Why Question Me

by Dion Todd November 20th, 2016


Then Abraham fell on his face and laughed and said to himself, Shall a child be born to a man who is a hundred years old? Shall Sarah, who is ninety years old, bear a child? Genesis 17:17 ESVAbraham lay on his face and laughed when God told him that he would soon have a son because he was almost one-hundred years old, and his wife Sarah was ninety. Still, the following year they had a son named Isaac....

Water For The Thirsty

by Dion Todd November 19th, 2016


Now on the last and greatest day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, 'If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink! He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, from within him will flow rivers of living water.' But he said this about the Spirit, which those believing in him were to receive. John 7:37 WEBIn the hot Southern summer here, the air conditioners struggle to keep our data...

Everlasting Love

by Dion Todd November 16th, 2016


Yahweh appeared of old to me, saying, Yes, I have loved you with an everlasting love: therefore with loving kindness have I drawn you. Jeremiah 31:3 WEBSo many times in my life, I have felt that I let God down, failed Him, and then stopped even trying. "What was the use", I thought. I was a failure and He was disappointed in me anyway. Like a puppy with his tail between his legs, I would sulk and walk...

Wet Fleeces

by Dion Todd November 15th, 2016


Gideon said to God, If you will save Israel by my hand, as you have spoken, behold, I will put a fleece of wool on the threshing floor; if there be dew on the fleece only, and it be dry on all the ground, then shall I know that you will save Israel by my hand, as you have spoken. It was so; for he rose up early on the next day, and pressed the fleece together, and wrung the dew out of the fleece, a...

The Comfort Zone

by Linda Darlene Gibson November 14th, 2016


     “The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12: 1      When I think of Abram whom later was called Abraham by God (Genesis 17: 4); he was just a man whom God asked to do many things out of his ‘comfort zone’ so I believe he had to...

Full Recovery

by Dion Todd November 13th, 2016


Then David and the people who were with him lifted up their voice and wept, until they had no more power to weep. David's two wives were taken captive, Ahinoam the Jezreelitess, and Abigail the wife of Nabal the Carmelite. David was greatly distressed; for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David strengthened...

It Is Listening Not The Lottery

by Dion Todd November 12th, 2016


And Elijah said to her, Do not fear; go and do as you have said. But first make me a little cake of it and bring it to me, and afterward make something for yourself and your son. For thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, The jar of flour shall not be spent, and the jug of oil shall not be empty, until the day that the LORD sends rain upon the earth. 1 Kings 17:13 ESVAs I listened to the preacher pray...

The Vine And The Branch

by Dion Todd November 11th, 2016


Remain in me, and I in you. As the branch can't bear fruit by itself, unless it remains in the vine, so neither can you, unless you remain in me. I am the vine. You are the branches. He who remains in me, and I in him, the same bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:4 WEBThe ministry of Jesus from the first recorded miracle of turning water into wine, until His resurrection...

Cattle Drives

by Dion Todd November 10th, 2016


Moses said to the people, 'Don't be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of Yahweh, which he will work for you today: for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you shall never see them again. Yahweh will fight for you, and you shall be still.' Yahweh said to Moses, 'Why do you cry to me? Speak to the children of Israel, that they go forward.' Exodus 14:13 WEBMoses and the Israelite people...

What Time is it: Part 2: Surrounded By Armies

by Dion Todd November 7th, 2016


What Time is it? Part 2: Surrounded By Armies   What Time is it? Part Two: Surrounded By Armies from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.   This is part 2 of our series on end time beliefs. In this section, I want to take a deeper look at Matthew 24, and compare it to history. If you have a Bible, turn there and follow along. We want to see “Who will be surrounded by armies?”...

When The Wind Blows

by Dion Todd November 7th, 2016


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, why did you doubt?' Matthew 14:29 WEBAs Peter walked across the surface of the water, the...

Perfectly Aged

by Dion Todd November 5th, 2016


Now, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to me. Moreover I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh, that you may bring forth my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt. Moses said to God, 'Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?' He said, 'Certainly...

The promise land

by Jeffrey Smith November 2nd, 2016


Acts 18:6-10: But when the Jews opposed Paul and became abusive, he shook out his clothes in protest and said to them, Your blood be on your own heads! I am clear of my responsibility. From now on I will go to the Gentiles. Then Paul left the synagogue and went next door to the house of Titus Justus, a worshiper of God. Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the lord, and...

Hidden Springs

by Dion Todd November 2nd, 2016


God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. She went, filled the bottle with water, and gave the boy drink. Genesis 21:19 WEBHours went by while I struggled with a bug in the annoying computer program, until I finally gave up and walked out to get away from it for a bit. Why did this have to be so difficult, I thought. This should have been a ten minute job, but I have spent all day on it. All...

RHM October 2016 Newsletter

by Dion Todd November 1st, 2016


RHM October Newsletter - 2016 Thank you for reading our devotional and being a part of Refreshing Hope Ministries. This is our monthly update on what has been happening here during the last month and I thank you for taking time to read it. Two Octobers ago, we began Refreshing Hope Ministries from our kitchen table with the secondhand equipment from eBay in the picture below. The Lord has been...

What Time is it: Part 1: Introduction

by Dion Todd October 31st, 2016


What Time is it? Part 1 Intro What Time Is It? Part One from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.   This week we will be starting a new series titled “What Time Is It?” As many of you know, when I was young and starting out with the Lord, I was completely consumed with eschatology, the study of end time events. I had my walls covered with charts, timelines, and scriptures....

The Hardened Ground

by Dion Todd October 28th, 2016


Sow to yourselves in righteousness, Reap according to kindness. Break up your fallow ground; For it is time to seek Yahweh, Until He comes and rains righteousness on you. Hosea 10:12 WEBI grew up on a farm and over the long cold winter, the ground of the fields would become so hard that water would just run off of it like it was rock. The rain would no longer penetrate the crust but just ran through...

His Plans

by Linda Darlene Gibson October 25th, 2016


      “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11      This year has been such an emotional year for me, late last year I began to experience some severe pain in my lower back and abdominal area. After going through many...

Faith, Hope, & Love: Part 3

by Dion Todd October 24th, 2016


Faith Hope and Love: Love Faith, Hope, & Love: Part 3 from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.   This week we will be covering part three of our series on Faith, Hope, and Love. Love ləv/ noun 1. an intense feeling of deep affection. Synonyms: deep affection, fondness, tenderness, warmth, intimacy, attachment, endearment; devotion, adoration, compassion, caring, charity,...

Total Eclipse

by Dion Todd October 24th, 2016


When they began to sing and to praise, Yahweh set ambushers against the children of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were struck. For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of Mount Seir to utterly kill and destroy them. When they had finished the inhabitants of Seir, everyone helped to destroy each other. 2 Chronicles 20:22 WEB'God sure seems...

My Sheep Hear My Voice

by Dion Todd October 21st, 2016


My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give eternal life to them. They will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. John 10:27 WEBJesus said that His sheep would hear His voice and that they would follow Him 'and a stranger, they would not follow" (John 10:5). God speaks to His people individually and collectively. Some are so concerned on being deceived that...

Faith, Hope, and Love Part 2: Hope

by Dion Todd October 18th, 2016


Faith Hope and Love: Hope  This week we continue our series on Faith, Hope, and Love. I want to make it very clear what hope actually is and remove the vagueness that we tend to toss around these words. First a definition:  Hope /hōp/ noun1. a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.And the opposite:Hopeless - noun:a :  having no expectation of good or success...

Special Update: The Day the Lights Went Out in Conway

by Dion Todd October 11th, 2016


Special Update: The Day the Lights Went Out in Conway   Hello everyone,    Thank you for being a part of Refreshing Hope Ministries. As you may have noticed, over the last few days the devotional stopped coming, and the website was down. This was because Hurricane Matthew passed directly over our town. The storm caused massive flooding, downed power lines, broken utility poles and...

The Christian Bookstore

by Dion Todd October 4th, 2016


Joseph came in to them in the morning, and saw them, and saw that they were sad. He asked Pharaoh's officers who were with him in custody in his master's house, saying, 'Why do you look so sad today?' They said to him, 'We have dreamed a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it.' Joseph said to them, 'Don't interpretations belong to God? Please tell it to me.' The chief cupbearer told his dream...

RHM September 2016 Newsletter

by Dion Todd October 3rd, 2016


September Newsletter - 2016 Hello there, Thank you for reading our devotional and being a part of Refreshing Hope Ministries. This is our monthly update on what has been happening here during the last month and I thank you for taking time to read it. September went by pretty quickly for us and I happened to notice that it is now over and this newsletter is now late. We fasted the month of August...

Faith, Hope, and Love Part 1: Faith

by Dion Todd October 3rd, 2016


Faith Hope and Love Part 1: Faith Faith, Hope and Love, Part 1: Faith from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. This week we will be starting a new series on Faith, Hope, and Love. I hope to make this as simple as possible. To do that, I am going to cover what a life of faith, a life of hope, and a life of love looks like. The definition of Faith: Complete trust or confidence in someone or...

Beautiful

by Jeffrey Smith September 29th, 2016


Acts 3:2-5: Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.  When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.  Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something...

The Birthday of the Church

by Dion Todd September 26th, 2016


The Birthday of The Church The Birthday of the Church from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.   We just finished our series on the Holy Spirit. This week I want to talk about the first birthday of the Church. Jesus ascended to heaven and the Holy Spirit descended on His followers in Acts chapter 2 on the day of Pentecost. This was when “The Church” was born and about 3,000...

Grimy Sponges

by Dion Todd September 26th, 2016


For where jealousy and selfish ambition are, there is confusion and every evil deed. But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceful, gentle, reasonable, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy. James 3:16 WEBJust as a sponge filled with liquid is our heart within us. It absorbs all the hurts and pains in our life. Usually when we come to the Lord, it...

Tormentors

by Dion Todd September 25th, 2016


Then his lord called him in, and said to him, 'You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt, because you begged me. Shouldn't you also have had mercy on your fellow servant, even as I had mercy on you?' His lord was angry, and delivered him to the tormentors, until he should pay all that was due to him. So my heavenly Father will also do to you, if you don't each forgive your brother from your...



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