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    Avoiding the Dangers of ‘What If’

    Posted on December 12, 2018 by in Podcasts

    In this episode of Hope for Restless Hearts, host John Newton talks about rediscovering his newspaper cartoon collection and the lesson that one cartoon taught him about the dangers of dwelling on the “what ifs” that come into our minds. How do we avoid the dangers of dwelling on possible future scenarios and getting worried […]

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    Santa Claus and Our Search For God

    Posted on December 4, 2018 by in Podcasts

    Our Western culture uses the myth of Santa Claus to fill the God-shaped hole that exists inside every person. But who was the real Santa Claus? And what does our current legend of Santa reveal about what we want God to be like?

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    Stressed for the Holidays?

    Posted on November 29, 2018 by in Podcasts

    Family, money, grief… many things seem to take our joy away this time of year. Focusing on Jesus becomes difficult, despite it being His birthday season! What can we do to keep Jesus at the forefront of our hearts and minds this Christmas?

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    New! Advent for Restless Hearts Devotional

    Posted on November 29, 2018 by in Blog, Resources

    Download our new Advent devotional! Daily Christmas devotions for anyone feeling beaten up, broken down or weary from the stresses of life. Free to download and free to share. Perfect for individuals, couples or families, Advent for Restless Hearts will help you keep focused on Jesus each day through a structured Advent wreath celebration. Light […]

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    Who Am I? Searching for Identity

    Posted on November 19, 2018 by in Podcasts

    Who are you? What do you do? If you were to summarize your identity in one sentence, what would you write or say? Can you even do it? It seems that we are in constant search for an identity that satisfies us — or satisfies those around us. But how can we better approach this search with God’s perspective in mind?

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    Longing for a World Without Death

    Posted on November 12, 2018 by in Podcasts

    We all deeply long for a world without death — a world without mourning and sadness, without funerals and graveyards. Are you dealing with the fallout from death right now? How can a restless heart find hope in the midst of so much sadness?

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    Faith, Fear and Monsters

    Posted on October 28, 2018 by in Podcasts

    We all have “monsters” in our lives — from bullies to unemployment to budget deficits — and facing these scary life situations brings a lot of fear. With Halloween ahead this week, host John Newton discusses how to deal with fear in your life and explores an example from the life of Moses and the Israelites. Do you have any “monsters” in your life? How do you battle them? Can you trust God when you are afraid?

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    In Search of the Ideal

    Posted on October 23, 2018 by in Podcasts

    Inside the heart is a really deep longing for things in this world to be right. Have you felt it? I believe that every human is in search of what is ideal. Nobody likes to be taken advantage of, to be wounded, to suffer personal loss. We all long internally for things to be right, and this longing leads people to search for answers to the wicked mess they see and experience around them.

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    What is a Restless Heart?

    Posted on October 22, 2018 by in Podcasts

    On today’s inaugural episode of Hope For Restless Hearts we talk about what makes one a “restless heart” and why they need a rest that is deeper and longer-lasting than a vacation.

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  • Learning From Jesus in the Wilderness

    Posted on August 9, 2017 by in Blog

    The physical wilderness is harsh to humans. It is unforgiving and can test every resilience of the soul. But the wilderness can be something more subtle, more everyday in every location. It can be a place and time of emotional, spiritual or medical suffering. The wilderness can be brokenness, hardship, or pain. I’ve been through those wildernesses. Have you?

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