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IT’S TIME TO GROW UP

Children have a tendency to say, “Look at me!” On the tricycle: “Look at me go!” On the trampoline: “Look at me bounce!” On the swing set: “Look at me swing!” Such behavior is acceptable for children. Yet many adults spend their grown-up years saying the same thing. “Look at me drive this fancy car!” [...]

2019-03-02T17:40:13-04:00March 1st, 2019|Categories: Refresh|

HE WILL MAKE ALL THINGS NEW

Make 2 Peter 3:13 one of the building blocks in your foundation.  It reads, “In keeping with God’s promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells.” God has promised to reclaim his creation.  He is a God of restoration, not destruction. He is a God of renewal, redemption, [...]

2019-01-31T10:50:59-04:00January 30th, 2019|Categories: Refresh|

DON’T BE A QUITTER

Studies have shown that today is officially the day when most people are likely to give up on their New Year’s resolutions. Research conducted by Strava, the social network for athletes, has discovered that Friday January 11 is the fateful day when your motivation may begin to falter. By analyzing over 31.5 million global January [...]

2019-01-11T14:06:35-04:00January 11th, 2019|Categories: Refresh|

CHOOSE YOUR INHERITANCE

One of the most famous stories in the Bible has to do with inheritance.  The Hebrews had just been delivered from Egyptian captivity.  God led them and Moses to the edge of the promised land and made this offer.  “Send some men to explore the land of Canaan, which I am giving to the Israelites. From [...]

2019-01-08T13:05:57-04:00January 7th, 2019|Categories: Refresh|

A SUDDEN JOYOUS TURN

You know that scene in a movie when the protagonists are ready to give up? The battle is lost, the girl is about to marry the wrong guy, or the evil queen has banished the real princess. But then something completely unexpected happens that saves the day! J. R. R. Tolkien calls this moment the “eucatastrophe,” [...]

2019-01-04T10:14:52-04:00January 4th, 2019|Categories: Refresh|

THERE’S A BETTER WAY

  Anxiety weighs down the human heart (Proverbs 12:25). But there’s a better way. Invite God to speak to the problem.“ Capture every thought and make it give up and obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5).  Slap handcuffs on the culprit, and march it before the One who has all authority! Jesus says, “Get away from here, Satan!” And as the [...]

2018-04-03T10:21:50-04:00April 3rd, 2018|Categories: Refresh|

CALVARY

Come with me to the hill of Calvary. Watch as the soldiers shove the carpenter to the ground and stretch his arms against the beams. Jesus turns his face toward the nail just as the soldier lifts the hammer to strike it! Couldn’t Jesus have stopped him? With a flex of bicep, a clench of the fist, he could have [...]

2018-03-31T15:10:20-04:00March 31st, 2018|Categories: Refresh|

AN ANCHOR FOR THE SOUL

  Six hours, one Friday. To the casual observer the six hours are mundane. But to a handful of awestruck witnesses, the most maddening of miracles is occurring. God is on a cross. The Creator of the universe is being executed! It is no normal six hours. . .it is no normal Friday. His own friends ran for cover. And now his [...]

2018-03-30T10:50:27-04:00March 30th, 2018|Categories: Refresh|

He Did It Just For You

Jesus says to a doubting Thomas in John 20:29, “Thomas, because you have seen me you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” When God entered time and became a man, he who was boundless became bound. Imprisoned in flesh. With a wave of his hand he could have boomeranged the spit [...]

2018-03-29T13:22:21-04:00March 29th, 2018|Categories: Refresh|

The Sign on Christ’s Cross

John 19:19 says, “Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. Jesus of Nazareth, The King of the Jews.”  Why is a sign placed over the head of Jesus? Could it be that this piece of wood is a picture of God’s devotion? A symbol of his passion to tell the world about his Son? Pilate [...]

2018-03-27T13:24:38-04:00March 27th, 2018|Categories: Refresh|