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Refuge Church isn’t a building, it’s a group of people who have devoted themselves to let God transform them. It really is amazing what can happen when all sorts of different people come together with just one thing in common…JESUS! Jennifer and I are serving here in San Luis Obispo because we love God and we love people. Watching God change people’s lives, it doesn’t get any better than that! We hope to see you at church sometime soon!

— Pastor Jason and Jennifer

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At Refuge Church we place a high priority on the teaching of the Word of God. We believe the Spirit of God, working thru the Word of God, changes the people of God! Nehemiah 8:8 declares, "So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading."  This is actually a good model for expositional preaching which we practice at Refuge. We read the passage of Scripture in its context, we give the background, we help people comprehend what's presented and we seek to make application to everyday lives. We like to say, "Simply teaching the Word, simply."

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Devotions with Pastor Jason

  • church can change your perspective

    Psalms 73:15-17, “If I had said, "I will speak thus," Behold, I would have been untrue to the generation of Your children. 16 When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me — 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.” (NKJV)


    Psalm 73 – A Psalm of Asaph. The Psalmist wrestled with the question, “Why do the wicked prosper? Why does it seem like the wicked have an easier time than the righteous? Life doesn’t seem fair.” In the first sixteen verses, the psalmist expressed his pain in facing this situation. But then we come to verse 17: “Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.” The sanctuary of God changed his perspective!


    This can happen to us so often. We can become discouraged. We can get confused. We can experience misunderstandings. But when we come to church, raising up holy hands of praise and worship, pray with one another, open up our bibles and receive revelation from the Word of God as the pastor preaches and teaches and by God’s anointing speak directly to our situation….then our perspective can change entirely and we can then come away saying, “God has moved in my midst today. He has touched my soul. He has spoken to my heart. He’s replaced my perspective with His eternal one. Blessed be the Lord!

  • Passionate Prayer

     Joshua 8:18-26

    18 Then the Lord said to Joshua, "Stretch out the spear that is in your hand toward Ai, for I will give it into your hand." And Joshua stretched out the spear that was in his hand toward the city. 19 So those in ambush arose quickly out of their place; they ran as soon as he had stretched out his hand, and they entered the city and took it, and hurried to set the city on fire. 20 And when the men of Ai looked behind them, they saw, and behold, the smoke of the city ascended to heaven. So they had no power to flee this way or that way, and the people who had fled to the wilderness turned back on the pursuers.

    21 Now when Joshua and all Israel saw that the ambush had taken the city and that the smoke of the city ascended, they turned back and struck down the men of Ai. 22 Then the others came out of the city against them; so they were caught in the midst of Israel, some on this side and some on that side. And they struck them down, so that they let none of them remain or escape. 23 But the king of Ai they took alive, and brought him to Joshua. 24 And it came to pass when Israel had made an end of slaying all the inhabitants of Ai in the field, in the wilderness where they pursued them, and when they all had fallen by the edge of the sword until they were consumed, that all the Israelites returned to Ai and struck it with the edge of the sword. 25 So it was that all who fell that day, both men and women, were twelve thousand — all the people of Ai. 26 For Joshua did not draw back his hand, with which he stretched out the spear, until he had utterly destroyed all the inhabitants of Ai. 


    James said in his epistle, “The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much” (James 5:16). God isn’t interested in mindless repetition or lifeless prayer. What our Lord desires is a people who pray passionately, thoughtfully, and expectantly.

    Remember Jacob? He was in great need. He grabbed God and said, “I’m not going to let You go until You bless me.” And there they were, wrestling back and forth by the brook Jabbok all night long. When morning came, the match ended and Jacob would never forget that night. Jacob’s hip was out of joint but the Lord said, “You’ve prevailed. And My blessing is upon you” (Genesis 32).

    How about Elijah? When the land was dry and drought drained the life of the crop, cattle, and man, Elijah put his head between his knees and prayed 7x.  He was in the birthing position of the day and as he prayed and prayed what was birthed was what God’s desire was for him to do (1 Kings 18).

    There are stories and stories about people praying passionately. In our text here, Joshua held out his spear. He was victorious in prayer as he held up the spear not only at the beginning of the fight but all the way through the battle.

    Do you know where Joshua got this idea? I believe he saw it once before in the life of his predecessor, Moses! Moses said, “Josh, you lead the men in battle and I’ll head up the mountain to pray!” So Moses held the rod high in the sky and as his rod was up, Israel was victorious but when Moses arms got heavy and began to sink the Amalekites began to dominate. So with the help of Aaron and Hur holding up Moses’ arms Israel secured the victory!

    Now here’s what’s important…God said to Moses, “Write this account in a book and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua so that he will know that the reason for his victory in the valley was not due to his military strategy or talented ability but instead because there was intercessory prayer taking place on the mountain top!”

    Friends, the Lord desires passionate prayer, effective prayer, prayer filled with faith that is expecting Him to work and move and bless! Joshua, I believe was passionate perhaps thinking, “I’ve seen pain, I’ve seen death, I won’t drop my spear or let it fall until the victory is ours.” That’s passion. That’s effectual, fervent prayer that births the work of God in our lives, in our families, and especially in our fellowship!