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  • With Friends Like These

    When Job’s three friends, Eliphaz the Temanite, Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him. Job 2:11 NIV  When Job went th...
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  • Speak Lord, For I Am Listening!

    The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, “Samuel! Samuel!” Then Samuel said, “Speak, for your servant is listening.” 1 Samuel 3:10 NIV  This is an amazing story to me. The Lord called to Samuel three times and each time he got up and ran to Eli,...
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  • Darkest Before the Dawn

    And while he was still speaking with them, the messenger came down to him and said, “This trouble is from the LORD! Why should I wait for the LORD any longer?” But Elisha said, “Hear the word of the LORD: thus says the LORD, Tomorrow about this time… 2Kings 6:33-7:1 ESV&nb...
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  • Where Did Everyone Go?

    The LORD said to Gideon, The people with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel boast over me, saying, My own hand has saved me. Judg. 7:2 ESV  Gideon started out with thirty-two thousand men but ended up with three hundred at the start of the actual ba...
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  • The Silent Time

    a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; Eccl. 3:7 ESV  When attending school, the teacher is right there with you answering any questions that you may have and explaining the subject matter. But when the test comes, you are on your own to complete it...
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  • The River Crossing

    After the death of Moses the servant of the LORD, the LORD said to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses’ assistant, Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go over this Jordan, you and all this people, into the land that I am giving to them, to the people of Israel. Every place that the sole ...
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  • Hairy Pastors

    And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Matt. 6:7 ESV  He had no idea what was waiting for him just inside of the church door. I went to seminary with this brother who was praying for a wife. He poured...
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  • The Mercedes

    Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Isaiah 43:19 ESV A wealthy friend of mine once picked up his daughter’s car to take it in for an oil change while she was at work. He stayed gone a...
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  • The Chain of Command

    When Jesus heard this, He was amazed at him, and turning to the crowd following Him, He said, I tell you, I have not found such great faith even in Israel. Luke 7:9 NIV  We bought a huge dell server on eBay and had to pay a hundred dollars in shipping charges. When I unpacked it and started ...
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  • Bible Translations

    But I Only Read The King James Version? Halt! Hast thou waxed weak scum or art thou leasing a muffler? This FAQ article is in response to periodic complaints that we are not exclusively using the KJV translation of the Bible. Because we try to reply to every email, and the explanation takes ...
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  • On Grief

    One of the most difficult things in life is dealing with the death of a loved one. There is no simple answer for this, or magic cure, but I will try and explain this from 3 points of view that I have gathered in my experience. Our view, the person’s view, and then God’s view. We need t...
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  • Church Guide

    What is the Church? If you Google “What is the Church” it will return something like this: Noun: church/CH?rCH/ 1) A building used for public Christian worship. 2) A particular Christian organization, typically one with its own clergy, buildings, and distinctive doctrine...
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  • Marriage & Divorce

    Gen 2:24 …a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. ~NIV    Right at the beginning, in the second chapter of the bible, God lays out the plan for marriage.  Marriage can be one of the most fulfilling things ...
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  • Who is Pastor Dion Todd

    I blog about the adventures that I have while walking with Jesus in my everyday life, and why I believe what I write. The Words:  The words here can be very timely and usually come out of prayer or praise and worship. It is not head knowledge, but inspiration. Many people find that they ad...
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  • RHM January 2015 Newsletter

    Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing n...
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  • RHM December 2014 Newsletter

    One person esteems one day as better than another, while another esteems all days alike. Each one should be fully convinced in his own mind. The one who observes the day, observes it in honor of the Lord. The one who eats, eats in honor of the Lord, since he gives thanks to God, while the one who ...
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  • RHM November 2014 Newsletter

    The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers. J...
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  • RHM October 2014 Newsletter

    Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground! Psalms 143:10 ESV October Newsletter Thank you for reading our devotional and being a part of Refreshing Hope Ministries. I wanted to update you on what is going on here because this is an exciting ti...
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  • You Had Me at Hello

    And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. And the son said to him, Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son. But the father said ...
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  • The Razor

    You gave your good Spirit to instruct them and did not withhold your manna from their mouth and gave them water for their thirst. Forty years You sustained them in the wilderness, and they lacked nothing. Their clothes did not wear out and their feet did not swell. Neh 9:20-21 ESV When the Israel...
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