“Stewarding Friendship” in 5 Tweets

A recap of the message “Stewarding Friendship” (from the series “Stewarding Life”), preached by Bryant Rouse, in 140 characters or less.

  1. Biblical friendship requires you to understand forgiveness, value truth, and conquer anger. #NewMorningProvo
  2. Friends don’t keep score. Instead they give grace (cf. Mat. 18:21, 22). #NewMorningProvo
  3. “Wherefore putting away lying, speak every man truth with his neighbour: for we are members one of another” (Eph. 4:25). #NewMorningProvo
  4. Faithful are the wounds of a friend; but the kisses of an enemy are deceitful” (Pro. 27:6). #NewMorningProvo
  5. Has there been a time when the presence of a friend made all the difference in what you were going through? #NewMorningProvo

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“The Wife of Hosea” [EP]

How do you respond when a fellow believer turns away from God? Consider this here in a brief devotional based on last Sunday’s message.

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“The Wife of Hosea” in 5 Tweets

A recap of my message “The Wife of Hosea” (from the series “Unfaithful: Are You Cheating on God?”) in 140 characters or less.

  1. Gomer’s sin was motivated by a desire for personal gain (cf. Hosea 2:5), something we should be careful of. #NewMorningProvo
  2. Whatever you think it is your sin gives you, remember that it is temporary, lasting only “for a season” (Hebrews 11:25). #NewMorningProvo
  3. One of the dangers of religious activity is that it gives a false sense of security (cf. Hosea 2:11; 1 Samuel 15:22). #NewMorningProvo
  4. Gomer’s sin may cause you to stand in awe of Hosea’s love. However, it is a finite picture of God’s infinite love for you. #NewMorningProvo
  5. When you experience the love of God, your former affections “shall no more be remembered by their name” (Hosea 2:17). #NewMorningProvo

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Just Google It! [Guest Post]

If there was a catchphrase that defines our culture right now, I offer the following: “Just Google it!”

Information at your fingertips. Whether finding facts, information on certain subjects, places to go, or deals to shop and don’t know where to begin—“Just Google it!” The information is given in a matter of seconds.

We are living in an age where technology is advancing exponentially. There probably has never been a larger chasm between two generations than today where young children are adeptly utilizing computers, iPods, and iPhones, and even teaching adults on their finer uses.  In the meantime, most grandparents stand back in fear of this technological monster that’s invading their world.  If you can’t work the TV or DVD player, ask your grandchild!

In today’s world, I can instantly find the nearest Chinese restaurant, the score of a basketball game, eating habits of the koala bear for my daughter’s research paper, and what my college freshman is up to on her Facebook account.  But where can I find hope?  How about peace?  What about love or joy?  Though we live in the age of instant information questions still remain that Pontius Pilate was seeking two thousand years ago.  “What is truth?” and “Where can I find it?”

I performed a little experiment in the pursuit of truth and did what everybody else is doing when looking for information.

I just Googled it.

I Googled “hope” and the first item was information about support and guidance for homeowners. I Googled “peace” and found a list of organizations striving for world unity, stability and non-violence. I Googled “joy” and found the world’s definition equates joy with happiness. Finally, I Googled “love” and out jumped the “love calculator”. This web site calculates a person’s chance on having a successful relationship.

I “Googled” and the world provided me with answers. Yet, the answers the world provides end up being a dead end.  Why?  Because money and happiness are fleeting. Conflict is never-ending.  And love?  Loneliness is like guilt—it’s a gift that keeps on giving no matter how hard we ignore its pangs.

Though we have more information at our fingertips than ever before, people are still looking for answers. They are searching for hope, love, and especially the truth. Where do you find truth? And, how can we trust the source to be true?

Pontius Pilate asked, “What is truth?” even though the Truth was standing right before him. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” In the gospel of John we learn that Jesus is the Word. He is the source of truth and we are told that we can take Him at His Word. He defines grace for what the word truly means—a gift given to those who are undeserving. Faith receives grace and, in turn, the free and full forgiveness of sins right now. Not because of what we do or can become, but what Christ has already completed for us. That’s true grace. That’s taking Christ at his Word. And being God, we can full trust His promises to be true.

Like Pilate, the Truth stands right before you. Accept Him and you will find the way, the truth, and a life of peace, confidence and assurance that I can be already perfect—right now—by trusting in Christ.

Dave Malnes is with Truth in Love Ministry based in Idaho and coordinator of the beyeperfect.org campaign launched in Provo last summer. He authors the blog witnesswell.wordpress.com.

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“The Life of Hosea” in 5 Tweets

A recap of my message “The Life of Hosea” (from the series “Unfaithful: Are You Cheating on God?”) in 140 characters or less.

  1. Gomer’s adultery picture’s Israel’s rejection of God. Thus, Hosea was able to understand the anguish of God’s heart. #NewMorningProvo
  2. To depart from God is to commit spiritual adultery (cf. Hos. 1:2). #NewMorningProvo
  3. “When God threatens most dreadfully, yet he promises most graciously.” — Joseph Exell #NewMorningProvo
  4. Though God denounced Israel’s sin, He promised the reversal of that sentence in Jesus (cf. Hos. 1:4-11). #NewMorningProvo
  5. I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ” (2 Cor. 11:2). #NewMorningProvo

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The Good and the Frustrating from Recent Outreach

Though there is still plenty on calendar, I wanted to share some highlights—both the good and the frustrating—from our outreach endeavors so far this summer.

The Good

  • New volunteers. While we’ve had some extra help from our intern, Hannah, and our friends Ed and Rachel, I am excited that we have engaged new volunteers right here from New Morning. During the Provo Farmers Market we had two new volunteers, including a man that has been attending our services for two years.
  • Positive feedback. During the Farmers Market, a woman thanked us for taking care of the flower bed in Cherry Hill Park. She said she walks by it every morning. That sort of name recognition is one of the reasons we decided to participate in the Adopt-a-Spot program.
  • Successful followup. Through phone calls, emails, and letters, we were able to contact everyone that stopped by our booth during the Freedom Festival, thank them for entering our drawing, and invite them again to church.
  • Record attendance. Yesterday we conducted our third monthly worship service at Trinity Mission Health & Rehab with a record attendance of nineteen.

The Frustrating

  • Unattractive giveaway. In anticipation of the Farmers Market, we ordered several hundred canvas tote bags with our logo and web address on them. However, no one here wants a tote bag from a non-LDS church. I offered one to a lady passing our booth whose arms were full of produce. She looked at it, smirked, and declined.
  • Stolen property. Since the Farmers Market, all of the signs in our adopted flower bed that read “This Spot Has Been Adopted by New Morning Church” have been stolen.
  • Bad location. Our booth during the Freedom Festival was in the last space on a dead end alley. This drastically cut our interaction with people and we only collected a fourth of the contact information we have gathered in previous years.
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“All Things Considered” in 5 Tweets

A recap of my message “All Things Considered” (from the series “Jesus Is Better”) in 140 characters or less.

  1. Read Hebrews again this week and “suffer the word of exhortation” (Heb. 13:22)! #NewMorningProvo
  2. “Faithful are the wounds of a friend” (Pr. 27:6). #NewMorningProvo
  3. That Jesus’ died to pay the full price of our sin, that we may be reconciled to God through faith, is called the atonement. #NewMorningProvo
  4. “I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep” (Jn. 10:11). #NewMorningProvo
  5. Through Jesus, we’re both reconciled to God and empowered to a live a life “wellpleasing in his sight” (Heb. 13:21). #NewMorningProvo

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