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What does "The Refuge" mean?

One of the Bible's most beautiful descriptions of God is that he is our Refuge. It's a picture of God's compassion and love for those in need of saving. We are not The Refuge... God is! But as followers of this merciful God, we want to reflect him in everything we say and do. So, it is our prayer that those who encounter our church would find that we too provide a refuge from sin and brokenness while we point to our greater hope in The Refuge. 

What's up with the feather?

Two reasons: First, Pastor Eric has a curious fascination with birds. But second (and more importantly), when Psalm 91 talks about God as our Refuge, it describes him like a bird protecting his young under the shadow of his wings. This metaphor points us forward to the salvation we have in Jesus, who rescues and protects us from sin and brokenness. It's a powerful image, particularly for us living in northern Michigan where we are surrounded by similar images in our wildlife that help us understand the love of God more deeply.

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty... He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.

Psalm 91:1, 4

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