RHM Newsletter 40: Looking Back on 2022

by Dion Todd December 29th, 2022


2022 Year-End Wrapup from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Thank you for being a part of Refreshing Hope Ministries and taking time out of your day to read or watch this message. I hope this finds you blessed, warm, safe, and happy wherever you happen to be. This is our year-end newsletter, and I wanted to update you on what has been happening...

Baby Steps

by Dion Todd December 27th, 2022


Therefore don't be anxious, saying, 'What will we eat?', 'What will we drink?' or, 'With what will we be clothed?' For the Gentiles seek after all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first God's Kingdom and his righteousness; and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore don't be anxious for tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for...

Little Lamb

by Dion Todd December 25th, 2022


Little Lamb from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Have you ever wondered what it was like to be on Earth the night Jesus was born? What was the world like then? What do we know about it? Well, things were complicated. It was a difficult time.  Under Julius Caesar, Rome had expanded to a vast empire that spanned from Egypt to England, which was called Britannia. Then came Caesar Augustus....

Friends Like These

by Dion Todd December 22nd, 2022


Yahweh restored Job's prosperity when he prayed for his friends. Yahweh gave Job twice as much as he had before. Job 42:10 WEB.There was a man named Job who went through a terrible trial. He suddenly lost everything, including his children, his servants, and his livestock. His wealth vanished. Then he became sick and was covered in painful sores and boils from head to foot. His health vanished.As Job...

Widespread Revelation

by Dion Todd December 18th, 2022


Widespread Revelation from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Sometimes we take great things in life for granted and don't even miss them until they are gone. Good health, loved ones, friends, a roof that doesn't leak, beautiful days, and the word of God. Those that have never experienced them may not even realize how precious and hard to recover they can be once lost.  An interesting story...

The Wonderful You

by Dion Todd December 15th, 2022


Which commandment is the greatest of all? Jesus answered, "The greatest is, 'Hear, Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one: you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength.' This is the first commandment. The second is like this, 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no other commandment greater than...

Hidden Power

by Dion Todd December 11th, 2022


Hidden Power from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. The prophet Elijah knew things about prayer that we could learn from. When King Ahab and his wife Jezebel were wickedly leading the nation into worshiping baal and killing off the Lord's prophets, Elijah came out of nowhere and boldly confronted them with a word from the Lord:  (1 Kings 17:1 NKJV)  And Elijah the Tishbite, of the...

Saddling Up Anyway

by Dion Todd December 10th, 2022


They told Esther's words to Mordecai. Then Mordecai asked them to return this answer to Esther: "Don't think to yourself that you will escape in the king's house any more than all the Jews. For if you remain silent now, then relief and deliverance will come to the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Who knows if you haven't come to the kingdom for such a time as this?"...

Wrestling with God

by Dion Todd December 4th, 2022


Wrestling with God from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Men like Abraham and Joseph yield immediately to God's call, but others are people of conflict, like Jacob and Jonah. Though we want to be part of God's plan, we struggle independently, using our own strength until the Lord wrestles it from us.  Jacob was a man of conflict like many of us. There was both good and bad within him....

Be Thankful

by Dion Todd November 27th, 2022


Be Thankful from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Always remember to be thankful for what God has done for you. Jesus Christ lived on Earth as our example, and He was graceful, thankful, and filled with praise. We should try and live like that, for no matter what we have been through, there are still some things we can be thankful for. An important one is that you woke up again today. For some...

That Familiar Voice

by Dion Todd November 27th, 2022


Yahweh called Samuel again the third time. He arose and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; for you called me." Eli perceived that Yahweh had called the child. Therefore Eli said to Samuel, "Go, lie down. It shall be, if he calls you, that you shall say, 'Speak, Yahweh; for your servant hears.' " So Samuel went and lay down in his place. Yahweh came, and stood, and called as at other times, "Samuel!...

Outnumbered

by Dion Todd November 24th, 2022


Yahweh said to Gideon, "The people who are with you are too many for me to give the Midianites into their hand, lest Israel brag against me, saying, 'My own hand has saved me.' Now therefore proclaim in the ears of the people, saying, 'Whoever is fearful and trembling, let him return and depart from Mount Gilead.' " So twenty-two thousand of the people returned, and ten thousand remained. Yahweh said...

Crossing the River

by Dion Todd November 22nd, 2022


Now after the death of Moses the servant of Yahweh, Yahweh spoke to Joshua the son of Nun, Moses' servant, saying, "Moses my servant is dead. Now therefore arise, go across this Jordan, you and all these people, to the land which I am giving to them, even to the children of Israel. I have given you every place that the sole of your foot will tread on, as I told Moses. Joshua 1:1'3 WEB.Painful memories...

Gifts That Keep On Giving

by Dion Todd November 20th, 2022


Gifts That Keep on Giving from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. One of the greatest and most fulfilling things you can do is to be used by God to help others somehow. Jesus said, what you have done to the least of the brethren, you have done unto Me (Matthew 25:40). And even giving one of His followers a cup of cold water will bring you a reward (Matthew 10:42).  Yet, we can do more than...

Gospel Amnesia

by Dion Todd November 13th, 2022


Gospel Amnesia from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. When Jesus was on His way to Jerusalem, they came to a Samaritan village that did not welcome them. The "Sons of Thunder" brothers, James and John, remembered the prophet Elijah calling down fire from heaven and wanted to do likewise: (Luke 9:54–56 NKJV)  And when His disciples James and John saw this, they said, "Lord, do You...

Heart Medicine

by Dion Todd November 13th, 2022


A cheerful heart makes good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones. Proverbs 17:22 WEB.Health tip: Don't worry. Be Happy. You can add years to your life and health to your body by merely being joyful and happy. No one should be able to manipulate your joy externally because it should come from inside you.People, places, and things can cause problems, but how you react to events is entirely...

Resting in a Storm

by Dion Todd November 6th, 2022


Resting in a Storm from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Our Lord Jesus Christ lived on Earth as our example and lived a simple life of trust and peace. Once when Jesus and the disciples crossed the Sea of Galilee on their fishing boat, a great storm came, and Jesus slept soundly in the bottom of the vessel while the rest were stressed out. Jesus had learned to rest from stress.  (Matthew...

The Heart of Stone

by Dion Todd November 6th, 2022


I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean. I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. I will also give you a new heart, and I will put a new spirit within you. I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes. You will keep my ordinances and do them....

Brothers and Sisters

by Dion Todd October 30th, 2022


Brothers and Sisters from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. I was raised to work hard and take pride in my work. I often turn it into a game as if I were doing it directly for the Lord. If I am making dinner for one of the Lord's people, I prepare it as if it were for the King Himself. If I am repairing a toilet at the church, it's the throne of the King. The way you treat the Lord's people...

Fun While It Lasted

by Dion Todd October 23rd, 2022


Fun While It Lasted from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Do you believe in God enough that it affects your behavior? Do you hold back from doing some things simply because it would grieve the Holy Spirit? Or does your spiritual life have little to do with your daily life? And why does it matter? (Luke 6:46–48 NKJV)  "But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do the things which...

The Possibilities Book

by Dion Todd October 23rd, 2022


Jesus, looking at them, said, "With men it is impossible, but not with God, for all things are possible with God." Mark 10:27 WEB.Have you ever faced a seemingly impossible circumstance that looked entirely hopeless? Jesus said that ALL things are possible with God. There is nothing out of reach or that He cannot do. The Bible is a possibilities book. It contains so many instances of God creating something...

This One

by Dion Todd October 20th, 2022


Jesse made seven of his sons to pass before Samuel. Samuel said to Jesse, "Yahweh has not chosen these." Samuel said to Jesse, "Are all your children here?" He said, "There remains yet the youngest. Behold, he is keeping the sheep." Samuel said to Jesse, "Send and get him, for we will not sit down until he comes here." He sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, with a handsome face and good appearance....

Rise From the Dust

by Dion Todd October 16th, 2022


Rise From the Dust from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Moses was a fiery young man in Egypt, raised by the daughter of Pharaoh and reared with all the wisdom of the Egyptians (Acts 7:22). He was mighty in words and deeds, but when he turned forty years old, things seemed to fall apart.  One day he went to visit his people, the Hebrews, who were enslaved in Egypt. He wanted to help them,...

Just-if-id

by Dion Todd October 9th, 2022


Just-if-id from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Years ago, in seminary, an instructor of mine taught the book of Romans. The theme the Apostle Paul stresses strongly in his letter to the Romans is being justified before God. Yet, what does that mean to us? Let's start with the basics and break it down as simply as possible. (Romans 3:23 NKJV)  for all have sinned and fall short of the...

Thunderstorms

by Dion Todd October 9th, 2022


Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. Psalm 131:2 WEB.Thunderstorms in the deep south can be terrible, especially for children. Blackened skies, winds that blow down trees, walls of rain you cannot see through, accompanied by bolts of lightning that hit the ground and sound as if an artillery shell exploded. Once a...

Peace of Mind

by Dion Todd October 4th, 2022


In nothing be anxious, but in everything, by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6'7 WEB.In the past, many saints and martyrs have faced terrible trials and death with peace in their hearts that no one could explain. Some sang hymns...

The Mustard Seed

by Dion Todd October 2nd, 2022


The Mustard Seed from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Jesus told His disciples a parable about the kingdom of God using a tiny mustard seed. Though mustard was the smallest seed a Palestinian farmer would plant in his field, it would grow into the largest plant in his garden.  (Matthew 13:31–32 NKJV)  Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like...

The Desires of your Heart

by Dion Todd September 27th, 2022


Also delight yourself in Yahweh, And he will give you the desires of your heart. Psalms 37:4 WEB.Many years ago, I bought a new graphics card for my computer. It had the newly released Digital Visual Interface port. DVI had just come out, and it was now possible to connect a computer to a high-definition television. So you could use a tv like a giant monitor. I have always been intrigued by electronics...

A Shoestring and a Prayer

by Dion Todd September 25th, 2022


A Shoestring and a Prayer from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Elijah was a prophet of the Lord who lived during a troubled time in Israel. King Ahab was evil, and his wife Jezebel was a baal-worshipper who set out to kill all the Lord's prophets and promote pagan worship throughout their kingdom. Ahab and Jezebel were not restrained by normal reasoning or rules. When Ahab wanted a vineyard...

The Lost Sheep

by Dion Todd September 23rd, 2022


He told them this parable: "Which of you men, if you had one hundred sheep and lost one of them, wouldn't leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the one that was lost, until he found it? When he has found it, he carries it on his shoulders, rejoicing. When he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, 'Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep which...

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