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Bearer of the Flame

  • Of the angels he says, 'Who makes his angels winds, And his servants a flame of fire.' Hebrews 1:7 WEB

    When the preacher walked past our row of seats, it seemed like you could feel heat coming off of him. When he looked at you, it was as if he looked straight into your heart and saw how black that it really was. You felt as if he knew everything that you had ever done wrong. It was uncomfortable and I could not help but look away. I felt like I needed to go repent just being there.

    I was not used to this. You could usually sleep through the service at our church and no one would notice. Though I was saved and had attended church for years, this visiting speaker whom I had never seen before, walked in an anointing that I did not know existed before then.

    He called my friend up front who was sitting beside me, and began to tell him about the three car accidents that my friend had been in, and how God had spared his life so that He could use him today. He had never seen my friend before. God shared secrets with him.

    After this he called me up front and told me that He had given me an ability to understand things complex, that one day I would be in the ministry and to begin to prepare myself for it. I was twenty years old when he gave me that word and painted houses for a living.

    It excited me and I went through Bible college at night and got a degree, but when I graduated, every door was supernaturally shut. People would schedule me to speak at their church, then cancel the night before. Finally, I ended up working on computers for twenty years and just forgot about the ministry entirely.

    Years later, our computer business dried completely up and after months of job searching, the final week that we were getting ready to move out of our house, I was pushed into full time ministry as a pastor. It was the furthest thing from my mind at that point, but was a wide open door and the only job open to me.

    'Prepare yourself' meant a lot more than Bible college and it took twenty-five years, but here I am. Now I use the technical skills that I learned along the way to build the online church here and to send millions of emails a month. Refreshing Hope maintains its own server farm built by the pastor and we are using it to spread His word around the earth.

    I wrote all of that not to build myself up, but to say that my outlook on Christianity changed that day when I watched a man walk under a heavy anointing by God and speak things that came true twenty-five years later. He was genuine and carried the Holy Spirit like a flame. I want that, but it will costs everything. Total commitment.

    I learned that day that there is a level of walking with the Lord that not everyone has. Sure, we will make it to heaven, but there is an anointing for those that press into the heart of God right now and there is an intimacy to be had. There is more to this Christianity thing than I was taught. This is real and it is time to radically believe God.

    Prayer: Father, I know that You are there for me, and I want to be here for You. Use me Lord. Speak to me and through me. Help me to encourage others in their walk with You. Let me lead others to You. Anoint me to help bring in the harvest and guide my steps today, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: Good morning and happy Sunday! Don''t forget that today is the time change, so set your clocks to "fall back", if you have not already done so :). Thank you all so much for being part of Refreshing Hope Ministries! We are truly blessed by all who pray for us, offer support, and encourage us with your comments and participation at the online church!

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer Yes Lord, amen. 
November 1, 2015
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member Amen and amen.
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Uwalaka Dorathy
Uwalaka Dorathy Amen
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Deleted Member Amen, God is good and He is getting His message out to the lost of this world. Praise His Holy Name.
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<i>Deleted Member</i>
Deleted Member An amazing message from God this morning. Thank you for allowing Jesus to use you to be about His Work. I can remember the times too, when preachers would preach it like it was, hell is hot and you won't make heaven, unless you have the blood of Jesus applied. Thank you for standing for Jesus is all about. Love and blessings. 
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Belinda Lee
Belinda Lee Great words. I really get it and enjoy learning more about God every day! God Bless you!
November 1, 2015
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Mark Duell
Mark Duell Amen. Again what an awesome testimony. May the Lord continue to guide and direct you to further His kingdom. Thank you for listening to the heart of God.
November 1, 2015
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome I am here lord I am listening amen
November 1, 2015
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Colleen Paquet
Colleen Paquet Thank you for sharing His word with us! Colleen P.
November 1, 2015
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell I too have seen this kind of anoiting, waiting for twenty five years is the hard part. God has His own plans and the correct thing for us to do is wait for His timeing. God is so real and He will make His plans known when He is ready.
November 1, 2015
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Phoebe Tillman
Phoebe Tillman I don't want to be a "Care free",  Christian! I want to be a free of care Christian because I have learned to lean and depend completely of him!  I say I want so much more of Jesus in my daily walk but I must first be willing to pay the price to have that power that you speak of..I have to truly commit myself to praying more!  Thnx as always for the good Word!
November 1, 2015
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt It is Gods work and in Gods timing, I was very envolved in different minister's in the church and community. I thought I would always be doing these until my health got bad, and I had to give all of that up. I was doing what God had caLled me to do, but God wanted to change dirrections in my ministry. I have had more time to get into Gods word and whill I could not go and minister like I did before, God brought people to me. I did coulcelling over the phone, Got to minister on face book. Got the awesome privilage to see several people come to know Christ and have become life friends with them. I love using my gifts God gave me. I know what they are and God has lead me to minister in ways I never would have dreamed of. I had to first be in his word and wait patiently for Gods timing. I can't tell you how fulfilled I have been in Gods world since all my illness. Praise God He is never done using us for His glory, until  He calls us home, to our eternal home.
November 1, 2015
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Christine Thompson
Christine Thompson Amen! Pastor,  you always write the perfect word that rekates to the situation happening in my life. God Bless you 
November 1, 2015
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Art Clark
Art Clark Every morning when i wake up the first thing i do is pray and then read your daily word of hope and your article always reveals to me the exact thing i am encountering. The Lord truly speaks through your ministries. Your are blessed and i thank the Lord for your ministry as i can't always go to church because of my job but i have the assurance that he will speak to me and teach me through you. God bless you Pastor Todd.
November 1, 2015
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Diane Casey
Diane Casey Being in the ministry, I am always asking God to use me and that the glory of God will be seen in me. thank you again for this inspiring devotional. Be blessed!
November 1, 2015
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Norman Glaze Sr
Norman Glaze Sr Wow. Great words indeed Brother. I wondered how you came about. Thank you for listening and not giving in to despair, as I have no doubt it would have been easy to do. Your's and Sylvia's faithfulness to Minister to Others is such a supernatural Blessing. When you got that Word from that anointed Evangelist, who could have dreamed that you would have an "Electric" Flock being Blessed by your Salvation? Incredible really! Love and Prayers
November 1, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Toddedited: November 3, 2015 An "Electric Flock," I love that...  :)
November 3, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd It was perfectly readable to me. Great testimony Brian. Thanks for sharing :)
November 3, 2015
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke Amen, God is always by our sides, and does all things beautiful in his own time. Thanks pastor Todd, this is awesome
November 1, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady Amen! I know Jesus and I hear the small still voice at times, today I asked for a deeper knowledge of Him and a closer relationship with Him. I can feel Him inside me when I weep as I watch people make the altar call or experience the joy in someone who has been healed. I feel Him when my prayer for others is answered. When I take communion with Him, I feel closer to Him than ever. Today I asked that I always feel that strong presence of Him in my life. I want Him to share every second with me, I want to learn everything I possibly can about Him. I want to keep that joy that I had when I first knew Him forever. This I want not just for me though I want this for all my extended family and all God's children. There is nothing better than being in His presence!
November 1, 2015
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza I am still far away frommwhere I want to be with our LORD GOD. I beliece and locemour LORD GOD but it seems that I have never done a 100% praying. There is always some wondering around with my thought while praying which I know not right. I always try my best to be where my thoughts are supposed to be while praying. Concentration with all my heart but I am not even there yet. I will even sometimes call myself a "fake" believer but I know I am not thet person Please pray for me that I will brand my self a "true believer" of our LORD GOD one day.  Thank you
November 1, 2015
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli Amen!!!  Thank you for sharing Pastor Dion. 
November 1, 2015
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Tyler Velau
Tyler Velau Amen, Pastor Todd! We are all on our own individual walk with the Lord. And sometimes, others join us or we join them. I am thankful to have joined RHM and I look forward to continuing my walk with the Lord with you.
November 1, 2015
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Barbara Neahring
Barbara Neahring Thankful for your wonderful ministry!!
November 1, 2015
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Brenda Hopkins
Brenda Hopkins I bless and thank God for that word this, I know that all things are in God's timing and not mine thank you and God bless pastor Dion for this word of encouragement have a blessed day, thank you
November 1, 2015
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner wow that so inspiring as I,m going share a testmony with my mops friend of how Iwas not raised in christen home this thurseday but how god has used what meant to share last month I have made clear so many times of sharing that God is real because shared how Ionce was broken and now I,m sharing how Iwas delivered before the day that Iwould share withmy friens onthursedayfor Iknowitis god that reallywants me to share mypoems withthe youth but was not something Iwas eagerto shareeither and then mygirls started american hertage girls and leader said she was fostering to adopt so I shared how that has encoraged me now the my baby Emily whois threeis in schoolIhavenoexuse now need to share mypoems thatof the past with theyouth here so thankyou for sharing somtimes it justthatmessage you don,t know who reading might need a little push so I plan write old pastor to tell her how I,m sharing my testmonyhow she pary reson onothersideworld Inow belive in prayer becuse her her love and teaching Icarried withme here on ther othrside of the world.  
November 1, 2015
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield Great message! Makes me long to meet someone like that preacher! Thanks for sharing such an impressive story with us!
November 1, 2015
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Melchorita Fahey
Melchorita Fahey Amen, and Amen!
November 1, 2015
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh Amen.These are true Spirit Inspired words.Thank you Pastor for these great words of encouragement . Keep my heart on fire for you Lord.Let your Lght shine through me .That I will have a new thirst within my heart to seek more of you,and have a closer walk with you.In Jesus name.
November 2, 2015
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams Amen.  Praise God!  Thank you!  Burn a Fire in me God!
November 2, 2015
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Anthony Kulbicki
Anthony Kulbicki funny...i was going to read this yesterday and got sidetracked. Love reading this this morning. Helps look at this new day God has given us to proclaim His love and be a light where we are right now. Flame on!
November 2, 2015
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Christopher Shannon
Christopher Shannon Thank you, Pastor Dion, for what you do.  Your words and messages touch the lives of many.  I am truly and very blessed in knowing you and Sylvia.  You and Sylvia have a richly blessed day!!! Chris
November 2, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you dear Pastor, for the great message!
November 2, 2015
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Celestina Ndunda
Celestina Ndunda This has been my prayer for the last one month, that the Lord will use me where i am and where i will go. People to receive the fire of the Lord through me, in Jesus Name.
November 3, 2015