Short Series & Guest Preaching
Easter 2018 • April 1, 2018 • Brian Sauvé
Two problems you and I share: 1. Guilt: We're gossips and liars, cheats and adulterers. We're coveters and thieves, perverters of justice. We're widow-neglecters and poverty ignorers. We're guilty sinners, and we know it to the last man. 2. Death: We're born in cursed bodies, hurtling towards the grave. We all have a coffin in our futures somewhere, near or far—and there is nothing we can do about that. No money can buy death off. No pleading can loose its grip. But Jesus cracked the earth and strode out of that grave in glory, death underfoot. But Jesus ripped up the record of our guilt. Death and guilt have been swallowed up by Christ's victorious resurrection!
Christmas & The Apocalypse
Revelation 12:1–10 • December 24, 2017 • Brian Sauvé
A Christmas sermon from the book of Revelation? What about mangers and wise men and frankincense and myrrh? What about silent nights and angels singing and shepherds waiting? Here's the thing: Christmas is anything but kitsch. No, Christmas is war—war on sin and the serpent, war on death and dark. Let the Apostle John scrape the film of familiarity from your eyes and show you what it really means that the virgin-born Son of God was born in Bethlehem on Christmas night.
October 2017 Business Meeting
Finance/Building Update; Ryan Welsh with Sojourn Network; Elder Team Q+A • October 29, 2017 • Brian Sauvé
On Sunday, October 29th, we held a business meeting for anyone who calls Refuge home. In the meeting, we covered the items listed below: Dan Berkholder gave us a Financial update on giving, expenses, and savings—as well as our current process with our building purchase. Pastor Ryan Welsh visited us from Sojourn Network, a church planting network we have been exploring partnership with for about a year now. He gave a short, informational talk about what Sojourn Network is and what partnership would look like for us. The Elder Team and Ryan Welsh then held an open Q&A about Sojourn, Finances, or any other subject people had questions about. If you have any questions after watching, don't hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'd be happy to talk!
The Plundering of Hell
Easter 2017: Revelation 1:17–18 • April 16, 2017 • Brian Sauvé
Pastor Brian preaches the resurrection of Jesus from Revelation 1:17-18 on Easter Sunday, 2017, the vindication and exaltation of the Serpent-crushing Seed of the Woman, the one with the keys of Death and plunders Hell.
Salve for the Suffering
Psalm 88: The Song Without a Spark • October 16, 2016 • Tom Jones
Let the infallible, inspired, infinitely glorious Word of God tell you that it's ok to bring God your sadness, hurt, depression, downtrodden soul, crushed spirit, and yes—even your hopelessness. The goodness of God will hold. There is salve for the suffering. Hear Tom Jones preach part two of the 88th Psalm, this song without a spark. To the depressed, the hurting, the suffering, and the lost—hear the psalmist give voice to your heart.
A Darkness Felt
Psalm 88: The Song Without a Spark • October 9, 2016 • Tom Jones
Of the 150 Psalms in the book bearing that name, 149 include some spark of hope or trust in God to resolve even the deepest lament. One, however, does not. This week, Tom Jones preached that one Psalm, the 88th. To the depressed, the hurting, the suffering, and the lost—hear the psalmist give voice to your heart.
Lift Your Eyes
Suffering, Sovereignty, & Divine Love • July 31, 2016 • Darren Colwell
Pastoral candidate Darren Colwell preaches on the love and grace of God in the midst of suffering. How can God be both utterly good, utterly sovereign, and utterly for me, even when he allows the deep pain and darkness into my life?