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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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STRAIGHT FROM THE WORD

Devotions with Pastor Jason


  • What Mattered Most to jesus

    Jesus lived His life in such a way that we could see what mattered most to Him. If you want live, serve, and make a difference as Jesus did when He walked on this earth it can be done when you understand what mattered most to Him.


    Dr. Luke records for us what mattered to Jesus...

    Luke 4:18-19 "THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD IS UPON ME, BECAUSE HE HAS ANOINTED ME TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO THE POOR; HE HAS SENT ME TO HEAL THE BROKENHEARTED, TO PROCLAIM LIBERTY TO THE CAPTIVES AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET AT LIBERTY THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED; TO PROCLAIM THE ACCEPTABLE YEAR OF THE LORD."


    1) Christians walking in the Spirit matters to Jesus.
    Here in Luke's Gospel, Jesus tells us, "The Spirit of the LORD is upon Me." Being filled with the Spirit of God isn't an option but essential for the believer who desires to live for and serve the Lord. When we're not filled with the Spirit we can tend to lean on our own wisdom and understanding, depending on our own ingenuity. God wants you to be filled and overflowing with His Spirit if you're going to serve Him.


    2) The Poor Matter to Jesus
    The Lord has a heart for those who are poor practically and spiritually. Look for ways to serve the poor in your community. Donate food to your church food shelf or look for outreach opportunities to serve the poor. Find those who are poor in spirit and bring to them the nutrients they need from the Bread of Life.


    3) The Broken Hearted Matter to Jesus
    Sin, calamity, and catastrophe breaks hearts and Jesus wants to heal that which has been shattered. Look to bring encouragement and hope to those who are experiencing sorry and sadness.


    4) The Captives Matter to Jesus
    Sin enslaves people and Jesus has come to set people free. Fear, anxiety, and worrisome thoughts can also hold people captive and they too can experience freedom in Jesus! Share the person and power of Jesus Christ with others, let them know He can set one free from such things.


    5) The Blind Matter to Jesus
    Jesus preached recovery of sight to the blind. Though He healed many who were blind physically, He also opened the eyes of people who were blind spiritually. The Lord still heals today physically and spiritually, opening up eyes in order that people might see Him! Lead those who are spiritually blind to Jesus.


    6) The Oppressed Matter to Jesus
    Sin can so easily oppress people. So too can worry and snares that entrap us. Jesus has come not only to preach liberty, freedom and deliverance but to be deliverance for us.


    7) The Entire World Matters to Jesus
    In proclaiming the acceptable year of the Lord, Jesus is saying the year is now, the time is now, the Messiah is here! This is the same message we share today. Jesus came to die for the sin of the world and rise again from the dead in order that we be set free from the penalty and power of sin. Jesus first came to be the suffering servant, next time He will come as the Conquering King!


    Jesus let everyone know that day who Isaiah wrote of. 'He wrote of Me,' Jesus would say. Jesus is so good! He moved in the Spirit, fed the poor, cared for the bruised of heart, set free the captives, opened the eyes of those who simply could not see, and proclaimed His arrival! May what matters to Jesus, matter to us.


    Lord, make me more like you!

     

  • share this new year

    1Thessalonians 2:4, “But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts.”


    Paul the Apostle not only told the church in Thessalonica that they were entrusted with the gospel but so too are we who believe! As believers we’ve been called to share the Good News; to get the gospel out into the world. God entrusted not the angels in Heaven but His servants on earth to deliver the gospel of Jesus Christ.


    Jesus said in Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” “Go” meaning “as you are going.” As you go to the big box store, as you to the grocery store, as you go to the post office, as you go to work, or as you go to school…wherever you are going, share the gospel!


    Now some might be called evangelists, but every believer is called to do the work of an evangelist! Paul the Apostle once wrote to his young protégé Timothy, “according to the glorious gospel of the blessed God which was committed to my trust” (1st Timothy 1:11). Paul would again write in 1st Thessalonians 2:4, “But as we have been approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, even so we speak, not as pleasing men, but God who tests our hearts” emphasizing this sacred trust of the gospel.


    Christian – be faithful to share the gospel that has been entrusted to you even if you don’t see people coming to Christ. How many converts did Jeremiah have? And what about Noah? He was a preacher of righteousness (2nd Peter 2:5) and he didn’t see anyone turn from sin and come to faith in God. After all those years of preaching and still no one really believed. But here’s what we need to remember – Noah was still faithful in what God had called him to do!


    Be a faithful follower of Jesus Christ! Be faithful in what God has called you to do. Be faithful to share the gospel. Be faithful as a witness of Christ as you go about your day. Be faithful in your call as a husband or wife. Be faithful to pray for your children and teach them the Word of God.


    Christian – you may never see the results of your faithfulness, but God does! You might never see the fruit but God does. So simply keep sharing, be faithful, and leave the results up to Him!