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    Can You Imagine That? Mary Poppins and the Fun of Imagination

    Posted on February 12, 2019 by in Uncategorized

    In this episode of Hope for Restless Hearts, hosts John and Shannon Newton talk about how the recent movie, “Mary Poppins Returns,” reflects both the fun of imagination AND our continuing need to believe in the impossible. How can imagination help us navigate a life of faith and bring us hope?

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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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    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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  • There Be Monsters! Faith, Fear & the Arms of God

    Posted on August 9, 2017 by in Blog, Uncategorized

    Have you ever come face to face with a ferocious monster? You know, the kind of villainous, malicious, delicious… err… knee-knocking, pants-wetting, truly terrifying creature who stalks your dreams and watches from behind spooky gnarled trees in the thick of the forest kind of monster? Monsters are scary and there are real problems to face. But it is wise to face them with a heart of faith, whether you have walked with God forty years or forty days.

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  • A God Who Brings New Life Into Our Barrenness

    Posted on August 9, 2017 by in Blog, Uncategorized

    I’ve found that barrenness is a close bedfellow of hopelessness. Whether it be the intensely deep longing for a child or a medical illness or a relationship longing, barrenness can sap a soul of joy… of peace… of faith. In the case of Sarah and Abraham, it was the desire for a legitimate son and heir.

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  • A Walk in the Woods: Learning to See the Christian Life as an Adventure

    Posted on August 9, 2017 by in Blog, Uncategorized

    Often I find myself thinking that the world would be a lot more fun if more people embraced the overall concept of adventure. If they would see the joy in life, embrace the silliness a wee bit more, and see trials and triumphs as if they were chapters in your life’s book. This chapter? Financial hardship. Next chapter? Whitewater rafting. Seeing life as an adventure might just transform the way we endure hard times.

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