Don’t Be Afraid – Refresh Bible Study Magazine, Spring 2021


Fear is a bully. It can blind us to the truth and paralyze us from moving forward. It can rob us of heartwarming moments, unforeseen victories, and opportunities to make a difference in the world around us.


Courage is a great friend. It opens our eyes to the truth and rescues us from paralysis. When we choose courage, we experience adventures that have been orchestrated by God, we find in God what we need for every circumstance, and we quench the voices of anxiety, doubt, and what-ifs. Courage is quick to remember that God is always with us and for us.


How do we comply with God’s command, “Don’t be afraid”?

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Wise Christians!


by Brad Simon


Imagine for a moment that you are sound asleep at night and a loud clap of thunder suddenly wakes you. You hear the wind outside rustling through the trees and rain begins to fall. The soft pitter patter of raindrops begins to lull you back to sleep, but then the wind and rain intensify. The howling wind blows around your house and the downpour of rain is deafening.


Then you feel it. Could it be? No, of course not. You were only dreaming, you reason. But there it is again. Your house is moving!

truth, faith, obedience, storms, adversity, victory, Brad Simon, Lighthouse Bible Studies

An Eagle of Love


by Katy Kauffman


I stared at the painting and tried to memorize every detail. Dark gray brush strokes created ominous clouds and morphed into blue and white patches. An eagle with its wings outstretched in a “v” shape descended out of storm clouds into the bright light of day. I was captivated by the light shining on the eagle’s feathers. He looked so real, so beautiful. His look of determination said that he was going to win, whatever the battle was.


This eagle picture was unlike any other I had ever seen, and my twelve-year-old heart craved it. I memorized the artist’s name—Laurie Snow Hein, a beautiful name. The painting was perfect, but its frame and mat weren’t right for my room. I lingered at the painting for a while, wishing I could take it home.


“If God wants you to have it, He’ll give it to you, and it will be perfect,” my mom said. I didn’t know how that would happen, but I tucked her words into my heart and left the store with some hope.

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I Am Here: A Christmas Poem


by Katy Kauffman


I look at the world and wonder why

So many hurting, so many die.

My heart grieves and trembles with fear.

I hear a whisper say, “I am here.”

 

hope, faith, Jesus, Christmas, I am Here: A Christmas Poem, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies

Refresh Bible Study Magazine: Christmas 2020


In the midst of a difficult pandemic, we need some sparkle in our lives. Part of it comes from the Christmas lights, ornaments, and decorations in our homes.


Let your heart find even more sparkle, joy, and comfort in the 2020 Christmas issue of Refresh. Celebrate Jesus and the demonstration of God's great love for us, as you read this collection of Christmas messages. With a Christ-filled Christmas, we can persevere and look for ways to share God's love and goodness with those around us. Consider sharing one of the messages with your friends or family.


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Devotional Thoughts for the Artsy Soul


by Katy Kauffman


Autumn inspires the artist with a warm palette—a captivating array of oranges, reds, and browns. With splashes of yellow and purple.


With our brushes, pens, and cameras, we capture trees that make an appearance just once a year. With our stamps and markers, we send Thanksgiving cards to loved ones, and with our hearts and Bibles, we jot down thoughts of gratitude and peace.


Every autumn, God paints His landscape for us to admire. But that’s not the only thing He paints. With a masterful eye and a gentle touch, He paints the picture of our lives, adding layer to layer each year.

Art, God’s work, beauty, brokenness, healing, Psalm 107, Katy Kauffman, My Artsy Tribe, Lighthouse Bible Studies

What’s Your “Battle 5” Plan?


by Katy Kauffman


Step 1 – Suit up.
Step 2 – Find the trigger.
Step 3 – Enter the arena.
Step 4 – Hide.
Step 5 – Find higher ground.


Every time I played laser tag in a castle-like arena, I knew I needed to find higher ground. My tactical position from the towers allowed me to spot unsuspecting friends and zap their “armor.” Flashing red lights and little warning sirens told me I had hit my mark.


Why is it that I’m better at playing laser tag than winning some of life’s spiritual battles? It’s because I forget my battle plan. Years of struggles have taught me that to win some battles, I need to cling to God.

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Where Can You “Refresh” Your Soul?


by Katy Kauffman


When the cases of COVID-19 keep climbing. When nothing in your day seems to be working. When you need cool relief in the middle of a hot summer. That’s when we need some soul-satisfying refreshment, and that’s what God’s Word does for our hearts.


When life creates a thirst within us for the deep things of God, He answers our need with Himself and Scripture. When we need to hear from our heavenly Father, He can speak to us directly, through His Word, through sermons, and through those who love Him. Some of these people write for our magazine, Refresh.

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Winning the War over Our Thoughts

Sustaining Life's Victories


An Article Found in the March 2020 Issue of Refresh Bible Study Magazine
by Krystal Weeks


How can we win the war over our dark thoughts? A battle is going on between good and evil in our minds. I have personally experienced it.  In my early years, the running monologue in my head was, “You’re too skinny, you have buck teeth, you have to prove yourself by making good grades. You’re all alone, because no one thinks like you do.”


Satan filled my thoughts with self-condemnation. Satan’s cunning, deception, and lies originated in the Garden of Eden, and have continued throughout the ages. In Paul’s time, he admonished the early Christians not to let Satan entrap them with his deceit. He wrote, “But I am afraid that as the serpent deceived Eve by his cunning, your thoughts will be led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3 ESV). How can we break Satan’s hold on our thoughts?

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What’s at the Heart of Your Faith?


by Katy Kauffman


They called it the “boss.” In the center of a Roman shield was a round piece of metal or wood, and it wasn’t just for decoration. The boss acted as a weapon in close combat. Any opponent who could get close enough to a Roman soldier was in danger of being stunned with the heart of his shield. What’s at the heart of your shield?


In Ephesians 6, God pictures our protection in spiritual battles as pieces of Roman armor, and He uses a shield to picture our faith. 


Above all, taking the shield of faith
with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one.
(Ephesians 6:16 NKJV)


Our faith quenches Satan’s darts of fear, anxiety, and discouragement. When we compare God’s power, wisdom, and love to all that could go wrong, we know we have a Hero we can count on. He is always with us (Isaiah 41:10, Matthew 28:20, Hebrews 13:5) and fighting for us (Exodus 14:14, Deuteronomy 20:4). Instead of giving in to a barrage of negative thoughts, we can stand behind our shield of faith and let the Word of God quench the fiery arrows meant to take us down.

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