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  • What Would Jesus Do?

    What Would Jesus Do? from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. What would Jesus do? That has always been a thorn for me each time I hear the phrase. It sounds harmless enough on the surface, but most people do not truly know the answer to that. For example, many have taken up a sword in the name ...
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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 arose,...
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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 and try. Many times in my ...
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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 WEBOnce upon a time after a month long fast, we bought a wood smoker. You could call it a rebound effect. ...
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  • Grace And Truth

    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 this letter to the Galatians who had been turned away from grace by some legalistic brothers. Though the Galatians were gentiles...
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  • Making up for Lost Time

    For you will bless the righteous. Yahweh, you will surround him with favor as with a shield. Psalm 5:12 WEBOnce while at church on a Sunday night, the pastor's wife came over to me and said that she felt the Lord wanted me to get my GED (high school equivalency degree). I had left high school early ...
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  • The Rebellion

    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? Hebrew...
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  • Good to the Bone

    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 g...
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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 WEBIt was late evening and we were having dinner with some friends ...
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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

    Haven't you known? Haven't you heard? The everlasting God, Yahweh, the Creator of the ends of the earth, doesn't faint. He isn't weary. His understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28 WEBIt was a hot Saturday evening in the summer and I was exhausted, and in a pretty bad mood by the time we got home...
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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 near the coast of South Carolina in the countryside and have a large oak t...
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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 collector's booth in the fishing village of Capernaum, and to the shock of His discip...
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  • The Mockingbird

    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 cardin...
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  • A Healthy Body

    For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot would say, 'Because I'm not the hand, I'm not part of the body,' it is not therefore not part of the body. If the ear would say, 'Because I'm not the eye, I'm not part of the body,' it's not therefore not part of the body. If the whole body were ...
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  • Worship Team Blues

    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 h...
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  • Something from Nothing

    But, lest we cause them to stumble, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a stater coin. Take that, and give it to them for me and you. Matthew 17:27 WEBWhen Jesus and Peter returned home to Capernaum, the tax collectors a...
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  • Puppy Dog Eyes

    For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; But the wicked are overthrown by calamity. Proverbs 24:16 WEBShe was a black and tan dachshund chihuahua mix named 'Lady.' I adopted the little dog after she found herself homeless and on the street. Apparently she had been abused in the pas...
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  • Dream Killers

    Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers, and they hated him all the more. He said to them, 'Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: for, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and behold, your sheaves came around, and bowe...
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