John Newlin speaks on today’s program, and we will have him for a series of interviews, which you can find them HERE on the VFN Torch. He speaks about his newly released book, Ordinary: An Ordinary Man’s Experience with God, which is a captivating book as he shares from life experiences how he encounters God time and time again!
Who is John Newlin? He is a Christian and disciple of Jesus Christ who has been happily married to Debbie for 48 years. He has two sons, Johnathan who is a doctor and Isaac who is a lawyer. He was born in Wheeling, West Virginia and raised in Fort Myers, Florida. He graduated from the University of West Florida with a Bachelor of Science in 1972 and was ordained and graduated from Liberty Bible College in 1981. He owns and administrates Newlin Chiropractic which is also where his son Johnathan works. His business has won Best of the Bay awards seven years in a row and has grown each year for 20 years! When he isn’t reading his Bible or praying, he is working in his garden, hunting, fishing, or trying hard to listen to his wife so that he might understand her with his heart. He is passionate about serving the Lord, meeting his wife’s needs and helping others to be reconciled to Christ and reach their potential in Him.
John continues the conversation talking about the power and reward of hard work. John’s dad owned a rock quarry, and one of the pieces of equipment he had was a dragline which would normally move dynamite or rock. It had a big “house” on it and has many gears. John was told to work on the dragline as an oiler by oiling the gears, with a man named Cassidy. Cassidy had run off two other oilers already which is why John’s dad had him work there because he didn’t have a choice but to do the job. An oiler keeps everything greased up and clean on the dragline. This job was a seven day a week job working from 6 am to 6 pm! Cassidy tried to be mean to him and rough with him, but John would only respond with yes sir and no sir. He worked hard and did the best he could do!
John says, “When you get in a job do it as hard as you can; the very best you can and you will rise up the ladder…as a Christian, if you will do it to the Lord…it makes an ease to it.” Hard work is a rare thing today with people thinking things just happen, but you must work hard in life! You will stand out if you respect and honor authority in your life which will lead to promotion! And that pleases God.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men…” Colossians 3:23 ESV
John encourages those that may be struggling with working hard in life. “Nobody owes you anything. This entitlement thing is a trap. It is in a guise of darkness. Nobody owes you anything. If you will make a way, take a step forward, and try to figure out a way to serve in some way or another…God will make a way for you…don’t shy away from hard work.” The Lord will bless your hard work! It is amazing what God will do when you trust Him and look to Him as you work hard.
What do you think about hard work? Do you see a reward in working hard? We want to hear about it! Write to us at Friends@VFNKB.com or in the VFNKB Community HERE. Be sure to check out the other segments with more on John Newlin’s interview. You can get your copy of the book Ordinary: An Ordinary Man’s Experience with God, HERE.
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