From Jesus to Christ // YOU say

One day when the crowds were being baptized, Jesus himself was baptized. As he was praying, the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit, in bodily form, descended on him like a dove. And a voice from heaven said, “You are my dearly loved Son, and you bring me great joy.” Luke 3:21-23

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The Hope of Anna

“There was also a prophet, Anna, the daughter of Penuel, of the tribe of Asher. She was very old; she had lived with her husband seven years after her marriage and then was a widow until she was eighty-four. She never left the temple but worshiped night and day, fasting and praying. Coming up to them at that very moment, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were looking forward to the redemption of Jerusalem.”
Luke 2:36-38

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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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Normalcy Bias (the road to Emmaus)

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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The 5 Greatest Meals in History

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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Parable of the Talents

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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Coronavirus Update (week 1)

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.

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