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Sierra Pines Church

12 Ways to Turn Your Pain into Praise

Sapphires from Psalms

Better Than Jewels

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Linda Newton's contagious enthusiasm and engaging storytelling brings God's Word to life.  With authentic transparency and down-home humor she shares how God transformed heartbreak in her life into hope from her new book  12 Ways to Turn Your Pain Into Praise published by Warner Press. She has currently written 2 new devotional books, Better Than Jewels: 31 Days of Biblical Insight for a Woman Seeking God based on the book of Proverbs, and Sapphires From Psalms  currently on sale now. Linda's work has appeared in Chicken Soup for the Tea and Chocolate Lover's Soul as well as The Ultimate Dog Lover,  and One Year Life Verse. She recently contributed to Focus on the Family's, Becoming a Modern Day Princess and Becoming a Family That Heals.

Linda and her husband, Bruce pastor Sierra Pines Church in Oakhurst, CA where Linda has served as a counselor for the past 20 years. As a speaker, author, and counselor her passion is to lead ladies to a greater understanding of the abundant life available to them in Christ (John 10:10). You will laugh, learn and leave feeling closer to the Lord!

  

Testimony~

I would love to tell you that being from the south I grew up saying, "Yes, Ma'am" and "No, Sir," and "Goodnight, John-Boy," but nothing could be further from the truth. Truth is I was ten years old before I realized that God's last name didn't start with a "D." That's when Maude Gober (How's that for a good Southern name?) braved the no-man's-land of our front and invited our family to church. The first Sunday I was there, I felt the Lord tug on my heart. When I gave my heart to the Lord in that little country church, I meant it. I sought regular relationship with God through prayer. I couldn't get enough of His word. It was truly a transformation from darkness into light. Since that time I have felt compelled to share the difference Christ has made in our lives. I committed my life to His service and graduated from Azusa Pacific University with degrees in both psychology and theology. As a pastor's wife and full-time counselor at my church, I am blessed to offer the good news of salvation and restoration to everyone who comes through our doors.

The old gospel message is still good news to me: Jesus died for sinners (of which I am one) and sits at the right hand of the father interceding on my behalf. The power that brought about his resurrection is the same power that lifted this little lost southern girl out of her hopeless condition to new life in Christ (2 Corinthians 5:17). When retreat speakers ask me to speak, they often request that I share my testimony. I never tire of telling the story of God's "welfare and not calamity" offering us "a future and a hope" (Jeremiah 29:11).

  STATEMENT OF FAITH


I believe in the authority and inerrantcy of scripture.  I believe that the Bible is the inspired Word of God.
     2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching,     
                       rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness. NIV      


I believe that Jesus is the son of the living God…John 3:16
I believe he died on the cross for our sin…Isaiah 53:6
I believe he rose from the dead on the third day…Luke 24:7
I believe that he intercedes on my behalf of believers…Romans 8:34
I believe he offers salvation from sin and eternal life to those who believe…
    John 14:6  “I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the     
                       Father but through me.” NASB

I believe in the triune God--God the Father…John 14:10
,                                        God the Son…John 1:1

                              
God the Holy Spirit…John 14:26

I believe the Holy Spirit indwells and enables us to live the Christian life. 
     Galatians  5:22-26
I believe the Holy Spirit empowers us with spiritual gifts.          
     1 Corinthians 12:4-11
I believe the Holy Spirit offers us comfort as we pursue God’s path for us.
      John 14: 16 KJV

I believe that Jesus came to give us abundant life…John 10:10.  I am dedicated to encouraging and empowering men and women to understand and access the abundant life that God has for them.   I am committed to personal growth in Christ and equipping and inspiring others toward that same goal. 
     Ephesians 1:18-19 I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened
                               in order that you may know the hope to which he has
                               called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the
                               saints and his incomparably great power for us who
                               believe. NIV