Don’t Believe the Hype (Proverbs 14:15)

Before God created the turquoise waters of the Dry Tortugas; before God created the brilliant sunsets of SWFL; before God created billions of stars and human beings, He created WISDOM.

This past Saturday night we looked at Proverbs 14:15.  Only simpletons believe everything they hear, but the prudent (the WISE) carefully consider their steps.  As witnesses to the Gospel, we are called to share our good news with the world, but when we believe things which aren’t true and share those things, our sharing of the Gospel looks like nothing more than click-bait.

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Acts 28 // The End of the Story?

4-years ago started a study through book of Acts.  We’ve watched the early church grow from a small group of ragamuffins-outsider-misfits … to a larger group of ragamuffins-outsider-misfits.  All propelled by the power of the Spirit and the Good News of Christ Jesus.

Tonight, we conclude our study of this book; the final chapter; the end of the story.  Of course, we know it’s not the end of the story.  The church didn’t end in Acts 28.  Decade by decade; century by century; 2000 years later; we’re still here; and we’re still a group of ragamuffins-outsider-misfits.

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A Conversation on Race in SWFL

This past Saturday night, we aired a recorded conversation between myself and my friend and fellow Refuge misfit Dwayne Jackson.  It’s a conversation he and I have had often, and will continue to have.  It’s a conversation we all need to be having.  It’s a conversation that ought to be pointing us to no place but the Gospel.

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Know Empathy (Acts 27)

Because of past trials and storms Paul knows himself very well.  He’s grown; he’s matured; he’s been made new in Christ day-by-day, storm-by-storm.  And so, in the midst of this current storm, he’s able to empathize with others and provide assurance.  The calling of the church is not simply to tolerate one another; we’re to mourn with one another; to bear one another’s burdens; to deliberately devote ourselves to empathy.

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Know Thyself (Acts 21-22)

This past Saturday night at Refuge Church we continued our study through the Acts of the Apostles (through the power of the Spirit) and began to look at Paul and his ability to remain in control of his thoughts and emotions through his trials and tribulations.  John Calvin wrote that we can’t truly know God without knowing ourselves, but we can’t truly know ourselves without knowing God.

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For the next few weeks, we will continue the study of Paul, and continue our journey to better know ourselves including a live ZOOM meeting this upcoming week (May 23rd), and our first LIVE TOGETHER (outdoor) worship gathering on May 30th to coincide with a blood drive to serve our community.  Check out our Facebook Group page for all the details.

 

Courage vs Stupidity (Acts 21)

This past Saturday night at Refuge Church we began our 4th and final journey through the Book of Acts as part of our original four year teaching plan. This week we looked at Chapter 21, and dissected the differences between COURAGE and STUPIDITY, as well as the challenges we face in discerning the Spirit of God.

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An Honest Discussion on Doubt

This past Saturday night as a church we concluded the Gospel of Luke (chapter 24) through a virtual worship gathering.  Often in the church, doubt is like a 4-letter word.  You start expressing your doubts and people start avoiding eye contact, or even worse, they give you the look of judgment like you’re already half way down the highway to hell.  Working through doubt is like getting an immunization for a virus; it helps ward off future disease; it can make us healthier in the long run.  Faith is not the opposite of doubt; it’s the pursuit of Jesus in the midst of our doubts.

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