Testimonials from New Hope Groups
“I wanted to tell you again how awesome the class is! We just started the Main Root Problems, and people keep having ah-ha moments! I love it! It’s so fun being a ‘teacher’ again and seeing students’ eyes light up! But of course, this is more than ‘getting it’—this is life-changing! They all thank me and thank me after each class for taking the time to lead this study. I just wanted to tell you how grateful I am for this information that you wrote and put together into a perfect format. This is my 4th or 5th time through it, and it is still as powerful and almost as breathtaking as it was the first time I read it.” ―Mary
Just a quick note to update you on what is happening in Texas. A man in our Tuesday afternoon group had held a grudge against a man he was in business with. He had deep hatred for this man…After our lesson on forgiveness, he prayed and released this man to Gods hand as the study said. He was so at peace after he prayed that he even forgot the man’s name that wronged him. Keep up the great work at New Hope, we are seeing God free people weekly of things that have held them for years. Cathy and I are so excited to be New Hope missionaries in Texas! Praying Gods best for you. It is you folks at New Hope that are doing the good work, we get to see the change in people’s lives. We have a missionary pastor from Guana that has been attending our study and he is impressed with the material. Thanks again for letting us teach these life-changing principles. Sincerely your New Hope missionaries Paul and Cathy Berner
I want to thank you so much for all that you do in sharing the Gospel of Jesus in the beautiful Discipleship books: Becoming A Warrior of the King. Years ago I took the class in Fairfield and I’m still using them! I’m enclosing $100 for the 6-book Series. I have a dear friend who I would like to share this with. So we can do this together in my home. I love your ministry. I pray each and every day for you wonderful friends of Jesus. Thank you in Christian Love, Jean.
“Thank you, New Hope, for the “Plan of Redemption and Beyond” booklet I received with the Discipleship Course. What a precious gift! I am not a counselor, but the Holy Spirit is. I have been sending, daily, just a few paragraphs to a young man who was recently saved by Jesus, but needs saved from satan who wants to steal, kill, and destroy. This booklet has provided that connection. Praise God from Whom all blessings flow.”
“My husband and I took the Book 4 (“Freedom Through The King”) Discipleship Class together. I am glad that we did, because there were things about our relationship that God brought out of the dark and into the light. It was painful for both of us, but I believe it will help us have a better relationship in the future. God is so faithful and His mercies are new every morning.” ─M. B., Panora, Iowa
“God has worked in my life while going through the Discipleship Book 5 (“Transformation by the King”) in so many ways. I have learned so much about the grace of God. I always thought we had to work for grace, but we must access it and receive it through faith. Grace means getting all the incredible gifts from God that I don’t deserve. Grace is what saves us and then we have God’s favor, which gives us access to His mercy. Understanding grace and how it works reassures me that the enemy cannot ever take it away with his schemes!” ─J. A., Panora, Iowa
“I have refreshed my mind in the things of the Kingdom of God. My personal “put off” and “put on” list has helped me progress in putting down my flesh. I have made good progress in realizing that guilt and condemnation are not of God and I’m becoming more aware of what I’m thinking.” ─C.K., Panora, Iowa
“I have completed the Discipleship Book 5 (“Transformation by the King”). I have gained an even greater stability in my relationship with the Lord, because I just keep learning more about Him in class and in my daily time with Him. I am also learning in each book, who I am. I am seeing in every book how much the Lord desires intimacy with me. How He wants to talk with me and show me who He really is, and not what the enemy, the world or my own thoughts have told me for years. One by one the lies and the deception are being exposed and thrown out of my life! When we did the “put off” and “put on” scriptures for the 3 months, I was so amazed at how these things started to fall off my life by speaking the Word of God over myself daily! God’s word is so powerful and I saw how He wanted to perform His word in my life! He is so good, so wonderful, so faithful, and so loving to do such a work in me! ─T.L., Panora, Iowa
I want you to know that New Hope has impacted my life more than you know! When John, Heather, & I went through the program, we all found so much freedom, but then the Lord asked me about a year & a half ago to redo the principles, & I did, & got rid of even more junk! And then we moved to our apartment, & I had no vehicle, & I was stuck a half hour away from my family, & He asked me to do it once more! I did not want to do those principles again, & couldn’t figure out why He would ask me to do it 3 times, but I knew if He said it I’d better do it, so I did. And at the end of each principle He would show me a picture in my mind of Jesus standing at a gate, & He would open it for me as I walked in with the problem, & put it on a pile that became a mountain of “stuff”, & then we would walk to the pile together, & burn it as a sweet savor & offering to God. He told me when we were done that it had taken that long for me to trust Him enough to give it ALL to Him. And guess what, as soon as we neared the end, He provided an awesome Toyota for us for $1000, & I had transportation, & the blessings from Him have been unbelievable ever since!!! I am so thankful that we have a Father who loves us so much that He has the patience to do that with one of His kids, so we can be truly free! I still have issues, but I just keep filling up on His Word so the junk will keep coming out, & once in a while when it builds up we burn a pile & get rid of it!!!!!!! We thank all of you for hanging in there through a lot of attacks so that the rest of us can all be free! We love all of you, Dianne
Freedom from Shame Testimony:
Last night’s class was wonderful. There are five mature-in-Christ women who are so solid. It is a privilege to lead them. We all love your New Hope materials. And God just keeps revealing things to me personally, so I’m the one benefiting the most. After I talked to you on the phone two weeks ago about Laura burning the “shame list” and God telling her that He gave her beauty for ashes, I reread that section. And as you may have surmised on the phone, I hadn’t done it myself! I totally missed it, which is crazy because I’ve read that section at least four times! I always read through the entire lesson BEFORE class so I’ll be better prepared with examples and anything else that might come up. Anyway, I read the material, asked God to show me any area of shame in my life, and He INSTANTLY downloaded about six things! I was blown away, because if you had asked me if I were ashamed of anything in the present or past, I would have said there was nothing! I wrote them down on a paper and went through the exercise, then went outside to burn them. I lit the paper and watched it burn up. I looked at what remained—nothing but a teeny tiny little ash—God revealed to me that things in my past that I’d felt guilty about were just that—nothing! And I was totally forgiven. Every bad thing was gone! It was like a weight literally was lifted off my shoulders! Now I feel stronger and bolder than I ever have in my entire life! It’s like I have more courage to do what God wants me to do, and I so want to totally surrender EVERY area of my life to Him. I didn’t realize how much fear was present in my life before I took your class, and God continues to reveal things to me that I’ve been afraid of—and I didn’t even know it! I thought I had done that “shame” assignment, so now I know satan had a hand in me NOT doing it. satan must have distracted me each time I read that section–that’s the only thing I can come up with, as I ALWAYS do the assignments. Amazing. As always, I am so grateful that you are obedient to Christ, even when your work sometimes is overwhelming. Jesus has totally changed my life through your work, and I feel sooooooooo blessed! Thank you, thank you, thank you. –Mary
This helped me to get out of the helpless rut I was in to the victory God wants us to daily walk in. So many things touched me and encouraged me to live—and live fully. I feel like I would go through this again and again and it would still have a powerful effect on my life and spiritual walk. —Erin
This was extremely beneficial for me. I learned things about God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, the Word, satan, myself, essential truths I need for survival and to become the person that God made me to be. I can’t wait to see His perfect plan unfold. I never realized to what degree the things that happened to me as a child and poor decisions I made as I grew up still affect me and my family 60 years later. My husband and I went through the materials together and agreed how completely different (better) our married life would have been had we been aware of these principles 40 years ago. This is an excellent resource which has “opened up” the Bible for me. God bless you and your team for developing this and making it available. —Mirna
I found myself saying, “I wish I had these tools growing up.” But I did—everything in this study pointed back to the Bible. Thank you for showing me new ways to apply God’s Word to all situations! I have enjoyed this course tremendously! I can’t wait to take others through it. —Sherie
Everyone should really take this course. It has so much material in it that you’ll use the rest of your life. —Diane
It really helped me to recognize the lies that satan wants you to believe and how I can overcome those lies with God’s truth. It really helped me realize how there is a spiritual battle going on in our lives and how God, through His Word and Jesus, gives us the tools and power to overcome that battle. It is amazing to see how many different areas are touched upon in this course and how God can work His healing in any area of our life. —Pamela
These materials will benefit me for a long time. I will refer to them and most likely reread them each year! My life has been forever changed for the better due to the classes at New Hope! I feel I have gained a deep understanding of God’s love for me, and of the sacrifice of God that he sent Jesus to come to Earth to die for our sins! My love and heartfelt thank you to the staff here at New Hope who have put their heart and souls into the books we are using. —Paula
I would recommend for everyone—Baby Christians and older alike. —Mary Jo
NH Bible Study Testimony – Steve and Mary Settles:
God is working through these materials! I can’t tell you what the New Hope Bible Study materials have done for our family and for everyone we’ve taught in our little classes. Lives are being dramatically changed. And I’m talking about people who were already Christians! A Christian’s life should be obviously different from a non-believer’s life. We, along with most of the Christians we were around, were just the same after we became Christians. That all changed when we took the New Hope class. Finally, the abundant life which we’d been searching for is ours for the taking. And it doesn’t really have a lot to do with money. It’s all about who you are in Christ, and I believe with all my heart that 90% of Christians don’t know that. WE GET IT! So we will shout it from the rooftops that we are children of the King and joint-heirs with Christ, and all of the benefits that go with that position are ours! Hurray, hurray! And I also loved learning that I was forgiven for the past, the present, and the future, once and for all time with the Blood of Jesus. Wow! What peace that brings! He loves me, loves me, loves me, and I love it, love it, love it! So we thank you for doing what you’re doing. You are a blessing!
Testimony – Paul Berner:
Paul and Cathy Berner were past Volunteers at New Hope for several years. In 2010, God called them to be missionaries and followed His leading to move to Tyler, Texas. They weren’t sure exactly what mission work He was calling them to do or where, but believed they would receive further training there for the mission field. After awhile of getting settled in there, they began to see that for right then, Texas was their mission field. They became sort of like New Hope Missionaries there, taking groups through the New Hope Series and the testimonies they share with me through tears in their eyes always brings tears to my eyes. The last time the Berner’s came back to Iowa for a visit, Paul thanked me over and over for all that we’ve done to put the New Hope Series together. He’s said as he shook his head from side to side, “You have no idea what this is doing for people…you have no idea.”
I asked Paul to give me a testimony that I could share with others and here’s some of what he had to say:
We have people in our group that have never been to church in their life. One man said, as he was tearing up, “You know, there are times when I can’t even read because I’m so touched by it that I can’t get the words out.” So the Holy Spirit’s really working. You can tell as we are going through the material, they’re really paying attention and letting it sink in. There’s another guy who had been in prison for years. So we go from that extreme of people who are totally unchurched to a couple who have been Christians for probably 40 years. And they say they are always learning new things, things they haven’t ever thought about, and things that challenge old, wrong ways of thinking. So there’s really a broad spectrum of people the material reaches. You can have people who are on so many different levels in their Christian life going through it at the same time together and it reaches them no matter where they’re at. That’s the thing I like about it most. You can tell in a group when there are people who are just going through it to be nice. That doesn’t happen in our groups that are using the New Hope materials. The Holy Spirit always comes and it’s just a real, real solid teaching time.
Some of the people we are working with don’t go to church and this has become their church family. So the work you’re doing there at New Hope is pastoring people, because it ministers to people who wouldn’t feel comfortable in a church setting. The churches down here are up to 15,000 people and that’s too big for them; they don’t know anybody; they don’t trust anybody, so they would never go in there. But with this, you get to those people, as it starts out with all the core truths about who God really is and who He says they are. When you go through that with people, you build such a foundation with them that they’re comfortable with you. You can talk about things. All those years ago as you were putting this material together, you may have thought, why is it going like this starting out so basic, but the Lord knew that I would need it like this going through it with people right now that really need the basics. It really helps people get started. And yet my wife and I are going through it now for the fourth time and already we are reaping even more benefits ourselves. We are using the newly re-written materials this time with our new group and we are finding that there’s more to it, and it’s even easier to understand.
(Note from Cindy: We have woven throughout the 6-book series, a continuation of a theme of them seeking the Lord’s heart on things and them discovering who He created them to be individually, and what He what purposes He created them to fulfill. It gives people meaning and purpose for their lives.)
Paul said: We’ve also seen this make a tremendous difference in people’s lives in past groups. One lady in particular you can see it continually in her. She was in a real bad accident awhile back and she is coming out of it and walking again now. But through all of that, she has had a peace about her that I haven’t seen in many people. These materials helped her get through all of that. The Lord brings things back to you that you need, right when you need them. This would have been a lot tougher for her if she hadn’t had this. Her husband is now going through the materials with us in our newest group. He was a little skeptical at first, but now he’s the one keeping us on track and moving along in the materials. It’s amazing to watch. If we would have come to Texas for no other reason than to minister to these people, it would have been worth it. I told Paul, “Yes. When you are discipling a group of people, it doesn’t matter if you’re doing it in your own neighborhood or in the bush in Africa, it’s still making the same difference in the lives of the same number of people. Your mission field is wherever God places you and you’re making a difference in their lives for eternity.”
So this is good for people who are totally unchurched, giving them a solid foundation and bringing them along, but also good for people who’ve been Christians many years. We have people who are at total opposite ends of the spectrum and it ministers to both at the same time. Now how can that be? That doesn’t happen with any kind of worldly teaching. It would be like putting a kindergartener in with a senior in high school, giving them the same material, and having them both learning and growing and getting it. It works that way because you’ve done such a wonderful job of using Scripture. If you first come to know that the Bible is true, then you can’t disagree with any of it, because it’s all grounded in Scripture. It’s because the Holy Spirit can take all of us no matter where we’re at and apply things to us, and it applies to different people in different ways according to what they need right then. And it’s the same for me too; I never walk out of a session and think, well I could have used that hour and a half in a better way. No, it’s the highlight of my week too. Even though I’ve been through it so many times, it’s like brand new to me. Just like with the Bible, there’s so much in there that you can’t get it all the first time. The next time, you know you’ve read through that very same thing, but you didn’t see it like that before, and it’s like, Oh, wow! Because you’re at a different place in your life.
I really like how you have put all the articles on the plan of Salvation into a separate little companion booklet that you can go through with them or have them read it on their own. Because even if they have already accepted Christ as their Savior, it really solidifies what they’ve done. So if you have people who come to you that are long-time Christians, brand new Christians, or if they aren’t even Christians, and you don’t know whether this will work for them, I would say, Ah, just a minute…It sure will. It doesn’t even matter what their education level, it doesn’t matter. The Lord makes it come alive for them. Even if you have someone who can’t read, them just listening to it as you go through it together, because the spoken word is so powerful. I would love for you to come down sometime and just sit through one of our group times, because it is really something! They keep saying, We’d just love to meet the people who wrote this. I wish you could just drop in on it. I can’t convey it clear enough the difference this makes, but you’re having tremendous impact on people here—people you’ll probably never meet until Heaven. I can’t say it strong enough or clear enough, but we get to see it happen every week. There are times when I’ll go away from there and then be thinking about it a few hours later and am just stunned at what God does. And it’s people you’d just pass on the street and think you could never talk to them. And why God would take a couple farm kids from Iowa and bring them down here to do something like this for Him is beyond me. We had no training, we had no education; it’s all His work.
This is why the Lord led us to put together a program that didn’t require people to be educated to a certain degree to be able to minister to others. It doesn’t require education and training (even though it still works if you do have higher education), to use the materials; you just follow the instructions and lead the people through it.
Paul said, Yes, for the benefit of te Teaches as well as the Students. If I had come across something that was like a seminary study class, I never would have even tried it. I would have said, There’s no way I can do that. But this…I’m not saying it’s simplistic; it’s so profoundly simply that anyone can understand.
“Thank you for the use of the wheelchair! You provide such a needed blessing to those in need. God bless you! –John and Mary Beth Thomas
“I have learned so many things I never knew before about God and what He has to say to me. I now have new insight into living in a more meaningful way. I like the way the information in the Bible is explained so well, telling me what God wants me to know about Him and who I am.” ―Susan (Discipleship Training Seminar)
“I’ve gone to church and Bible Studies since I was a child. Nothing I learned before New Hope was as insightful into what God’s Word has to say to me. I feel I have a closer relationship with God now. I also have lots of tools for living that I had never realized were available. I would recommend the New Hope materials to everyone. It is wonderful and can be life-changing.” ―Susan (Discipleship Training Seminar)
“Because of the New Hope, I have been empowered by the Holy Spirit. New Hope has shown me how to apply all of God’s truths and promises. I have abundant life now, as God promised.” —Discipleship Class Participant
“There are so many things that New hope has done for me, but one huge thing is knowing there is more to the salvation that Jesus died for us when He was crucified. I always thought it was just for our sins and to go to Heaven.” —Discipleship Class Participant
“New Hope has given me confidence as a child of God. I knew I was His child, but not all the gifts being this entails. I can approach my Abba Father more securely now. Never before had I thought of Him as my Father. My earthly father did not give me a good example of what a father is. So I am starting a fresh relationship with my Heavenly Father. —Discipleship Class Participant
“I have learned through New Hope, as a child of the King with inheritance rights, that I have access to my Lord’s power and promises. I have learned that I have a relationship with my Lord and Savior that is active, not passive, and that even though I need to confess sin, Christ’s Blood continually cleanses me. —Discipleship Class Participant
“I have learned so many new things about God and what His Word has to tell me about Him and about me. I never knew before that I have to speak out loud to the enemy for him to hear me. I have learned many Bible verses to help me with different situations that come up in my life and the lives of others I have contact with. New Hope is great—a wealth of spiritual information!” —Discipleship Class Participant
“The depth and focus of digging into God’s Word helped me expand my understanding of His love for me. The materials are truly Christ-centered and focused on Him and not our own abilities to be healed and become whole. We just need to cooperate with Him!”
“I always look forward to the opportunity to go through the materials, and referencing them to encourage someone with a possible new, applicable help for them, or just being aware and experiencing the transformation of my heart, mind, and spirit, or someone else’s because of the New Hope materials.”
“I have learned more in this Series than I have in 25 years of being a Christian.”
“I always love how God speaks to me through New Hope in a practical sense. These materials simplify God’s Word for daily use.”
“I learned things I didn’t get anywhere else.”
“These materials have taught me about my relationship with God and have saved me from another 40 years of satan ruling over me.” –Debra
“I’ve gone to Sunday School and church for most of my life, and I’ve learned a lot. But the New Hope material has revealed a lot of information about God and what His Word has to say to me—that I had never known before. The material causes me to examine myself closely and see, according to God’s Word, things in my life that I need to change in order to receive God’s full blessings for me and to make my life a blessing to others. I recommend these classes to everyone. I have been blessed by them.” –Susan
“I can’t remember when I haven’t been in church every week. I was brought up in the church. Even though I gave my life to the Lord many years ago, it wasn’t until this Bible Study through New Hope that I fully realized all I had to claim as being a child of the King. I’ve been to many, many Sunday School studies, many Bible Studies, but none that have helped me like this. It is wonderful.” ―Bible Study Participant
“The New Hope Materials have helped me to realize that we can be healed, set free, and made whole physically, emotionally, and spiritually through the atoning Blood of Jesus Christ. His victory over the grave provides access to our Heavenly Father and opens up a relationship with him to all who will accept Jesus’ free and sacrificial gift. The depth of study required in these materials is challenging and beneficial at the same time. Thank you, New Hope, for your commitment to serving Christ through your ministry. You truly help others who desire change and provide them with the tools and truth (God’s Word) through which it is possible.” ―Pam (Discipleship Training)
Testimony Poem written after going through a New Hope Class:
I have journeyed through the long dark night,
out on the open sea, by faith alone, sight unknown.
And yet His eyes were watching me.
The anchor holds, though the ship is battered.
The anchor holds, though the sails are torn.
I have fallen on my knees, as I faced the raging seas.
The anchor holds, in spite of the storm.
Praise be to God!!
My wife and I have taken several groups through the New Hope Series here in Tyler, TX. We have people in our group that have never been to church in their life. One man said, as he was tearing up, “You know, there are times when I can’t even read because I’m so touched by it that I can’t get the words out.” We go from that extreme of people who are totally unchurched to a couple who have been Christians for probably 40 years. And they say they are always learning new things, things they haven’t ever thought about. We have people who are at total opposite ends of the spectrum and it ministers to both at the same time. Now how can that be? That doesn’t happen with any kind of worldly teaching. It would be like putting a kindergartener in with a senior in high school, giving them the same material, and having them both learning and growing and getting it. It’s because it’s so full of Scripture, and because the Holy Spirit applies it to different people in different ways according to what they need right then. It’s the highlight of my week too. Even though I’ve been through it so many times, it’s like brand new to me. Just like with the Bible, there’s so much in there that you can’t get it all the first time. The next time you go through it, you know you’ve read through that very same thing, but you didn’t see it like that before, and it’s like, Oh, wow! There are times when I’ll go away from there, and then be thinking about it a few hours later and am just stunned at what God does in our group times together. -Paul Berner
Dear New Hope, God is so good. The Bible Study is so awesome. How grateful I am to have that. It uplifts me so much. God is my Refuge and Strength. A New Year is here and I love your ministry so much. My prayers are with you daily. God’s richest blessings on you all. -Jean
We (Fountain of Life Church, Panora) started the New Hope Discipleship Program in January of 2014. I had been asking the Lord to show me what would help people grow up and become stable members of the Kingdom of Heaven. In a matter of months the answer came in! The answer was New Hope Discipleship! The couple I started the process with had some marital problems and needed God to step in and blow on the embers that remained. That was the beginning and we are still going today. We currently are holding class for books 1, 2, and 3. We also have one-on-one classes going whenever anyone cannot get into a regular class because of working schedules. Here are a few of the comments from the church body.
I have been a born again Christian for over forty years. The twelve-week commitment to go once a week had an anointing on it. I was moved by God every morning when I read aloud who God said I am. Those statements moved from my head to my heart as my wife and I read them every day. I still have them out in plain sight so I remember to declare them. – Discipleship Class in Panora, IA
I have really enjoyed the class. I am beginning to feel like I am accepted. Like I belong. – Discipleship Class in Panora, IA
I let my thinking be influenced by feelings and emotions. I let the devil tell me I couldn’t do certain things and I found out I could do all things with Gods help. – Discipleship Class in Panora, IA
God has shown me that He is such a good Dad. He isn’t out to make life hard but to give life. He wants relationship more than anything. I realize NOW that it’s pretty simple to determine who gave me what thoughts and how to take care of the bad thoughts. I have all the weapons I need. The biggest thing I leaned is that it’s all up to me. God has already done His part. It’s my responsibility to take action and fight! – Discipleship Class in Panora, IA
This study has really brought to life, the love God has for me. It has made me realize the importance of a one-on-one relationship, that I should have with Him. It has brought me to a deeper level of understanding in my Christian walk. It has also shown me how to study my Bible and pray and the importance of these to “build up” my spirit. – Discipleship Class in Panora, IA
My husband and I have come closer spiritually, emotionally and physically. We have grown in the Word. Discipleship has taught us to believe in His Word and use it in our everyday life! It has taught us how to fight off the devil and resist his temptations. – Discipleship Class in Panora, IA
I now have the tools to battle against the enemy. – Discipleship Class in Panora, IA
I have dug deeper into His Word than ever before and I have begun to break down lies that I’ve held as truth for so long. I am regaining what’s been stolen from me over the years.
I am overjoyed to find God confirming His truths in that He reveals scripture to me through the course of the week in my personal reading. – Discipleship Class in Panora, IA
I entered into this study knowing I needed to grow, I needed change and more of God in my life. The class couldn’t start soon enough for me! – Discipleship Class in Panora, IA
Discipleship has changed how I view myself and God forever. I just desire more of Him, less of me, and to grow in Him, burn for Him, and bear fruit for Him. – Discipleship Class in Panora, IA
I’ve been studying God’s Word, serving Him and seeking Him for over 20 years. For years I enjoyed steady growth, but as circumstances in life became more challenging sometimes my responses to those circumstances weren’t so good. I ended up overwhelmed. I wondered what happened to my faith, confidence, and hope. I was embarrassed that I struggled with depression, bitterness, and certain fears. I knew this did not reflect the God I had come to know. I wanted to and tried to overcome, but couldn’t. I was sick in my mind and body and growing desperate to be well and whole. A friend suggested New Hope, claiming it was “life-changing.” Since my husband had just answered a call into ministry I knew I needed to do something. I did not feel fit for ministry. I attended the seminar determined to see it through, which was good because some of the issues that were brought up were tough to deal with. I can now say with confidence, “I am clean, I am free, I am at peace, and very grateful to my Lord.” I have confidence in my God like never before– I know who I am in Him. He delivered me from all my fears, forgave all my iniquity and healed all my diseases. I can serve Him now without reservation, hesitation, or fear.
The New Hope materials made me realize who I am in Christ. I knew these things, but nowI know I can take authority over anything in my life by using the Word of God. I believe in my heart of hearts, that this program was inspired by God and His Holy Spirit. Thank you so much for sharing with us, what the Lord gave you. You are truly a servant of God.
I really enjoyed being a part of the seminar. I hadn’t been a part of anything like it before. I feel God has blessed me & my marriage through these materials. I am so glad my husband and I went through it together. It has helped us get into a deeper level in our relationship with the spiritual healing we continue to receive through God’s grace.
I was going through a really hard time. The enemy was trying to take my home away. I was reminded to talk to God and remind Him of His promise. He worked the situation out. This situation led me to write my personal profession of faith. Thank you Cindy for being obedient to God. This has really been a blessing to me to help me grow.
This has been an incredible journey. It is so obvious that New Hope Ministry has been guided and directed by the Lord. I will be forever thankful that I’ve had the opportunity to experience this program.
Going through this counseling has rekindled the knowledge that may have been taken for granted by me. It has strengthened my belief that God has a purpose for me and I must completely turn myself over to God’s will and let Him rule my life. All things are possible through God. I have these possibilities.
I have claimed the power that God wants us to use and that “New Hope” has reminded us we have heir to. I’m so looking forward to daily expanding and growing with that power. There is no limit! “…I who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to me be greatly encouraged. I have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, where Jesus, who went before me, has entered on my behalf…” (Hebrews 6:18-20 – The Living Bible).
I have journeyed through the long dark night, out on the open sea, by faith alone, sight unknown. And yet His eyes were watching me. The anchor holds, though the ship is battered. The anchor holds, though the sails are torn. I have fallen on my knees, as I faced the raging seas. The anchor holds, in spite of the storm. Praise be to God!!
I have felt such a yearning for God and His word. I really feel that the New Hope program has changed my entire life. My husband and I were on the “outs” and this program has turned it all around. I am not spiritually in the same place as my husband right now, but I really believe now from the material that we have been joined as a holy union, and even if he doesn’t believe right now like I do that I can still pray and it benefits/effects him. Thank you for the great program, for listening to God’s plan. I know that this material is life-changing. I have experienced it first hand. I am able and more likely to spread God’s Word now that I have been a part of this program. Thank you once again. Our God is so awesome!!
I have become more bold in sharing the good news with others. I know now that I don’t have to be afraid as God has not given me a spirit of fear but of power. I have also brought things into the light out of darkness and they weren’t nearly as big in God’s light with His help to rid them out of my life. –Connie
I didn’t want to come to this class at first. Thirteen weeks¾ I had better things to do. God put it on my heart to go. So I did. I thought I was a good Christian until I came here. I read my Bible – went to church, taught Sunday School – was a former Christian pre-school teacher’s assistant. I didn’t know much compared to what I know now. Wow! What the power of the Blood of Jesus is; all the verses in the Bible for financial problems, marital problems, sickness, etc… This class has been an eye opener. My marriage was falling apart. My husband had no job and no will to find one. Then he found a job and I had to do nights alone. Would I sleep? I hated to be alone at night. A few months prior, I started a new job. I hated it and had a bad attitude. I didn’t realize how satan influenced me. I realized I had a choice on how to act. One night I was alone and afraid. I wasn’t used to being home alone and I could sense and see angels all around. They were BIG. I felt peace. I learned to think more positive. Jesus, be Lord over my marriage, my spiritual life, family, and finances. I cast all my cares on You. He is my Shepherd. I do not want for anything financially. I’m free of the lack of money and worries. Thank you New Hope for all you have done for me. –Sandy
I don’t know how it could be improved. It just reaches into every corner and shows us an answer. –Lucille
I have learned so many things in this “study” I couldn’t begin to tell you! It was brought into my life at a very timely event. This study is incredible, awesome, wonderful, powerful. –Prissilla
Yes, I have been a Christian 34 years and have been in many, many Bible Studies, but this seminar was so new and so very helpful to deepen my walk with my Lord. I believe this seminar was the best time investment I’ve made and believe that New Hope is the best counseling program that I have knowledge of. (I’ve been to several). –Sandi
Yes! A tremendous discipleship course. Every believer should take and every church should have. –Sheryl
How I praise the Lord for this course. In some areas the Scriptures were “grey areas” to me, but now it is black and white. –Carol
I believe this material should be taught to all growing Christians. Especially new believers of Christ. It is very good spiritual food. — Diana
I had the privilege of taking this seminar twice, most recently last spring with my husband and son. In a nutshell, the class is Discipleship 101 like you’ve never had it before. And no matter how long you’ve been a Christian, I guarantee you will learn new things and develop a deeper relationship with God, because, as Jeremiah 29:13 promises, If you seek Me, you will find Me. The class begins with the Who God Says I Am bookmark, an incredible list of Bible verses straight from our heavenly Father. We are assigned to speak it aloud in the morning and at night. It’s a great way to start the day, and it’s wonderful to fall asleep at night with my mind at peace and focused on God’s love for me. I learned the different names of God. I learned that asking God to “open my eyes of understanding and to speak to me through His Word” before I read the Bible helps me to focus and remember what I read. I learned how to be free from bondage and how to resist satan’s constant attacks. I learned that satan’s lies are usually the exact opposite of what God wants for me. I also saw problems in my life become smaller when I praised God. I learned how to continually renew my mind by having a correct perspective based on Truth. I also learned new definitions of grace and pride, and that it really is possible to take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5). Christ purchased my victory and yours at the cross. It is finished! Nothing else is required. He purchased forgiveness—for past sins, present sins, and future sins. And when we sin, we shouldn’t allow ourselves to feel separated from Him or that we have to earn our way back to Him. We don’t have to live in guilt and condemnation. God wants us to repent and draw near to Him, to look to the cross and remember that Jesus paid for all sin and made us righteous. The incredibly practical information in this manual comes from the Bible. Knowing how to apply Biblical truths will empower you to live a joyful, Jesus-centered life now. I’ll close with the encouraging verse on the front of the New Hope Manual, ‘For I know the thoughts I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end… And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord’ (Jeremiah 29:11; 31:17). –Mary
This study has reinforced my opinion that the ministry of New Hope is valuable. — Lanny
New Hope has been a healing, life-changing experience for me. Through this journey I have learned who I am in Christ. I know this is a process that I will continue to learn and grow in. However, today I know that I had not lived in the power of Christ, but had lived allowing satan to defeat me. That is no longer happening in my life. I have learned to defeat Satan’s lies with God’s Word. This has been particularly life-changing in the areas of effectiveness in ministry and finding God’s will. These are two lies from my lies list that God has helped me defeat through His Word.
God has brought healing through the study of the names and the character of God. My trust in God had been shaken, because of 2 hurtful experiences with spiritual leaders. However, unlike people, God is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is a loving, providing, healing God and He has fulfilled these roles in my life.
God has delivered me from fear which has been a generational problem in my life. While fear and anxiety have been a problem in my family, they were becoming much worse in me. I blamed circumstances like Hurricane Katrina or gossip/attacks by others. However, the problem was me. One night I was particularly fearful. I lay awake all night praying and speaking God’s Word: “For God has not given us a spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7. As I spoke this verse over and over, God began cracking the mountain of fear in my life. As I studied this verse, I saw that God gave us the opposite of fear. He didn’t give us fear which results in feeling helpless. He gave us POWER! He didn’t give us fear which is focusing inwardly on ourselves, but He gave us LOVE, which is outwardly focused on others. He did not give us fear which leads to anxiety and other mental health problems. He gave us a SOUND MIND, mentally whole and healthy. God has absolutely transformed my life through the truth of His Word.
God has given me insight into and deliverance from generational problems and strongholds. That in itself has been a freeing experience. One area is people-pleasing. I have spent too much of my life on this futile task. I have been reminded that anytime I try to please others above God, that is idolatrous behavior. My goal is to set out to please God only. If I please a few others along the way, then that is an added bonus. If I don’t, God is the only one whose opinion matters anyway.
I have learned to desire a more intimate relationship with the Lord. By learning that He desires an intimate relationship with me, I have learned to take this relationship more seriously. In the past, I have taken Him for granted at times. There have been times of total dependence—during Hurricane Katrina—not knowing if we would survive, as well as the months that followed as we rebuilt our lives. However, as people failed and hurt me, I began to feel that I had to build a wall of protection around myself and I pulled away from the intimacy with God. I am learning to rediscover that intimacy. I know that He has allowed some difficult things into my life. Before, I used that as a reason to justify my lack of trust in God. He has reminded me that “the rain falls on the just and the unjust.”; that His ways are higher than my ways; that His plans are to prosper me and not to harm me to give me a hope and a future. I know that even in the difficult times, God’s desire is to prosper me or help me grow, not to harm me. I don’t presume to know His ways, but I feel that He may have allowed some negative experiences in my life in order to move a southern girl to Centerville, IA to have healing and restoration through the ministry of New Hope.
I also believe God for healing for childlessness. He has thoughts of a hope and a future for me. I have been speaking to this mountain to be removed from my life and I believe God is doing it!
Finally, I trust God to accomplish His will in our life and our ministry. I will include a statement from p. 235 “I believe what God says in His Word. I will obey Him, hold fast to His promises without wavering, and trust His timing to bring about His will for my life.” I could include so many other things, but it would fill an entire journal! I plan to continue to study this New Hope material as there is much I can continue to gain from it. I will end with the words of blessing from p. 139: “Because I harken diligently unto the voice of the Lord my God, to observe and to do all He says, He will set me high. I will be blessed in the city and blessed in the field. My children will be blessed. My work and my increase will be blessed. I will be blessed with provisions. I will be blessed when I come in and blessed when I go out. The Lord will cause my enemies to be defeated before me; They will come against me one way and flee before me seven ways. The Lord will command the blessing upon all I undertake to do. He will establish me as holy unto Himself. I will have a surplus of everything and the Lord will open to me His good treasury. I will have enough to lend to others and not have to borrow. I will be the head and not the tail. I will be above only and not beneath.”
Addendum added 11/18/09: God used New Hope to help my husband and I heal from past ministry wounds. He miraculously healed us. Then He presented us with the invitation to return to one of the churches where we had been wounded. We felt Him leading us to do so and have been in ministry here for several months. We could not have returned without the healing ministry of New Hope Counseling. God knew exactly what we needed and when. He then orchestrated our ministry. He is amazing! –Heather
I know I have been saved from my sins for many years. However, until this study, I didn’t understand and claim as my own, all the wonderful benefits God gave to me when He saved me. I now more fully understand that God gives me peace about the past, He gives me joy for the present, and gives me hope for the future. I am continually learning that knowing God is different than just knowing about Him. –Jane
The Truth Statements have comforted me in times of distress, emboldened me when I feel weak or helpless, and given me new strength to deal with my infirmities. At one time or another, these statements have been especially poignant for specific needs. With the help of this Bible Study, I have grown in my faith as well as head and heart knowledge. Even though sharing my personal faith was something I didn’t feel comfortable in sharing verbally, I now have been given so many tools to defend His Word. Knowing that I can defeat satan by speaking the Word of God has strengthened me. –Julie
Thank you for all the work you have put into New Hope Counseling. It is making a difference! New Hope was a voice calling out in our disillusionment and frustration with the church― reminding us of how much God loved us, had a plan for our lives, and healing He had for us. I was ready to quit ministry until I came across New Hope…So thank you. God has been pleased to send us back to (a church we had problems in) and God is doing great things here. ― Brian
There are so many things about the Bible that we all have learned, but barely scratched the surface. This class has helped us focus in on learning more about Jesus’ love and God’s teaching, and we plan to keep on studying, and learning, and reaching out with God’s love. Our reconnection with God’s Word and teachings have drawn us closer to Him! ―Dick and Patsy
When you become a Christian, you learn about salvation, but you don’t learn as much about where to go from there. Everything you are teaching will help people grow as Christians and not have to live stuck in the past. ―Brenda
The Seminar brought into sharp focus the Biblical truths, the issues, and the answers to root problems. The materials are excellent! ―Dave Stephens
This class has been so very life-changing for me. ―Sharon
I have learned so many things in this study. I couldn’t begin to tell you! It was brought into my life at a very timely event. This study is: incredible, awesome, wonderful, powerful. ―Prissila
I thought I knew God’s love, but this material takes the knowledge of that love not just one step farther, but so many steps, it is hard to comprehend one time through. ―Regina
A tremendous discipleship course! Every Believer should take and every church should have. ―Sheryl
From this Seminar I learned truths and principles that are not talked about or written about anywhere else. ―Dick
I just feel that every member of every church should go through this. ―Darlene
It is a spiritual feast, amazing, I am in awe and grateful. ―Pam
I will be forever thankful to New Hope and God for leading me to and through this class. I think everyone should take this course. I knew it would be time consuming, but I would not have missed it for the world. ―Trisha
Being involved in the New Hope Seminar has been very helpful. Thanks to our exercises, I have been given the opportunity to get rid of a lot of junk that I have been carrying around for a very long time. Our studies have shown me how to use Scripture in the right ways so that I may apply the authority that God has given me to renounce satan at any time and claim my victory in Jesus’ name! I firmly believe every Christian needs to go through this program. — Channel
I am not quite sure why I chose these New Hope lessons, but I did and my life will never be the same. I am a positive person but I found myself learning new things about darkness, satan, lies, sins and their results. I was very uncomfortable at first. As the Spirit lead I began to search my life for sins, lies, and I found an old self I had kept covered with a smile (for many, many years). It was good! By the end of the study I felt renewed, reclaimed, and as a result Christ is in me to a greater degree. Greater is He who is in me than he who is in the world. ―Mary
I finally feel like I’m coming into who I’m suppose to be. ―Olga
I have been a Christ follower for 35 years and have read and studied the Bible for all that time. So I am embarrassed to say New Hope has opened my eyes to truths I had missed. The Biblical Principles changed me completely. I am a new person. ―Kathy
I believe New Hope is a ministry of freedom. I love the emphasis on pulling up the root of the problem. So many people do not understand how God feels about them. And they do not know how to defeat the strongholds in their lives. This ministry brings an experience with God to each individual person. I believe it will have a great impact. –Jake
This is a wonderful Bible Based study that is very informative and helpful for your spiritual growth, no matter where you are in your walk with God. A new Christian, a long time Christian, or a very beginner believer can easily find answers in the Scriptures in this study. –Jayne
As we end our 16 weeks of study, I give thanks to the Lord, my God, to whom I owe everything in my life—both now and forever more. These weeks have been full of His Spirit, blessings from the reading of His Word, and the deepening of friendships within the small study group. Prayers were shared, prayers were answered, and prayers were met in still unknown ways, but with the assurance that these prayers would be answered in God’s time, and in God’s way. The Truth Statements have comforted me in times of distress, emboldened me when I feel weak or helpless, and given me new strength to deal with my infirmities. At one time or another, these truths have been especially poignant for specific needs. –Julie D.
With the help of this Bible study, the materials from New Hope Ministry, and the firming of friendships from the study group, I have grown in my faith as well as head and heart knowledge. Even though sharing my personal faith was something I didn’t feel comfortable in sharing verbally, I now have been given so many tools to defend His Word. Knowing that I can defeat satan by speaking the Word of God has strengthened me. Knowing that rhema is available to me by simply speaking God’s truth out loud boldly has made my Journey of Faith more easily described and shared. Memorizing specific Bible verses still is difficult for me, but by following the guidelines given within the handbooks, it has given me hope to further my ability to quote and witness Scripture. The power of the Sword is released…Each Phase built upon the truths in the previous Phase. –Julie
This material has made me more aware of needing to study and live God’s Word. I have been saved from my sins for many years. However, until this Bible Study, I didn’t understand and claim as my own, all the wonderful benefits God gave to me when He saved me…I am continually learning that knowing God is different than just knowing about Him. –Jayne
Thank you for all you do! This material is changing lives and leading people into unbelievable freedom and abundant living! Wow! I am blessed! ―Mary
The New Hope materials have been a great blessing to me because it has made my walk with God so much better. I have a much closer relationship with Him since learning going through these materials. Learning of His great love, spills over into my family relationships. The New Hope workers are awesome. I am very grateful for everyone’s donations to them that made it possible for me to receive such a blessing from God through these materials. It has really changed my life for the better. God Bless You. ―Theresa
Because of the New Hope materials, I have been able to shut the door on satan. He had been tormenting me for almost 50 years about something that was not my fault. I had prayed and asked forgiveness for anything in this even that I could have been at blame for. But I could not get free. The last year or two, satan had oppressed me every day with this. New Hope taught me about shutting the door to this with the blood of Jesus Christ. I have not been tormented since. My walk with the Lord is stronger because of New Hope.
I am definitely closer to God now. I thought I was close and had a good walk with God, but man I was nowhere near where I needed to be. ―
The materials are excellent. The use of God’s Word throughout is life-changing. You are presenting God’s truth in a practical way which can be applied to your life.
I received Jesus Christ as my Savior in January of 1980. Over the years, I have grown in my relationship with Him, but the last 3 or 4 years I felt like my excitement for the Lord had dimmed, like a fire as it burns down. My “first love” for the Lord God and His Word had weakened, and my faith also. Going through the New Hope materials which include God’s precious and powerful words have reignited the fire, passion and faith in my heart. I have been encouraged and reminded of the power, might, love, holiness and awesomeness of our Abba Father. I have been reminded of who God is and who He wants to be in my life. The Holy Spirit has faithfully revealed sin in my life, wrong thinking I’ve allowed in and most of all shown me how much I am loved by the Father. This love goes beyond my understanding. My hunger and thirst for the Lord and His word has been increased and my heart’s fire is flaming once again! ―Camille
The materials were used of God to bring healing and health to me, emotionally and spiritually. ―Heather
I have been a Christian for many years, but I have found out that I was not as deep and mature in Christ as I thought. I am totally amazed that God is so patient with me. The materials led me into the Word more, and to understand it more effectively, and to know how to apply it more appropriately. ―Carol
These materials were so beneficially for me. They truly helped me to grow more. This is for all Believers—new born Christians to older children in Christ. ―Diana
Last night’s Phase II class was wonderful. There are five mature-in-Christ women who are so solid. It is a privilege to lead them. We all love your New Hope materials. They have already been taught the information (so far), but they often say how good it is to be reminded of the Truth.
And God just keeps revealing things to me personally, so I’m the one benefiting the most. After I talked to you on the phone two weeks ago about Laura burning the “shame list” and God telling her that He gave her beauty for ashes, I reread that section. And as you may have surmised on the phone, I hadn’t done it! I totally missed it, which is crazy because I’ve ready that section at least four times! I always read through the entire lesson BEFORE class so I’ll be better prepared with examples and anything else that might come up. Anyway, I read the material, asked God to show me any area of shame in my life, and He INSTANTLY downloaded about six things! I was blown away, because if you had asked me if I were ashamed of anything in the present or past, I would have said there was nothing! I wrote them down on a paper and went outside to burn them. I lit the paper and watched it burn up. As I looked at what remained–nothing but a teeny tiny little ash–God revealed to me that things in my past that I’d felt guilty about were just that–nothing! And I was totally forgiven. Every bad thing was gone! It was like a weight literally was lifted off my shoulders! Now I feel stronger and bolder than I ever have in my entire life! It’s like I have more courage to do what God wants me to do, and I so want to totally surrender EVERY area of my life to Him. I didn’t realize how much fear was present in my life before I took your class, and God continues to reveal things to me that I’ve been afraid of–and I didn’t even know it!
I thought I had done that “shame” assignment, so now I know satan had a hand in me NOT doing it. satan must have distracted me each time I read that section–that’s the only thing I can come up with, as I ALWAYS do the assignments. Amazing.
As always, I am so grateful that you are obedient to Christ, even when your work sometimes is overwhelming. Jesus has totally changed my life through your work, and I feel sooooooooo blessed! Thank you, thank you, thank you. ―Mary
“The Belt of Truth protect us, because it keeps the devil from stealing anything in our heart!”―Randy
“The New Hope Seminar was the BEST thing I did in 2011! God has blessed me in more ways than I thought imaginable. I have learned how to go from a soldier to a true warrior for Christ. I will continue to use the materials as they have so much information that I want to continue to learn and grow from. What it has done for my life, I want to share with so many others.” ―Karen
These are some of the best materials I’ve read. Every area of our lives is touched upon because they are so scripturally correct. ―Mary Ann
Before I started the class, I felt I wasn’t doing a good enough job of caring for my 97-year-old mother in her own home. She had a strong will and desire to say in her home even though she isn’t taking care of herself as I thought she should. I was stressed driving the 20 miles every other day (my brother was taking the other day) and still not feeling it was good enough. When I came to the topic of pride, I realized I had a problem with pride when I thought “I can’t do this anymore.” I thought my case was valid enough since I was also taking care of my husband who is handicapped with emphysema and unable to help out at home in any way. I went before the Lord and asked if pride is what’s holding me back, I want to confess it, repent of it and be set free from it because I know God hates pride and sees it as a sin. I received a new attitude. I’m still doing all the same care for both my mother and my husband, but I’m leaving out the stress and doing it “as unto the Lord.” God’s Word says if I honor my father and mother I will live a long life with blessing. I believe I’ll live a long time. I’m already living blessed. ―MaryAnn
The materials were easy to follow and understand, and yet there is so much material to consume that I am anxious now to start back through it again. ―Deb
I have been a part of a church for over 20 years that teaches the Word. Much of the material in New Hope was not new to me. BUT, the organized content was so thorough, so well written that I was so blessed to be a part of this group. It was good for me to be studying it for my own benefit, but I was so thankful to know this was available for new Christians, everyone wanting to grow in the Lord. I have never been challenged to allow God to show me things I need to change like I was in this course. The main root problems were great wisdom to gain. I love this study—it has changed my life forever!! ―Deb
I had the privilege of taking a seminar twice, most recently last spring with my husband and son. In a nutshell, the class is Discipleship 101 like you’ve never had it before. And no matter how long you’ve been a Christian, I guarantee you will learn new things and develop a deeper relationship with God. The incredibly practical information in this material comes from the Bible. Knowing how to apply Biblical truths will empower you to live a joyful, Jesus-centered life now. ―Mary