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  • The Marathon

    For I am already being offered, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight. I have finished the course. I have kept the faith. From now on, there is stored up for me the crown of righteousness" 2 Timothy 4:6'8 WEB.It was late evening, and we were having dinner with some frie...
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  • Here I Am

    He ran to Eli and said, "Here I am; for you called me." He said, "I didn't call. Lie down again." He went and lay down. Yahweh called yet again, "Samuel!" Samuel arose and went to Eli and said, "Here I am; for you called me." He answered, "I didn't call, my son. Lie down again." Now Samuel didn't ye...
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  • Important Things

    Don't seek what you will eat or what you will drink; neither be anxious. For the nations of the world seek after all of these things, but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek God's Kingdom, and all these things will be added to you. Luke 12:29'31 WEB.The most important things in yo...
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  • He Understands

    Haven't you known? Haven't you heard? The everlasting God, Yahweh, the Creator of the ends of the earth, doesn't faint. He isn't weary. His understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28 WEB.It was a hot Saturday evening in the summer. I was exhausted and in a pretty bad mood by the time we got home. W...
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  • Song Birds

    Aren't five sparrows sold for two assaria coins? Not one of them is forgotten by God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Therefore don't be afraid. You are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6'7 WEB.We live near the coast of South Carolina in the countryside and have a large oa...
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  • Hidden Talent

    Hidden Talent from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. One of the last public sermons Jesus gave was on the Mount of Olives and called "The Olivet Discourse." It was right before His crucifixion. Jesus and His disciples were at the temple in Jerusalem, and when they were leaving, the disciples w...
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  • Face Against The Glass

    When Jesus heard it, he said to them, "Those who are healthy have no need for a physician, but those who are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Mark 2:17 WEB.Jesus walked up to a tax collector's booth in the fishing village of Capernaum, and to the shock of His disci...
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  • A Healthy Body

    For the body is not one member, but many. If the foot would say, "Because I'm not the hand, I'm not part of the body," it is not therefore not part of the body. If the ear would say, "Because I'm not the eye, I'm not part of the body," it's not therefore not part of the body. If the whole body were ...
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  • Worship Team Blues

    I therefore, the prisoner in the Lord, beg you to walk worthily of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and humility, with patience, bearing with one another in love, being eager to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1'3 WEB.By the look on his face, ...
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  • Something from Nothing

    But, lest we cause them to stumble, go to the sea, cast a hook, and take up the first fish that comes up. When you have opened its mouth, you will find a stater coin. Take that, and give it to them for me and you. Matthew 17:27 WEB.When Jesus and Peter returned home to Capernaum, the tax collectors ...
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  • Puppy Dog Eyes

    For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises up again; But the wicked are overthrown by calamity. Proverbs 24:16 WEB.She was a black and tan dachshund chihuahua mix named "Lady." After finding her homeless and living on the street, I adopted the little dog. Apparently, she had been abused in the...
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  • Dream Killers

    Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brothers, and they hated him all the more. He said to them, "Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: for, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and behold, your sheaves came around, and bowe...
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  • Inspiration from Desperation

    Inspiration from Desperation from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. "Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together!" David wrote these words after the Lord rescued him from the Philistines. David was anointed, overjoyed, and an amazing songwriter. Yet strangely, his life was...
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  • A Beautiful Mess

    You have ravished my heart, my sister, my bride. You have ravished my heart with one of your eyes, With one chain of your neck. How beautiful is your love, my sister, my bride! How much better is your love than wine! The fragrance of your perfumes than all manner of spices! Song 4:9'10 WEB.It is so ...
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  • Shakespearean Invocations

    When you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men. Most assuredly, I tell you, they have received their reward. Matthew 6:5 WEB.It was a hot summer day in the South, and Dad and I were ...
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  • Rags to Riches

    Then the king made Daniel great and gave him many great gifts, and made him rule over the whole province of Babylon and to be chief governor over all the wise men of Babylon. Daniel 2:48 WEB.Daniel was born into the royal family, but he was taken prisoner when Nebuchadnezzar captured Jerusalem in 59...
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  • Love in the Checkout Line

    A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, just like I have loved you; that you also love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another. John 13:34'35 WEB.If you study Jesus in the gospels, His defining characteristics are love, ...
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  • Worst Day Ever

    Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spoke and said to Daniel, Your God whom you serve continually, he will deliver you. A stone was brought, and laid on the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet, and with the signe...
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  • The Power of Suggestion

    Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness for forty days, being tempted by the devil. He ate nothing in those days. Afterward, when they were completed, he was hungry. The devil said to him, "If you are the Son of God, command this stone ...
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  • Here I Am

    Here I Am from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo. There is a pattern repeated through scripture we can learn from. It's not just words but the attitude of our hearts—total submissiveness to what the Lord wants for us, even when it becomes contrary to our own. We will start with Abraham. ...
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