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.
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.
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.
This past Saturday night at Refuge Church we were once again a livestream from the Coronavirus stay at home order. Our teaching came from Mark 14. It’s the story of two people, one in slavery, the other in freedom. Why do two people in the same circumstances experience such different levels of contentment and happiness. It’s simple math … Happiness = Realty/Expectations. To have freedom (happiness); we have to see the beauty of Jesus.
What an odd way to gather for our Easter worship service, but God made it beautiful. This week, we concluded our study in the Gospel of Luke looking at the first appearance of Jesus after his resurrection and the very first Christian converts. We all assume life will continue down this linear path, but if anything, the Coronavirus has clearly shown us otherwise.
What about death? Do you live like you have an endless supply of days, or have you stopped and considered a plan of survival when the worst case scenario happens?
This past Saturday night, on our live stream virtual gathering, we looked at the five meals in history (from a Christian) perspective that changed everything. Five meals we can look at that we can draw a line in the sand and see a clear “world before” and the “world after”.
Due to the coronavirus, Refuge has been holding our gatherings as a Live Stream together. Below you can find a video recording of that live stream. This week I had the opportunity of teaching the Parable of the Talents from Luke 19 as we compared how three servants to a king invested his resources, and what implications this had for us modern day servants of King Jesus.
This is the audio from our live stream, the first week we were unable to gather together. Since I know some couldn’t attend, or maybe some want to give it a second listed, I thought it appropriate to post. We talked about the three pillars of Refuge; deep study, deep relationships and deep service and ideas for continuing that during our quarantine and this pandemic. We also shared this link refuge.church/virus where we will be sharing all things Refuge as it relates to this situation, and included a link for those who need financial assistance, or would like to donate to help those who need financial assistance.
Saturday night at Refuge Church, special guest speaker Scott Morrison continued our look at the book of Luke. In this story, a paralyzed man is brought to Jesus for healing. Initially, the crowd was too big to get close to him. So do they give up? No, they get creative and make it happen. This is what we’re supposed to do for our friends who don’t know Jesus.
Everyone has heard of a ‘Good Samaritan’….but where does this term actually come from? Saturday night at Refuge Church, lead teacher Brian talked about that very topic, as well as giving us our yearly “State of the Church” address as we continue our series in the book of Luke. Check it out!