Days of Opportunity


by Katy Kauffman

 

Words give us hope. So do fighting spirits. Winston Churchill had both. In the dark days of World War II, Britain needed a leader who could rally them and lead them to victory.

 

Within the first year of the war, King George VI appointed Churchill as Britain’s prime minister. The British and French had been unsuccessful in saving Norway from Nazi occupation. Poland had already been invaded by the Germans and the Soviets, and divided between the two powers. On the day Churchill took office, Germany invaded France and three other western neighbors.1

 

Six weeks later, France surrendered. Yet Churchill possessed the fire and the courage to keep his sights on victory and to embolden his people to do the same.

 

In his first speech as prime minister, Churchill laid out the battle plan: “Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory there is no survival.”2

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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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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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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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A Pow in the Gut

by Katy Kauffman


I was standing at the three-point line on the basketball court. Our team was playing defense under the other team’s goal. One of their players shot the ball, but it didn’t go in. Instantly I started running. As point guard, I needed to get to our side of the court in case one of our girls caught the rebound.


Tiffany was built for sports. She could run, shoot, and throw the ball with amazing power. When she caught the rebound, I knew she would be throwing it in my direction. By the time she launched the basketball, I had made it to our side of the court, near the three-point line. When the ball reached me, it had such power that it went through my hands and landed in my gut. “Pow!” The noise reverberated through the whole gym, and as if on cue, the crowd said in unison, “Oooh!”

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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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Don’t Go Back


by Katy Kauffman


Have you ever felt the relief of freedom? I have. More than once. Whether I had struggled with something for days or years, breaking out of a detrimental habit or way of thinking brought with it a wonderful conglomeration of relief, joy, and peace. Freedom can also bring restoration, renewed relationships, right values, and clear thinking.


So why do we sometimes go back? Just like the Israelites were tempted to go back to Egypt, we may be tempted to pack up and leave freedom for what has grown familiar—bondage, struggle, and defeat. That decision was made by the Israelites when they were worried about having enough food (Exodus 16:2-3). They didn’t trust God to provide for them. They wanted to be slaves again rather than to trust God and flourish in the freedom He had provided. 


Freedom takes work. God hasn’t called us to bondage, but to be bondservants of Christ (Colossians 4:1, 12 NKJV). Jesus died to free us from sin’s enslaving power, and although He has provided this reality for all who have faith in Him, we still struggle with temptation, our sinful natures, and what’s “easy.” It’s easy to give into bondage again. It’s easy to give into sin instead of fighting it and saying no. It takes work to stay free in our daily walk with God, to live as He intends for us to live—in the relief of freedom.

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