The Box of Parts

by Dion Todd January 23rd, 2019


The heavens are the heavens of Yahweh; But the earth has he given to the children of men. Psalms 115:16 WEBI watched my son wrestle with connecting the wiring harness to the motherboard of the computer that he was building. I could have done it for him, but he needed to learn to do this himself, and that the plug only fits one way. He wanted a gaming computer for his sixth Christmas, so being a computer...

The Greatest Commandment

by Dion Todd January 19th, 2019


One of them, a lawyer, asked him a question, testing him. 'Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the law?' Jesus said to him, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. A second likewise is this, You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments.'...

Stay Here

by Dion Todd January 17th, 2019


Elijah said to him, Elisha, please wait here, for Yahweh has sent me to Jericho. He said, As Yahweh lives, and as your soul lives, I will not leave you. So they came to Jericho. 2 Kings 2:4 WEBElisha had worked serving the prophet Elijah for several years when he suddenly asked him to stay behind. Elisha said no, and he kept following him. Three times in a row Elijah asked him to stay behind somewhere,...

Bible Study: Acts, Chapter Twenty-Five

by Dion Todd January 13th, 2019


RHM Bible Study, Acts Chapter Twenty-five from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today we are going to study Acts chapter 25 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 without any legal drama or breaking anyone’s...

Life or Death

by Dion Todd January 13th, 2019


RHM Devotional: Life or Death from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about life or death, in the Spirit. God is the Giver of life, and He breathed the breath of life into Adam in the beginning. His Spirit brings a freshness, a revitalization, freedom, an excitement, It gives life to our spirit. Scripture is very clear about this: “For the letter kills, but the Spirit...

A Great Work

by Dion Todd January 13th, 2019


Sanballat and Geshem sent to me, saying, Come, let us meet together in one of the villages in the plain of Ono. But they thought to do me mischief. I sent messengers to them, saying, I am doing a great work, so that I can't come down: why should the work cease, while I leave it, and come down to you? Nehemiah 6:2 WEBNehemiah was organizing the rebuilding of the wall around Jerusalem after it had been...

Sleepless Nights

by Dion Todd January 12th, 2019


Which of you by being anxious can add a cubit to his height? If then you aren't able to do even the least things, why are you anxious about the rest? Luke 12:25 WEBWe were so concerned about tomorrow that we could not sleep. We had received a subpoena late that evening and had to appear in court at seven in the morning, but so many things ran through our mind that we watched the sun go down, and then...

The Buck Stops Here

by Dion Todd January 5th, 2019


if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14 WEBI have a Dilbert cartoon about tech support taped to our internet router because it reminds me of our service provider here. Each time that we call them with a problem,...

Battlefield Tactics

by Dion Todd January 1st, 2019


It happened, when the captains of the chariots saw Jehoshaphat, that they said, It is the king of Israel. Therefore they turned about to fight against him: but Jehoshaphat cried out, and Yahweh helped him; and God moved them to depart from him. It happened, when the captains of the chariots saw that it was not the king of Israel, that they turned back from pursuing him. 2 Chronicles 18:31 WEBJehoshaphat,...

Understanding God

by Dion Todd December 30th, 2018


RHM Devotional: Understanding God from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about understanding God. I believe that this is a crossroads that everyone comes to at some point, and it causes many to stumble. I have seen so many people turn back from their commitment to Jesus because they could not understand what He was doing. Many of us like to sketch out things like an architect,...

RHM Newsletter 33: 2018 Year-end Wrap-up

by Dion Todd December 27th, 2018


RHM Newsletter #33, 2018 Year-end Wrap-up from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. (For those interested, there are quite a few more photos in the video version of this newsletter :)) For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be on his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 WEB Hi...

Spiritual Bullies

by Dion Todd December 23rd, 2018


RHM Devotional: Spiritual Bullies from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about the heart of Jesus towards the lost sheep, compared to the heart of the religious leaders that should have been taking care of them. Luke chapter 15 reads: Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man...

Hearing The Shepherd

by Dion Todd December 23rd, 2018


and your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, This is the way, walk you in it; when you turn to the right hand, and when you turn to the left. Isaiah 30:21 WEBA shepherd herding sheep down a path does not have to interact that much, he just follows behind them watching. His presence is there, but he does not have to say anything. However if they come to a fork in the road, or a path leading off...

Sharks That Wear Suits

by Dion Todd December 22nd, 2018


Brothers, even if a man is caught in some fault, you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to yourself so that you also aren't tempted. Galatians 6:1 WEBBrothers, even if a man is caught in some fault, you who are spiritual must restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness; looking to yourself so that you also aren't tempted. Galatians 6:1 WEBWe all make mistakes...

Heroes and Monsters

by Dion Todd December 9th, 2018


RHM Devotional: Heroes and Monsters from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about the potential of being a Hero, or a Monster, that exists inside each one of us. We get to choose. Once when Jesus was preaching from a boat, He told a parable about a man that sowed wheat in His field, but an enemy came along and sowed weeds behind him. We pick this up in Matthew 13:24 and following: He...

Facetime

by Dion Todd December 6th, 2018


Don't lay in wait, wicked man, against the habitation of the righteous. Don't destroy his resting-place: For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; But the wicked are overthrown by calamity. Proverbs 24:15 WEBYour journey ends when you will no longer get up. Many times in my life, I began to feel that I had let God down, made the wrong decision, and wrecked His plan for my life. Then...

Bible Study: Acts, Chapter Twenty-Four

by Dion Todd December 2nd, 2018


RHM Bible Study, Acts Chapter Twenty-four from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Transcript: Today we are going to study Acts chapter 24 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 without any legal drama or breaking...

Fire and Ice

by Dion Todd December 2nd, 2018


Ahab told Jezebel all that Elijah had done, and how he had killed all the prophets with the sword. Then Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah, saying, 'So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I don't make your life as the life of one of them by tomorrow about this time!' When he saw that, he arose, and ran for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there....

Making up for Lost Time

by Dion Todd December 1st, 2018


For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:12 ESVOnce while at church on a Sunday night, the pastor's wife said that she felt the Lord wanted me to get my G.E.D. as I had left school early to join the work force. I told her that I would look into it and Monday morning I went to the Adult Education Center. I went in and explained that I had been out of school...

Face Against the Glass

by Dion Todd November 25th, 2018


RHM Devotional: Face Against the Glass from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Today I want to talk about Jesus choosing Matthew the tax collector as one of His twelve Apostles, and why that would have been unthinkable at the time. Mark 2:13–17 ESV He went out again beside the sea, and all the crowd was coming to him, and he was teaching them. And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son...

He Understands

by Dion Todd November 25th, 2018


Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28 ESVTired and in a bad mood, we arrived home. We had worked at the church all day once again, and a new tax bill came while we were gone. We now owed five hundred dollars for additional taxes. Angrily I said, "If...

Climbing God's Mountain

by Dion Todd November 18th, 2018


RHM Devotional: Climbing God's Mountain from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Brothers, if anyone is caught in any transgression, you who are spiritual should restore him in a spirit of gentleness. Keep watch on yourself, lest you too be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. Galatians 6:1–2 ESV Today I want you to picture us all climbing a mountain:...

A Beautiful Mess

by Dion Todd November 17th, 2018


You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride. You have ravished my heart with one of your eyes, With one chain of your neck. How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine! The fragrance of your perfumes than all manner of spices! Song 4:9 WEBIt is refreshing to see people who are truly in love. When a person first falls in love, they can see nothing but...

A New Identity

by Dion Todd November 10th, 2018


Behold, Yahweh stood above it, and said, 'I am Yahweh, the God of Abraham your father, and the God of Isaac. The land whereon you lie, to you will I give it, and to your seed. Your seed will be as the dust of the earth, and you will spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south. In you and in your seed will all the families of the earth be blessed. Behold, I am with...

Bible Study: Acts, Chapter Twenty-three

by Dion Todd November 3rd, 2018


RHM Bible Study, Acts Chapter Twenty-three from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Transcript: Today we are going to study Acts chapter 23 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 without any legal drama or breaking...

The Monument

by Dion Todd November 3rd, 2018


But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt. Genesis 19:26 WEBWhen God told Abram to leave his country, he brought along his nephew Lot. In time, they both prospered so much that they had to separate from each other. Lot and his family moved to Sodom. It became an extremely wicked, prideful city, and when God had enough, He destroyed it.Because of Abraham, angels visited...

Wineskins

by Dion Todd October 28th, 2018


RHM Devotional: Wineskins from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. No one puts new wine into old wine skins, or else the new wine will burst the skins, and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. But new wine must be put into fresh wine skins, and both are preserved. Luke 5:37-38 WEB  (Paralleled in: Matthew 9:17, Mark 2:22) The most radical change recorded in the Bible was the...

Entrapment

by Dion Todd October 28th, 2018


I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, 'Now is come the salvation, the power, and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ; for the accuser of our brothers has been thrown down, who accuses them before our God day and night. Revelation 12:10 WEBIn a United States supreme court case in 1932, Sorrells vs United States, a prohibition officer repeatedly tried to get a factory worker to...

A Custom Home

by Dion Todd October 24th, 2018


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 WEBI used to work with my Dad building custom homes. He was a lifelong carpenter. When he...

Can You Hear Me Now

by Dion Todd October 21st, 2018


RHM Devotional: Can You Hear Me Now from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. For we have become partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence firm to the end, while it is said, “Today if you will hear his voice, don’t harden your hearts, as in the rebellion.” For who, when they heard, rebelled? Wasn’t it all those who came out of Egypt led by Moses? ...



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