Hell on Earth

by Dion Todd March 2nd, 2024


He said to them, "Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to the whole creation." Mark 16:15 WEB.Jesus spoke these words to the eleven Apostles before He ascended to heaven. There is so much that could be said about this, but today we focus on "The Gospel." The word Gospel means "Glad tidings, good or joyful news." We are here to proclaim the "good and joyful news" to the whole creation.The good...

They Have Been With Jesus

by Dion Todd February 28th, 2024


Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and had perceived that they were unlearned and ignorant men, they marveled. They recognized that they had been with Jesus. Acts 4:13 WEB.The disciples of Jesus were mostly uneducated fishermen, but later people lined the streets hoping that the shadow of Peter would pass over them (Acts 5:15). Peter had become more than a simple fisherman because He...

Transformers

by Dion Todd February 25th, 2024


Transformers from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Moses was now eighty years old and tending sheep in the wilderness of Sinai.  It was a lonely, rugged, harsh terrain that was mostly barren but with just enough seasonal vegetation to graze sheep and goats. The nights were cold, and the days were extremely hot, with very little rainfall.  At eighty, Moses was pretty insignificant,...

The Lord of Breakthrough

by Dion Todd February 18th, 2024


The Lord of Breakthrough from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. When David became King of Israel, the Philistines became worried, for David had long been a thorn in their side. He had killed their champion giant, Goliath, when he was in his teens. People even sang songs and danced about how many Philistines David had killed in battle, and the Philistines knew about them:  (1 Samuel 29:5...

Important Things

by Dion Todd February 17th, 2024


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 12:29'31 WEB.The most important things in your life aren't things at all. If your primary focus is stuff, you will always feel empty inside. Solomon...

Stolen Destiny

by Dion Todd February 11th, 2024


Stolen Destiny from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. After King David passed on, his son Solomon, by Bathsheba, became the next King of Israel. The Lord appeared to Solomon twice and told him that if he walked in all the Lord's ways, he would always have an heir on the throne. But Solomon's seven hundred wives and three hundred concubines led his heart astray towards the end of his life, and...

Dream Killers

by Dion Todd February 8th, 2024


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 bowed down to my sheaf." His brothers said to him, "Will you indeed reign over us? Or will you indeed have...

The Last Supper

by Dion Todd February 6th, 2024


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!"...

Down at the Crossroads

by Dion Todd February 4th, 2024


Down at the Crossroads from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. (Isaiah 55:8–9 NKJV)  "For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways," says the LORD. "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways, And My thoughts than your thoughts." Trying to understand why God does something is a crossroads that everyone comes to at some point,...

The Bronze Serpent

by Dion Todd January 28th, 2024


The Bronze Serpent from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. When the Israelites came out of Egypt, the Lord gave them the Ten Commandments written on tablets of stone. In essence, this was the beginning of a covenant relationship, similar to marriage vows today.  God had already proven His faithfulness by delivering the Israelites from slavery in Egypt through many signs, wonders, miracles,...

The Pen And The Crackers

by Dion Todd January 27th, 2024


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. Matthew 6:31'33 WEB.One of the sweetest testimonies that I ever heard was...

God Help Me

by Dion Todd January 24th, 2024


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

A Time As This

by Dion Todd January 21st, 2024


As Time As This from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. In the ancient empire of Persia, around 479 BC, a high-ranking official named Haman was driven by a deep-seated grudge and plotted to exterminate all the Jewish people in the empire. His hatred was sparked by Mordecai the Jew, who refused to bow to Haman as he passed by.  So Haman, consumed by his vengeful pride, cunningly convinced...

Shakespearean Invocations

by Dion Todd January 17th, 2024


When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Most assuredly, I tell you, they have received their reward. Matthew 6:5 WEB.It was a hot summer day in the South, and Dad and I were working on a house for an elderly lady. Dad was repairing some of the woodwork, and I was coming behind...

Happy Days

by Dion Todd January 16th, 2024


But the Jews stirred up the devout and prominent women and the chief men of the city, and stirred up a persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and threw them out of their borders. But they shook off the dust of their feet against them, and came to Iconium. The disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit. Acts 13:50'52 WEB.Paul and Barnabas traveled from town to town preaching the gospel....

From Dust to Dust

by Dion Todd January 14th, 2024


From Dust to Dust from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, it is easy to lose sight of the eternal. We are so busy planning for what we are going to do tomorrow that we forget we might not be here at all. I am all for working, planning, building, and saving for a rainy day, but let's be grounded in reality and not forget about eternity. Let's begin with...

Unanswered Prayers

by Dion Todd January 9th, 2024


For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, says Yahweh. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8'9 WEB.There have been many times in life when I worked something out in my mind, planned how it should go, then watched as it went the other way. As a business owner, at times, it was frustrating....

Cry Out to Jesus

by Dion Todd January 7th, 2024


Cry Out to Jesus from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. My simplest and most accurate description of faith is believing in something enough to take action on it. For example, if someone told you they would meet you outside the bank at 10 AM, would you believe them enough to meet them? I know some people I would believe and some I wouldn't. Some people mean what they say, while others say what...

The Unseen Hand

by Dion Todd January 7th, 2024


Then the king said to Haman, Make haste, and take the clothing and the horse, as you have said, and do even so to Mordecai the Jew, who sits at the king's gate: let nothing fail of all that you have spoken. Then took Haman the clothing and the horse, and arrayed Mordecai, and caused him to ride through the street of the city, and proclaimed before him, Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king...

Slow Train Coming

by Dion Todd January 6th, 2024


Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon. He shaved himself, changed his clothing, and came in to Pharaoh. Pharaoh said to Joseph, "I have dreamed a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. I have heard it said of you, that when you hear a dream you can interpret it." Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, "It isn't in me. God will give Pharaoh an answer...

RHM Newsletter 41: Looking Back on 2023

by Dion Todd January 4th, 2024


2023 Year-end Wrapup from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Dear wonderful Refreshing Hope Family, As we close out another year and look back on 2023, I want to extend my heartfelt gratitude to each of you for being an integral part of our journey here at Refreshing Hope Ministries. Whether you've joined us through reading our devotionals, watching our videos, or listening to our music, your...

More Than Enough

by Dion Todd January 3rd, 2024


"Yahweh said to Gideon, By the three hundred men who lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into your hand; and let all the people go every man to his place. So the people took food in their hand, and their trumpets; and he sent all the men of Israel every man to his tent, but retained the three hundred men: and the camp of Midian was beneath him in the valley." Judges 7:7'8 WEB.Facing...

The Dancing Preacher

by Dion Todd January 2nd, 2024


"For I know the thoughts that I think toward you," says Yahweh, "thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you hope and a future. You shall call on me, and you shall go and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You shall seek me and find me, when you search for me with all your heart." Jeremiah 29:11-13 WEB.I returned to church early in the afternoon because I was in the band, and we needed to rehearse...

Feeling Good

by Dion Todd December 31st, 2023


Feeling Good from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. The Lord speaks to us in ways we can comprehend. For example, He wouldn't speak Hebrew to someone who doesn't understand Hebrew. That is why the Apostle Paul said this: (1 Corinthians 14:18–19 NKJV)  I thank my God I speak with tongues more than you all; yet in the church I would rather speak five words with my understanding, that...

The Night Before Christmas

by Dion Todd December 24th, 2023


The Night Before Christmas from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. Imagine what it must've been like to be in Bethlehem, a cozy little town surrounded by rolling hills, over 2,000 years ago on the very first Christmas Eve. Think about a time way before we had all these twinkling Christmas lights and the happy holiday songs we sing today. It was a night unlike any other, special and full of wonder,...

The Scary Door

by Dion Todd December 23rd, 2023


David left his baggage in the hand of the keeper of the baggage and ran to the army, and came and greeted his brothers. As he talked with them, behold, the champion, the Philistine of Gath, Goliath by name, came up out of the ranks of the Philistines, and said the same words; and David heard them. All the men of Israel, when they saw the man, fled from him and were terrified. 1 Samuel 17:22-24 WEB.When...

Roosters

by Dion Todd December 17th, 2023


Roosters from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. I grew up on a farm in the country, and we raised chickens. I had a gorgeous dark red pet rooster I raised from a hatchling. They are peculiar creatures. The roosters were attention seekers and would strut around with their chests out, hop onto the highest point they could reach, and crow as loud and long as they could. They chased all the hens...

The Vineyard

by Dion Todd December 10th, 2023


The Vineyard from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. I have always admired Amos, who was a shepherd in a field when the Lord told him to go and prophesy to King Jeroboam in Bethel. The priest Amaziah told him to prophesy somewhere else. They weren't interested in what the Lord had to say, but Amos stood his ground and told them the message the Lord had given him. That took courage. (Amos 7:12–16...

Work Gracefully

by Dion Todd December 8th, 2023


You see then that by works, a man is justified, and not only by faith. In the same way, wasn't Rahab the prostitute also justified by works, in that she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, even so faith apart from works is dead. James 2:24-26 WEB.I grew up on a farm with two brothers and ten step-siblings. I got to see first-hand the...

Show Me the Way

by Dion Todd December 6th, 2023


However, what things were gain to me, these have I counted loss for Christ. Yes most assuredly, and I count all things to be loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord, for whom I suffered the loss of all things, and count them nothing but refuse, that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own, that which is of the law, but that which is through...



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