About This Blog
Launched in 2004, “Refresh My Heart In Christ” is foremost a literature ministry. Our goals are evangelism, education and encouragement (Matthew 28:18-20; Philemon 7, 20). Our desire is to use the power of encouragement to help you reach your spiritual potential and to believe in the possibility of improving your character and circumstances with God’s help.
The intensity and frequency in which the apostle Paul speaks about this spiritual act of service/ministry (encouragement) is clear throughout his letters (Romans 15:30 – 32, I Corinthians 16:15 – 18; II Timothy 1:15 – 18; Philemon 4:7, 20).
We all know the profound effect that a gentle, cool, and refreshing breeze of air can have upon a weary mind or body. Physically and mentally, this natural occurrence can displace or relieve oppression, heaviness and staleness.
It can reinvigorate us and give us a taste of serenity. Yet our often-neglected souls and spirits need renewal and nourishment as well. That is why we have Christ (the Bread of Life – John 6:30-59; John 4:5-14), prayer, meditative Bible study and fellowship (together time) with those who share our faith and hope.
The word of God has much to say about the need for, the process of, and the results of spiritual renewal, encouragement and rest of the Lord. They begin with and can be summarized in one simple, yet powerful and life-changing, invitation from Jesus Himself:
“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
– Matthew 11:28 – 30 (English Standard Version)
So how does one “come unto Christ” and then “put on or get into Christ”? Notice the different meanings of these two terms. Faith, repentance, and confession bring one unto Christ (Acts 11:18, Romans 10:10; I Timothy 6:12, 13; Hebrews 11:6). Baptism is how one enters into Christ (Romans 6:1 – 4; Galatians 3:26). Being in Christ is the ultimate in spiritual refreshment. It is salvation and restoration. We must have a renewed mind to have renewed thoughts and then renewed actions (Romans 12:1, 2). Underneath all of life’s agitations, you can know the peace of God.
I have taught Bible classes and facilitated Bible study groups for nearly 20 years and have served as Director of Religious Education for churches in Alabama and Tennessee. The three books I have written are geared toward nurturing teens, young adults and new Christians in the faith.
Although private and reserved by nature, my interests include exploring nature and exploring the history and cultures of this great country first-hand. To mellow out, I love to master my kitchen, turn on classical music (or smooth jazz) and relax with friends and family over a comforting meal. One of my driving passions is helping people overcome the emotional and spiritual obstacles in their lives.