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The Bumpy Road

  • But Ruth said, Do not urge me to leave you or to return from following you. For where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge. Your people shall be my people, and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there will I be buried. Ruth 1:16 ESV

    Ruth walked along the road thinking about what had recently happened. Her husband had died, her father-in-law had died, and her brother-in-law as well. Now it was just her and Naomi her mother-in-law, and they were penniless.

    Naomi urged Ruth to turn back and go home to her family, but Ruth clung to her. Ruth told Naomi, 'Where you go, I will go, and where you stay, I will stay.' Even though much hardship lay before them, that is where Ruth's destiny was. God blessed Ruth after this, and she is in the lineage of Jesus.

    Sometimes we find that our destiny lies down the difficult path, and while on the way we are given a choice to turn back. Many turned back from following Jesus. Stay the course. God will fulfill His promises to you just as He did with Ruth, though it can be a bumpy road along the way.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to see the path that You have for me clearly. Please give me the grace to face this time and victory over those that would harm me, in the name of Jesus I pray.

    Note: Good morning! Don''t forget that this evening is the final test for our upcoming live services! You can find the link on the event page. Anyone who would like to join in and help with feedback before we start the official services would be greatly appreciated :). On the group news front, the Creation Photographers theme this week is "Summer Reflections". All are invited to join in the thematic fun! The FAAD group is hosting a 30-day Christian Music challenge for the lifting of the spirit. This is a wonderful opportunity to soak in and share your favorite Christian songs! Last but not least, the highlighted group of the week is Dreams - Meaning and Purpose: This group is centered around the truth that God often communicates to His people through dreams. The Dreams group is a great place to share what the Lord has shown you, discuss interpretations, and grow in wisdom and discernment when it comes to hearing His voice. We encourage you to post your dreams, questions, and thoughts about this subject in this group. (This group is set to private, meaning all are welcome, but posts can only be seen by group members).

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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wylesedited: June 14, 2016

Amen! Keep the faith! Thank you! Pastor's Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me to see the path that You have for me clearly. Please give me the grace to face this time and victory over those that would harm me, in the name of Jesus I pray.

June 14, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen!

June 14, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Thank you Lord Jesus, amen. 

June 14, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

i am  blessed  for  god  lives  n  me  hallelajuh  amen

 

June 14, 2016
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Retta Morgan
Retta Morgan

Amen 

The word in my church Sunday 

Stay in the race conformation glory to God !

June 14, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Interesting read!!! self defeating behavior!!! As a Brother in The Lord, to hear some one speak such as I , it would be evident thats what is being dealt with!!! handle with kid gloves--hum Prayer more than words!!! being a harden man-Vet certainly many blocks to being helped!! seems they learn ways of getting around the reaching out hands-when they are  there, its ever so heavy!!!! I'm looking at this out side Myself!!! to be separated, some thing is very real!!! Seems to re-connect is'nt thast simple!!! surely our own thinking trips Us up!!!  I notice My out look!!! Whoa.. I recall ah seemingly some thing looking through My eyes!!! I would think okay it will speak through Me-certainly part of Me!!! I thought yesterday all the women I pass up- for getting I was His wanting too share My best with the best!! Searching for the best too get close too. in that judging hum, I put myself in a closed box!!!! To walk into the VA and be diagnosied with Cancer certainly changed things.. 6 months later have beaten it-I'm right where I began!! Not good!!! trying to shake off the negative effects of treatment- I'm certainly losing!!! Habits whoa!!!! see how we are! I'm not asking for a thing!! Jes speaking fact from a -- Man!!!!!

June 14, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Father, I thank you for all that you have done from Mike to get him here, and pray that you please heal him completely of this cancer, that you strengthen his body and spirit, and that you restore all that has been lost and damaged, in the name of Jesus, amen!

June 14, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

June 14, 2016
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Lisa Quillman
Lisa Quillman

Bless you friend.  And thank you for your service.  Love

June 14, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen mike

June 14, 2016
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Please let this bumpy road end soon my God. In the name of Jesus I ask

June 14, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Father, I lift up Mari to you and pray that you please bless her with your guidance, your peace and your strength. Please lead her through this bumpy road and let all that she has experienced be used for good, in the name of Jesus, amen <3.

June 14, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

June 14, 2016
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Lisa Quillman
Lisa Quillman

When I read this, I literally feltit lifting away.. Amen and Bless you.

June 14, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

June 14, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Something Dion and I were talking about the other day was that during troubled times, we don't tend to fall apart, because, of course, we have Him, but also because we have each other. For Naomi, God have her Ruth and visa versa. Having people to stand with you, whether they are a spouse, friends, family, or the wonderful brothers and sisters here at RHM, makes the road much less bumpy :). 

June 14, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

June 14, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

You two look good...

June 14, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Ha, thank you, Cheryl :)!

June 14, 2016
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

AMEN !

June 14, 2016
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K K
K K

Really bumpy! Timely, always timely. Thank you for this word. Amen! 

June 14, 2016
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady

Amen! I have been on so many bumpy roads over the last few years , that even landed me upside down in a ditch, yet he was there. He gave me the strength to endure the hard times and the faith to keep Him first in my life. He brought me out of the ditch unscathed and put me on a smooth paved road, through prayer and clinging to Him.

June 14, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Carol, I never cease to stand in awe at His faithfulness!

June 14, 2016
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Kath Paro
Kath Paro

Dion~

This means so much to me.  It was the center of the message given on Mother's Day.  This reminds me that I too have stayed the course with things that God has blessed me with in my life.  I have been sober since 2002, that is only through Gods grace.  I have followed His lead.  I also was steady in my marriage when it was stricken hard with Satan.  Steve had been very mentally ill and had turned from God for a while.  I maintained my faith and kept my commitment to my husband as the gift from God.  I never waivered.  I need to remember the strength God had blessed me with during this test.  Thank you for the reminder.  Blessings o you Dion!  May you have a marvelous day!

June 14, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

Thanks for sharing.   Great strength. It works if you work it .....with a bumpy road.  Feeling bumps now.

June 14, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Amen thank you Pastor Todd for this devotional message 

June 14, 2016
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Audry Reddy
Audry Reddy

OOOH! I got chills reading this!! :D

June 14, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli

Amen!! God never promised us a rose garden in this life, so if there are obstacles all we need to do is ask God for help and he will guide us along the way and never give up climbing over those obstacles because if we do give up we will never get what we ask for or get to where we need to be.  Jesus is always with us as long as we allow him to be.

June 14, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

June 14, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelli

Those words just came flowing out :)

June 14, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Prayer for my son.  Pastors prayers"HEAVENLY FATHER, help my son to see the path that You have for HIM clearly. Please give HIM the grace to face this time and victory over those that would harm him, please help him Stay the course for LORD GOD  you fulfill YOUR  promises in your own time and will here on earth as it is in heaven, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen

June 14, 2016
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Karen Pasquinelli
Karen Pasquinelliedited: June 14, 2016

Prayers go out to God for you Son.  My 2 children strayed away from God and for years I prayed they would come back and they did.  They walk with God every day now and I am so proud of them both and thank God for allowing me to see it.  There is always hope.

June 14, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

thank you so much for keeping him in your prayers.

June 14, 2016
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

I love this story of Ruth.  Thinking about her words to go with her mother in law brought such Blessing and the mother in law too!

June 14, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

June 14, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen! Thank you Patsto Dion, for your daily devotion. I always liked this story Her mother in law and her are so close. Ruth meets Boaz and then she gets married to him. Her mother in law was so happy for her. :-)

June 14, 2016
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Celestina Ndunda
Celestina Ndunda

Father, many times i have opted to turn back and change the course along this bumby road; i thank You Lord for You have been with me all along. Thank You for Past. Dion and the encouraging word for every day. May your Name be glorified forever and ever.

June 15, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, Celestina!

June 15, 2016
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Monje Mellie
Monje Mellie

Along our journey God allowed those  humpy road so we may  know His power that when we trust on Is love

June 15, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Heavenly Father, Help me to see the path that You have for me clearly. Please Give me the grace to face this time and victory over those that would harm me, and my own shortcomings, in the Name of Jesus I pray.  Amen.

June 15, 2016
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother!

June 15, 2016
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Fraser Keys
Fraser Keys

In 2008 I pretty much lost everything my contractors license, was evicted and had my truck repossessed.  It was at that point that the Lord led me to my beautiful wife Isabel and she led me to have real faith in God.  Her faith never wavers no matter what situation ee are going through as she says he always gives us what we need.  At that time I was very bitter and even cursed the Lord for my troubles.  I now realize he humbled me to mold me and bring me closer to him. I appreciate everyday now as it's a blessing not a given.  

June 17, 2016