him. The hiker was stunned momentarily, but he sprang into action when he saw the man disappear beneath the waters. Throwing off all of his cumbersome gear, he dove into the river and swam like a madman toward the spot where the man went under. Upon reaching the spot he plunged below the surface and frantically hauled up the helpless man. He then laboriously towed the victim to shore. Heaving the lifeless body up on the riverbank, the hiker attempted to revive the man, who eventually spit up water and began to breathe. Relieved, the hiker paused to catch his breath. But no sooner had he done so than he heard another voice out on the water. Another drowning person! Once again he swam out and pulled the person to shore, a little more slowly this time. As the hiker-turned- lifeguard revived the second victim, he heard yet another cry for help. All day long the hiker worked, rescuing one person after another as they came drifting down the river. There seemed to be no end of drowning victims, and the hiker didn’t think he could keep it up. Just when he was about to collapse from exhaustion, he spotted another man walking rapidly beside the river, headed upstream. “Hey mister!” he cried out. “Please help me! These poor people are drowning!” Amazingly, the man kept walking upstream. The astonished hiker called out again. Without even acknowledging the cry, the man kept going. Indignant and angry, the hiker leapt to his feet, ran toward the uncompassionate man, stood directly in his path, and in a loud voice demanded, “Sir! How can you possibly walk past all these drowning people? Have you no conscience? Must I force you to help me save these people?” The stranger stopped, looked at him for the first time and said with a calm, focused voice, “Sir, please get out of my way. I am headed upstream to stop the guy who is pushing all these people in.” Each of us has a role to play in rescuing those who are drowning in sin. Some of us pull people from the water and resuscitate them with counseling, food and shelter, a rehabilitation program, a support group, or financial aid. Affirm those doing these important ministries. Others of us find our place of ministry upstream, opposing the one pushing people into the river. We do this by introducing those people to Jesus Christ. Knowing Christ sets a person free from sin and releases them from Satan’s power over them. By itself, pulling people from the water isn’t enough.  We need to help people deal with the problem of sin at its source. 
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newnewhopecambridge.org

    August 26, 2014     The River


    Walking through the forest, a seasoned hiker came upon a broad, slowly moving river. He stopped to gaze over the waters, appreciating the beauty, when suddenly he heard a faint cry coming from upstream.

    Looking in the direction of the noise, he saw an obviously drowning man floundering in the river and drifting slowly toward him.

    The hiker was stunned momentarily, but he sprang into action when he saw the man disappear beneath the waters. Throwing off all of his cumbersome gear, he dove into the river and swam like a madman toward the spot where the man went under.

    Upon reaching the spot he plunged below the surface and frantically hauled up the helpless man. He then laboriously towed the victim to shore. Heaving the lifeless body up on the riverbank, the hiker attempted to revive the man, who eventually spit up water and began to breathe.

    Relieved, the hiker paused to catch his breath. But no sooner had he done so than he heard another voice out on the water. Another drowning person!

    Once again he swam out and pulled the person to shore, a little more slowly this time. As the hiker-turned- lifeguard revived the second victim, he heard yet another cry for help.

    All day long the hiker worked, rescuing one person after another as they came drifting down the river. There seemed to be no end of drowning victims, and the hiker didn’t think he could keep it up.

    Just when he was about to collapse from exhaustion, he spotted another man walking rapidly beside the river, headed upstream. “Hey mister!” he cried out. “Please help me! These poor people are drowning!”

    Amazingly, the man kept walking upstream. The astonished hiker called out again. Without even acknowledging the cry, the man kept going. Indignant and angry, the hiker leapt to his feet, ran toward the uncompassionate man, stood directly in his path, and in a loud voice demanded, “Sir! How can you possibly walk past all these drowning people? Have you no conscience? Must I force you to help me save these people?”

    The stranger stopped, looked at him for the first time and said with a calm, focused voice, “Sir, please get out of my way. I am headed upstream to stop the guy who is pushing all these people in.”

    Each of us has a role to play in rescuing those who are drowning in sin. Some of us pull people from the water and resuscitate them with counseling, food and shelter, a rehabilitation program, a support group, or financial aid. Affirm those doing these important ministries.

    Others of us find our place of ministry upstream, opposing the one pushing people into the river. We do this by introducing those people to Jesus Christ. Knowing Christ sets a person free from sin and releases them from Satan’s power over them.

    By itself, pulling people from the water isn’t enough.  We need to help people deal with the problem of sin at its source. 

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newnewhopecambridge.org

    • 3 days ago
    August 25, 2014
Believers Can Do These Things? 
 Make sure you interpret correctly.MARK 16:17-18 NLT 17 These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe: They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in new languages. 18 They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they drink anything poisonous, it won’t hurt them. They will be able to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed. If you were asked what humans can do, you might say humans can do things like walk, talk, sing, and even reproduce. And you would be correct. Yet babies cannot do even one of those things, and they are human beings! So when God says these signs will follow believers, we have been told the truth. But that does not mean it will happen automatically and instantly. (There is no Biblical justification for anyone trying to prove they can do things like handle snakes or drink poison without harm. The context is about believers going into all the world to proclaim the Good News of Jesus. As they do, the promise of God is that nothing can stop them, not demons, dangerous animals, or dangerous food and water. Paul shaking off the snake in Acts 28:3-6 is an example of how to understand this passage correctly.) A human parent might say “When I have children, they will be able to do what I do” and we would have no trouble believing that. It seems God has done a similar thing, saying, in effect, “This is what my children will be able to do.” Should we call God a liar just because on the first day they are born all of His children don’t do everything He says His children will be able to do? It’s always a mistake to argue with God. Instead we should accept what He said and learn how to walk in it. We are born again (spiritually) with all the capability of children of God, but we must grow, develop, and learn to walk in the authority we have been given.JOHN 14:12 CEV 12 I tell you for certain that if you have faith in me, you will do the same things that I am doing. You will do even greater things, now that I am going back to the Father. Jesus even said we would do the same things He did! But it takes faith. So until we believe, it won’t happen.1 JOHN 5:4 CEV 4 Every child of God can defeat the world, and our faith is what gives us this victory. As for me: I am a believer in Jesus Christ, so I can do what the Bible says I can do.
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    August 25, 2014

    Believers Can Do These Things?

     Make sure you interpret correctly.

    MARK 16:17-18 NLT
    17 These miraculous signs will accompany those who believe:
    They will cast out demons in my name, and they will speak in
    new languages.
    18 They will be able to handle snakes with safety, and if they
    drink anything poisonous, it won
    t hurt them. They will be able
    to place their hands on the sick, and they will be healed.

    If you were asked what humans can do, you might say humans can
    do things like walk, talk, sing, and even reproduce.

    And you would be correct. Yet babies cannot do even one of
    those things, and they are human beings!

    So when God says these signs will follow believers, we have
    been told the truth. But that does not mean it will happen
    automatically and instantly.

    (There is no Biblical justification for anyone trying to prove
    they can do things like handle snakes or drink poison without
    harm. The context is about believers going into all the world
    to proclaim the Good News of Jesus. As they do, the promise of
    God is that nothing can stop them, not demons, dangerous
    animals, or dangerous food and water. Paul shaking off the
    snake in Acts 28:3-6 is an example of how to understand this
    passage correctly.
    )

    A human parent might say “When I have children, they will be
    able to do what I do” and we would have no trouble believing
    that. It seems God has done a similar thing, saying, in effect,
    “This is what my children will be able to do.”

    Should we call God a liar just because on the first day they
    are born all of His children don’t do everything He says His
    children will be able to do?

    It’s always a mistake to argue with God. Instead we should
    accept what He said and learn how to walk in it.

    We are born again (spiritually) with all the capability of
    children of God, but we must grow, develop, and learn to walk
    in the authority we have been given.

    JOHN 14:12 CEV
    12 I tell you for certain that if you have faith in me, you
    will do the same things that I am doing. You will do even
    greater things, now that I am going back to the Father.

    Jesus even said we would do the same things He did! But it
    takes faith. So until we believe, it won’t happen.

    1 JOHN 5:4 CEV
    4 Every child of God can defeat the world, and our faith is
    what gives us this victory.

    As for me: I am a believer in Jesus Christ, so I can do what the
    Bible says I can do.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 4 days ago
    August 24, 2014
Sitting On The Fence There was an incredibly large group of people assembled. On one side of the group stood Jesus. On the other side of the group stood Satan. Separating them, running through the group was a fence. The scene set, both Jesus and Satan began calling to the people in the group.  One by one, each having made up his or her mind, and each went to either Jesus or Satan. This kept going until eventually, every person in the large group had gathered in a group around either Jesus or Satan.  Except one man.  This man joined neither group. He climbed on the fence that was there and just sat down on it. Then Jesus and his people left and disappeared. So, too, did Satan and his people. And the man on the fence sat alone. As this man sat there, Satan came back, and appeared to be looking for something that he’d lost. The man said, “Have you lost something?” Satan looked straight at him and replied, “No, there you are. Come with me.”
 “But,” said the man, “I sat on the fence. I didn’t chose either you or Him. “You don’t understand.” said Satan. “I own the fence.”"How  long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow  him; but if Baal is God, follow  him…” (1 Kings 18:21) “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15) “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)

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

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    August 24, 2014

    Sitting On The Fence

    There was an incredibly large group of people assembled. On one side of the group stood Jesus. On the other side of the group stood Satan. Separating them, running through the group was a fence.

    The scene set, both Jesus and Satan began calling to the people in the group.  One by one, each having made up his or her mind, and each went to either Jesus or Satan.

    This kept going until eventually, every person in the large group had gathered in a group around either Jesus or Satan.  Except one man.  This man joined neither group. He climbed on the fence that was there and just sat down on it. Then Jesus and his people left and disappeared. So, too, did Satan and his people.

    And the man on the fence sat alone.

    As this man sat there, Satan came back, and appeared to be looking for something that he’d lost. The man said, “Have you lost something?” Satan looked straight at him and replied, “No, there you are. Come with me.”


    “But,” said the man, “I sat on the fence. I didn’t chose either you or Him.

    “You don’t understand.” said Satan. “I own the fence.”


    "How  long will you waver between two opinions? If the Lord is God, follow  him; but if Baal is God, follow  him…” (1 Kings 18:21)

    “Choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)

    “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Matthew 6:24)

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 5 days ago
    August 23, 2013
You Are All Brothers And SistersMATTHEW 23:8-11 NLT 8 “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. 9 And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only God in heaven is your spiritual Father. 10 And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you must be a servant. These verses can seem perplexing. Yet they contain some important truths. The first is that in the Kingdom of God we are all siblings — all on the same level. (Jesus did not specifically address gender in this passage, but it fits in perfectly. Any attempt to classify women as inferior or second-class in any way goes against the spirit of what Jesus said in this passage. And Galatians 3:28 certainly backs up this idea.) Jesus is not telling us it is wrong to acknowledge we have an earthly parent called a father. For the Bible tells us to honor our father and mother. He must be referring to the custom of calling someone “Father” as a term of great respect. For example, there are people who are called “the father of modern medicine” or “the father of jazz music.” The word “father” used in this way means someone who was the originator, the one who started it all — the leader of a movement. Although it is not wrong to honor someone because of their achievements, we should not consider humans the originators of everything. And we are not to set some people up on a pedestal and follow them instead of God. It is not wrong to honor people, but it is wrong to honor people above God. No one should be allowed to take the place of honor and respect that belongs to God alone. He is the One who originated all things. He is the One who deserves our utmost honor, respect, and obedience. God is our Leader! And instead of operating like the world and setting up a hierarchy we are to operate as co-equals. (This is not to say there should not be positions of authority and leadership. But all should remember that being in those positions is a matter of responsibility, not a matter of being better than others.) All human beings are on the same level. God loves us all. One person is not more important or valuable than any other person. The human tendency is to try and distinguish ourselves from others. We try to elevate ourselves so others will look up to us and make us feel good about ourselves. Jesus is telling us we must not operate this way. We should not need a title to make us feel valuable when God has already established our value by the price He paid to redeem us. Being a child of God is the highest position imaginable. No human title can begin to compare with that. All special titles and human recognition are ultimately worthless anyway. They may have some value here on earth. But only God, the ultimate Judge, truly matters. What others think of us matters little. Human organizations always exalt some people while minimizing others. “These are the important people. These other people are not very important.” But God’s people are not supposed to operate this way. Finally, Jesus tells a great truth — which many have not yet understood. The greatest person is the one who serves others the most. This is not just a short-term idea, valid only in this life on earth. This is the way it will be in God’s Kingdom for eternity. Those who serve others the most are the greatest. In the Kingdom of God status is not measured by a title or an office or a following (how may fans or friends you may have). Instead greatness is determined solely by how much you help others. God helps everyone all the time. That makes Him the greatest. The more we help others, the greater it makes us. So don’t worry about a title or an office — just help people. As for me: God’s family is not a hierarchy.
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    August 23, 2013

    You Are All Brothers And Sisters

    MATTHEW 23:8-11 NLT
    8 “Don’t let anyone call you ‘Rabbi,’ for you have only one teacher, and all of you are equal as brothers and sisters. 9 And don’t address anyone here on earth as ‘Father,’ for only
    God in heaven is your spiritual Father. 10 And don’t let anyone call you ‘Teacher,’ for you have only one teacher, the Messiah. 11 The greatest among you must be a servant.

    These verses can seem perplexing. Yet they contain some important truths.

    The first is that in the Kingdom of God we are all siblings — all on the same level.

    (Jesus did not specifically address gender in this passage, but it fits in perfectly. Any attempt to classify women as inferior or second-class in any way goes against the spirit of what Jesus said in this passage. And Galatians 3:28 certainly backs up this idea.)

    Jesus is not telling us it is wrong to acknowledge we have an earthly parent called a father. For the Bible tells us to honor our father and mother. He must be referring to the custom of calling someone “Father” as a term of great respect.

    For example, there are people who are called “the father of modern medicine” or “the father of jazz music.” The word “father” used in this way means someone who was the originator, the one who started it all — the leader of a movement.

    Although it is not wrong to honor someone because of their achievements, we should not consider humans the originators of everything. And we are not to set some people up on a pedestal and follow them instead of God.

    It is not wrong to honor people, but it is wrong to honor people above God.

    No one should be allowed to take the place of honor and respect that belongs to God alone. He is the One who originated all things. He is the One who deserves our utmost honor, respect, and obedience. God is our Leader!

    And instead of operating like the world and setting up a hierarchy we are to operate as co-equals. (This is not to say there should not be positions of authority and leadership. But all should remember that being in those positions is a matter of responsibility, not a matter of being better than others.)

    All human beings are on the same level. God loves us all. One person is not more important or valuable than any other person.

    The human tendency is to try and distinguish ourselves from others. We try to elevate ourselves so others will look up to us and make us feel good about ourselves. Jesus is telling us we must not operate this way.

    We should not need a title to make us feel valuable when God has already established our value by the price He paid to redeem us. Being a child of God is the highest position imaginable. No human title can begin to compare with that.

    All special titles and human recognition are ultimately worthless anyway. They may have some value here on earth. But only God, the ultimate Judge, truly matters. What others think of us matters little.

    Human organizations always exalt some people while minimizing others. “These are the important people. These other people are not very important.” But God’s people are not supposed to operate this way.

    Finally, Jesus tells a great truth — which many have not yet understood. The greatest person is the one who serves others the most. This is not just a short-term idea, valid only in this life on earth. This is the way it will be in God’s Kingdom for eternity. Those who serve others the most are the greatest.

    In the Kingdom of God status is not measured by a title or an office or a following (how may fans or friends you may have). Instead greatness is determined solely by how much you help
    others.

    God helps everyone all the time. That makes Him the greatest. The more we help others, the greater it makes us. So don’t worry about a title or an office — just help people.

    As for me: God’s family is not a hierarchy.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 6 days ago
    August 22, 2014
You Cannot Serve Two MastersLUKE 16:13 CJB 13 No servant can be slave to two masters, for he will either hate the first and love the second, or scorn the second and be loyal to the first. You can’t be a slave to both God and money.” This is a simple yet profound, eternal truth — always true in every situation. It is impossible to take orders from two places at the same time, without giving preference to one. Jesus did not say it was hard. He said it was impossible. True, sometimes it can seem possible for a while. But invariably the time comes when the orders from each side are going to conflict, forcing a decision. Who am I really serving? What dictates my actions? Who has final authority? Will I do what gets me the most money? Or will I do what God says? From this verse we see that there will be times when God’s direction will not be the most financially rewarding choice. Yet far too many who call themselves Christians never even consider choices which would provide them with less money. Money is supposed to be our servant, not our master. Instead of money dictating our decisions, we should tell money what to do. We should use money instead of letting it use us. Money is just a tool to accomplish things on earth. Money should never be your master. But, unlike what many think, Jesus did not say that you cannot serve God and have money. None of this proves Christians should be poor, or that God is against His people having every need met and even being prosperous. It simply means what it says. You can only have one Lord. So you have to make a choice. If you are making every decision in life based on your finances, you need to realize you are not serving God, but serving money. You can’t be a soldier in two armies at the same time. You may pretend loyalty to more than one army, but you can only truly be loyal to one at a time.LUKE 14:33 ESV 33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple. A disciple of Jesus must renounce all other gods — all that tries to exert control over their life. Jesus must be Lord. You cannot be a true disciple of Jesus and allow other things to control you, dictating what you will do. Many have misunderstood these things and thought Jesus taught that His true followers have to be poor. But this is not true at all. The issue is not what you have, but what controls you – whose orders you obey. There are people who have nothing, yet are controlled by money. Every decision they make is decided on the basis of how it affects their finances. There are also people with substantial wealth who are completely submitted to God. If God told them, they would give it all away today. A soldier has to completely subordinate everything he is and everything he has to serve in the army. So a soldier “gives up” all he previously had and enjoyed as he enters active duty. That does not mean the soldier is without a place to live or food to eat. But his source of supply is not from his own resources. A soldier on active duty has renounced control of his life. In return, he trusts he will be taken care of. You must understand that you CANNOT be controlled by money and by God at the same time. If you do serve money, you will be trusting in money to provide for you — which you will surely regret, for money can fail. But God never fails! As for me: No person can truly serve two masters.
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    August 22, 2014

    You Cannot Serve Two Masters

    LUKE 16:13 CJB
    13 No servant can be slave to two masters, for he will either hate the first and love the second, or scorn the second and be loyal to the first. You can’t be a slave to both God and
    money.”

    This is a simple yet profound, eternal truth — always true in every situation. It is impossible to take orders from two places at the same time, without giving preference to one.

    Jesus did not say it was hard. He said it was impossible. True, sometimes it can seem possible for a while. But invariably the time comes when the orders from each side are going to conflict, forcing a decision.

    Who am I really serving? What dictates my actions? Who has final authority? Will I do what gets me the most money? Or will I do what God says?

    From this verse we see that there will be times when God’s direction will not be the most financially rewarding choice.

    Yet far too many who call themselves Christians never even consider choices which would provide them with less money.

    Money is supposed to be our servant, not our master. Instead of money dictating our decisions, we should tell money what to do. We should use money instead of letting it use us.

    Money is just a tool to accomplish things on earth. Money should never be your master.

    But, unlike what many think, Jesus did not say that you cannot serve God and have money.

    None of this proves Christians should be poor, or that God is against His people having every need met and even being prosperous.

    It simply means what it says. You can only have one Lord. So you have to make a choice.

    If you are making every decision in life based on your finances, you need to realize you are not serving God, but serving money.

    You can’t be a soldier in two armies at the same time. You may pretend loyalty to more than one army, but you can only truly be loyal to one at a time.

    LUKE 14:33 ESV
    33 So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.

    A disciple of Jesus must renounce all other gods — all that tries to exert control over their life. Jesus must be Lord.

    You cannot be a true disciple of Jesus and allow other things to control you, dictating what you will do.

    Many have misunderstood these things and thought Jesus taught that His true followers have to be poor. But this is not true at all.

    The issue is not what you have, but what controls you – whose orders you obey.

    There are people who have nothing, yet are controlled by money. Every decision they make is decided on the basis of how it affects their finances. There are also people with substantial wealth who are completely submitted to God. If God told them, they would give it all away today.

    A soldier has to completely subordinate everything he is and everything he has to serve in the army. So a soldier “gives up” all he previously had and enjoyed as he enters active duty. That does not mean the soldier is without a place to live or food to eat. But his source of supply is not from his own resources.

    A soldier on active duty has renounced control of his life. In return, he trusts he will be taken care of.

    You must understand that you CANNOT be controlled by money and by God at the same time.

    If you do serve money, you will be trusting in money to provide for you — which you will surely regret, for money can fail. But God never fails!

    As for me: No person can truly serve two masters.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 1 week ago
    August 21, 2014
How To Confess Your Sins To God1 JOHN 1:9 NKJ 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. This is the only verse under the New Covenant that mentions confession of sins to God. The meaning of the Greek word here translated “confess” is “to say the same thing as another, i.e. to agree with.” So replacing the word “confess” in the verse with its meaning, gives us this:1 JOHN 1:9 9 If we (say the same thing as God about) our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. So let’s see what God has said about our sins under the New Covenant, so we can say the same thing as He has said about them.HEBREWS 8:12-13 NKJ 12 “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.” 13 In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away. HEBREWS 10:16-17 NKJ 16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,” 17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”Since God says He does not remember our sins, is it polite or wise to keep bringing them up to Him?1 JOHN 2:12 NKJ 12 I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake. EPHESIANS 1:7 NKJ 7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace This says we have the forgiveness of sins. There is no need to ask for something you already have. Doing so is disrespectful to the One who has given you forgiveness.COLOSSIANS 2:13 NKJ 13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the un-circumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses, 2 CORINTHIANS 5:19 NKJ 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. God reconciled the world to Himself in Christ and He is no longer holding our sins against us (which is what imputing means). In Christ, God extended complete and total forgiveness for all the world. He is not holding the sins of anyone against them. For God to do so would be unjust, because Jesus already suffered the penalty for all sin. Yet we must receive God’s forgiveness for it to benefit us. God did His part, now we must respond in faith and be reconciled to God.2 CORINTHIANS 5:20-21 NKJ 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. For us to beg God for forgiveness is rude. God already said He has forgiven. Now it is up to us to believe and accept His forgiveness. (Showing remorse for our sin is not wrong. Remorse is what many people think of as repentance, but actually repentance means a change in thinking which results in a change of action. Remorse is not required for true Biblical repentance.) Using the definition of what the word confess means, here is one example of a correct way to confess sin. “Lord Jesus, what I did was a sin. Thank You for already paying  the price for that sin on the cross. Thank You for loving me  and suffering the punishment so I can go free. Thank You God  that I have been forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Jesus.  Sin is deadly so please work in me and help me to stop it.” Asking God to forgive you is not New Covenant confession of  sin, because God says you are already forgiven. Don’t ask God  to do something He has already done! Instead, acknowledge the  sin was wrong and thank Him for forgiveness and cleansing by  the precious blood of Jesus. As for me: If I sin, I will agree with what God says about it.
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    August 21, 2014

    How To Confess Your Sins To God

    1 JOHN 1:9 NKJ
    9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

    This is the only verse under the New Covenant that mentions confession of sins to God.

    The meaning of the Greek word here translated “confess” is “to say the same thing as another, i.e. to agree with.”

    So replacing the word “confess” in the verse with its meaning, gives us this:

    1 JOHN 1:9
    9 If we (say the same thing as God about) our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.


    So let’s see what God has said about our sins under the New Covenant, so we can say the same thing as He has said about them.

    HEBREWS 8:12-13 NKJ
    12 “For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
    13 In that He says, “A new covenant,” He has made the first obsolete. Now what is becoming obsolete and growing old is ready to vanish away.

    HEBREWS 10:16-17 NKJ
    16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, says the LORD: I will put My laws into their hearts, and in their minds I will write them,”
    17 then He adds, “Their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”

    Since God says He does not remember our sins, is it polite or wise to keep bringing them up to Him?

    1 JOHN 2:12 NKJ
    12 I write to you, little children, Because your sins are forgiven you for His name’s sake.

    EPHESIANS 1:7 NKJ
    7 In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace

    This says we have the forgiveness of sins. There is no need to ask for something you already have. Doing so is disrespectful to the One who has given you forgiveness.

    COLOSSIANS 2:13 NKJ
    13 And you, being dead in your trespasses and the un-circumcision of your flesh, He has made alive together with Him, having forgiven you all trespasses,

    2 CORINTHIANS 5:19 NKJ
    19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

    God reconciled the world to Himself in Christ and He is no longer holding our sins against us (which is what imputing means).

    In Christ, God extended complete and total forgiveness for all the world. He is not holding the sins of anyone against them. For God to do so would be unjust, because Jesus already suffered the penalty for all sin.

    Yet we must receive God’s forgiveness for it to benefit us. God did His part, now we must respond in faith and be reconciled to God.

    2 CORINTHIANS 5:20-21 NKJ
    20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.
    21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

    For us to beg God for forgiveness is rude. God already said He has forgiven. Now it is up to us to believe and accept His forgiveness.

    (Showing remorse for our sin is not wrong. Remorse is what many people think of as repentance, but actually repentance means a change in thinking which results in a change of action. Remorse is not required for true Biblical repentance.)

    Using the definition of what the word confess means, here is one example of a correct way to confess sin.

    “Lord Jesus, what I did was a sin. Thank You for already paying  the price for that sin on the cross. Thank You for loving me  and suffering the punishment so I can go free. Thank You God  that I have been forgiven and cleansed by the blood of Jesus.  Sin is deadly so please work in me and help me to stop it.”

    Asking God to forgive you is not New Covenant confession of  sin, because God says you are already forgiven. Don’t ask God  to do something He has already done! Instead, acknowledge the  sin was wrong and thank Him for forgiveness and cleansing by  the precious blood of Jesus.

    As for me: If I sin, I will agree with what God says about it.

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 1 week ago
    August 20, 2014
HEART PRINTS Whatever our hands touch… We leave fingerprints! On walls, on furniture On doorknobs, dishes, books. There’s no escape. As we touch we leave our identity. Oh God, wherever I go today Help me leave heartprints! Heartprints of compassion Of understanding and love. Heartprints of kindness And genuine concern. May my heart touch a lonely neighbor Or a runaway daughter Or an anxious mother Or a frustrated co-worker Or a hurting friend Or perhaps an aged grandfather. Lord, send me out today To leave heartprints. And if someone should say, “I felt your touch,” May that one sense YOUR LOVE Touching through ME.
 
"And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40)  — Author Unknown
Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison
New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    August 20, 2014

    HEART PRINTS

    Whatever our hands touch…
    We leave fingerprints!
    On walls, on furniture
    On doorknobs, dishes, books.
    There’s no escape.
    As we touch we leave our identity.

    Oh God, wherever I go today
    Help me leave heartprints!

    Heartprints of compassion
    Of understanding and love.
    Heartprints of kindness
    And genuine concern.

    May my heart touch a lonely neighbor
    Or a runaway daughter
    Or an anxious mother
    Or a frustrated co-worker
    Or a hurting friend
    Or perhaps an aged grandfather.

    Lord, send me out today
    To leave heartprints.
    And if someone should say,
    “I felt your touch,”
    May that one sense YOUR LOVE
    Touching through ME.

     

    "And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matthew 25:40)

     
    — Author Unknown

    Paul Blom Sr., Recovery Liaison

    New Hope Community Church, Cambridge, MN 55008

    Paul@newhopecambridge.org

    • 1 week ago