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  • The Heart of Stone

    I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. Ezekiel 36:26 NIVI had a different childhood growing up. My Mom divorced nine times, and my Dad three. Everyone in my life was temporary. At one point I was the youngest...
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  • Going Back to Egypt

    Why does Yahweh bring us to this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will be captured or killed! Wouldn't it be better for us to return into Egypt?' They said to one another, 'Let's choose a leader, and let's return into Egypt.' Numbers 14:3 WEBWhen the Israelites came to the l...
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  • That Peaceful Easy Feeling

    Again, a second time he went away, and prayed, saying, 'My Father, if this cup can't pass away from me unless I drink it, your desire be done.' He came again and found them sleeping, for their eyes were heavy. He left them again, went away, and prayed a third time, saying the same words. Matthew 26:...
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  • Cut it Loose

    Fearing that we would run aground on rocky ground, they let go four anchors from the stern, and wished for daylight. As the sailors were trying to flee out of the ship, and had lowered the boat into the sea, pretending that they would lay out anchors from the bow, Paul said to the centurion and to t...
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  • The Stealership

    The spirit of man is Yahweh's lamp, searching all his innermost parts. Proverbs 20:27 WEBA friend of mine once worked as a salesman at a local car dealership. One day a lady came in that wanted to buy a certain car, but the air conditioning did not work properly. The manager wanted to move that car ...
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  • Hide and Seek

    You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:13 WEBMost all of us have played the game of 'Hide and Seek' before. As one person counts down, the others go and hide as best they can. When the countdown is complete, the seeker then searches for the othe...
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  • Living on the Edge

    Living on the Edge from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about living on the edge. Too much of the church is playing it safe, staying out of the game, afraid to really let go and trust God to take care of them. This leads to a bland, colorless, powerless version of Christ...
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  • Grace Like Rain

    For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members don't have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another, having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us: if prophecy, let's prophesy according to the propo...
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  • The Popcorn Line

    Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time; casting all your worries on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6'7 WEBWe love to get a tub of buttered popcorn at the movies. It is a rare occasion for us to go, but popcorn just seems to make the whol...
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  • Refirement

    Moses said to Yahweh, 'O Lord,* I am not eloquent, neither before now, nor since you have spoken to your servant; for I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.' Yahweh said to him, 'Who made man's mouth? Or who makes one mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Isn't it I, Yahweh? Now therefore go, and ...
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  • Pride and Prejudice

    When pride comes, then comes shame, but with humility comes wisdom. Proverbs 11:2 WEBThe movie "Pride and Prejudice" might have scored good ratings at the theatre, but it will not score you points with God. He looks at your heart instead of your clothing. These are two great hindrances to the Holy S...
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  • Snow Flakes

    For you formed my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother's womb. I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful. My soul knows that very well. My frame wasn't hidden from you, when I was made in secret, woven together in the depths of the earth....
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  • Heads or Tails

    For we were saved in hope, but hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for that which he sees? But if we hope for that which we don't see, we wait for it with patience. Romans 8:24 WEB'Oh I don't want to face tomorrow. I have a bad, bad, feeling about this.' On and on we go into a spiral of sel...
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  • Baby Jesus

    Baby Jesus from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about “Who is Jesus?” I feel that we take it for granted that people actually know that much about Him. In the world we see Jesus as a baby in a manger, then crucified on a cross. The life of Jesus seems to span...
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  • The Third Day

    Behold, there was a great earthquake, for an angel of the Lord descended from the sky, and came and rolled away the stone from the door, and sat on it. His appearance was like lightning, and his clothing white as snow. For fear of him, the guards shook, and became like dead men. The angel answered t...
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  • The Car Wash

    Jesus answered him, 'If I don't wash you, you have no part with me.' Simon Peter said to him, 'Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head!' Jesus said to him, 'Someone who has bathed only needs to have his feet washed, but is completely clean. You are clean, but not all of you.' For he kn...
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  • The Possibilities Book

    Jesus, looking at them, said, 'With men it is impossible, but not with God, for all things are possible with God.' Mark 10:27 WEBHave you ever faced an impossible circumstance? Something that looked entirely hopeless. Jesus said that ALL things are possible with God, nothing is out of reach, nothing...
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  • Talk is Cheap

    Jesus said to them, 'If you were Abraham's children, you would do the works of Abraham. But now you seek to kill me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God. Abraham didn't do this.You do the works of your father.' They said to him, 'We were not born of sexual immorality. We have on...
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  • The Morning Update

    Early in the morning, while it was still dark, he rose up and went out, and departed into a deserted place, and prayed there. Simon and those who were with him searched for him. They found him and told him, 'Everyone is looking for you.' Mark 1:35 WEBJesus would often withdraw from the noisy crowds ...
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  • This One

    Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. Samuel said to Jesse, 'Yahweh has not chosen these.' Samuel said to Jesse, 'Are all your children here?' He said, 'There remains yet the youngest. Behold, he is keeping the sheep.' Samuel said to Jesse, 'Send and get him, for we will not sit down u...
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