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Goodbye, dear, dear friends....

Posted: August 16, 2017 by: James Steffens |0 Comments

This will be my last post as the pastor of The Refuge. It has been my deepest honor to labor with you all for 25 years, 13 in this latest stint. I've said pretty much all I want to say. I just want you to know that miles will never diminish the bonds of love w... Keep Reading

"The conclusion of the matter"

Posted: August 9, 2017 by: James Steffens |0 Comments

I've been in Ecclesiastes this week. It was written by wise Solomon at the end of his life. In order to satiate his every desire, he put his hand to EVERYTHING. He had the money and the wherewithall. The crux of the book is that nothing really satisfied him, a... Keep Reading

|Posted in: Christian life

"One Thing"

Posted: July 12, 2017 by: James Steffens |0 Comments

King David was in familiar territory. His enemies were once again pressing in. But rather than complain or speak fear, he stands in confidence. In the editor's notes of my bible, the introduction to Psalm 27 is labeled "An exuberant declaration of faith". He p... Keep Reading

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"Quick Obedience"

Posted: June 28, 2017 by: James Steffens |0 Comments

I've always thought the idea of quick obedience to be an admirable quality. Mary exhibited it really well. "Whatever he says to you, do it" (John 2:5) I've found that if I'm working on being obedient and keeping it simple, usually the Lord will test that resol... Keep Reading

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"As one who serves"

Posted: June 21, 2017 by: James Steffens |0 Comments

"If you want to be the greatest....."... Keep Reading

|Posted in: Christlikeness |Tags: Christian life

"He disciplines the ones he loves"

Posted: June 8, 2017 by: James Steffens |0 Comments

It's really for the best... Keep Reading

|Posted in: Christlikeness |Tags: Christian life

"What the church should look like"- part 1

Posted: May 31, 2017 by: James Steffens |0 Comments

"Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace"... Keep Reading

"Held to a higher standard"

Posted: May 10, 2017 by: James Steffens |0 Comments

As Christians, we are the model to the world of right living... Keep Reading

"If my people...."

Posted: April 26, 2017 by: James Steffens |0 Comments

A very timely promise indeed!... Keep Reading

|Posted in: prayer |Tags: Prayer

"Joining the Accuser"

Posted: April 18, 2017 by: James Steffens |0 Comments

We're called to stand in the gap, not accuse the brothers"... Keep Reading