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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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STRAIGHT FROM THE WORD

Devotions with Pastor Jason


  • what is love?

    1 Corinthians 13:1-8 “Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I have become sounding brass or a clanging cymbal. 2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. 3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, but have not love, it profits me nothing. 4 Love suffers long and is kind; love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; 5 does not behave rudely, does not seek its own, is not provoked, thinks no evil; 6 does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. 8 Love never fails. But whether there are prophecies, they will fail; whether there are tongues, they will cease; whether there is knowledge, it will vanish away.” (NKJV)

     

    Love or Agape in the Greek is defined wonderfully here by Paul the Apostle. Love is patient love is kind, love neither envies nor seeks its own, love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, and endures all things, love never fails. Now back in 1 Corinthians 11:28 Paul told us “let a man examine himself”. Now chapter thirteen gives us an opportunity to do just that. What we see Paul doing here is telling us not how love feels but how love acts. If I’m going to examine myself by the way love acts then I have to ask myself, “How do I measure up?” Take a moment and insert your name every time you come across the word - love. How did you do? Do you feel like you measured up? Honestly, I fall short when I insert my name into this verse. But if I substitute my name for the name of Jesus, His name fits perfectly!

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  • A Faith-Full Centurion

    Luke 7:1-5 "Now when He concluded all His sayings in the hearing of the people, He entered Capernaum. 2 And a certain centurion's servant, who was dear to him, was sick and ready to die. 3 So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him, pleading with Him to come and heal his servant. 4 And when they came to Jesus, they begged Him earnestly, saying that the one for whom He should do this was deserving, 5 "for he loves our nation, and has built us a synagogue."" (NKJV)


    Jesus just concluded what many call, "The Sermon on the Plain". Jesus spoke blessings, He gave warnings, He pronounced new attitudes for Kingdom living. And now Jesus enters Capernaum, a place located at the Northern end of the Sea of Galilee. Capernaum was the hub of Jesus' ministry and as he walks into town here comes this delegation of Jewish elders. They had an important matter to discuss with Jesus. In fact it was an urgent request that they were bringing to Him. There was a Roman Centurion who had a servant who was so sick that he was on his death bed. The Centurion had asked these elders to seek out Jesus on his behalf to see if Jesus would be willing to heal his servant.

    How did any of this even come about? Luke tells us in verse 3, "So when he heard about Jesus, he sent elders of the Jews to Him..." The Centurion heard about Jesus! Don't forget, this is Capernaum. Maybe he heard about how Jesus healed a man with a withered hand right in the very synagogue that he built for the Jewish people. Maybe he heard about the four faithful friends who lowered their paralytic friend through a roof just to get him to Jesus so that He might heal him. We aren't told exactly how this Centurion heard about Jesus but someone took the time to share with him over their lunch break. Someone may have invited this Centurion over for dinner and shared Jesus with him. Someone somewhere somehow took the time to tell him about Jesus. Friends, tell someone about Jesus! Tell them what He's done for you. Share with them how He's changing you. Voice to them what He's promised you. And do it today!

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