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    Fear Not from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about fear, and the importance of pressing on even though we are afraid. When God calls you to do something, often fear is the first guardian that will be sent to stop you from accomplishing it. The Apostle Paul wrote to Timo...
  • 16 hours ago
    Posted by Dion Todd
    But you, when you pray, enter into your inner room, and having shut your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. In praying, don't use vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their much speaking. ...
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    Behold, I will do a new thing. It springs out now. Don't you know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 WEBA wealthy friend of mine once picked up his daughter's car to take it in for an oil change while she was at work. He stayed gone a really long tim...
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  • Walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers: Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew, his brother, casting a net into the sea; for they were fishermen. He said to them, 'Come after me, and I will make you fishers for men.' They immediately left their nets and followed him. Matthew 4:18 WEB

    As Jesus walked along the sea shore, He saw Peter and Andrew. He told them to follow Him and that He would make them 'fishers of men.' As they walked with Him, they became experienced and He taught them so that they could teach others. It was a long time before they were ready, but the day finally came and in chapter ten, Jesus sent them out on their first teaching mission:

    'Jesus sent these twelve out, and charged them, saying, 'Don't go among the Gentiles, and don't enter into any city of the Samaritans. Rather, go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. As you go, preach, saying, 'The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!' Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, and cast out demons. Freely you received, so freely give' (Matthew 10:5-8).

    There is an amount of time between Jesus calling you, and Jesus sending you. How long is unknown to us and it varies person to person. This span of time varies throughout the Bible. David was king at thirty, while Moses started his ministry at eighty.

    When I was around twenty years old, the Lord told me that I would be a prophetic teacher and to prepare myself for ministry. I was so excited and went through Bible college, got ordained, then I waited. I was forty-five years old when the Lord finally sent me into full time ministry and I no longer even wanted it. Where I had once felt like I knew a lot, now I feel like I know nothing. As Paul wrote: 'Knowledge puffs up, but love builds up. But if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he doesn't yet know as he ought to know' (1 Corinthians 8:1'2 WEB). I can testify that this is true.

    Has God called you for something, but it has yet to come to pass? Do not give up hope yet for this is perfectly normal. God is faithful, but there is a training time between the calling and the sending.

    Prayer: Father, I thank You for not forgetting about me. I know that Your eyes are on the sparrow and that You will also take care of me. I want all that You have for me on this earth. Walk with me, talk with me, speak to me and through me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

July 13, 2016
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Joy Sue Callahan
Joy Sue Callahan

I love this and it is just what I needed to hear today. While I do realize Everything in His time, being human I grow impatient. I was called to help others, received my degree in Psychology, and yet continue to do CNA work!! I pray and search and interview yet I'm still not where I know I'm best able to serve others; I've grown frustrated. Lord, forgive me for my impatience.

July 13, 2016
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Heddy Frank
Heddy Frank

Joy, I know your frustration because I've been there myself. And yet, when I least expected it, The Lord uprooted me and put me Exactly where I needed to be. Remember this: You are one child of God and you need one perfect job. One to one. The odds couldn't be better! Hold fast and start thanking Him for the perfect job He has in store for you! I've found that each time I've come to Him with thanksgiving Before He's answered me, He sees my faith and steadfastness and rewards me with the Exact thing I need, even as I've questioned Him. It isn't until time has past that I've marveled at His wisdom! Hang tight and thank Him!

July 13, 2016
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Nichole Richardson
Nichole Richardson

Amen to lesson being presented this morning! Heddy your words are encouraging to me! Thank you Lord for putting these words into Heddy to encourage others!

July 13, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

July 13, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 13, 2016
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Amen! Thank you :) The wait... still waiting I think ;) all in God's time! I know I have been called to write... marketing what I write is a whole other story! AS God wills , so it shall be! Pastor's Prayer: Father, I thank You for not forgetting about me. I know that Your eyes are on the sparrow and that You will also take care of me. I want all that You have for me on this earth. Walk with me, talk with me, speak to me and through me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

July 13, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 13, 2016
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen Lord Jesus, amen. 

July 13, 2016
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Mike OBryan
Mike OBryan

Amen!! His timing!!!

 

July 13, 2016
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Penelope Rhome
Penelope Rhome

i  am  listening  father  what  can i  do  for   you  today   hallelajuh  amen

 

July 13, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 13, 2016
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Loriann Riley
Loriann Riley

Thank you pastor Todd for this devotional message. What a powerful message. It gives me hope to not to give up. Father God hear my cry use me today to complete your work on earth.  It not my will but your will be done father in Jesus Name amen 

July 13, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Amen

July 13, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 13, 2016
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Dana Rozell
Dana Rozell

Amen!

July 13, 2016
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Frances  Martin
Frances Martin

Thanks for this encouraging devotional Todd. A refreshing reminder that the Lord orchestrates our lives in a beautiful way. 

July 13, 2016
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Fraser Keys
Fraser Keys

Amen!

July 13, 2016
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Brett Simoneau
Brett Simoneau

In the passage it says, "don't go among the Gentiles"

Gentiles 
 All the people who were not Jews were so called by them, being aliens from the worship, rites and privileges of Israel. The word was used contemptuously by them. 

im having a real problem with this passage. So Jesus told his  disciples not to go to us "non Jews"? 

Please help me understand.

July 13, 2016
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd

Yes, their first missionary journey was only to the Jewish people. Jesus was sent to the lost sheep of Israel. Later, in the book of Acts, Peter was sent to the gentiles by the Holy Spirit and everyone was amazed when Cornelius and his household received the Holy Spirit, just like the Jews. The Jewish people were invited first, but largely rejected Him. Now the door is open to all. 

July 13, 2016
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Rick Doran
Rick Doran

Thank you Heavenly Father!!!

July 13, 2016
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Amen, thanks pastor for this encouraging devotion

July 13, 2016
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Christina Ocasio
Christina Ocasio

Thank you heavenly Father for you are always speaking into my heart,  your eyes are on the sparrow and I know you also take care of me through this journey❣ Amen ♡

July 13, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 13, 2016
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Heide Garner
Heide Garner

thankyou gives hope seems sometimes my dreams put hold  and good remind God knows when your seasn  to shine.

July 13, 2016
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Thank you our Father Almighty for not forgetting me.  Thank you so much that you listen and answer prayers.  In your time LORD GOD, I will know what you wanted me to do for you. Here I am LORD GOD, Walk with me, talk with me, speak to me and through me in the name of our LORD JESUS CHRIST I pray.  Amen

July 13, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 13, 2016
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen

July 13, 2016
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thank you Pastor Dion for another inspiring message...God's timing is perfect, but sometimes hard to understand when you're the one waiting.....Don't give up !!! It WILL happen at the appointed time. Have a great day everyone.

July 13, 2016
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

SO good!!!! Encouraging to say the least. 

July 13, 2016
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Colleen Paquet
Colleen Paquet

Thank you for your helpful teaching.

July 13, 2016
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Ticardo Williams
Ticardo Williams

Amen.  Praise God!  Thanks Pastor Dion!  Heavenly Father, Walk with me, talk with me, speak to me and through me, in the Name of Jesus Christ I pray.  Amen.

July 14, 2016
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!!! Thank you Pastor Dion for this devotion. Sorry I forgot to leave feedback yesterday. :-)

July 14, 2016
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Amen, Lord, I am waiting on you,  to let me know my next move with my job! I don't want to rush, not sure of new position.  I'm pra7 for your grace and mercy, in Jesus' name!

July 14, 2016
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Rosemary Marsh
Rosemary Marsh

Amen.Thank you Father that your timing is always perfect,and you have a plan for each one of us,help us to hear your voice and to be lead by The Holy Spirit,and do your will,that you will receive all the glory in our lives.In Jesus name I pray. Thank you Pastor for your devotion and inspiration.

July 17, 2016