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  • He came into a house. The multitude came together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. When his friends heard it, they went out to seize him: for they said, 'He is insane.' The scribes who came down from Jerusalem said, 'He has Beelzebul' Mark 3:20-22 WEB

    When I first got saved, I lost every friend that I had, but quickly gained new ones in my church family. I was born an American heathen, and the friends that I had scattered like roaches when a light is turned on at the mention of Jesus.

    Have you ever shared your faith with someone who just thought that you had lost your mind and had them ask, "What has happened to you?" I have. Being radical was natural, but subtlety was something that I had to learn.

    It is comforting to know that when Jesus was on earth, at one point His own family thought that He was 'Out of His mind.' They staged an intervention and tried to seize Him. His family and friends thought that He had lost it: 'For not even his brothers believed in Him' (John 7:5). To make matters even worse, the religious leaders from Jerusalem thought that He was possessed by a demon.

    No one that previously knew Jesus seemed to understand His calling. When Jesus visited His hometown of Nazareth, they were offended at Him and said: 'Isn't this the carpenter, the son of Mary, and brother of James, Joses, Judas, and Simon? Aren't his sisters here with us?' They were offended at him. Jesus said to them, 'A prophet is not without honor, except in his own country, and among his own relatives, and in his own house' (Mark 6:3).

    When you get turned onto God and the little fire within you becomes a flame, the world will quickly turn its back on you. You may find that your enemies are those of your own household (Matthew 10:36). Expect it, it simply means that you are on the right path. The things that you lose for the sake of Christ will be returned with better.

    Also note that Jesus did not pursue His family or those that disagreed with Him with scripture to try and convince them or win them over. He simply moved on to those that would listen. He gave His disciples the 'Shake it off' rule (Mark 6:11). When they will not receive your message, shake it off and go to the next town. We would be wise to follow His example.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father please strengthen me and give me a fresh boldness for You. Give me tact and help me recognize the right time to share with others. Put a guard over my mouth and give me the right words to speak. I thank You so much for all that You have done for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

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43 comments
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Joseph Adams, Jr.
Joseph Adams, Jr.

Amen, message received, thank you Pastor.

May 16
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles

Prayer: Heavenly Father please strengthen me and give me a fresh boldness for You. Give me tact and help me recognize the right time to share with others. Put a guard over my mouth and give me the right words to speak. I thank You so much for all that You have done for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen <3 Thank you

May 16
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen and amen, Dianna <3!

May 17
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Amen. 

May 16
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Maureen Germain
Maureen Germain

Thank you so much for this word today. I have 2 sisters, 2 brothers, my mother and several children who have disowned me because of my faith.  I ask God to open their eyes and I forgive them. I pray for them every day. I have gained many christian friends though, and call them my family. Especially here on RHM. Thank you again for this word Pastor. God bless.

May 16
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Praying for the Lord to guide each member of your family to Him, Maureen, we love you <3!

May 17
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Maureen Germain
Maureen Germain

I love you too! <3

May 18
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

Increase my faith and fortitude dear God. Amen. 

May 16
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

May 16
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

May 16
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Perry Robertson
Perry Robertson

Amen!!

May 16
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Joan Joseph
Joan Joseph

Amen!

May 16
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John Smith
John Smith

Yes all my friends and relatives who used to laugh at my jokes and stories and trust my judgment and thought I was smart and I thought would hang on every word, after my veil was lifted and the power of Jesus Christ was made known to me, did not hang on every word and rejected me.  I was offended.  But I was relieved when I heard that that's one sign you've been saved, when you want to tell everyone about what happened.  

And your behavior speaks volumes much more so than your mouth.  Actions speak louder than words.  We don't become perfect over night.  We must first remove the beam of timber from our eye before we try to remove the speck of saw dust from another person's eye.

May 16
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Well said John!

May 16
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother, so true!

May 17
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Twila Stierwalt
Twila Stierwalt

The Holy spirit will do His work. Wait on the LORD!

May 16
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Stacie Chambers
Stacie Chambers

Amen!

May 16
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Amen!

May 16
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Paster Dion thank you for this message. I know I have gone through this.Some friends and family will not talk to me because of my faith in God.I love God with all my heart and soul and no one can take that away.He is awesome. Amen.

May 16
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother, praying for His healing for both of you, and for God to draw each of those family and friends to Him!

May 17
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Amen.

May 16
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Carol  Pady
Carol Pady

Amen, being married to a pre-believer, I can identify with what Jesus must have dealt with in His family member's disbelief.

I have learned to speak to my husband of spiritual things only as God directs me to and to leave my husband's salvation to Jesus.

At first it was hard to remain silent, but as God leads me I have learned to listen, for He knows when my husband will be receptive towards my words.

 

May 16
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

That is truly His wisdom, Carol <3!

May 17
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Rev.Donald  L Mercer
Rev.Donald L Mercer

Seems this is a universal experience following conversion.  A guy I knew socially called me a few days after my spiritual experience and said, "Sorry to lose you", meaning the Devil has inspired him to know I was aaved.  The Truth is what I seemingly lost, as Paul writes, counts as gain of imperishable wealth compared tod what the World can offer!

May 16
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Amen!

May 16
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Rev.Donald  L Mercer
Rev.Donald L Mercer

Be ye not conformed to the World and it is better to live in a Wilderness than to be unevenly yoked to one who refuses HIM!  God WILL Deliver you from a Bad Marriage especially for your Sobriety and Sanity in the midst of an Alcohol and Drug dependent Family!

May 16
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Rev.Donald  L Mercer
Rev.Donald L Merceredited: May 16

After years of verbal abuse and disrespect; a man must make hard choices to remn on the path to one's own salvation.  I am sure there is at least one man reading Pastor Dion's website, who needs to know you don't have to remain a whipping boy.  Jesus is a perfect example, but does not expect you to have a miserable and long-suffering life.  Jesus said, "I came to give you life and life more abundantly"!   Many former alkies and addicts relapse trying to stay in very bad marriages and I have professionally counseled many and seen many die also!

May 16
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother! As a counselor, you may be interested in joining the addiction support group here: http://www.refreshinghope.org/group/28. Just FYI, God bless!

May 17
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Rev.Donald  L Mercer
Rev.Donald L Merceredited: May 16

To stay clean and sober is a daily exercisse of faith in Jesus Christ, but we must make major life changes and only 3 to 5% stay true to this calling out of the World!  All of my Strength and Courage comes from HIM!  Unto thine own self be True!

May 16
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Amen, brother, trying to lean only on our own strength is a recipe for failure!

May 17
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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield

I smile when my family calls me "religious", because loving Jesus and striving to a deeper connection with Him is NOT the same as being religious!

May 16
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

That is so true, Kathy, grateful to know the difference <3!

May 17
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Joe Brown
Joe Brown

Thank You, Pastor!

May 16
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

May 16
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen! Pastors prayer, Heavenly Father, please strengthen me and give me a fresh boldness for you. Give me tact and help me recognize the right time to share with others. Put a guard over my mouth and give me the right words to speak. I thank you so much for all that you have done for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray Amen!!

May 16
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you pastor Dion

May 16
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Janet Marsh-Lord
Janet Marsh-Lord

Thank you Pastor Dion. Its comforting to know that Jesus did not force His beliefs on family and others, but moved on to those who would listen and believe. I try and wait for the right time and drop in an experience or a thought to those I'm speaking to, but not always.I guess you have to judge the situation and if it feels right, go for it... Its a learning situation....I guess I felt I wasn't being forceful enough BUT now knowing what Jesus did, makes it easier for me to follow His lead.Amen.

May 16
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Diane Symborski✝
Diane Symborski✝

Prayer: Heavenly Father please strengthen me and give me a fresh boldness for You. Give me tact and help me recognize the right time to share with others. Put a guard over my mouth and give me the right words to speak. I thank You so much for all that You have done for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen! <3

 

I've been through this wih my sister's the youngest one was posting thngs on Facebook after a ugly thing happen in my family 05-2015. They three hate me and the youngest was pastin she found God she's so holy and even friends of theirs stat in on the comments. I just said I don't need any of you in my life or my families life. I said your toxic people and i will pray and love you from a distance. I said that I will have nothing to do with your lies or calling me names. I said my Father will take care of all the problems on His time. I had to walk away and I can't do a think but pray for they don't know any better. Father, I love You and i'm walking on my own if they want to be liars and drink and make fun of me. they can all do it behind my back I don't hear it so I don't know. Jesus, keep my family and I coved with your blood. I pray in Jesus, name. Amen! <3

 

Thank you Pastor for todays devotion it was telling me a lot about people like them. Thank You! :-)

May 17
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Cheryl Hepler
Cheryl Hepler

I told my close friend about accepting Jesus...she called me a Jesus Freak and ran out my door.  Ran after her...but useless.  I told my family..my Dad left the room, my Mother cried ( who later accepted Jesus in her heart) and my brother wrote a letter to my Dad asking him why he let me join a cult.  Knowing Jesus's Family did it accept Him helped me.

May 17
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Praying for your family to truly know His love for them, Cheryl <3!

May 17
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David &amp; Dianna Earlywine
David & Dianna Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for this wonderful day and thank you for Refreshing Hope Ministries.Thanks to Paster Dion And Sylvia.Thanks to everyone.Have a blessed day and keep your thoughts on Jesus. Amen 

May 18
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

Thank you so much, David and Dianna, to you both as well <3!!!

May 18
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Rachael Burke
Rachael Burke

Tamen, humbly I stand before you o Lord 

May 19