Recent Blog Entries

  • 4 hours ago
    Posted by Dion Todd
    For we don't desire to have you uninformed, brothers, concerning our affliction which happened to us in Asia: that we were weighed down exceedingly, beyond our power, so much that we despaired even of life. Yes, we ourselves have had the sentence of death within ourselves, that we should not trust i...
  • Oct 18
    Posted by Dion Todd
    Hooked on a Feeling from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. I feel this, I feel that I feel, I feel, I feel. Feelings rule our society today, and unknowingly shape our attitude and actions. When we begin to speak our feelings, our tongue begins to steer our life. James said it like this: (Jame...
  • Oct 18
    Posted by Dion Todd
    Whatever you will ask in my name, I will do it, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you will ask anything in my name, I will do it. John 14:13'14 WEB.It was another cold, dreary morning at work. After several months of unemployment, I got a job polishing brass plumbing parts on a buffing...
View All

Amazing Grace

  • Yes, all of you clothe yourselves with humility, to subject yourselves to one another; for 'God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.' Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time, casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:5 WEB

    A friend of mine stopped by my house one day and asked me to ride to town with him. We played music together on the weekends, he was a drummer, and I played bass guitar. To be honest, I was not much of a believer at the time, but he would tell me about Jesus and the Holy Spirit and invite me to church with him, all while smoking a joint. He was an humble person and never looked down on anyone, but my did he love the drugs. He often grew his own. Though I didn't really care for drugs, or hearing about Jesus at the time, I rode with him to town because he was my friend.

    He drove an old mid 70s Camaro with missing hubcaps, slick tires, and the exhaust pipes dragged under it when you hit a bump. He had painted it by hand using a brush and a roller with a dark blue house paint. There was a knife stabbed in the dash with an FM converter swinging from it, held by a shoestring. I guess he felt it would have taken him too long to mount it under the dash. His driver's license had been suspended, he had no insurance, and an illegal tag. We were just two young and dumb musicians.

    When we started back home and reached the outskirts of Conway, we ran into the biggest pack of police cars that I had ever seen. There must have been at least eight state troopers parked on the sides of the road and they were setting up a road check. As we approached, a state trooper walked out into the road and raised his hand to stop us, and my heart began to sink. I knew that my friend here was going to jail for a long time, and I could see a big bag of pot sticking out from under my floor mat. This was going to be very hard to explain.

    We were the first car that arrived at the road check, and man had they hit the jackpot. When we got about 50 feet away and began applying the brakes to stop, the policeman suddenly waved us on through, and stopped the car directly behind us. It was like a moment right out of Star Wars: 'These are not the ones we are looking for' when really, we were exactly what they were looking for. We drove home uneventfully and in awe.

    I could hardly believe it. My friend just smiled. I talked with him about it and his motto was 'Never judge anyone.' He took judge not and you shall not be judged literally (Luke 6:37). It certainly seemed to work for him, for he had great grace on his life. In fact, he later painted that on the gas tank of his motorcycle: 'Great Grace.' Grace is the unmerited, unearned, undeserved favor of God.

    Even though I was not really a believer at the time, I learned that having a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus is priceless, anytime, anywhere. I am not saying that any of this was right, most of it was certainly wrong, and I was just a passenger. I don't do drugs, and my car is insured. I am just telling you what happened that day. That brother loved God dearly, served God just as he was, where he was, tried to not judge others, and God showed him mercy. Love covers a multitude of sins. The moral of the story is this: 'You don't have to be perfect to walk with Jesus.'

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please forgive me for ever looking down on others and spare me from the seeds that my words have planted. Let me learn to walk in Your grace and mercy right where I am, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: For those participating in the Creation Photography weekly themes, here is this week's challenge: Esther 9:28 "These days should be remembered and observed in every generation by every family, and in every province and in every city. And these days of Purim should never fail to be celebrated by the Jews'nor should the memory of these days die out among their descendants." ~ In the spirit of self care I have decided to take a week off here at RHM and all responsibilities for that matter, so our next fun theme 'Days Gone By' or 'Memory Makers' will be a two-week theme. Our themes are always open wide for creative interpretation and we encourage you to post anything else that inspires you as well. My photos this week reflect some of my favorite memories from our precious moments with family and the beautiful scenic drive we experienced on our journey of love What I have learned is you can't go back and change past regrets or hurts. You can however surrender into forgiveness, giving it all over to the source of all creation: our loving Father, who is waiting with open arms to carry you through anything you may be going through in any given moment. So remember the love and forgive the past <3! Reach out to those you love and let them know how valued they are while you still have that chance on this side our Father's heavenly home. Be blessed my RHM family! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


    > You can subscribe to our daily devotional here <



Tip: You must be logged into the website to leave comments.

 

Social Sharing

19 comments
  • 3
Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! I know the other man in this story, and I know it to be real. Thank You Lord!

May 19
  • 3
Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!

May 19
  • 3
John  Lawler
John Lawler

Mercy and Grace are great but when you add His love, it is so special.

 

May 19
  • 3
Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen.  Wonderful story Pastor Dion. Never judge a book by its cover. We all have a story. Thank you Lord for your Amazing Grace. Amen. 

May 19
  • 3
Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

May 19
  • 3
Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen

May 19
  • 3
Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,Jesus is awesome. Amen 

May 19
  • 2
Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen. Thank You Lord Yehoshua! The men you asked to follow You were flawed and not perfect but, they were willing to follow. So can we.....

May 19
  • 1
Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen pastor Dion and thank you  Father  for the Grace that I didn't deserve I love you!

May 19
  • 1
Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Dear God have mercy and grace on me. Find favor with me. Thank you for our many blessings. Praise God hallelujah. Amen 

May 19
  • 2
Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen 

May 19
  • 2
Theresa Bright
Theresa Bright

Thank you for your honesty and for your dedication to everyone who needs to hear these truths.

May 19
  • 2
Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Dear Father thank You for all You do for us, that Your grace and mercy be with us always and lead us to follow what Your designs are. Sometimes we judge others for what we see in them but not on us, help us to see through Your eyes Lord. In the name of Jesus we pray, Amen. 

Truthful devotional Pastor, God bless you and Sylvia. 

May 19
  • 2
Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen thank you for not judging my faults 

May 19
  • 2
Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen! this is just the best, I am always , thank the Good Lord !,  reminded not to judge, unless I want the same treatment, the rule of Love wins, thank God  :)

May 19
  • 2
Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord Jesus, amen

May 19
  • 2
Frances Osayi
Frances Osayi

Amen and Amen 

May 20
  • 1
Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!!!

May 20
  • 2
Linda Burt
Linda Burt

This message was so humble AND hilariously inspirational.  I laughed out loud.  But, it is certainly true.  God only looks on the heart, thank goodness.

Thank you for your down-home anecdotes, Dion.

May 22