November 16 BLAST Youth Ministry
'The International Church'

Social Media

Find and follow New Life on these social media places and spaces…

    

 New Life’s Facebook feed

The construction is moving along quickly now !!! ...

View on Facebook
·

...

View on Facebook
·

Going to church should be more like going to the gym rather than going to the movies. God wants us to give not just receive. We are to be a work in progress rather than a movie critic giving a thumbs up or down. At the gym each person must be engaged whereas at the movies all we have to do is consume. God has a bigger agenda than to make us buttered up consumers of biblical truth. He wants us to be strong and able to take the message of salvation to the world!

"But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth" (Exodus 9:16).

Like muscles that need to be worked to grow ,God has given us faith to use and purpose with our life to be lived out. Ask God today what you can do to be a blessing in the Kingdom of God today!
...

View on Facebook
·

I will be speaking on the topic of "why bad things happen to God's people in the morning. Here is an old Chinese proverb to get you thinking.
By way of illustration, here is a story based on an old proverb:
There was an old man who had a beautiful horse. This horse was not only his family’s pride and joy, but it was also a means to an income for the family.
One day, the horse ran away. Fellow villagers visited the old man to give their condolences for such a stroke of bad luck, as the loss of his horse represented a staggering financial blow that would be hard to recover from.
“Good luck, bad luck: Who can tell?” replied the old man. “It is as it is. My horse is gone.”
Perplexed at the man’s nonchalance towards the apparent tragedy, the villagers went about their business.
A few days later, the horse returned with a pack of 12 wild horses in tow. Again the villagers gathered, this time to offer their congratulations at such a stroke of good luck. Now he had 12 more horses with which to make 12 times the income! What a godsend, they said.
“Good luck, bad luck: Who can tell?” replied the old man again. “All I see is that 12 more horses have appeared.”
The next week, while breaking in one of the wild horses, the old man’s son fell and both his legs were broken. What bad luck! The villagers exclaimed. Your son has broken both of his legs. That’s terrible. How will you get your work done? You are too old to do it yourself.
“Good luck, bad luck: Who can tell?” was the (now predictable and equally frustrating) answer of the old man. “My son has broken his legs. That is all I know.”
Shortly thereafter, the government forcibly removed all the able-bodied men from the village, as the country had gone to war. The old man’s son, however, was spared since his legs were broken.
Good luck, bad luck: Who can tell?
Each follower of Jesus must come to that place in their walk of faith where we learn to simply trust in God. Remember the bible says the rain falls on both the good and the bad!
...

View on Facebook
·

I love the story about Charles Plumb. He was a US Navy jet pilot in Vietnam. After 75 combat missions, his plane as destroyed by a surface-to-air missile. Plumb ejected and parachuted into enemy hands. He was captured and spent 6 years in a communist Vietnamese prison. He survived the ordeal and now lectures on lessons learned from that experience.
One day, when Plumb and his wife were sitting in a restaurant, a man at another table came up and said, “You’re Plumb! You flew jet fighters in Vietnam from the aircraft carrier Kitty Hawk. You were shot down!”
“How in the world did you know that?” asked Plumb.
“ I packed your parachute,” the man replied. Plumb gasped in surprise and gratitude. The man pumped his hand and said, “I guess it worked!” Plumb assured him, “It sure did. If your chute hadn’t worked, I wouldn’t be here today.”
Plumb couldn’t sleep that night, thinking about that man. Plumb says, “I kept wondering what he might have looked like in a Navy uniform: a white hat, a bib in the back, and bell-bottom trousers. I wonder how many times I might have seen him and not even said Good morning, how are you?’ or anything because, you see, I was a fighter pilot and he was just a sailor.”
Plumb thought of the man hours the sailor had spent on a long wooden table in the bowels of the ship, carefully weaving the shrouds and folding the silks of each chute, holding in his hands each time the fate of someone he didn’t know.
Now, Plumb goes around the world giving conferences, and he always asks his audience:
“Who’s packing your parachute?”
Who does the small things that make our life better that we may take for granted? Do you say thanks to others who help you have a wonderful day? What about those who coach your kids or clean the office or cook the food?Everyone has something to offer so why not begin to show appreciation to everyone not just a few. Jesus always took time to pay attention to many different people we should do no less.
...

View on Facebook
·

Who hasn't gone through a dry season? The dry times, those painful seasons of barrenness, are times to be humbled before the Lord. Jesus said that the Father was glorified when we bare "much fruit that remains." Notice when the children of Israel finally got fruit...after they had walked through the desert.
Fruitfulness is the ultimate objective of God for you when he has you
walking through a desert.

What is precious in the desert? Sand? No, there is shifting sand
everywhere. Sky? No, in fact, there is little protection from the
merciless beating of the sun. What is precious in the desert is water.

A single drop of water can make the difference between living and
dying. Water is the precious commodity of life. Life processes only
occur in the presence of water. Most plants cannot survive in deserts.
For those that can, survival depends on their tap root digging deep
through the sand to find water. Water is the survival issue in arid
lands. Having water is the decisive factor between what lives and what dies.

"He led you through the great and terrible wilderness (desert), with
its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water; He brought water for you out of the rock." - Deut. 8: 15

Jesus is the Fountain of Living Waters and you will never stay thirsty when you come and drink of His goodness.Stay in the Word and on your knees in prayer. Friend there is an Oasis waiting for you!
...

View on Facebook
·

Question, are you a merciful person? Have you ever considered that none of us get what we deserve from God because of what Jesus did on the cross!
Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23.
When Jesus came to earth He came on a mission of both mercy and grace.We have all met some who hope God throws everyone into hell, and on the other extreme others who think that God never seems to notice when people commit egregious sins. On the cross, a merciful God offered all who would accept His mercy and grace, forgiveness of sins and eternal life. I am thankful today for both mercy and grace and because of that I pray that I am a merciful person even to those who do not deserve it, considering that I was also undeserving when God offered it to me.
...

View on Facebook
·

Have you ever considered that God knows you by name? Thus there will never be a time when He is caught off guard by any problem you may be facing.
Psalm 147:5
Great is our Lord and mighty in power;
his understanding has no limit.
He even foresaw our sin in all its ugliness and depravity, yet, in love, He set his seal upon us and drew us to that love in Jesus Christ (Ephesians 1:3-6). There is coming a day when we will see Him face to face, but our knowledge of Him will never be complete. May I encourage you today to stay the course to keep on keeping on for Jesus. Have you talked to Him today, guess what? He is waiting and already knows, so why not seek Him and let God show you the way and encourage you and provide comfort to any who are going through a tough time!
...

View on Facebook
·

It is happening...mouse around and see ...

View on Facebook
·

I recently read that pearls are the direct result of irritations inside the shell of an oyster. The result of course is a costly pearl that many desire. If you have lived any length of time you have discovered that life can be filled with trials and challenges.
Many times we try to run from hardships when it is God who has allowed it into our life to develop us into a "pearl."
I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us.Romans 8:18
Paul reminds us that God can use even the difficult things in our life to develop us into the person he is after. May I suggest you can't pray away every difficult situation. If you find yourself in a challenging situation today don"t faint, don"t give up God is developing you into a pearl for his glory!
...

View on Facebook
·

We read in the bible," well done thy good and faithful servant." These words were spoken to a man who was dependable. Can God count on you to pull your weight in the kingdom?
This is called the parable of the Talents. In this story one man buried his talent and did nothing with it. Of course Jesus showed us that this is not how we are to live our life.The other two did something with what they had been given and were praised.
"His master replied, 'Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!'Matthew 25:23
God has placed each of us here on planet earth and has a plan for our life. He created us to worship him for sure. However he has also given each of us different talents and abilities. He desires that we use them for His glory. Once we come to this understanding, God expects us to act accordingly and live each day with that goal and purpose in mind.
how we are doing with what we’ve been given? Remember God is the God of the second chance so find your place and begin to serve him and make a difference with your life.
...

View on Facebook
·

How many people have sat on the sidelines of life waiting for the perfect moment to get involved a make a difference with their life. God placed each of us here on planet earth and gives us an opportunity to make a difference with our life. Mother Teresa once said, " not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love." That sums up my desire. Each day I start my day and ask God to let me make a difference in someones life. Every day I hope I can help someone draw closer to Christ.
For who hath despised the day of small things? for they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven; they are the eyes of the LORD, which run to and fro through the whole earth.Zechariah 4:10
The story was told of an elderly man and his grandson who while taking a walk on the beach discovered 1,000's of starfish which had been washed up on the beach. The tide was out and most would surely die. One by one the elderly man would throw one into the ocean. A teen asked him why waste his time. He said there are so many you can't save them all. The old man stood there with a starfish in his hand turned and said, to this one it wiill make all the difference in the world." Go now touch a life a make a difference today!
...

View on Facebook
·

God wants to use you, will you allow him?In 1884 a young man died, and after the funeral his grieving parents decided to establish a memorial to him. With that in mind they met with Charles Eliot, president of Harvard University. Eliot received the unpretentious couple into his office and asked what he could do. After they expressed their desire to fund a memorial, Eliot impatiently said, “Perhaps you have in mind a scholarship.”
“We were thinking of something more substantial than that… perhaps a building,” the woman replied.
In a patronizing tone, Eliot brushed aside the idea as being too expensive and the couple departed. The next year, Eliot learned that this plain pair had gone elsewhere and established a $26 million memorial named Leland Stanford Junior University, better known today as Stanford!
Many times God uses unassuming people to accomplish His work. Sometimes He uses “ordinary” people.When God called Elisha to be the next great Prophet in Israel he was living at home working on the farm. But God saw past his past and looked into the future. When it was all said and done he saw God preform twice as many miracles in his life as God had done through Elijah his mentor.
Today, God is still calling ordinary people to do His work and assuring us that He will be with us as we do. Because we are ordinary people being used by God, it’s obvious that the power comes from God and not from us.
...

View on Facebook
·

Have you ever been to a sporting event where the favored team lost? After the game the fans of the other team may at times be heard to chant, "over rated." In other words, the other team was not as good as advertised.
Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, in order to prove by you what is that good and pleasing and perfect will of God.
I can say without reservation that living for self, and chasing after the allurements that this old world has to offer our vastly "over rated." Money has it's place but can never make a house a home or a man a good dad or husband. Fame is fleeting just ask the coach who one year wins the championship and the next year gets fired. At the end of the day the only thing that will never be over rated in this life is the feeling that comes over you when you live your life for Christ!
...

View on Facebook
·

How important is your relationship with Christ? Sometimes it helps to evaluate things by way of review.

Matthew 6:33 Seek first the Kingdom of God and all of these things will be added unto you.

Now it is true there is nothing we can do to get God to love me more,however practicing these disciplines has helped many draw closer to God down through the ages.

Interests. Put him first in your hobbies, your career, and your recreation. Give God first consideration in every decision.

Relationships. Put him first in your family, your marriage, and your friendships.

Schedule. That means you give him the first part of every day. You get up and sit on the side of your bed every morning and say, “God, if I don’t get anything else done today, I just want to love you a little bit more and know you a little bit better.”

Troubles. You need to turn to God first when you have a problem. Prayer should never be your last resort. It should be your first choice.

Hope this encourages someone today- God cares He really does!
...

View on Facebook
·

A few things we can expect from God.
1.You can expect His ready ear to listen.

Lord, you know the hopes of humble people. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort their hearts by helping them. Psalm 10:17

2. You can expect His forgiveness.

O Lord, you are so good and kind, so ready to forgive, so full of mercy for all who ask your aid. Psalm 86:5

3. You can expect His guidance.

I will instruct you (says the Lord) and guide you along the best pathway for your life; I will advise you and watch your progress. Psalm 32:8

4. You can expect God to be faithful.

But the Lord is faithful; he will make you strong and guard you from satanic attacks of every kind. 2 Thessalonians 3:3

5. You can expect his wisdom for living.

If you want to know what God wants you to do, ask him, and he will gladly tell you, for he is always ready to give a bountiful supply of wisdom to all who ask him; he will not resent it. James 1:5

Hope you have a great weekend. Make sure you get out to church somewhere and worship the Lord with others!
...

View on Facebook
·

Did you know that radishes grow quickly? In only 25 days you can plant a radish seed and then pull it up and eat it with your dinner. Pears, on the other hand, grow slowly. It can take up to twelve years for a pear to grow from a seed to ripe, juicy fruit, ready to eat.

It also takes time to mentor a new believer in the faith. Sometimes it may seem like our labor is not working but we have to ask, "what our we growing.?

And as he sowed, some seeds fell along the path, and the birds came and devoured them. Other seeds fell on rocky ground, where they did not have much soil, and immediately they sprang up, since they had no depth of soil, but when the sun rose they were scorched. And since they had no root, they withered away. Other seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them. Other seeds fell on good soil and produced grain, some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty. He who has ears, let him hear."Matthew 13:4-9

Remember Jesus told us to make disciples not converts!May I encourage you today to take time to pour your life into someone else. You may never know this side of heaven how much you helped someone else grow in their faith but in eternity you will see the value of it all.
...

View on Facebook
·

Have you ever felt like the underdog in life? Have you felt like you weren't going to make it? Well friend may I encourage you to never give up. Do you remember the 1980 Winter Olympics? The USA overcame great odds to win the gold by beating the heavily favored Soviets. As one sports writer said,
"The explosion of cheers was deafening, and most of the 10,000 fans squeezed into the 8,500-seat arena began a chant of "USA! USA!" that never abated in the final 10 minutes.
As the final 10 seconds ticked away, ABC broadcaster Al Michaels gained an immortality of sorts. "Do you believe in miracles?" he shouted, and at the final buzzer he answered, "Yes!"
And Jesus looking upon them saith, With men [it is] impossible, but not with God: for with God all things are possible. Mark 10:27
Yes, I still believe in a God who is able to turn around impossible situations. What do you need God to do for you today? Reach out now because He has all the power you need!Stay in a place of faith and always remember that God loves you no matter how difficult life may become!
...

View on Facebook
·