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.
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?
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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”.
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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.
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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!
Are you a worrier? Saturday night at Refuge Church, lead teacher Brian talk about that very topic from Luke 12. Jesus instructs us not to worry…but it’s not that easy. By the way, Ataraxia means a state of freedom from emotional disturbance and anxiety; tranquillity. So sit down, take a deep breath, and give this message a listen…
This week at Refuge Church, lead teacher Brian talked about the story of the Prodigal son. This is one of the most famous parables of Jesus, but as it turns out, there are 2 prodigal sons in this story. What does this mean, and why should we care? Check it out.
Last Saturday night at Refuge Church, guest speaker Matt Podrasky brought us a message about happiness and the ‘Attitudes that should be’. Is happiness the purpose of life? If we want to truly be happy, we need to see the world the way Jesus sees it. Grab your Jesus Shades and give it a look.