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Daily Devotion

Posted on November 28, 2008 at 9:16 AM Comments comments (1)
Checkpoint #4
Live in Peace
 
If  it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone. 
Do not take revenge, my friends,
but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written:
"It is mine to avenge; I will repay,? says the Lord.

Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.
Romans 12:18-19, 21 (NIV)
 
These verses offer great comfort to us when we?ve been offended by someone.  However, if we?re the offending person, they can fill us with fear and dread.  But the truth is, God is just.  His desire is for us to grow in our relationship with Him.  And whether we?re the offended or the offender, we can trust His justice.
 
The most accurate checkpoint of true forgiveness is whether you have a sense of peace.  If you say you?ve forgiven someone and yet you find yourself still tied in knots when you think of that person, you aren?t at peace.  If you?ve asked for forgiveness but find yourself mentally making a list to defend your offense, you haven?t truly asked for forgiveness.
 
The peace of God isn?t just a warm fuzzy feeling.  It?s a sense that radiates from deep within our souls that God is in control and we can trust Him.  Sometimes this peace is immediate.  But there are other times when God wants to work deeply within our hearts.  And to arrive at the point of not wanting to get even, we have to spend intentional time turning the whole thing over to Him.
 
Lord, only You are almighty and all-powerful.
Only You can be a fair and compassionate Judge of my life and of those around me.  
Help me release my defensiveness and hurt to You, to trust You with the deep places within in me that no one sees. 
I desire Your peace in my life and I can only have that when I trade in my agenda.
Teach me how to overcome evil with good.

Becoming...

Posted on November 13, 2008 at 10:50 PM Comments comments (0)
This Sunday I'll be starting a brand new series on becoming what and who God wants us to be. If you want you can get a jump start on the Scripture, Revelation 21:1-5.

God's Blessings

Posted on November 10, 2008 at 11:02 PM Comments comments (0)

Wow! What an awesome service we had on Sunday! The presence of the Lord was moving in a mighty way. 

Worship was great. Thanks worship team for your willingness to serve the Lord with your gifts and talents.

The specials were a nice added touch to tribute we payed to our veterans. Thank you men and women for your sevice to our country. Because of your sacrifice we are free to worship God.

The altar time was powerful. People were saved and filled with the Spirit. God is doing something great in our midst. It is so exciting for me to just be a small part of what He is doing. I look forward, with anticipation, to what more God has in store for New Life.

Don't forget our Holiday Dinner is this coming Sunday following the morning service. It will be at te Juniata Pavilion. Directions will be available at the church. Just bring your food with you on Sunday morning and it will be transported over during the service.

Dealing with the economy

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 5:26 PM Comments comments (1)

THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER

Dave Ramsey's plan for making over your finances in seven "baby steps." The "baby steps" theme comes from that old Bill Murray movie,?What About Bob??Remember, his therapist (Richard Dreyfus) convinces him to take "baby steps" to break through his paralyzing fear of the world. Here are Dave Ramsey's baby steps:

  1. Save $1,000 in a Beginner Emergency Fund.?Until you put some separation between you and the financial cliff you've been dangling over the last several years you will never succeed, financially. $1,000 isn't a lot of money these days, but it is enough to cover most car repairs and replace broken appliances. This baby emergency fund should be kept ultra-liquid, and easily accessible. A good place to start is at your local bank account or credit union. Do not "invest" this money; this fund is for emergencies only.
  1. Develop a Debt Snowball.?Forgetting interest rates and annual fees for a moment, Ramsey advocates lining up your debts smallest to largest. Make minimum payments on all the debts, and attack the little one with every extra dollaDave Ramseyr you can squeeze from your budget. When that smallest debt is paid off move on to the next one, combining that debt's minimum payment with the amount you were paying on the first debt, plus any extra you can squeeze from the monthly budget. In this way,each time you move up a debt your "snowball" gets larger and larger. By the end of the your debt snowball plan you could be making monthly payment well in excess of $1,000 a month towards a car payment or large credit card balance.
  1. Save 3-6 Months of Expenses in an Emergency Fund. Now it's time to beef up the emergency fund you started in Baby Step 1. Calculate 3-6 months of?expenses?(not income) and use that as your savings goal. If you are single, or married with only one income, lean towards the 6-month figure.?For most families their goal amount should be around $10,000in a high-yielding savings account. *Note, step 3b is to begin saving for a large purchase, such as a down payment for a home or to upgrade a car with cash. This should only be started after you have a fully-funded emergency fund in place.
  1. Save 15% of Your Income for Retirement.?If you suspended retirement contributions to get to this point, now is the time to restart those contributions. If you have an employer-sponsored plan such as a 401k that offers a match, invest up to the matching percentage, but no further. Any amount above that, up to 15% of your income, save in a Roth IRA.
  1. Save for the Kid's College. It's important to note that this step comes?after?saving for your own retirement. Many parents, with good intentions, put saving for their kids' college funds ahead of their own financial goals.?This is a bad idea. They don't offer grants or work-study programs to pay for your retirement.?If you are without savings for college, there are alternative ways to fund an education. Ramsey sort of hedges here - citing that kids tend to get more out of their education if they pay for it themselves. Then again, he confesses that it is a noble goal to pay for your kid's education. Part time jobs aren't all bad though, and if they develop an expensive taste for clothes or toys in college they can get a job and pay for those themselves.
  1. Pay Off Your Mortgage Early.?This is one of the most controversial steps because most financial experts will tell you that money spent reducing a mortgage could earn you a much better rate in the market. Maybe, but Dave Ramsey isn't all about math. His specialty is?personal?finance. Without a mortgage payment, and no other debts, you can become very wealthy, very fast. Paying off all debt, including mortgages, eliminates a large amount of risk from our lives. If you are thinking of buying a house consider a 100% down plan - paying for the entire purchase with cash. If you must finance the deal, consider a 15-year, fixed rate mortgage and then work to pay it off even earlier.
  1. Invest for Wealth. The final step in your total money makeover is to invest all remaining income for wealth. Without any debt payments, a large percentage of your income (your best wealth-building tool) can be invested above retirement account savings.

Dealing with the economy

Posted on October 28, 2008 at 5:26 PM Comments comments (1)

THE TOTAL MONEY MAKEOVER

Dave Ramsey's plan for making over your finances in seven "baby steps." The "baby steps" theme comes from that old Bill Murray movie,?What About Bob??Remember, his therapist (Richard Dreyfus) convinces him to take "baby steps" to break through his paralyzing fear of the world. Here are Dave Ramsey's baby steps:

  1. Save $1,000 in a Beginner Emergency Fund.?Until you put some separation between you and the financial cliff you've been dangling over the last several years you will never succeed, financially. $1,000 isn't a lot of money these days, but it is enough to cover most car repairs and replace broken appliances. This baby emergency fund should be kept ultra-liquid, and easily accessible. A good place to start is at your local bank account or credit union. Do not "invest" this money; this fund is for emergencies only.
  1. Develop a Debt Snowball.?Forgetting interest rates and annual fees for a moment, Ramsey advocates lining up your debts smallest to largest. Make minimum payments on all the debts, and attack the little one with every extra dollaDave Ramseyr you can squeeze from your budget. When that smallest debt is paid off move on to the next one, combining that debt's minimum payment with the amount you were paying on the first debt, plus any extra you can squeeze from the monthly budget. In this way,each time you move up a debt your "snowball" gets larger and larger. By the end of the your debt snowball plan you could be making monthly payment well in excess of $1,000 a month towards a car payment or large credit card balance.
  1. Save 3-6 Months of Expenses in an Emergency Fund. Now it's time to beef up the emergency fund you started in Baby Step 1. Calculate 3-6 months of?expenses?(not income) and use that as your savings goal. If you are single, or married with only one income, lean towards the 6-month figure.?For most families their goal amount should be around $10,000in a high-yielding savings account. *Note, step 3b is to begin saving for a large purchase, such as a down payment for a home or to upgrade a car with cash. This should only be started after you have a fully-funded emergency fund in place.
  1. Save 15% of Your Income for Retirement.?If you suspended retirement contributions to get to this point, now is the time to restart those contributions. If you have an employer-sponsored plan such as a 401k that offers a match, invest up to the matching percentage, but no further. Any amount above that, up to 15% of your income, save in a Roth IRA.
  1. Save for the Kid's College. It's important to note that this step comes?after?saving for your own retirement. Many parents, with good intentions, put saving for their kids' college funds ahead of their own financial goals.?This is a bad idea. They don't offer grants or work-study programs to pay for your retirement.?If you are without savings for college, there are alternative ways to fund an education. Ramsey sort of hedges here - citing that kids tend to get more out of their education if they pay for it themselves. Then again, he confesses that it is a noble goal to pay for your kid's education. Part time jobs aren't all bad though, and if they develop an expensive taste for clothes or toys in college they can get a job and pay for those themselves.
  1. Pay Off Your Mortgage Early.?This is one of the most controversial steps because most financial experts will tell you that money spent reducing a mortgage could earn you a much better rate in the market. Maybe, but Dave Ramsey isn't all about math. His specialty is?personal?finance. Without a mortgage payment, and no other debts, you can become very wealthy, very fast. Paying off all debt, including mortgages, eliminates a large amount of risk from our lives. If you are thinking of buying a house consider a 100% down plan - paying for the entire purchase with cash. If you must finance the deal, consider a 15-year, fixed rate mortgage and then work to pay it off even earlier.
  1. Invest for Wealth. The final step in your total money makeover is to invest all remaining income for wealth. Without any debt payments, a large percentage of your income (your best wealth-building tool) can be invested above retirement account savings.

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Posted on October 17, 2008 at 8:53 PM Comments comments (1)
What a wonderful week we have had at the church. So many showing up to help paint, clean, repair, replace, paint, weed, organize, cook, fellowship, paint, laugh, polish, vacuum, did I say paint...and many other great accomplishments.

There is just something special when the body of Christ comes together and works alongside one another. Thanks Jim, Greg, and Terry for taking the lead and getting us all together. Thanks to all those who helped with the work, those who provide our meals, and especially those who provided the comic relief.

I am so looking forward to our next wok day(s), just so I can get to know some of you more.

The church building looks INCREDIBLE!  We should be proud of the blessing the Lord has given us.
If any of you have some free days coming up and would like to help with some of the items still on our "TO DO" list, such as paint the left side classrooms, just let me know and we'll put you right to work.

Food

Posted on October 3, 2008 at 4:19 PM Comments comments (2)
    Moving to a new area can be quit the adventure. Especially when looking for good places to eat. Thanks to so many at church and my aunt and uncle we will be trying new places for weeks to come. Todays adventure took us to Tim's American Cafe on Crawford Ave..  If we had not been told about Tim's we probably never would have known it even existed. It is a converted house on the corner.

    The Philly Cheese Steak was huge I actually brought half of it home (I never do that). The regular order of fresh cut fries was enough to feed 4. Suzanne's steak salad was made with a fresh cut of beef cooked to her liking.  Needless to say when we left we were more than satisfied (food qaulity, price, service, and portions).

    So...If your looking for a good place to dine in Altoona, PA. Try Tim's!

Presidential Prayer

Posted on September 29, 2008 at 9:53 PM Comments comments (1)
There is just over a month left until the election on November 4. I have committed myself to pray specifically for this election every day for the next forty days. I am also going to be fasting and praying for several days during this period.(I won?t tell you when or how often I?m fasting, or I?ll forfeit the benefit of fasting according to Jesus? words in Matthew 6:16-18.)

While I would never publicly endorse a candidate from the pulpit of New Life, most people know that I?m personally voting for McCain and Palin. I believe their positions on moral issues most closely reflect those in the scriptures.?

However, I recognize that there is a distinct possibility that Obama and Biden may be elected. Our nation is currently in such an economic mess that people are starving for a change. If Obama is elected, I will pray for him and support him just as I have done for President Bush.?

Whomever is elected, we must remember the words that Daniel spoke to a godless king, Belshazzar, many centuries ago. He said: ?The Most High God is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and sets over them anyone he wishes.? (Daniel 5:21)

He spoke those profound words just before he translated the writing on the wall, ?Mene, mene, tekel, parsin.? God?s message to Babylon, the world?s super-power at the time was, ?You have been weighed on the scales and found wanting. Your kingdom is divided?? (Daniel 5:27-28)?

The same can be said for our nation today. We?re the world?s strongest super-power, but we have not measured up to God?s standard of being a beacon of righteousness to the world. To say our nation is divided is an understatement. Just wait until November 4, to see the red states and the blue states. However the election turns out, it will be a close call, reflecting a deeply divided nation.

God help us. Only He CAN help us. But only He WILL help us!?

I?m going to be asking the membership of New Life Worship Center to spend the next month in fasting and prayer. If you would join us, please do.

Flip This House

Posted on September 24, 2008 at 4:07 PM Comments comments (0)
    I am a sucker for most reality tv shows. I especially enjoy the home remodeling ones like "Flip This House." I have always thought it would be fun to do that on the side. Well...since we have just purchased a new home I am discovering that there is a lot more time and effort that goes into getting a place to look good.

  Suzanne started tear down the wall paper in the dinning room (hoping to have it down and painted by Thanksgiving) which means that I have joined in the effort. If you've ever owned an older home you may have found that the previous owners decided to put up wall paper instead of fixing the cracks that lye underneath. That is the case with our home. Not only that but I think the wallpaper have been on for over 50 years, which has made it doubly hard to remove the paper and the glue.

   Removing the wallpaper and the glue then cleaning the walls priming and painting them is quit a process, much like the Christian's life. At first we think we are just fine. We look good on the outside but underneath there are all kinds of hidden cracks (hurts, pains, trials). When we come to Jesus he starts the renovation process. He doesn't tear the old us down and discard us, He just Flip's This House. Jesus strips away the camouflage,  wipes off the remains of the world and begins to prime us with the milk of His word. As our foundation is built upon he paints us into His perfect will.

We all need to ask the Lord to "Flip This House!" To take this old sinful self and turn it into something beautiful!

Beautiful Day

Posted on September 15, 2008 at 8:25 PM Comments comments (1)

What an absolutely beautiful day it was to be in central PA. The first of many crisp cool and breezy days ahead. As Suzanne and I sat outside enjoying our lunch today we were both just amazed at how the Lord has blessed us with being back in PA.

I know there is a lot of uncertainty from day to day. We wonder about gas prices, what will our utility bill be this winter, can I afford to spend the extra $1 to get the good quality meat, how are my kids really doing in school, who's going to be our next president,etc... But the one thing that is certain is that we serve a never changing God. His Word says, "I am the same yesterday, today and forever." What a wonderful reassurance to know that God is always faithful to His Word.

Enjoy this video to lift your spirt. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXXm696UbKY


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