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Catch Me if You Can

by Dion Todd July 12th, 2024


Now Yahweh's word came to Jonah the son of Amittai, saying, "Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and preach against it, for their wickedness has come up before me." But Jonah rose up to flee to Tarshish from the presence of Yahweh. He went down to Joppa, and found a ship going to Tarshish; so he paid its fare, and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish from the presence of Yahweh. Jonah...

Vineyards

by Dion Todd July 11th, 2024


For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who was the master of a household, who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. When he had agreed with the laborers for a denarius a day, he sent them into his vineyard. Matthew 20:1 WEB. Vineyards that produce some of the best wines limit the grapevines' water to make their roots go deeper into the soil. The resulting grapes are small...

Thunderstorms

by Dion Todd July 10th, 2024


Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. Psalm 131:2 WEB. Thunderstorms in the deep south can be terrible, especially for children. Blackened skies, winds that blow down trees, walls of rain you cannot see through, accompanied by bolts of lightning that hit the ground and sound as if an artillery shell exploded. Once...

Taking Care of Pharaoh

by Dion Todd July 9th, 2024


He said to Abram, "Know for sure that your offspring will live as foreigners in a land that is not theirs, and will serve them. They will afflict them four hundred years. I will also judge that nation, whom they will serve. Afterward they will come out with great wealth" Genesis 15:13–14 WEB. God told Abram that his descendants would become slaves for four hundred years in a foreign land. But He...

Son Shine

by Dion Todd July 8th, 2024


Son Shine from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. In the book of Exodus in the Old Testament, when Moses emerged from speaking with the Lord. His face was so radiant that people were scared of him, and he had to wear a veil over his face. The Glory of God affected the surface of Moses' skin, like being in the sun for too long affects mine, but Moses'...

The Unnamed Servant

by Dion Todd July 7th, 2024


Let it happen, that the young lady to whom I will say, 'Please let down your pitcher, that I may drink,' then she says, 'Drink, and I will also give your camels a drink,'—let her be the one you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I will know that you have shown kindness to my master. Genesis 24:14 WEB. The man in this story was a servant of Abraham. Other than that, we know little about...

The Lord Listens

by Dion Todd July 6th, 2024


Yahweh spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying, "How long shall I bear with this evil congregation that complain against me? I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel, which they complain against me. Tell them, 'As I live, says Yahweh, surely as you have spoken in my ears, so I will do to you.' Numbers 14:26-28 WEB. Several times in my walk with the Lord, I have seen the idle words I spoke...

A Fresh Start

by Dion Todd July 5th, 2024


But when they continued asking him, he looked up and said to them, "He who is without sin among you, let him throw the first stone at her." Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground with his finger. They, when they heard it, being convicted by their conscience, went out one by one, beginning from the oldest, even to the last. Jesus was left alone with the woman where she was, in the middle. Jesus,...

Peace of Mind

by Dion Todd July 4th, 2024


In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6–7 WEB. In the past, many saints and martyrs have faced terrible trials and death with peace in their hearts that no one could explain. Some sang...

Shock Treatment

by Dion Todd July 3rd, 2024


Furthermore, we had the fathers of our flesh to chasten us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much rather be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days disciplined us as seemed good to them, but he for our profit, that we may be partakers of his holiness. All chastening seems for the present to be not joyous but grievous; yet afterward it yields the peaceful...

Too Much Time On My Hands

by Dion Todd July 2nd, 2024


Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a right spirit within me. Don't throw me from your presence, and don't take your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation. Uphold me with a willing spirit. Psalms 51:10–12 WEB. King David strolled around his palace's rooftop terrace one lazy afternoon and spotted one of his neighbors bathing. Apparently, his balcony was above hers so...

Window of Opportunity

by Dion Todd July 1st, 2024


Window of Opportunity from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. In 2 Kings chapter 13, King Joash visits the Prophet Elisha. Joash was king of Israel and reigned for sixteen years from 798 to 782 BC. For decades, the Syrians had oppressed and invaded Israel, weakening them. Elisha the Prophet was a pain to the Syrians. They would make secret plans...

Backs To The Wall

by Dion Todd June 30th, 2024


Moses said to the people, "Don't be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of Yahweh, which he will work for you today: for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you shall never see them again. Yahweh will fight for you, and you shall be still." Exodus 14:13–14 WEB. Standing by the Red Sea with their back to the water, a group of unarmed former slaves stared out at the most powerful army in...

The Lone Ranger

by Dion Todd June 29th, 2024


Be sober and self-controlled. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, walks around like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Withstand him steadfast in your faith, knowing that your brothers who are in the world are undergoing the same sufferings. 1 Peter 5:8–9 WEB. When lions hunt water buffalo, they follow them and watch. Then they pick a straggler off on its own or try to separate one...

Alone In The Quiet

by Dion Todd June 28th, 2024


Be strong and courageous. Don't be afraid or scared of them, for Yahweh your God himself is who goes with you. He will not fail you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6 WEB. Sometimes, we can become so withdrawn that we begin to feel that it is us against the world. That no one cares or even notices what we are going through and struggling with. Even in the middle of a crowd, we can feel alone, and all...

The Desires of Your Heart

by Dion Todd June 27th, 2024


Also delight yourself in Yahweh, And he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4 WEB. Many years ago, I bought a new graphics card for my computer. It had the newly released Digital Visual Interface port. DVI had just come out, and it was now possible to connect a computer to a high-definition television. So you could use a tv like a giant monitor. I have always been intrigued by electronics...

Agree to Disagree

by Dion Todd June 26th, 2024


This saying is faithful, and concerning these things I desire that you insist confidently, so that those who have believed God may be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable to men; but shun foolish questionings, genealogies, strife, and disputes about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. Titus 3:8-9 WEB. Years ago, I felt everyone needed to believe like me, and...

Short Tax Collectors

by Dion Todd June 25th, 2024


There was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector, and he was rich. He was trying to see who Jesus was, and couldn't because of the crowd, because he was short. He ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was going to pass that way. When Jesus came to the place, he looked up, saw him, and said, "Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for today I must stay at your house."...

The Question

by Dion Todd June 24th, 2024


The Question from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 14, the awe-inspiring power of Jesus Christ is in full swing. He miraculously fed over 5,000 people with just five loaves of bread and two fish. Later that night, the disciples were out on the Sea of Galilee in their boat when Jesus, defying the laws of nature,...

The Lost Sheep

by Dion Todd June 23rd, 2024


He told them this parable: "Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep and lost one of them, wouldn't leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that was lost, until he found it? When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing. When he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which...

Schooling

by Dion Todd June 22nd, 2024


For as the rain comes down and the snow from the sky, and doesn't return there, but waters the earth, and makes it grow and bud, and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater; so is my word that goes out of my mouth: it will not return to me void, but it will accomplish that which I please, and it will prosper in the thing I sent it to do. Isaiah 55:10–11 WEB. When I was about twenty years...

Fish Tales

by Dion Todd June 21st, 2024


He entered into one of the boats, which was Simon's, and asked him to put out a little from the land. He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When he had finished speaking, he said to Simon, "Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch." Simon answered him, "Master, we worked all night and caught nothing; but at your word I will let down the net." When they had done this,...

The God of the Universe

by Dion Todd June 20th, 2024


John answered them, "I baptize in water, but among you stands one whom you don't know. He is the one who comes after me, who is preferred before me, whose sandal strap I'm not worthy to loosen." These things were done in Bethany beyond the Jordan, where John was baptizing. The next day, he saw Jesus coming to him, and said, "Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! John 1:26–29...

Bad to the Bone

by Dion Todd June 19th, 2024


Yahweh spoke to Manasseh and to his people, but they didn't listen. Therefore Yahweh brought on them the captains of the army of the king of Assyria, who took Manasseh in chains, bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. When he was in distress, he begged Yahweh his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers. He prayed to him; and he was entreated by him, and heard his...

The Lamp

by Dion Todd June 18th, 2024


Your word is a lamp to my feet, And a light for my path. Psalms 119:105 WEB. The ancient oil lamps they used in biblical times had a small light radius. They would light the path just a few feet ahead of you. You couldn't see very far down the road. When traveling by night, you could see just enough to take the next step. When you took that step, the circle of light moved with you, and you could see...

Carrying the Torch

by Dion Todd June 17th, 2024


Carrying the Torch from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Moses was a mighty man of God who performed incredible miracles and even parted the Red Sea so that the Israelites could cross over on dry land. But there came a day when his work was done, and it was time for someone else to take over. That person was Joshua, and the Lord used him to lead...

Caught in a Trap

by Dion Todd June 16th, 2024


Keep me from the snare which they have laid for me, from the traps of the workers of iniquity. Let the wicked fall together into their own nets while I pass by. Psalms 141:9–10 WEB. If you examine a fishing lure closely, you will find a deadly barbed hook concealed within something that appears tasty and harmless on the outside. Much the same way, a trap is a device that is intentionally designed...

Assembly Required

by Dion Todd June 15th, 2024


Not that I speak because of lack, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content in it. I know how to be humbled, and I also know how to abound. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:11-13 WEB. I grew up on a farm in the country, but...

The Social Club

by Dion Todd June 14th, 2024


Now all the tax collectors and sinners were coming close to him to hear him. The Pharisees and the scribes murmured, saying, "This man welcomes sinners, and eats with them." He told them this parable: "Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep and lost one of them, wouldn't leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that was lost, until he found it? When he has found it, he carries...

Now Get Up And Go

by Dion Todd June 13th, 2024


Yahweh said to Joshua, "Get up! Why have you fallen on your face like that? Joshua 7:10 WEB. The first town the Israelites came to when they entered the promised land was Jericho. They marched around it seven times, shouted, and the city walls crumbled. God was working with them, and He gave them an incredible victory. They were instructed to put all the loot from the first city into the Lord's treasury....

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