Matthew: #blessed

This is our first instruction and teaching from Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel.  Jesus is teaching his disciples, but he also knows there is a crowd full of sinners, prostitutes, really religious people, and gentiles (not at all religious people) behind them.  What’s he going to say?  How’s he going to open?  Maybe a joke?  A story?  A great illustration?

No.  He starts with an announcement.  Lucky are the unlucky.  God is on the side of those whom there is no reason for God to be on their side.  #blessed


This is the message and selections of worship from Refuge.Church in Fort Myers, FL on the night of January 13th, 2018.


Matthew: What is a Disciple?

This is the message and selections of worship from Refuge.Church in Fort Myers, FL on the night of January 6th, 2018.

What is the purpose of the Church?  What does it mean to be a disciple of Jesus?  And why do we plant useless lawns in front of our homes.  All that and more as we look at the Gospel of Matthew 4:12-22.



Christmas Starlight Service

If you missed our Christmas service … through music, stories and scripture… we attempted to share the true story of Christmas.  AND as we shared that story, we celebrated the birth of SAVIOR.  A Savior who didn’t come to teach us how to be good people, but to be the light of the world.  To meet our our rebellion with his rescue, our sin with his salvation, our guilt with his grace, and our badness with HIS goodness.

Full Recording of the Refuge Starlight Service




Starlight Service // December 23rd

This Saturday night at 5:30pm, through music, stories and the Bible, we will share the true story of Christmas, as we celebrate the birth Jesus.

In the Christmas story we see violence, injustice, abuse of power, homelessness, refugees fleeing oppression, families ripped apart, bottomless grief.  Sound familiar?

It’s been a rough year.  The worst mass shooting in American history.  Racial violence.  Hurricanes.  Maybe there has been darkness and pain in your own personal story.

But into to this darkness came Jesus.  A light to help us find our way.  A light so bright that one day every dark shadow will be illuminated with light.

The story of Christmas isn’t that we can fix things if we try hard enough.  It’s that things are dark … BUT …  there is hope.  A new light has dawned.  Like starlight in the dark, only infinitely brighter

For unto you is born this day, in the city of David, a Savior, who is Christ the Lord(Luke 2:11)

Matthew: Jesus is Born

We are a little behind in getting our messages posted.  This is the message from our worship gathering on December 16th, 2017 taught from the Gospel of Matthew 1:18-2:23.

God knows the story of Jesus.  God speaks in the story of Jesus.  Jesus is the King of the story, and he’s inviting us into the story.



Matthew: Genealogy of Jesus

As a pastor, sometimes the Christmas story can feel like something I have to get through, so we can get back to the “good stuff” of the Bible; God’s grace and mercy.   But as I looked at this genealogy at the start of Matthew’s Gospel, I was reminded that the “good stuff” is right in front of us.  This one passage (a list of seemingly random names), is just dripping with God’s grace and mercy.

Included in this recording is our time of worship, lead for the first time by the Refuge.Youth band, and stick around for the end for a few Christmas carols as we roll into the Christmas season.




My Story: Scott, Mike & Vilma

What a special night at Refuge Church.  Our first ever “My Story” evening, in which three brave people boldly shared their stories.  We heard struggles and failures.  Hopes and dreams.

Often we think it’s our goodness that allows us to have a powerful impact on others.  But the truth is, when we are honest and transparent with our stories, boasting not in anything we’ve done, but in the cross of Christ alone … that’s when we’ll have the greatest impact on those around us.

My Story: Scott, Mike & Vilma

Galatians: Conclusion

This past Saturday night we concluded our time in Paul’s letter to the Galatians.  As Paul concludes this letter he gives like what comes like a bunch of unconnected statements.  Tonight we do our best to connect these statements together, and tie them back to Paul’s ultimate theme of the true Gospel of Grace.