Good to the Bone

by Dion Todd August 16th, 2020


Good to the Bone from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about the goodness of God. He is good through and through. It is His very nature to be good to us, and no one has to help Him. God is eternally and unchangeably good. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are all good through and through. God is good to the bone, and nothing that we do will ever change that. (Nahum...

The Mockingbird

by Dion Todd August 9th, 2020


Mockingbird from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about the northern mockingbird, the “many-tongued thrush” This bird can do an exact imitation of the notes it learns from other birds, as well as some animals. It has the ability to sound like a robin, a cardinal, a bluebird, or a sparrow. It can even mimic cats, dogs, frogs, and crickets. It is a copy cat, and...

Worship Team Blues

by Dion Todd August 8th, 2020


I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love, being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1 WEBI could see by the look on his face that we were making a lasting impression on the visiting evangelist. Some of the praise and worship...

Eagle's Wings

by Dion Todd August 2nd, 2020


Eagle Wings from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about the importance of waiting on the Lord, for good things happen when we learn to wait on God. A good example is our grandpuppy River, who sits and watches us eat supper in anticipation of something good happening. She has hope that something special is coming her way, that we are going to move on her behalf, and usually...

Love in the Checkout Line

by Dion Todd July 31st, 2020


A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you; that you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34 WEBIf you study Jesus in the gospels, His defining characteristics were love, compassion, grace, and wisdom. He was humble, kind, and He cared for the people. He touched the outcasts,...

Hang Ten: A New Wave Begins

by Dion Todd July 26th, 2020


Hang Ten: A New Wave Begins from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Lord I wait here all alone, for a whisper from Your throne. I prayed that while waiting on some inspiration to come, unsure what to write about. I was waiting for a word of hope or encouragement, but all week, I had been hearing something else. I waited quietly for a while with my head resting on the keyboard here. Then I heard...

Awesome

by Dion Todd July 22nd, 2020


You shall not be scared of them; for Yahweh your God is in the midst of you, a great and awesome God. Deuteronomy 7:21 WEBMoses called the Israelites together right before they entered the promised land, and he told them to not be afraid, for the Lord who is in the midst of you, is a great and 'Awesome' God.The definition of Awesome: adjective - breathtaking, awe-inspiring, magnificent, wonderful,...

The Hiding Place

by Dion Todd July 19th, 2020


The Hiding Place from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about the hiding place. How can you dwell in safety in a world filled with violence, peril, and contagious diseases? I want to examine the scriptures and see what we can learn from them. Let’s begin with Psalm 91: (Psalm 91:1–4 NKJV)  He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under...

Under His Wings

by Dion Todd July 18th, 2020


He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of Yahweh, 'He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in whom I trust.' For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, And from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers. Under his wings you will take refuge. His faithfulness is your shield and rampart. Psalms 91:1 WEBIn the...

Time in a Bottle

by Dion Todd July 17th, 2020


For the vision is yet for the appointed time, and it hurries toward the end, and won't prove false. Though it takes time, wait for it; because it will surely come. It won't delay. Habakkuk 2:3 WEBFor the vision is for an appointed time. In other words, God has marked the day on His calendar, and every hour that passes brings us closer to it. When the proper amount of time has elapsed, then the vision...

When the Minstrel Played

by Dion Todd July 12th, 2020


When the Minstrel Played from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about the spiritual power that can be brought on by music. There is an interesting story told in 2 Kings chapter 3 when Moab rebelled against Israel. After the death of King Solomon, the nation of Israel had been split into two parts by a civil war: Samaria and Judah. Samaria had drifted far away from God and...

A Custom Built Home

by Dion Todd July 9th, 2020


For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says Yahweh, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope in your latter end. You shall call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me with all your heart. Jeremiah 29:11 WEBMy Dad was a lifelong carpenter and I used to help him build custom homes. Today I wish...

Sin Less

by Dion Todd July 2nd, 2020


If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and righteous to forgive us the sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we haven't sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8 WEBWhen you work with someone day after day and you watch them smack their thumb with a hammer, drop something...

Fire And Rain

by Dion Todd July 1st, 2020


Simon Peter, Thomas called Didymus, Nathanael of Cana in Galilee, and the sons of Zebedee, and two others of his disciples were together. Simon Peter said to them, 'I'm going fishing.' They told him, 'We are also coming with you.' They immediately went out, and entered into the boat. That night, they caught nothing. John 21:2 WEBAs the disciples stood there together, Peter said: 'I am going fishing.'...

When God Shakes the Earth

by Dion Todd June 28th, 2020


When God Shakes the Earth from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about the rise and fall of kingdoms on the Earth. They come and they go, but there is one that will remain for eternity. The prophet Daniel wrote about a vision that he had during the night in Daniel 7:13: (Daniel 7:13–14 NASB)  “I kept looking in the night visions, And behold, with the clouds...

Mission Impossible

by Dion Todd June 21st, 2020


Mission Impossible from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about our Heavenly Father. What it is like to talk with Him, to work with Him, as it is written in the scriptures. Sometimes we receive prayer requests that to me resemble a fairy tale, or a child’s letter to santa claus. I hope that I can bring a balance to that, for when we line up with what He is doing, His...

Love and Hate

by Dion Todd June 14th, 2020


Video Devotional: Love and Hate from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Note: Today's article is the "devotional-length" version of our ministry newsletter on the subject of racism. For those interested, you are welcome to read or watch the full version, which includes the devotional below plus additional thoughts and scriptures relating to current events. It will be about 30 minutes long. Jesus...

RHM Newsletter 37: Love and Hate

by Dion Todd June 14th, 2020


RHM Newsletter: Love and Hate from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. (1 Corinthians 13:1-3 NASB) If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. And if I give all...

Plunder Hell And Populate Heaven

by Dion Todd June 13th, 2020


But you, beloved, keep building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life. On some have compassion, making a distinction, and some save, snatching them out of the fire with fear, hating even the clothing stained by the flesh. Jude 1:20 WEBThere were seasons of my life when I made...

Opposites Attract

by Dion Todd June 10th, 2020


Now the word of Yahweh 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. Jonah 1:1 WEBThe word of the Lord came to Jonah to go and preach to Nineveh, but Jonah fled in the opposite direction. God told him to go to Nineveh, but Jonah went...

The One in the Mirror

by Dion Todd June 7th, 2020


The One in the Mirror from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about our biggest problem, the one in the mirror, and the importance of living a disciplined life. Be wary of a watered down religion that costs you nothing, for true freedom always comes with a price. The enemy does not willingly let you go without a fight. James wrote it this way: (James 1:22–27 NASB) ...

Petrified

by Dion Todd May 31st, 2020


Petrified from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about becoming petrified. So scared, so bound up, so terrified inside, that you are unable to think or move. Frozen in place. Unable to make decisions. An example is the guards at Jesus’ tomb on Sunday morning. At the request of the Jewish leaders, Pilate sent a group of Roman soldiers to stand guard over the tomb of...

Bible Study, John, Chapter One

by Dion Todd May 30th, 2020


Bible Study, The Gospel of John, Chapter One from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today we are going to study the good news of John chapter 1 in depth. You can follow along in your own Bible if you like. I will be reading from the World English Bible because it is the only modern English translation that is copyright free, and I can read the entire Bible on video and put it on our website without...

Institutionalized Religion

by Dion Todd May 27th, 2020


For John the Baptizer came neither eating bread nor drinking wine, and you say, 'He has a demon.' The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, 'Behold, a gluttonous man, and a drunkard; a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Luke 7:33 WEBThere was always a gloomy feeling that settled over you when you entered the church sanctuary. Everyone was somber with long faces like they were in...

People Get Ready

by Dion Todd May 24th, 2020


People Get Ready from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Jesus said “My sheep hear My voice” in John 10:27 and I believe that each of us have pearls of wisdom given to us by the Holy Spirit. Little gems and insights that are beautiful and meant to build up and strengthen the body of Christ. We are each a microcell in His body and are given resources, gifts, and talents to benefit the...

Cant Touch This

by Dion Todd May 23rd, 2020


If you died with Christ from the elements of the world, why, as though living in the world, do you subject yourselves to ordinances, 'Don't handle, nor taste, nor touch' (all of which perish with use), according to the precepts and doctrines of men? These things indeed appear like wisdom in self-imposed worship, humility, and severity to the body; but aren't of any value against the indulgence of the...

Perverted Gospel

by Dion Todd May 20th, 2020


I marvel that you are so quickly deserting him who called you in the grace of Christ to a different 'good news', but there isn't another 'good news.' Only there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the Good News of Christ. But even though we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you any 'good news' other than that which we preached to you, let him be cursed. Galatians 1:6 WEBThere was...

Don't Look Back

by Dion Todd May 17th, 2020


Don't Look Back from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about putting your hand to the plow, and looking back at what you have left behind. In Genesis chapter 19, there were two cities that had become extremely wicked, so bad that God decided the Earth would be better off without them: Sodom and Gomorrah. During this time, there was a man named Abraham who walked so closely...

Answers by Fire

by Dion Todd May 14th, 2020


Then Elijah said to the people, 'I, even I only, am left as a prophet of Yahweh; but Baal's prophets are four hundred fifty men. Let them therefore give us two bulls; and let them choose one bull for themselves, and cut it in pieces, and lay it on the wood, and put no fire under; and I will dress the other bull, and lay it on the wood, and put no fire under it. You call on the name of your god, and...

The Lord Is My Helper

by Dion Todd May 10th, 2020


The Lord Is My Helper from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about the importance of realizing that you are not isolated and alone. This is so important today, because it easy to just hear those words, nod and smile, and then go on about your day not actually believing them. Maybe only one in 10,000 will get this, but it was a turning point in my life when I realized that...



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