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  • The Special Place

    Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where He prayed. Mark 1:34 NIVIt was early in the morning as I walked into my little prayer room. After praying for a few minutes I sat in the quiet solitude, mostly wondering how we we...
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  • The Janitor

    Elisha sent a messenger to him, saying, 'Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and your flesh shall come again to you, and you shall be clean.' But Naaman was angry, and went away, and said, 'Behold, I thought, 'He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of Yahweh his God, and w...
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  • Hell on Earth

    He said to them, 'Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation.' Mark 16:15 WEBJesus spoke these words to the eleven Apostles before He ascended to heaven. There is so much that could be said about this, but today we cover 'The Gospel.' The word Gospel means 'glad tidings, good...
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  • Repentance

    Then he began to denounce the cities in which most of his mighty works had been done, because they didn't repent. 'Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon which were done in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. Bu...
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  • The Whole World In His Hands

    The God who made the world and all things in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, doesn't dwell in temples made with hands, neither is he served by men's hands, as though he needed anything, seeing he himself gives to all life and breath, and all things. Acts 17:24 WEBWhen I was growing up, we us...
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  • The Little Seed

    Hear, then, the parable of the farmer. When anyone hears the word of the Kingdom, and doesn't understand it, the evil one comes, and snatches away that which has been sown in his heart. Matthew 13:18 WEBOnce while praying about something, I felt like I heard a small whisper back from the Lord, encou...
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  • Fire and Ice

    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 ar...
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  • They Have Been With Jesus

    Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated, common men, they were astonished. And they recognized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 ESVThe disciples of Jesus were mostly uneducated fishermen, but later people lined up in the streets wanting even ...
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  • Facetime

    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 ...
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  • Smoked Brisket

    David abode in the wilderness in the strongholds, and remained in the hill-country in the wilderness of Ziph. Saul sought him every day, but God didn't deliver him into his hand. 1 Samuel 23:14 WEBAfter a long fast, we bought a wood smoker. You could call it a rebound effect. The smoker works as an ...
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  • Correcting God

    You were running well! Who interfered with you that you should not obey the truth? This persuasion is not from him who calls you. Galatians 5:7'8 WEBThe Apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians, who had turned away from following Jesus, and back to keeping the law. He asked them who had cut in on them to...
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  • Cycles and Seasons, Part 2: The Sabbath

    Cycles and Seasons, Part 2: The Sabbath from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Transcript:  Today I am going to be continuing on with: “Cycles and Seasons” and talking about The Sabbath Day. I want to explore the original meaning and intentions of it. Where did it come from? ...
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  • Making up for Lost Time

    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 ...
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  • The Marathon

    For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. From now on, there is stored up for me the crown of righteousness' 2 Timothy 4:6 WEBWhile having dinner with some friends of our family who happened...
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  • Here I Am

    The child Samuel ministered to Yahweh before Eli. The word of Yahweh was precious in those days; there was no frequent vision. It happened at that time, when Eli was laid down in his place (now his eyes had begun to grow dim, so that he could not see), and the lamp of God hadn't yet gone out, and Sa...
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  • Important Things

    Don't seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious. For the nations of the world seek after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek God's Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you. Luke 12:29 WEBThe most important things in your l...
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  • He Understands

    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 b...
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  • Song Birds

    Aren't five sparrows sold for two assaria coins? Not one of them is forgotten by God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore don't be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6 WEBWe live in the South Carolina countryside and have a large oak tree in our yard, w...
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  • Cycles and Seasons, Part 1: Introduction

    Cycles and Seasons, Part 1: Introduction from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Transcript:  Today I am going to be talking about: “Cycles and Seasons”. For everything under heaven, there is a season, and those come in cycles that God has established long ago. For example: Su...
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  • Face Against The Glass

    When Jesus heard it, he said to them, 'Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.' Mark 2:17 WEBJesus walked up to a tax collectors booth and told the man sitting there, 'Follow Me!' and he got up and follo...
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