Redeemer's Refuge - The word of god is not bound

In this episode of Redeemer’s Refuge, Pastor Ruffatto discusses Paul’s second letter to Timothy, his assistant who suffers from a bit of timidity. Paul has finished the instruction of details he outlined in his first letter and is encouraging Timothy – and you and me – to fan this live flame-- the torch we carry for Jesus -- because others needed – others now need – to be connected to our heavenly Father through the Gospel of His son Jesus.

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Redeemer's Refuge - Fired Up: A Passion for the Gospel

In this episode of Redeemer’s Refuge, Pastor Ruffatto discusses Paul’s second letter to Timothy, his assistant who suffers from a bit of timidity. Paul has finished the instruction of details he outlined in his first letter and is encouraging Timothy – and you and me – to fan this live flame-- the torch we carry for Jesus -- because others needed – others now need – to be connected to our heavenly Father through the Gospel of His son Jesus.

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Redeemer's Refuge - Angels at Work Defending Us

In this episode of Redeemer’s Refuge, Rev. Ruffatto connects the mention God’s provision and protection by way of angels in the Old Testament (as mentioned by Daniel) to the angels of the New Testament in Jude and Revelation. The chief angel whom God mentions is Michael, who is called an archangel in the New Testament. It is through the service of His archangel Michael and all the other holy angels that God cares for and protects his people.

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Redeemer's Refuge - The Lord is My Shepherd

In this episode of Redeemer’s Refuge we pose the question: What does an Old Testament prophecy have to say to us today? From Sunday’s Old Testament lesson: “And I will set up over them one shepherd, my servant David, and he shall feed them: he shall feed them and be their shepherd. And I, the Lord, will be their God, and my servant David shall be prince among them. I am the Lord; I have spoken.”

What does this mean for us today? We don’t live a pastoral, agrarian lifestyle. So, who is Ezekiel talking about, and who is he addressing? Is he actually speaking figuratively? What are the realities he’s talking about in his prophecy? Are the realities still pertinent to us today?

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Redeemer's Refuge - Discipleship - What's the Cost?

In this episode of Redeemer’s Refuge, we discuss Jesus’ difficult to hear teaching, , “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be My disciple.” And that’s not all. He goes on to say, “any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be My disciple.”

Not much “safe space” in His words, are there? But is that really the case? What does this mean? Could it be that there is more hope there than may meet the eye.

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Redeemer's Refuge - The Glory of Humility Before God

Humility in Thinking about God Leads Us to Display True Humility Toward Others.

In this episode of Redeemer’s Refuge we ask “How often do you think of God as being ‘high and far away’? Have you ever thought, ‘He is up in heaven,’ ‘He is glorious and powerful, and we – well, are not!’?”

This is most certainly true, right?

Then we go a little further, believing we must make our way to Him – climb toward heaven, ascend in our thoughts and actions in order to be with Him.

But this is dangerous thinking.

While the distance between us and God is real, we must be careful when we consider how that distance is traveled.

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Redeemer's Refuge - Division and Perfect Peace

The Gospel of Peace brings division.

In this episode of Redeemer’s Refuge we learn Jesus gives us a peace that the world cannot give, a peace that passes all understanding. This is the peace between God and man. It’s a peace in believers’ hearts. It’s the peace of knowing that our sins are forgiven. Yet, some would like the Gospel to give world peace, a utopia on earth. But that will never happen. Because of sin, Jesus divides like nothing else – even more than politics! Some will believe, and some will refuse.

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Redeemer's Refuge - Division and Perfect Peace

The Gospel of Peace brings division.

In this episode of Redeemer’s Refuge we learn Jesus gives us a peace that the world cannot give, a peace that passes all understanding. This is the peace between God and man. It’s a peace in believers’ hearts. It’s the peace of knowing that our sins are forgiven. Yet, some would like the Gospel to give world peace, a utopia on earth. But that will never happen. Because of sin, Jesus divides like nothing else – even more than politics! Some will believe, and some will refuse.

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Redeemer's Refuge - Ex Nihilo

The writer of Hebrews reminds us that God finds us in ‘nothingness.’ He tells us that the world was not created out of things that are seen. It was created out of nothing – ex nihilo. This nothingness is a perfect picture of the state we are in apart from God’s gracious activity in our lives.

God Calls Us out of Nothing to Trust His Promises and Follow Him to the Promised Land.

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Redeemer's Refuge - Sinful, Saintly Sisters!

This episode of Redeemer’s Refuge both Martha and Mary are explored as the Sinful saints they are. Rev. Ruffatto delves into the idea that for such sinful saints came Jesus, preaching, teaching, catechizing. The one thing necessary Jesus emphasizes is always the Word of our Lord. The Word is always good and ready to give us Jesus and His words. A word of warning for anyone hostile in mind and doing evil deeds. A word of security for those needing strengthening in the battle against sin, their flesh, and the devil.


This episode is based on these scriptures:

  • Psalm 27:1-14

  • Genesis 18:1-10a

  • Colossians 1:21-29

  • Luke 10:38-42

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