Gospel of John: One Flock

This past Saturday night at Refuge.Church we continued our study through John’s Gospel as we looked at Chapter 10; Jesus final public teaching.

The illustration of sheep and shepherd has become so familiar to most of us, that its power. We hear Psalm 23 and we feel comforted, yet if we’re honest most of us struggle in submitting to a Shepherd, who desires access to every aspect of our lives.

We don’t HAVE TO follow a shepherd … we GET TO. It’s a perspective shift that can be life changing. Our Shepherd didn’t come to give us a miserable existence, he came, that we might have abundant life.

John 10:1-30

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2019: State of the Church

This week, we did something a little different as we we shared some of the happenings of the church including a complete financial review of 2018 (money in, money out). We looked at our largest expense, the rent for our space and how God has used that for His glory as we heard from Moms on Mission (Chelsea Hawley), Refuge for Recovery (Marc Miller) and Compassionate Friends (Lorraine Gutheim).

State of the Church: 2019

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Gospel of John: Caught in the Act

This past Saturday night at Refuge.Church we continued our study through the Gospel of John, by looking at a story most believe was not included in the original gospel, nor written by John; The Woman Caught in Adultery.

She is not only caught, but caught in the act. But where is the man? What are the accusers trying to accomplish? What is the crowd thinking? What is the woman thinking? How will Jesus respond? What will be his final verdict?

John 8: The Woman Caught in Adultery

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Gospel of John: Do You Want to Get Well?

This past Saturday night we continued our study through the Gospel of John as we looked at another miracle of Jesus; the healing of an invalid man at the pool of Bethesda (John 5). A man, who had been there, lying in a state of misery for 38 years. A man, who Jesus has the audacity to ask “do you want to get well?”

Why does Jesus ask that question? So he can learn, or so that this man (and all of us) can see begin to explore the depths of what it truly means to get well.

John 5

Gospel of John: Jesus Heals the Blind

This past Saturday guest speaker Matt Podrasky continued our study through the Gospel of John. At this worship gathering our teaching came from John Chapter 9, the story of Jesus healing a man born blind. Religion had turned this man away.  Religion said to this man you’re a loser, an outcast, a misfit. Jesus took him in, and said … I came for you.

John 9

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Gospel of John: Woman at the Well

This past Saturday we continued our study through the Gospel of John to see what Jesus best friend had to say about his life and ministry. 90% of John’s Gospel is unique, including our story tonight of the Woman at the Well from Chapter 4.

We’re all thirsty.  We keep lugging our jugs to the well, looking for something to quench our thirst.  On the Cross, Jesus made a way for us to come to the well and take the water with us. 

John 4: Woman at the Well

Ex-Mormon Turned Pastor Responds to Letter from the Mormon Church to be Truthful about What Church He Actually Belongs To

I grew up Mormon, and left the church while in college. Many years later I found Jesus (or Jesus found me) and today I pastor a small church my family helped start in SWFL. Recently I received a letter from the Mormon Church instructing me to “be truthful by telling others that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints“.

Well — I want to obviously be truthful. So below is both the letter I received from the Mormon church, and my full and detailed response.

Gospel of John: Born Again

This past Saturday we continued our study through the Gospel of John. Of all the gospel writers, John had the most time to reflect. The most time to think about things Jesus had said. The most time to consider what Jesus came to do.  He wrote his Gospel for those who didn’t get to meet Jesus, for those who didn’t see the miracles. for those who didn’t hear him teach. In other words, he wrote his gospel of us.

This week we look at the familiar story of Jesus and Nicodemus and perhaps the most famous verse in all of the Bible John 3:16. Who needs to be born again? What does it mean to be born again? How do I know if I’ve been born again?

John 3: Jesus and Nicodemus

Gospel of John: Water to Wine

This past Saturday night we continued our study through the Gospel of John. Of all the gospel writers, John had the most time to reflect. The most time to think about things Jesus had said. The most time to consider what Jesus came to do.  He wrote his Gospel for those who didn’t get to meet Jesus, for those who didn’t see the miracles. for those who didn’t hear him teach. In other words, he wrote his gospel of us.

This week we look at the familiar story of his first miracle, turning water into wine at the wedding in Cana. A miracle he does, because Mary says the three simple words we all hate to say … I NEED HELP.

Gospel of John: Week 2 (water to wine)