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Transitioning to a new style of service

  • Transitioning to a new style of church service

    Transitioning to a new style of service from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.


    Transcript:
    We are going to try something different on Sunday morning for a while. All of you here are are a part of RHM and we would love to hear your feedback. It would be great if you post it in the comments on this message which should be on the site tomorrow, so we can take the time to go over them later.

    Refreshing Hope is run completely by Sylvia and I, There are no interns or secretaries. We do it all, and when we don’t, then it doesn’t get done. For the last 10 months, we have spent about half our week creating a 30 to 40 minute message, creating media references, then making it all into a video, then a blogpost, and sending notification emails.

    The extra workload has tied us up and made us homebound. It seems that most of my week is spent coming up with the next message, it is always on my mind, always thinking of the next message, while there are so many other things around us that need to be done, like programming on the website, advertising, writing books, writing songs, praying for people, or just spending time with the Lord without needing a message from Him.

    As far as a return on time, I can spend an hour writing a devotional and it will reach 5,000 people, but I can spend half my week creating a video teaching and it reaches about 50. That is 100 times less and if you go back and look at the video teachings that we did, many of them have 0 comments. In other words, no interaction or interest. For 10 months we have continued this pattern and lived from week to week looking towards the next message, but now I feel the Lord taking us into a new direction, at least for a while.

    We have already covered the basics of Christianity in our past series with messages like: Praying, Fasting, Giving, Faith, Hope, Love, Grace and works, the Baptism in the Holy Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit and much more.

    Now I want to move to shorter teachings, more devotional like. Short, pointed messages probably 5 to 10 minutes in length. If I have a word from the Lord, then I will certainly teach it, but if not then I will not go and create one. There may or may not be a weekly video.

    As Sylvia and I talked about it, we feel that the Lord has shown us that what makes RHM special is the personal connection and the time that we spend here together. We want to teach you to experience the presence of the Holy Spirit for yourself, right where you are.

    You can watch a billion video teachings on the Internet by people much better than me, but will they take the time to pray for you one by one and maybe give you a word from the Lord? To us, that is the essence of Refreshing Hope Live, and what makes us unique.

    When the Lord first gave me a vision of doing live, interactive meetings over the Internet - that is what we were doing. I was praying for someone and giving them a word of knowledge, from the Holy Spirit, over the Internet.

    So with all of that said, we are going to start making more room for the Holy Spirit. More of Him, and less of me. We are going to sing some praise songs, teach a bit, pray for you, and then sing some more. We are going to be more open to the Holy Spirit and try to follow His promptings. If He speaks, then I will stop and share it, but if He does not then, we will sing praises to the King of Kings. In other words, we are going out on a limb and depending on Him and giving Him room to speak to us during our meetings.


    The Middle Man:
    In the Old Testament, a priest was a middle man between the people and God. God was Holy, and the people were not. If they came into His presence, they would be automatically incinerated. That is why the Lord told Moses  “You cannot see My face and live.” In Exodus 33:20.

    In Matthew 27:51, when Jesus said “It is finished” the veil in the temple that separated man from God was torn from top to bottom. God grabbed it and ripped it open. It opened up the “Holy of Holies”, God’s inner most sanctuary. Jesus opened the way for us. He restored us to the Father. Hebrews 3:1 tells us that Jesus is our High Priest.

    What does this mean today? It means that you do not need anyone between you and Jesus anymore. You do not need me, or a priest, or a preacher to interact with God. You can have a relationship with Him right where you are, right now. That is what I want all of you to learn, and to experience for yourselves.



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Debbie Bible
Debbie Bible

I liked the new way of doing things yesterday. You are correct in saying there are many online sermons to listen to (NOT better than you), but they are never very personal, which in my opinion, is one of the beautiful things about RHM. What is it they say, work smarter, not harder? Thanks as always for what you do. Rev. Dion and Sylvia, you're both amazing.

March 27, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Debbie :)! We heard Andy Stanley say one time, "Don't give up what's unique in you for something someone else can do". We try to live by that, as best we can :)

March 27, 2017
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Molly Miller
Molly Milleredited: March 27, 2017

Aaah, Dion and Silvia....

Thank you! RHM is helping me so much in getting closer to and building my relationship with God. I am a Catholic, enjoy mass and bible study at my church, but also absolutely Love being a prayer warrior at RHM and joining in on services and getting all the teachings that are available!

                      May God Bless you abundantly!

                               Love in Christ,

                                             Molly

                                   

 

 

 

 

 

March 27, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Molly, we so appreciate having you here as a member and as a prayer partner :)!

March 27, 2017
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Thank you for your sermons. I do appreciate them all and read them every week.  Though I may post a comment on some of them, I do love and appreciate everything you are doing.  What ever changes you do please let us always know.    For  we are with you Pastor.. We will pray, sing and thanks our LORD GOD ALMIGHTY together.

March 27, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much for your encouraging feedback, Deng :)! We will do our best to keep communications open with all of you!

March 27, 2017
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Robin Fleming
Robin Fleming

Transitioning  to a new style of church service.Great idea! I like it.But also love teachings about the bible as well.and understanding the bible to.But i understand the change. keep both in your sermons.I love god and Jesus and the Holy Spirit.Music does make the church come alive!

March 27, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Robin, I believe that Dion will still be up for the longer teachings as he is inspired to do them :). In the end, I think it will result in a better-quality collection of content! 

March 27, 2017
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Kimberly Dublin
Kimberly Dublin

Pastor Todd & Sylvia, Thank you for your teachings, being transparent and being led by the Holy Spirit.  Many times people are rushing, and do not have the time or take the time or make the time to sit down and listen to a video teaching over 10 minutes long. Short bullets hit directly and I feel will make a piercing impact to the heart of man.  You are in my prayers and thank you very much for this ministry assignment, and the seriousness you give to it!  God bless you richly.

 

March 27, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Agreed, Kimberly, I was just talking to Dion about that point :). There is a place for in-depth teachings too, but on a daily basis, short teachings may just be more effective :).

March 27, 2017
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Greg Gallup
Greg Gallup

Agree very much with Sylvia,short teachings may just be more effective :). Thank both of you.God Bless.

March 27, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much for your thoughts, Greg :)!

March 28, 2017
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Joe Mac Eachern
Joe Mac Eachern

Pastor Dion and Sylvia,  I have been to many churches right here in South Carolina, and I haven't found the church which I know the Lord would want me to attend.  Let me explaine; I believe that the Lord wants me to attend a church that preaches strickly with the Bible, also one that allows me toliftup my voice in praise with songs.  The only church on televison that I feel meets those requirements is from Charles Atanley in Georgia (just a little to far to travel).  I came across your ministry by accident, I could go on telling you how much I enjoy your services but, I don't want you to get a big head.  I fully understand the work thats involved with Your ministry.  Please don't change your teachings, you are speaking the words which the Lord has writen in the Bible.  You will never know if you have saved the life of another human, unless the come forward and tell you so.  What is just as important is the number of souls that you haved saved because of your teachings.  I am a pastor myself, I have never done anything with that degree except let it collect dust, I don't believe the Lord wanted me to be a Pastor.  It was something which I wanted.  I have found a new talent which I never knew that I had and that is writing books, my very first book is a Christian book, it's short reading, and actually went to press today.  It's a true story called "LITTLE JOEY'S JOURNEY TO LOVE.  Well this is a comment section and not a book platform, and I have gone on is if I was doing another book.  Please pray about all thats hapening and allow the Lord to lead you in the direction which He favors.  The Best to both of you and I will pray for your ministry.  May God bless the both of you.

March 27, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thanks so much for your feedback, Joe :)! Based on what you are wanting in a church, I believe what we are aiming for with the services would fit even better than what we have been doing, in that we are allowing more time for the congregation to worship together in song. Really, with what we have been doing, there was often not even time for that at all, either time for preparation of songs, or without making the service excessively long. Also, in case you didn't know, we do have a member author page (http://www.refreshinghope.org/pages/memberauthors), and if you would like to be included, just message me with a link to your book, and we will go from there with the info needed :)!

March 28, 2017
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Mary Luter
Mary Luter

I never get to attend the Sunday live meetings,  but I watch diligently for my notice that it's availabl on Tuesday or Wednesday . I watch the video some times 2 nights in a row.  Your teaching,  explaining and common sense ways that show different views just 'speak' to me. I listen before sleep because the teaching and your voice are a familiar comfort.  It helps me feel closer God and Jesus.  Sometimes I can be as clear as mud....sorry if I don't explain well.  

I  just know...like your devotionals,  I will listen if it's 30 mins or 10. I'm happy to praise God and Jesus in words and readings, but will probably fast forward through songs. I guess in my mind I'm here for the way you explain and teach. But I am probably 1 of 42 that thinks this way so please do what you and Sylvia need to do!! I'll still be a  week night fan!!

Thank you both for all your  hard work!!!

March 27, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Totally understandable, Mary! We know that there are a number of people who, for instance, have a local church and are not able to attend Sundays. At the moment, we are not including the songs on the recording anyway, so you should in general be able to get right to the message, when there is a message, whatever the length :). 

March 28, 2017
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell

Your ministry has become my nutrition, my mainstay, my main meal. I enjoy your indepth teachings and the outline and info posted with them. But I also understand you need to follow Gods leading. I don't think people really realize how much work goes into preparing for a Sunday message. So it is greatly appreciated from this end. So no flack from this side of the screen. God bless RHM.

March 28, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

We so appreciate your encouragement, Mark :)! I believe the in-depth teachings will still happen as God prompts, but it just won't be merely because "it's Sunday", but because He has a message for His body. Most likely, there will still be at least a short message to share, but we want to be available for for what the Holy Spirit brings, which is a learning process here too! We are going to try this for a while, and see what fruit it bears :)

March 28, 2017
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

I have always felt guilty about not truly belonging to a church a congregation. I was raised Roman Catholic but that ended years ago. Since I have become a Christian I again felt I needed to have a church again. However my best learning came from Dr. Charles Stanley and from refreshing hope ministries with Dion and Sylvia Todd. Yet every night in my bedroom I spoke to the Lord of my sins my day my anger whatever..it was my time spent with My Lord. Yet I kept hearing you should have a church and congregation. My talks with the Lord and crying or laughing with Him always felt good and right. Sometimes I would even hear answers to questions I was asking. But guilt came every Sunday about not being in a church. I understand what you are going through and I really haven't expressed my appreciation to you both for your dedication to getting God's Word out there. Your personal time for other things in life is also valuable. I don't believe God wants you homebound. I'm glad you brought how you both feel to light. I will always be listening to your devotionals daily that I love. As to how you want to handle God's Word it's time to listen and lift the veil from your eyes and continue this service to God the way you feel will effect more people who respond to you and God's Word. His will be done. I'm with you and know God sees and hears you. Let go and let God. Sometimes getting back to basics and talking to our Lord as his children seems right to me. I don't need 100 responses only God my Father's. I pray for you and Sylvia that your life continues to grow in the Lord. For now just breathe God understands. My love to you both always Rosie Sicilia have a blessed day 

 

March 28, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you for your feedback, Rose, and I pray that God leads you to all that He has planned for you, including the right church, whether at RHM or elsewhere :)! We don't necessarily need 100 responses either in itself, but if what we do does not bear fruit, there always comes a time to re-evaluate. We have been in churches where they did not recognize that as a practice, stubbornly sticking to things that God left decades ago. We just don't want that for us :).

March 28, 2017
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

I believe God does not want that for you both either. He will lead and guide you to your next promotion. I will always be a part of RHM. I thank you both so very much for all the tools and time you have used to get God's Word out. I don't go a day without reading your devotional. I Trust that the Lord is leading you both to a higher calling. I have learned more about Jesus from reading your devotionals and Sunday Service. Again I thank you both and have faith that where the Lord leads you his sheep will follow. With much love and appreciation keep on keeping on..May God Bless and protect you both always love rosie sicilia 

March 28, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you once again, Rose, God bless <3!

March 28, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Toddedited: March 31, 2017

Yes, just to clarify - I probably will continue teaching the Bible as long as I live when He gives me a word, but we plan to make more room on Sunday mornings for Him. I once spent 4 full days creating a teaching that was 90 minutes long, but no one watched it - 0 comments. We just have to find that balance between what works for us, and what works for our church - and we will. :)

March 28, 2017
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Rose Sicilia
Rose Sicilia

I know you will Pastor Todd! I will always be a part of RHM. You have touched me and showed me things about our Lord in a way I can understand. However I don't think God wants you homebound. Stay with your decisions and plans. I will be here waiting for you. Perhaps this decision will make all of the congregation of RHM become even closer to our Lord. I let God lead. I truly do appreciate you both and look forward to praising God more. Perhaps We Have Become Selfish Depending On YOU And Not So Much On The Lord. We let you do the praying instead of all of us praying. May God bless and protect you both always love rosie sicilia 

March 28, 2017
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Your Ministry has taught me so much. I don't always log in as I can read the daily devotional without doing this. I like reading them in the mornings. Its a good start to the day.When I have more time I log in and read and leave a comment. Sometimes I may read a few at a time or go into other areas and read things posted. I don't usually log in for the Church service on the day, but may listen at a later date, as I have a biblical based, spirit filled church that I attend on Sundays.

Your teaching has opened my eyes and heart to God. I have learnt so much and want to learn more. You have made a huge committment to RHM and are reaching many many people, but you must also have a life...God will guide you into what He wants from you and for you both. You have given us the tools and we must use them and grow in faith. We can't expect you to baby us. 

The devotionals are great and reach many people. Maybe you could do a video every 3 months. Or on a special Biblical occasion. That way you can do other things and not be so tied down.

Thank you both for all you do. May God continue to use and bless you always. 

 

March 28, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much for all your feedback, Janet! We know that there are quite a few who have a local church along with their time at RHM, and that is a wonderful thing :)! I am sure that there will still be in-depth teachings and videos available - it just won't be every Sunday :). One thing we have found is that a person only has so much time in the day. When so much time has been taken by the Sunday message, it has even taken away from the amount of concentration Dion has for the devotional, which we know is important to many like you. It's all a bit of a juggling act, lol. Thank you once again, sister <3! (((HUGS)))

March 30, 2017
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Pastor Dion I am in agreement with whatever you feel the Spirit is guiding you to do with RHM. I enjoyed the new format this past Sunday as well as enjoying your messages in the past. I am extemely grateful for this ministry and appreciate all the hard work you and Sylvia do for us. I will continue to attend on line and am happy with the Wed. service and the FAAD chat afterwards. We have a great bunch of folks here too. Thanks again and may God bless you and Sylvia and everyone in this ministry!

March 29, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Lynn, thank you so much and we're so glad that you have been blessed by the services and the new format! We also appreciate everyone's patience with the little tech glitches as we get it all worked out :D. Much love, sister <3! (((HUGS)))

March 30, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Thank you Lynn for being a part of RHM. We appreciate your feedback.

March 31, 2017
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Roseanne Braverman
Roseanne Braverman

Thank you for all the time you and Sylvia give to all of us here at Refreshing Hope. I agree that the interaction between us at home and you and Sylvia makes Refreshing Hope a unique and wonderful way to belong to Church and community.  I am so happy that this new format will give you back some time to spend on all of those other aspects of your life that have been neglected.  

I just want you to know how important the interactive prayer time is to me.  When you pray for me Pastor, and share a Word from the Lord with me, that just fills me with such joy. It sustains and carries me for days.  I'm sure it does so for everyone you pray for.  You have such a gift to hear the Lord so clearly.  Being raised Catholic, much of my prayers were taught to me and I learned to 'recite' my prayers.  I know the Catholic church has changed and teaches all types of prayers now, but my default setting is to recite my prayers and then pray for orher people.  I have tried to be close to Jesus and listen for his word, but it is never clear to me.  That is why I so appreciate the interactive prayer time.  You have confirmed to me that God does hear me and he does love me, an affirmation my soul longs for. 

So, thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia, please know that I love and appreciate your ministry and thst I keep you in my prayers.  God Bless. 

March 30, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much for letting us know how much it means to you, Roseanne <3! The idea that the interactivity is what makes RHM different is what motivated us to try out the change. I'm sure that we will be tweaking as we try and learn more, but that's always the case in life :). We love you too, Roseanne <3! (((HUGS)))

March 30, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Thank you for sharing that Roseanne. I feel that the live interactive prayer time is something unique to RHM. Your testimony is our goal: "To let you know for a fact that God loves you and He does care."

March 31, 2017
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll

Let me first say that, RHM has been such a blessing to me for the last almost 2 yrs.  Regrettably, I cannot say that I liked last weeks service.  Personally, I listen to Praise & Worship music all of the time & I can get lost in the Holy Spirit that way, but, what I can't do is, bring the Bible to life in a way that I can understand like the pastor does.  After speaking with a few pastors in my local churchs, they too spend a great deal of their week on the Sunday's sermon & they tell me that, that is why they get paid & they also don't have as many people as RHM does on Sundays.  Perhaps you need to cut out the charts & blogs & just solely focus on the daily devotions & Sunday's sermon.  I feel like we are all blessed to have 50 people attend your services & it's the pastor's style of preaching that has kept us coming back for more!!  Also, IF it becomes a 'must' that the only thing we do is sing songs, please, at least make it songs that most people know.  Since I joined RHM, I've felt the Holy Spirit at each service & I have to admit, the only time I felt it last Sunday was when the Pastor prayed for me.  I will give it another chance this Sunday, but, I'm afraid if it's going to be a lot like last Sunday, I will have to go elsewhere & being home bound, that won't be easy.  I prayerfully hope that no one takes offence to what I have said, but, you asked for my opinion and there it is in a nut shell.  God bless & guide y'all into doing what's right by God  (((hugs)))

March 30, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

We love you and very much appreciate your honest feedback, Tracy :)! One thing to remember about what we do at RHM as opposed to a local church, is that it's all just Dion and me, and we even do computer work on the side to even support that idea :). The job of a local pastor is much more limited in breadth than what we do, though of course it has its own challenges. At RHM, too, we also need to consider the entire group of people who follow the ministry, and whereas the 50 at a local church would be their entire congregation. That said, the new format is a new thing, and a work in progress. We just try to hear the best we can, try things out, and see what fruit it bears, so we'll see :)! Really, even the idea of a Sunday service itself (and now the Wednesday), and anything else we do are all subject to that kind of periodic evaluation. On the songs, I think having songs that people can know and sing along with in the mix is great :). Dion included Amazing Grace on Wednesday. If in the end though, the Sunday format doesn't work for you, we understand and pray that God brings you something that would work better <3! (((HUGS)))

March 30, 2017
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Dion Todd
Dion Toddedited: March 31, 2017

Tracy, I understand what you are saying, but I learned long ago to not live a life pleasing to someone else, instead live a life that is pleasing to God. All that matters to me, is what He wants for us whether it is here, or in Montana. Confusion always comes when we start trying to put RHM into the mold of a local church. RHM is a new type of ministry. See God had me work on computers for 20 years for a reason, and raised me up outside of the church walls. If He would have wanted me to be preaching at a local church, then He would have me there. Instead I have spent all morning wrestling with a nodejs java server to support a new chat system that we are working on. Your average pastor does not need to do this, but it is a normal part of my day.

 

The live meetings are a part of Refreshing Hope Ministries, but that is a relatively new feature and used by 1/100th of our followers, whereas a local church that has 50 people, that is their entire congregation. Being that you mentioned what we are paid to do: 99.5% of RHM's support comes from readers of our devotional and many do not even have a website account. While 99% of people in the live meetings, don't tithe to RHM. See the difference? It is not about the money, but that is just one of the pulse signs of a ministry. I have learned that you can't buy a new camera when you don't have the money for it. If we stopped the live meetings altogether then we would just have more time to work on other areas of the ministry. We do the live meetings to bring a word of hope to the hurting, a personal touch to comfort those in pain, a word in season to strengthen the weary and if they don't do that for you, then I wouldn't attend them either  :)

March 31, 2017
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Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll

I 'think' I'm being misunderstood?  I never said anything about 'not' having the live Sunday services,,, that's my whole point in being a member of RHM, is for the 'church' aspect of it & my ONLY real complaint is, I want to learn about God during the services.  When you start throwing figures at me and computer jargan, no, I do not understand because I lack edjucation.  IF I can learn from the forum you're changing to, I'll be MORE than happy to attend and that's what this all boils down to, right?  

March 31, 2017
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

 Pastor Dion and Sylvia, Listening to God is the most important thing anyone can do. Sometimes the things He tells us are a little hard to understand. I so enjoy the things that I have found at RHM, and I know that you are able to touch people from around the world with the internet ministry. As long as God's Word is followed how long the teaching are should be able to vary and change, sometimes there might be a message that takes a while. I did not hear Dion say he would not do that, what I head was he was going to be open to what ever God told him to do. How could anyone find falt in that? Keep doing what you are doing, it seems great to me!

March 30, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Yes, Jim, we are definitely not opposed to the in-depth teachings, if that is what He is bringing that week. On the other hand, as I know you know, God can cut to the heart with a truth that is only one sentence. Getting out of His way instead of trying to force a thirty-minute message is what it's all about :)! Thanks so much, brother <3!

March 30, 2017
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Pastor Marty Pena
Pastor Marty Pena

Pastor Todd and Sylvia, you know I stand by you as a pastor myself. I know what it is to serve 15 hours a day 6 days a week with the Holy Spirit leading, and a ministry line at home. I did this for 7 1/2 years. When the Lord moved me into a new season I felt like 10,000 pounds were taken off of my back. I loved serving daily it was my passion and still is my passion and always will be my passion. You read what I post daily, it takes countless of hours, not counting my weekends, just to prepare all the messages, teachings and the blogging. But, I understand you. I too was relieved. I did not have anyone helping me at all. No secretary, no friend to come over, it was just God and I and His leading.

 

So, I really understand. There has to be a balance in everything. God never called us to work, He called us to "serve" and there is a huge difference there. Many have burned out because they want to do everything for the Lord without any confirmations, and I do understand that type of hunger, but, you have to seek a balance. Where is there time for God if all our time is working instead of serving others? How about our time to for intimacy with the Lord, reading the Holy Scriptures, and all that curtails being a Spirit-led Christian with a calling like a pastor? We do need to have a life too. Life with our families, to have fun while we still can. Enjoy life to the fullest and still have Jesus in the center of it all.

 

I believe praise and worship is a vital part of Sunday mornings. It invites His presence on Sunday's. A 10-15-minute teaching is perfect and as you said, Pastor Todd, if led you will teach even longer. We never want to put the Holy Spirit in a box. Maybe one Sunday He will call you to a 20-minute teaching. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is freedom (paraphrasing).

 

Happy and blessed to be a part.

 

Your servant and friend,

 

Pastor Marty

March 30, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much for your encouraging thoughts, Marty :)! Indeed, all good things require balance and making room for life is part of it. Really though, taking too much time for this one thing has taken away from the numerous background things that are needed to make the ministry work. For instance, we have a fair list of website bugs and improvements that have been on the back burner for a long time. As with all our lives, for every new thing we add, something else gets put lower on the priority list, until a lot of things eventually disappear. Taking time to re-evaluate periodically helps us to get the priorities back in the right place :).

March 31, 2017
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Patty Seckar
Patty Seckar

Pastor and Sylvia, thank you so much for all you give. My heart was saddened to hear this. I love listening to your messages and apologize for not commenting. Your work has not gone unnoticed especially by God. I pray that you can find a good balance in all you do. Thank you again with many blessings to you both! 

April 1, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and support, Patty, we truly appreciate it :)!

April 2, 2017
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Patty Seckar
Patty Seckar

Your welcome! Many blessings prayed for you both!

 

April 10, 2017
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.edited: April 2, 2017

     Pastor, please excuse my lateness in listening to this message. The past two weeks have been a time of mourning and testing for my family. The Homegoing was this past Friday, and slowly things are going back to normal.

     As most Pastors and leaders know, the "church" is experiencing a paradigm shift into more truthful, spirit-led services, some of my friends who are Pastors have even begun Saturday services. I agree with you that hearing from the Holy Spirit and yielding to the unction of the Holy Spirit is far more important than a "cookie cutter" service. I am a member of a local church and during my convalescence I discovered Refreshing Hope Ministries, a vital part of life for me.

     A lot of members do have church homes and maybe that is why Sunday Services are so lightly attended, I don't know. I have in the past tried to comment on the service and some times I have missed. But one thing is for sure, I have enjoyed your teachings and some I have watched more than once. I am in total agreement with the change and your decision to not have a routine service but a service more geared toward the Holy Spirit's unction. I commend you for the change, for a lot of us change is hard, for some, biblical history and teachings are hard, so it makes it complicated for those who are new to the faith or those who are just plain resistant.

     It is certain that we can not please any one person all the time, so listening to God is the right choice and you have made it. I commend you and Sylvia for your dedication and service to others. Minister, to me, is not a title but a service to others, that is the example that Jesus provided and it is an example for us to follow.

     Having spent the last two years on my computer attending college, writing papers, essays, term papers, etc., submitting homework assignments and a host of other things, I truly have an understanding of the time and hard work that you and your wife have to put in so that you can serve us during the week. I can honestly say that I appreciate you and that I am glad that you are here.

     Your brother in Christ,

 

     Minister Joseph Adams, Jr.

April 2, 2017
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much for your thoughtful comments, Joseph! Indeed, being led by the Holy Spirit and a restrictive format would not seem to be compatible. Since you mentioned Saturday services, that is something that we are considering (in place of Sunday, probably Saturday afternoon) at least in part for those who may go to a local church on Sunday, but still wish to join here. We shall see, but perhaps your comment is confirmation :)

April 2, 2017
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen, the Sabbath Day.

April 2, 2017