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    Posted by Dion Todd
    Here I Am from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.  Here I Am. In a time when so many have begun to focus only on the negative, when so many people wonder, "Where is the Lord?", He answers, "Here I Am." When Moses met with the Lord at the burning bush in the wilderness, He asked Moses to r...
  • Oct 25
    Posted by Dion Todd
    Amaziah also said to Amos, 'You seer, go, flee away into the land of Judah, and there eat bread, and prophesy there, but don't prophesy again any more at Bethel; for it is the king's sanctuary, and it is a royal house!' Then Amos answered Amaziah, 'I was no prophet, neither was I a prophet's son, bu...
  • Oct 24
    Posted by Dion Todd
    I sought for a man among them who would build up the wall and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I would not destroy it; but I found no one. Ezekiel 22:30 WEB.The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah grew more and more wicked. Their scales finally tipped, and their judgment day came. Abraham stoo...
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The Monument

  • But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26 WEB

    When God told Abram to leave his country, he brought along his nephew Lot. In time, the families grew and prospered so much they had to separate from each other. Lot and his family then moved to the city of Sodom. It was an extremely wicked, prideful city, and eventually their sins caught up with them.

    Because of Abraham, angels visited Lot and told him to get his family out of Sodom before the destruction began. The angels told them when they left, to not look behind them. So Lot's family all left the city together. Lot's wife went out of the city with the family, but she stopped, lingered, and looked back longingly at what she was leaving behind. She became a pillar of salt. She became a monument.

    In our life God is always calling us forward, always stretching our faith, and as long as we live, we are not finished. He is infinitely smart, and we only know a fraction of what He has in store for us. We will still be learning about God while in heaven. To think that we know everything about Him now is hubris, and prideful deception. He has given us enough truth to live by today, but tomorrow we will learn even more. None of us know everything.

    If you take a broad look at denominations, you will always see they are formed this way: A revelation, a movement, then a monument. Each one starts with a new revelation about something they believe, it becomes a movement and gathers a following. Eventually what they believe is written out in a 'Statement of faith' and then whatever is not included in that statement, is rejected, and whoever does not agree with them, are wrong. What started out as something new and fresh, ironically now rejects anything new, and it becomes an unchanging monument.

    Old wineskins become brittle and will not hold new wine, so God has to use someone else. He moves on and reveals something new to those that are willing to listen, and soon another movement is formed around that truth. Revelation, movement, monument, is the pattern as God restores His church from the dark ages.

    God is full of surprises, and to think that He is predictable is a mistake. I know that He said 'I change not' and He does not, but our understanding certainly does. The fact is that no one walked on water, until a couple of people did (Matthew 14:29). No one raised the dead, until someone did (Acts 20:9). No one cast out evil spirits with a handkerchief, until someone did (Acts 19:11). Bread had never rained from heaven, until the day that it did (Exodus 16:14). Unless scripture clearly prohibits something, be open and 'Test all things, keeping what is good' (1 Thessalonians 5:21). Do not despise prophecies (1 Thessalonians 5:20).

    Stay stretchable today and allow God to do something new in your life. Do not write off everything new that comes your way as not of God, especially things that are clearly discussed in the Bible. Keep looking forward and not behind you. Do not stop listening to God, do not stop growing, or you will become just another monument along the path.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please let me see through Your eyes what You are doing today. I choose to believe that You are alive, that You love me, and that You are listening to me today. I want to ally myself with You and walk hand in hand. Come and be a part of my life today, help me be stretchable and teachable, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen!

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Keyana Mallory
Keyana Mallory

Amen

Jul 19
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Judith B
Judith B

Amen and Amen

Jul 19
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God thank you for caring about us. Thank u for Hope. Thank you dear Jesus. Amen

Jul 19
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN.  Thank you God. Amen

Jul 19
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father I Thank You

Jul 19
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for loving us.We truly love you. Amen 

Jul 19
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Cathy Webb
Cathy Webb

What a wonderful encouragement for this Lord's Day! Thank you, Pastor Dion!  Lord, let me see through Your eyes what You are doing today. Come and be a part of my life today; help me be stretchable and teachable! AMEN

Jul 19
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Jul 19
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Yada (Wendy)
Yada (Wendy)

*Before* introducing sugar to a staff infection, we might want to closely follow Jesus to inquire carefully about the wound and the recipe ♡

Isaiah 38 ♡ Jesus ♡

https://biblehub.com/hebrew/2470.htm

https://biblehub.com/hebrew/2490.htm

Jul 19
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jul 19
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I need You today, inspire us to listening and see what You are doing today and to follow Your will. Help us oh Lord to be blessed with Your forgiveness and to stay on the track You has placed us to know more of You. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. I am nothing without You Lord. 

Thank you Pastor for this wonderful reminder, we need to follow the Lord always. God bless you and Sylvia. 

Jul 19
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jul 19
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen. 

Jul 19
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Heavenly Father I need you today.  I want so much to know you more.  Walk with me hand in hand and please teach me all things you want me to know and see. Please come and be a important part of my life today and make me stretchable and teachable for your word.  Amen

Jul 19
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen

Jul 19
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jul 19
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Thank you once again for this wonderful message. I hunger for more and more of God's word and his will for my life. I try my very best to read my Bible everyday and do a devotion with prayer, thanksgiving and praise to almighty God. Your devotions are so refreshing which makes sense because that is your ministry to refresh souls, so I just want you to know how refreshing it is to my heart and soul.

Jul 20