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!

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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.”

 

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I Want to Stay with You

I Want to Stay with You


A Bible Study Devotion from Faith, Courage, and Victory


by Katy Kauffman


Reverend Phil seemed seven feet tall to me when I was a child. He could have been a captain at sea or a firefighter or a police chief, but he was a pastor. One Sunday night, his deep voice caught my attention as he unfolded the story of a wild and violent man whose encounter with Jesus changed everything.


A demon-possessed man roamed the tomb-filled hills of the Gadarenes. Everyone feared him, and no one could tame him. They managed to shackle him, but he broke the chains. Then Jesus came to the area—the one Man who could unshackle his heart. When the man saw Jesus, he knew who He was, and he was afraid of Him. He said, “What have I to do with You, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? I implore You by God that You do not torment me” (Mark 5:7). Jesus didn’t hurt him; He helped him. The man had many demons in him, and Jesus sent them all out of the man into a nearby herd of pigs. The pigs “ran violently down the steep place into the sea, and drowned” (Mark 5:13 NKJV).


When the people of the area came out to see what had happened, the man who had been demon-possessed was sitting, clothed, and in his right mind. That made the people afraid. Those who had been there told the people what happened to the pigs. The people of the area wanted Jesus to leave. Reverend Phil’s characterization of their attitude toward Jesus, was memorable. It was as if they said to Him, “We don’t care where You go or what You do, as long as You leave here.” The healed man’s reaction was just the opposite: “I don’t care where You go or what You do, as long as I can go with You.”

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Who Me?


A Bible Study Devotion from Faith, Courage, and Victory


by Katy Kauffman


The Brazil mission team needed someone to share the gospel in the tent meeting that night. They elected me, the youngest. I was scared. I had shared the gospel in classrooms on another trip, but never in front of a big crowd. 


Earlier in the week, we had invited people to come to the tent meeting, and that night the tent was packed. I sat with my mom in the middle of the crowd, and waited for my time to speak. Although it was dark outside, the joy and brightness inside the tent stirred my soul. One of our team members gave her testimony, and another sang. While our team leader was preaching, I turned to my mom like I had so many times before, hoping for a pep talk. I told her I was scared to share, and all I can remember her saying is, “Ask God to help you.”

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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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Celebrate the Hero This Thanksgiving


by Katy Kauffman


My mind constantly wants to make up adventure stories. They often include a journey through a land that looks like New Zealand. (Are you a Lord of the Rings fan?) Galactic courage and warfare like to eek their way into my consciousness. (Do you love the new Star Trek movies like I do?)


Yet there is a story recorded in an adventurous, truthful, and relevant book that steals my attention. And it’s not just for Christmastime or Easter. It’s for every day of the year.

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Extraordinary Moments


by Mary Holloman


Tears poured down his cheeks, not unlike the streams of rain making their relentless trek down the window panes. A certain three-year-old had his heart set on playing outside with Daddy, who’d just gotten home from work. But a storm had materialized out of nowhere, forcing me to deliver the terrible news: we had to stay inside.


After the initial stages of denial and anger, my son wiped the tears from his eyes and stared out the window. He crossed his arms and said under his breath, “I will stop the rain.”


Ok, I thought, that didn’t sound menacing at all.

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Refuse Hardness of Heart with a PASSION – Part 2


by Katy Kauffman


I entered the semi-dark balcony and searched for the right spot. Most everyone had left the church sanctuary that particular Sunday morning, but I needed to pray. I found a seat, and told God what was on my heart.


I had seen people on television walk into chapels and cathedrals when they desperately needed help. They would slide into a pew and not say anything out loud. They would only look to the front of the sanctuary, their prayer written on their faces. I did the same.


I looked to God in that desperate moment. I wanted to connect with Him in a place where week after week His people sought wisdom from and fellowship with the Almighty. Have you ever been so desperate for Jesus’ help that you sought Him in a place that was special to you?

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