Renewed Life in Jesus Church

Renewed Life In Jesus Church
P.O. Box 352
Chester, VT 05143
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God is our refuge

What does the word refuge make you think of? Maybe an imposing building with locks on the doors, maybe a thick-walled fortress, or perhaps something as simple as a canopy to keep you dry in a rainstorm. Whatever picture comes to mind, it can be agreed that a refuge is a safe place. When the Bible describes God as our refuge, it is saying that God is our safe place when we need protection from something.
Knowing God as our refuge enables us to trust Him more freely. We need not fear situations or people who threaten our well-being, whether in a physical or spiritual sense. There is no situation we will ever face that is out of God’s control, so the best place to be, always, is right with Him. “The name of the LORD is a fortified tower; the righteous run to it and are safe” (Proverbs 18:10).
A question that arises is “how do I make God my refuge?” It’s easy to picture a physical refuge protecting us from some danger, but how can we make God—whom we can’t see—our refuge?
David is a great example of someone who knew God as his refuge. At different points in his life, David was on the run from people who literally wanted to kill him, but he always found safety in God. “My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge. Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge” (Psalm 62:7–8). An easy way to make God our refuge is to simply ask Him to be. David said, “Pour out your hearts to him”; that’s what David did all the time. He poured out his heart to God about what was going on in his life and asked God to intervene on his behalf. When we turn to God for help or protection, we begin to know Him as our refuge.
In contrast to David’s faith, the leaders of Israel in Isaiah’s day tried to find security in things other than God. In Isaiah 28:15, the Lord rebukes them for making “a lie our refuge and falsehood our hiding place.” God then offers them a true refuge: “See I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone, a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation; the one who relies on it will never be stricken with panic. I will make justice the measuring line; hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie, and water will overflow your hiding place” (Isaiah 28:16–18). We may be tempted to look for safety in things other than God, but such things can only provide a false sense of security. God is the only real refuge we’ll ever find.
God is our refuge. However, that does not mean He will never lead us into difficult or dangerous situations. Jesus led the disciples into a boat, knowing full well that a violent storm was brewing; the disciples were terrified, but Jesus, their refuge, calmed the storm (Matthew 8:23–27). When we are in God’s will, we can face even the most dangerous situations with confidence, because God is with us.
Countless times, God led the Israelites into battles against armies much more powerful than they, yet when they trusted God and obeyed Him, they always came out victorious (see Joshua chapters 6 and 8 for some examples). Jesus told us, “In me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
No matter what our circumstance, the safest place to be is always in the center of God’s will. He promises to be our refuge: “‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5–6).

Mary Had a Little Lamb
Mary had a little lamb, his fleece was white as snow
And everywhere that Mary went, the Lamb was sure to go.
He followed her to school each day, was not against the rule
He made the children laugh and play, to have a Lamb at school.
And then the rules all changed one day, Illegal it became
To bring the Lamb of God to school, or even speak His Name.
Every day got worse and worse, and days turned into years.
Instead of hearing children laugh, we heard gunshots and tears.
What must we do to stop the crime, that's in our schools today?
Let's let the Lamb come back to school, and teach the kids to pray!

A senior citizen called her husband during his drive home, "Herman, I just heard on the news that there's a car going the wrong way on Interstate 91. Please be careful!"
Herman said, "It's not just one car. There’s hundreds of them!"

Downloadable Files

Title:TRAGEDY
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 8/16/2018 at 08:58 AM
  
Title:GOD PERFORMS HIS WORD
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 8/14/2018 at 10:04 AM
  
Title:SPIRITUAL WARFARE
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 8/01/2018 at 11:44 AM
  
Title:HEART TO HEART WITH GOD
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 7/24/2018 at 04:49 PM
  
Title:IT IS MORE BLESSED TO GIVE
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 7/08/2018 at 07:02 AM
  
Title:UNBELIEF
Description:A timely word from Elizabeth Renyl
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Title:MINISTRY OF RECONCILIATION
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 6/25/2018 at 07:58 PM
  
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Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
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Title:WILLING CHEERFUL HEART
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
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Title:NO TURNING BACK
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 5/29/2018 at 05:05 PM
  
Title:HIS PROMISED PRESENCE
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 5/07/2018 at 07:34 AM
  
Title:IF GOD BE FOR US
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 5/05/2018 at 05:27 PM
  
Title:TALK AND WALK
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 4/20/2018 at 08:58 AM
  
Title:CAMP HEAVEN
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 4/16/2018 at 10:05 AM
  
Title:POWER OF HAND
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 4/16/2018 at 10:05 AM
  
Title:COUNT IT ALL JOY
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 4/06/2018 at 12:00 PM
  
Title:BY ONE MAN
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
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Title:STRONG TOWER
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
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Title:WHITHER
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 2/19/2018 at 07:34 AM
  
Title:TRUE ASSURANCE
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 2/01/2018 at 09:58 AM
  
Title:DUEL SIN
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 11/30/2017 at 05:14 PM
  
Title:MAKE DISCIPLES
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 11/13/2017 at 08:37 PM
  
Title:FRIEND AND PHYSICIAN
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 8/07/2017 at 06:33 PM
  
Title:THEY HAD BEEN WITH JESUS
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 6/28/2017 at 02:41 PM
  
Title:Heart to Heart
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 5/08/2017 at 09:08 AM
  
Title:Increase Our Faith
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 2/06/2017 at 08:17 PM
  
Title:SEEK AND SAVE
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 7/02/2016 at 07:06 PM
  
Title:THE REAL PLACE OF A BELIEVER
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 6/26/2016 at 02:45 PM
  
Title:GLADNESS
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 3/24/2016 at 10:38 AM
  
Title:Faithful
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 2/26/2016 at 12:48 PM
  
Title:DISCOURAGEMENT
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 7/31/2015 at 12:49 PM
  
Title:HIS STRENGTH
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 7/23/2015 at 11:34 AM
  
Title:IF THIEF IS FOUND
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 2/19/2015 at 11:23 AM
  
Title:Christmas Promo
Description:Candlelight Christmas Eve Service 2014
Posted By:rick on 12/06/2014 at 02:46 PM
  
Title:WONDER WORKING GOD
Description:Miraculous testimonies from the India Missions Trips
Posted By:rick on 10/18/2014 at 01:16 PM
  
Title:A TESTIMONY OF HOPE
Description:Healing words by Michelle L.
Posted By:rick on 7/27/2014 at 07:10 PM
  
Title:D FOR DEATH
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 5/29/2014 at 03:47 PM
  
Title:YOUR WORTH
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 5/23/2014 at 11:25 AM
  
Title:ACTIVITY OF GOD
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 4/28/2014 at 02:33 PM
  
Title:LOST BUT FOUND
Description:Current Praise Report from South India- Remote Villages near Talavadi Area
Posted By:rick on 3/25/2014 at 10:45 AM
  
Title:2014 Ecumenical Services
Description:The Schedule for this Year's Services
Posted By:rick on 2/26/2014 at 05:17 PM
  
Title:SUBMISSIVE LEADERSHIP
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 8/31/2013 at 06:57 PM
  
Title:Mission India with Pastor Rick Blaisdell
Description: The Praise Reports and Testimonies from the mountain villagers from this year's Mission Trip.
Posted By:rick on 8/02/2013 at 04:20 PM
  
Title:LOVE-BOND PLACE
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 6/23/2013 at 03:58 PM
  
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Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 6/06/2013 at 06:55 AM
  
Title:MISSION GOD IS FIRST
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 4/26/2013 at 08:47 AM
  
Title:Discarded at the crossroads
Description:A decision made and a bible tossed away.
Posted By:tom on 4/15/2013 at 08:49 PM
  
Title:LOVE IS THE KEY
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 4/13/2013 at 07:37 AM
  
Title:GREAT JOY
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 3/30/2013 at 08:08 AM
  
Title:LOVER OF MY SOUL
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 3/09/2013 at 10:46 AM
  
Title:KEEP HEAVEN REJOICING
Description:Right Priorities from Pastor Sharad
Posted By:rick on 3/09/2013 at 10:44 AM
  
Title:To the Glory of God
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 9/20/2012 at 04:24 PM
  
Title:GOD'S OWN HANDIWORK
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 9/14/2012 at 12:19 PM
  
Title:REFLECTIONS
Description:A Few Observations from Rick
Posted By:rick on 9/08/2012 at 06:29 PM
  
Title:God is Faithful
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 8/30/2012 at 03:06 PM
  
Title:He Must Increase Part Two
Description:Word With Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 8/13/2012 at 08:43 AM
  
Title:He Must Increase
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 8/09/2012 at 06:53 AM
  
Title:Thank You to all the readers
Description:Amazon.com Book Reviews for One Life to Give
Posted By:rick on 7/27/2012 at 07:15 AM
  
Title:The Camp Heaven Project
Description:Camp Heaven is a 3+ acre piece of land near Talavadi, South India, given by the Lord in 2007. This land was given for the sole intent of building a Worship Center, a Bible School (including separate dormitories for men and women), a building for visiting teachers/guests, and a small house for a caretaker to manage the crops of banana, coconut, and sugarcane, which will be grown, harvested, and marketed to help make the property more self-sufficient and less dependent on foreign investments. The land was named Camp Heaven because it draws attention to the fact that it was, and still is God who has provided so wonderfully for His people and that they may come and experience for themselves His Presence and refreshing on this very special land.
Posted By:rick on 5/02/2012 at 10:39 AM
  
Title:RELATIONSHIP
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 2/23/2012 at 12:00 PM
  
Title:Six Words
Description:What these words mean to me. Michelle
Posted By:rick on 1/27/2012 at 05:42 PM
  
Title:LOOK TO THE LORD
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 1/24/2012 at 05:07 PM
  
Title:What are Your New Year's Resolutions?
Description:Make to Break or Seek to Keep
Posted By:rick on 12/30/2011 at 08:48 PM
  
Title:New Dawn
Description:Pastor Sharad's Letter for Christmas/New Year
Posted By:rick on 12/30/2011 at 03:58 PM
  
Title:Heart to Heart
Description:A Christmas letter from Pastor Sharad
Posted By:rick on 12/20/2011 at 02:36 PM
  
Title:The Power of Forgiveness
Description:The Revealed Will of Our heavenly Father for All of Us as Believers-Michelle L.
Posted By:rick on 5/10/2011 at 05:29 PM
  
Title:Sin and Pride
Description:This Week from Steve
Posted By:rick on 5/08/2011 at 07:00 PM
  
Title:Sweet Hour
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 3/23/2011 at 04:06 PM
  
Title:The Only One
Description:"Why Does it Matter?" An important question answered by Michelle
Posted By:rick on 3/13/2011 at 04:13 PM
  
Title:Remaining Stable in Unstable Times
Description:2011 Chester Ecumenical Services
Posted By:rick on 3/01/2011 at 11:30 AM
  
Title:REJOICING PEOPLE
Description:Word for the Weekend from Pastor Sharad
Posted By:rick on 2/12/2011 at 05:39 PM
  
Title:GREATEST WITNESS
Description:Join Hands with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 2/01/2011 at 04:31 PM
  
Title:SELF RELIANCE
Description:Word from Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 1/27/2011 at 07:52 AM
  
Title:Knowledge Will Increase
Description:The Latest Word from Steve
Posted By:rick on 1/24/2011 at 01:42 PM
  
Title:Jesus Made a Difference
Description:A Testimony of God's Unfailing Love
Posted By:rick on 1/21/2011 at 02:48 PM
  
Title:The Power in Reaching Out
Description:Don't just "hear" me; "listen" to the words from my heart to yours.
Posted By:rick on 1/17/2011 at 08:09 PM
  
Title:Setting the Stage
Description:This Week from Steve
Posted By:rick on 1/09/2011 at 09:50 PM
  
Title:Prayer for the new year
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Posted By:rick on 12/31/2010 at 03:57 PM
  
Title:Christmas Dawn
Description:Word for the Weekend from Sharad & Prema
Posted By:rick on 12/20/2010 at 01:00 PM
  
Title:It Is My Duty
Description:Word for the Weekend With Sharad & Prema
Posted By:rick on 12/04/2010 at 09:37 AM
  
Title:Heart of God
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 11/26/2010 at 03:21 PM
  
Title:Hell
Description:This Week's Word from Steve
Posted By:rick on 11/15/2010 at 03:41 PM
  
Title:Our Alliance
Description:Word With Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 11/07/2010 at 04:03 PM
  
Title:Covenant Nations
Description:This Week's Message from Steve
Posted By:rick on 11/07/2010 at 03:54 PM
  
Title:My Life Outside the Cocoon
Description:A Testimony of True Deliverance by the Power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ
Posted By:rick on 10/29/2010 at 10:09 AM
  
Title:Inherit
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 10/25/2010 at 04:35 PM
  
Title:Are You Among the Nine
Description:Word for the Weekend from Sharad & Prema
Posted By:rick on 10/25/2010 at 04:33 PM
  
Title:The AntiChrist
Description:This Week from Steve
Posted By:rick on 9/26/2010 at 07:22 AM
  
Title:The Wonderful Garment
Description:Word for the Week from Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 9/25/2010 at 03:18 PM
  
Title:Forget and Reach
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 9/20/2010 at 03:25 PM
  
Title:Truth
Description:Word for Today from Steve
Posted By:rick on 9/19/2010 at 07:26 AM
  
Title:Feed or Fade up
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 9/09/2010 at 08:32 AM
  
Title:Reason for Rejoicing
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 8/25/2010 at 10:48 AM
  
Title:Streams of Water
Description:Word with Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 8/20/2010 at 07:57 PM
  
Title:The Truth
Description:Word for the Weekend from Sharad and prema
Posted By:rick on 8/15/2010 at 06:54 AM
  
Title:Lord of Love
Description:Word for the Weekend from Sharad & Prema
Posted By:rick on 8/08/2010 at 07:19 AM
  
Title:NEITHER DO I
Description:Word from Sharad and Prema
Posted By:rick on 8/03/2010 at 07:28 AM
  
Title:The Love of my Father Part 2
Description:Continued from Michelle
Posted By:rick on 3/17/2010 at 04:08 PM
  
Title:The Love of my Father
Description: A "From the Heart" Appeal/Invitation from Michelle
Posted By:rick on 3/15/2010 at 03:10 PM
  
Title:Revelation
Description:An Open Letter from Michelle
Posted By:rick on 11/18/2009 at 10:46 AM