The Last Minute

by Dion Todd June 26th, 2017


He waited seven days, the time appointed by Samuel. But Samuel did not come to Gilgal, and the people were scattering from him. So Saul said, 'Bring the burnt offering here to me, and the peace offerings.' And he offered the burnt offering. As soon as he had finished offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came. 1 Samuel 13:8 ESVSamuel had told Saul to meet him at Gilgal and that he would make...

The Good of the Land

by Dion Todd June 25th, 2017


I have been young, and now am old, Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, Nor his children begging for bread. All day long he deals graciously, and lends. His seed is blessed. Psalms 37:25 WEBToday is the tomorrow that you were so worried about yesterday, and it is not as bad as you thought. So many times over the course of my life I have been worried about what was coming, but when it arrived,...

Sharks in Suits

by Dion Todd June 22nd, 2017


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 WEBWe all make mistakes and not one of us down here has lived a perfect life except for Jesus. Yet we tend to compare our righteousness to others. Sometimes we feel like: 'Though we all fall short, I am still closer...

A Father's Heart

by Dion Todd June 17th, 2017


A Father's Heart from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Transcript: Tomorrow is Father’s day, and though it was created by a greeting card company in order to make a profit, it is a time that we remember our Fathers. Today I am going to be talking about mine, “A Father’s Heart”, and the Heart of our Father in heaven. I am going to be sharing a lot of my personal...

Walking on the Water

by Dion Todd June 16th, 2017


Peter answered him and said, 'Lord, if it is you, command me to come to you on the waters.' He said, 'Come!' Peter stepped down from the boat, and walked on the waters to come to Jesus. But when he saw that the wind was strong, he was afraid, and beginning to sink, he cried out, saying, 'Lord, save me!' Immediately Jesus stretched out his hand, took hold of him, and said to him, 'You of little faith,...

Barren

by Dion Todd June 15th, 2017


Isaac entreated Yahweh for his wife, because she was barren. Yahweh was entreated by him, and Rebekah his wife conceived. Genesis 25:21 WEBRebekah was barren and could not have children, but when her husband Isaac prayed for her, she became pregnant with twins. If you read the details, Isaac was forty years old when they got married, and he was sixty when the twins were actually born. I doubt that...

The Pit

by Linda Darlene Gibson June 15th, 2017


The Pit from FAAD on Vimeo. “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up”. James 4:10      Often times in my life as many of us have, we go through some really tough times. During these times, I call it ‘the pit’. God does allow for each of us to go through these trying times either to help us or to help him. I am the type of person that...

Correcting God

by Dion Todd June 4th, 2017


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 keep them from obeying the truth. The term 'cut in' means 'to hinder, interrupt, to get in the way.'...

Cycles and Seasons, Part 2: The Sabbath

by Dion Todd June 3rd, 2017


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? And why? In cooking when you make gravy or sauces it is common to “reduce” it and boil away...

The Marathon

by Dion Todd June 2nd, 2017


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 to be avid runners, we listened to them talk about the marathons that they had completed across the...

Rejoice Always

by Linda Darlene Gibson June 2nd, 2017


Rejoice Always from FAAD on Vimeo. “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” 1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18      In my bible there is an Introduction to each of the books and in 1 Thessalonians it gives a brief summary that Paul (the writer of this book) praises the Thessalonians for being...

Cycles and Seasons, Part 1: Introduction

by Dion Todd May 28th, 2017


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: Summer always follows spring, and that always comes after winter. As I began to look into this, I...

Body Building

by Dion Todd May 27th, 2017


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 an eye, where would the hearing be? If the whole were hearing, where would the smelling be? 1 Corinthians...

Beyond the Walls

by Dion Todd May 21st, 2017


Beyond the Walls from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Transcript:  I was in this room praying and singing some worship songs this week, and it got really good, so I just stopped and sat here in the quiet for a few minutes in tears. I could feel waves of His presence washing over me, like surges of power. Then I heard these words that I plan to make into a song:“Beyond the walls....

The Captain

by Dion Todd May 21st, 2017


He took a towel, and wrapped a towel around his waist. Then he poured water into the basin, and began to wash the disciples' feet, and to wipe them with the towel that was wrapped around him. Then he came to Simon Peter. He said to him, 'Lord, do you wash my feet?' Jesus answered him, 'You don't know what I am doing now, but you will understand later.' Peter said to him, 'You will never wash my feet!'...

In the Den

by Dion Todd May 18th, 2017


Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spoke and said to Daniel, Your God whom you serve continually, he will deliver you. A stone was brought, and laid on the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signet of his lords; that nothing might be changed concerning Daniel. Daniel 6:16 WEBAfter serving God faithfully,...

Jesus the Beautiful

by Dion Todd May 13th, 2017


JesustheBeautiful-final from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Transcript:  Today I want to talk about Jesus The Beautiful, and what I have learned about Him over the years. Now when I say beautiful, some are going to quote Isaiah 53:2 so I need to lay a bit of a foundation first: Isaiah 53:2-3 (NKJV) — He has no form or comeliness; And when we see Him, There is no beauty that...

The Awesome God of Heaven

by Dion Todd May 12th, 2017


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 went into the promised land and 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, amazing,...

Can I Really Do This

by Dion Todd May 11th, 2017


Call to me, and I will answer you, and will show you great things, and difficult, which you don't know. Jeremiah 33:3 WEBWhen Jesus saw the crowds, He had compassion on them for they were lost and without a Shepherd. He would stop, teach, and heal them. He would touch them and heal their wounds. Jesus said several times in His teachings that He was the good Shepherd, and that He came to seek out and...

He Has Victory!

by Linda Darlene Gibson May 11th, 2017


He Has Victory! from FAAD on Vimeo. “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Corinthians 15:58       Often times in my life I have been so frustrated and overwhelmed that I have forgotten to pray. When I would pray it was with empty words. Prayer is our direct source to our Father in Heaven and yes he does hear every one...

Making Up for Lost Time

by Dion Todd May 7th, 2017


Making Up For Lost Time from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Transcript:  Today I want to talk about making up for lost time. It is is easy to become burdened down and to feel like there is no hope, that it is too late for you, that too much water has passed under the bridge, but with God, all things are possible. God has fast forwarded things before:After Philip baptized the eunuch in...

I Want to Hold Your Hand

by Dion Todd May 6th, 2017


Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses' hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword....

Let's Take Heart!

by Linda Darlene Gibson May 3rd, 2017


Let's Take Heart! from FAAD on Vimeo. Let’s Take Heart! “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33       In today’s hectic world, we can all easily become overwhelmed with work, school or just everyday family life. We try to get so...

Twenty Pieces of Silver

by Dion Todd May 2nd, 2017


Judah said to his brothers, 'What profit is it if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? Come, and let's sell him to the Ishmaelites, and not let our hand be on him; for he is our brother, our flesh.' His brothers listened to him. Midianites who were merchants passed by, and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmaelites for twenty pieces of silver. They brought...

Trauma Happens

by David and Dianna Wyles April 29th, 2017


  Trauma Happens.... It can come in a variety of ways   Here in Northern California, most especially Butte Co. and surrounding areas, we started our year off under the fear and distress of a possible Dam Spillway Failure. It's easy to say there is a lot of traumatic stress happening around here, so I was thrilled to be able to learn some new tools to help myself and others around me. Did...

While the Minstrel Played

by Dion Todd April 23rd, 2017


While the Minstrel Played from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Transcript:  Today I want to talk about the importance of music, hearing God and how they are often linked together. In 2nd kings chapter 3, the king of Moab rebelled against the king of Israel and stopped paying him tribute. So the king of Israel, the king of Judah, and the king of Edom gathered their armies together and...

Why do you believe?

by Linda Darlene Gibson April 21st, 2017


“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28        There was a time during a very philosophical conversation with an individual that does not profess to be a Christian asked me the question why do I believe in God? I immediately responded because I know God loves me...

The Hypocrite Mask

by Dion Todd April 20th, 2017


He has said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.' Most gladly therefore I will rather glory in my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest on me. Therefore I take pleasure in weaknesses, in injuries, in necessities, in persecutions, and in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then am I strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9 WEBGod loves us, using...

The Bubble Fear!

by Linda Darlene Gibson April 19th, 2017


“For I am the Lord your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you.” Isaiah 41:13 In looking back on my life, extreme fear was a natural emotion from childhood to well into adulthood. Needless to say, it was not a feeling I neither liked then nor now. Though my fears now are at a minimum and I can honestly say I think I am as any average individual...

Half Starved Lions

by Dion Todd April 17th, 2017


Then the king was exceedingly glad, and commanded that Daniel be taken up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no kind of harm was found on him, because he had trusted in his God. Daniel 6:23 ESVThey took Daniel to the edge of the lions' den and let him see all of the half-starved lions prowling below them. The stench drifting upwards was horrible. I am sure the soldiers stood...



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