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Refined and Refreshed Podcast

68 EpisodesProduced by Ralph MonroeWebsite

Refined and Refreshed is more than a podcast. It is about the LORD and how He refines us and refreshes us. It is growing in the LORD and growing holistically (Spiritually, Mentally, Emotionally and Physically). We focus on personal development through a Biblical lenses. Support this podcast: https:/… read more

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Beatitudes: The Poor in Spirit | Ep. 53

June 11th, 2021


The beatitudes are common within Christianity. For the most part we can say they are character traits or virtues the we should have. What if the …

R&R Talks XIX | Ability Ministry with Ryan Wolfe

May 31st, 2021


Ability Ministry is an independent Christian non-profit ministry, who strives to enhance the lives of persons affected with disabilities by providing services for persons with developmental disabilities, including …

Beatitudes: Blessed | Ep. 52

May 21st, 2021


The beatitudes are common within Christianity. For the most part we can say they are character traits or virtues the we should have. What if the …

R&R Talks XVIII | A Conversation with my Mom (Natalie Holliday)

May 8th, 2021


Happy Mother's Day! On this special Mother's Day episode I talked with my mom about her life. Seeing my mother endure hardship and persevere countless of times made this a very anticipated conversation. I hope you will …

Beatitudes: The Intro | Ep.51

April 30th, 2021


The beatitudes are common within Christianity. For the most part we can say they are character traits or virtues the we should have. What if the …

R&R Talks XVII | Postcards from Babylon: The Church in American Exile with Brian Zahnd

April 21st, 2021


In this episode I talk we Brian Zahnd about his book turned documentary: Postcards from Babylon. He is the founder and lead pastor of Word of Life …

Teamwork | Ep. 50

April 9th, 2021


As Christians the term, "revival" is like an event we hope to experience. We have heard about the revivals and great awakenings from the past and  the next great movement is something talked about in various …

A Moment of Mindfulness (Featuring Guest Host: Christa Monroe) | Ep. 49

March 18th, 2021


In this episode you will hear from Christa Monroe! This is a short and sweet time of mindfulness! So if you can, take the next 5 minutes and be …

Using Your Influence (Featuring Guest Host: Justin Morris) | Ep. 48

March 12th, 2021


In this episode we hear from guest host Justin Morris on the topic of influence. Do you have influence? How are you using your influence? Are we using our influence for God's glory?

Main Passage: 2nd Timothy 2:2

From Self-Sabotage to Self-Care | Ep. 47

February 28th, 2021


The Scriptures' tell us to honor God with our bodies, but how do we do this? Do we sabotage ourselves and the purpose God has for us when we don't take care of ourselves? We'll explore these questions and more in this …

R&R Talks XVI | Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur with Shae Bynes

February 17th, 2021


In this episode I chat with Shae Bynes. We talk about why we should seek the kingdom of God first and also chat about Kingdom Driven Entrepreneur …

Seeking Righteousness | Ep. 46

February 7th, 2021


How does seeking righteousness become counter cultural to what our society promotes today? In this episode we talk about taking time to be with God …

Shattered | Ep. 45

January 27th, 2021


When we experience a loss there is a process of grief that starts. Life can feel like it's shattered, but there is hope and a healthy way in which we can go through the grieving process. I talk about this and more in …

R&R Talks XV | Defining Moments and Fatherhood with Chalmer Williams

January 17th, 2021


In this episode I talk with Chalmer Williams who is the producer and host of Fatherhood Friday's.  We talk about defining moments in life and how we navigate though those life altering decision. Also we naturally talk …

What Becomes of Us | Ep. 44

January 11th, 2021


What becomes of the collective group of people living in a fallen society? What becomes of the dreams and goals of organizations and individuals when …

Leaving a Legacy | Ep. 43

January 2nd, 2021


Have you thought about what legacy you are going to leave behind? What is the difference between an inheritance and heritage? What does the Bible say about this topic? We will explore these questions an more in this …

The Gospel (A Narrative of Life) | Ep. 42

December 27th, 2020


After reflecting on life, it brought me back to the gospel. In this episode we tell the story of the Gospel through a narrative of life. 

Main Passage: - Luke 2:6-7 While they were there, the time came for the baby to …

R&R Talks XIV | Psychiatry and Mental Wellness with Dr. Aderonke Pederson

December 19th, 2020


In this episode, Aderonke Pederson, MD, psychiatrist and instructor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern Medicine, discusses psychiatry and mental wellness. We talk about how to be …

Being Emotionally Healthy | Ep. 41

December 11th, 2020


After a year of doing podcast, we are going to try it live! In this episode you will hear a live recording of being emotionally healthy!

Main Scripture: Hebrews 4:14-16 - Therefore, since we have a great high priest who …

R&R Talks XIII | Politics and Authorship with Jamaal Fridge

December 4th, 2020


Jamaal Fridge is a husband, speaker and author of several books ("The Novel Gospel" and series "The Life and Times of Theodore Addison").

In this episode Ralph and Jamaal talk about the fallout of the 2020 election and …

Annual Thanksgiving Episode, S.M Lockridge | Ep. 40

November 26th, 2020


This is our first ever annual Thanksgiving episode, where we hear from those who have gone before us. 

In this episode we will hear from S.M Lockridge (March 7, 1913 – April 4, 2000) who was the Pastor of Calvary …

Burdens. | Ep. 39

November 21st, 2020


Do you feel overburdened or overwhelmed? What do you do with burdens you can and can't control? What does Christ Jesus say about burdens? We'll …

R&R Talks XII | Discipline and More with Thane Marcus Ringler

November 11th, 2020


In this episode, Ralph chats with Thane Marcus about discipline and his upcoming courses that are available to pre-register for.  

Thane Marcus …

Your Allegiance. | Ep. 38

November 3rd, 2020


Which side will you choose? How did Jesus handle choosing a side? We'll talk about that and give some words of encouragement in this special episode!

Main Passage: Matthew   22: 15-22 - Then the Pharisees went and …

From Anger to Reconciliation. | Ep. 37

October 28th, 2020


I had the honor of speaking at Church in the Loop on the topic of anger and reconciliation. Anger is an emotion we have all felt, but it is imperative that we go from anger to forgiveness. In this message, you will hear …

R&R Talks XI | Lausanne Movement & Global Mission with Justin Schell

October 21st, 2020


In this episode Ralph chats with Justin Schell, the Director of Executive Projects for the Lausanne Movement. We talk about what the Lausanne Movement is, their mission and vision. Along with what is global missions and …

A Loving and Avenging God | Ep. 36

October 18th, 2020


There are many aspect to God's character and in this episode we focus on two. Some know Him as a loving God. We hear about His judgement and vengeance, but we take a look at why understanding both is important. 

Main …

Aligned to God's Plumb Line | Ep. 35

October 6th, 2020


What is God's plumb line? How does He measure us? What does it have to do with righteousness and how can we ensure we are aligned with God's plumb …

R&R Talks X | Christian Business Ownership /Entrepreneurship with Bernice Loman.

September 20th, 2020


In this episode we talk with business owner, Bernice Loman, about the Christian business owner and entrepreneurs. We hear her story and thoughts on …

R&R Talks IX | Healing & Face 2 Face Global with Dr. Sonia Lott

September 19th, 2020


Ralph talks with Dr. Sonia about her healing story and discusses what her nonprofit, Face 2 Face Global is all about.   

Dr. Sonia, a Family Medicine Physician for over two decades, is the Founder and Lead Minister for …

A Spirit of Prostitution. Ep. 34

September 19th, 2020


Where is the first place you go to for comfort? Have you ever thought about the patterns in your life that you use to self-soothe? We will talk about these and how it relates to a spirit of prostitutions.

Main Passage: …

Rend & Return. Ep. 33

September 11th, 2020


What does it mean for someone to rend their heart? Do you ever feel like you cannot return to the LORD because you need to get yourself together first? We will talk about that and more on this episode!

Main Passage: …

3 Disciplines From The Book of Daniel. Ep. 32

September 3rd, 2020


In this episode we look at the book of Daniel and talk about 3 disciplines Daniel possessed that we too may foster in our lives. 


R&R Talks VIII | AND Campaign with Justin Francis

August 24th, 2020


Representative for the AND Campaign, Justin Francis, talks with us about the AND Campaign. The mission for AND is to educate and organize Christians …

R&R Talks VII | Family Reconciliation with Harold McGhee

August 20th, 2020


What is family reconciliation? Why is family reconciliation important? What keeps family reconciliation from happening?   

In this episode we talk …

God Remembers Us. Ep. 31 (Guest Host: Justin Morris)

August 12th, 2020


In this episode we hear from Justin Morris on the topic, God Remembers Us. Have you ever felt that you were forgotten? This episode is a word of encouragement for you! God remembers you! 

Main Passage: Genesis 8:1 - But …

The Dance of Joy With God. Ep 30 (Guest Host. Pastor Brian Evans)

August 5th, 2020


Check out this amazing episode as guest host, Pastor Brain Evans, shares with us the Dance of Joy with God!

Main Passage: Proverbs 8:31 - Rejoicing in the world, His earth, And having my delight in the sons of men.

Understanding Biblical Justice. Ep. 29 (Guest Host: Chimere Onyema)

July 29th, 2020


In this episode we hear from guest host Chimere Onyema on the topic of justice from a Biblical standpoint. Everyone desires justice, and it may look different to various individuals. But what about we as believers in …

R&R Talks VI | The Journey to Seven with Tyler Smith

July 29th, 2020


On this episode Ralph talks with Tyler, sportswriter and author of the book Searching for Seven.  The Christian life is meant to be a journey—a search for our Maker and a search for truth. Searching for Seven takes …

R&R Talks V | Start Where You Are with Rashawn Copeland

July 24th, 2020


Rashawn Copeland once sat in his room holding a gun in his mouth. Despite having money, romantic relationships and a flashy lifestyle others envied, …

Characteristics of Unity! Ep. 28

July 16th, 2020


On a team there are a variety of people from all different background. They have different world views, but there's a goal that ultimately unites …

R&R Talks IV | Current Events with Dennis Foster

July 9th, 2020


2020 has been a whirlwind thus far, so I sought out so speak with one of my dear brothers to chat about these current events. We talk about how the pandemic and racial issues have affect us, how we have responded and …

Comfort During Suffering. Ep 26

July 5th, 2020


The Bible talks about growing in knowing Christ through the fellowship of His suffering.  So, in this episode we talk about suffering and how we can respond in it and in turn grow in knowing Him!

Main Passage: …

Scattered. Ep 25

June 19th, 2020


Have you ever felt scattered from bad leadership? Have you ever considered that you may possess the same qualities of bad leadership? This episode we talk about how to respond when we encounter bad leadership and also …

Where Do We Stand? Ep. 24

June 10th, 2020


On this episode, Ralph was a guest speaker at Church in the Loop and shared what God placed on his heart concerning the current events. What influences oppression, prejudice, racism and the like? Where do we stand as …

R&R Talks III. Mental and Emotional Healing

June 3rd, 2020


In this installment of Refined and Refreshed Talks, Ralph chats with Tamicka Monson about mental and emotional healing. Tamicka shares her story of the process she's went through mentally and emotionally. Tamicka is a …

"i"dols. Ep. 21

May 22nd, 2020


When the LORD speaks to us about spending time with him, do you ever decide to do other things? Have you ever wrestled with doing your own thing versus obeying God? It's ok to be honest, because I have as well. So let's …

V O I C E S ! ! Ep. 20

May 8th, 2020


On the average we have between 60,000- 80,000 thoughts a day. Not to mention all the external noise from other sources. So with both internal and external voices clamoring for our attention, how do we LISTEN to God's …

R&R Talks II: Holistic Wellness Part 2

April 30th, 2020


This is the 2nd part of our Holistic Wellness talk with Stan and Alicia from Diligent Workouts. We talk about what it means to be Holistically Well. …

R&R Talks II. Holistic Wellness Part 1

April 30th, 2020


What does it mean to be holistically well? What are some marginal adjustments we can make right now to start on a path to good health? How can our …

Captivated Amid Calamity! Ep. 18

April 17th, 2020


Why do disasters, chaos, or catastrophe grab a hold of our attention? Have you ever felt like you're captivated by these events? We'll look at a …

Staying Steady During Disruptions! Ep. 17

April 5th, 2020


Do you feel unsteady whenever something disturbs your routine in life, or your peace of mind? What about living during a time of crisis, such as this? Let's talk about how to remain steady during times of disruptions!

R&R Talks: I. Responding to Suffering

March 27th, 2020


Welcome to Refined and Refreshed Talks aka R&R Talks. Along with our weekly podcast we’ll be bringing on guest to discuss relevant topics and provide Biblical wisdom that we can apply to our lives.

Our inaugural …

What To Do In Distressing Times! Ep. 15

March 18th, 2020


In this episode we talk about how to respond in distress. Distress is extreme anxiety, sorrow or pain. Have you ever experience this!? 

Main Scripture: Psalm 88:1-9- Lord, you are the God   who saves me; day and night I …

Father & Son: Discipline! Ep. 14

March 18th, 2020


When you were a child what were your thoughts about being disciplined? Have you ever had a negative view of discipline? Today we discuss how one goes from a negative view of discipline to understanding that God …

Father & Son: A Son's Observation. Ep. 13

February 13th, 2020


As a child what observations did you make from your parents? Whether present or absent we all made observations. We'll talk about that and look at Christ Jesus to see how he also observed the Heavenly Father. 

Main …

Father & Son: Something Missing! Ep. 12

February 5th, 2020


Growing as a father by learning to be a son. This episode we deal with what has been missing in many people's lives, a relationship with their father. How do we respond to something we've been deprived of? What can we …

Working with Effort! Ep. 11

January 30th, 2020


It's already a battle to be diligent in the work we do. We hear so many times to give our best effort, but that's easier said that done! 

What does …

R E C O N C I L I A T I O N! Ep. 10

January 22nd, 2020


What does it mean to be a minister of reconciliation? How do we carry the message of reconciliation? What does this even look like?

Main Scripture - 2 Corinthians 5:17-20 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new …

#GodisFaithful! Ep. 9

January 13th, 2020


Sometimes we need to be reminded of God's faithfulness! In this episode we talk about His faithfulness and fighting to know the Faithful One!

A Daunting & Wonderful Examination! Ep. 8

January 3rd, 2020


First episode of the new year! Who better to examine our lives than the One who created it!

Main Scripture: Psalm 139:23-24 - Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any …

Wisdom Is Vital! So How Do We Obtain It!? Ep. 7

December 27th, 2019


Main Scripture: Proverbs 4:7 - Wisdom is the principal thing; Therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding.

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Is Gratitude Refreshing!? Ep. 6

December 19th, 2019


On this episode we'll look at why how being grateful brings refreshing to our lives. Anxious thoughts, worries about the future or present …

Inconvenience Is Not Convenient! Ep. 5

December 12th, 2019


We all love our comfort, but not all things will be convenient. Inconvenience is something we'll all face...let's talk about it!!

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How Can Routines Be Refining!? Ep. 4

December 4th, 2019


Refinement happens in the routine things of life, so we'll look at how God shapes us using the mundane events in our life!

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Humble Responses Are Beneficial! Ep. 3

November 27th, 2019


How should we approach God? How should we respond to the refining times and refreshing times in life? We'll look at a familiar parable and see what …

The Discipline of Obedience! Ep. 2

November 24th, 2019


Obedience, especially to God, is a discipline that truly refines us. In this episode, Ralph talks about obedience and shares several takeaways …

What is Refined & Refreshed Podcast!? Ep. 1

November 18th, 2019


What is Refined and Refreshed Podcast? What will this podcast talk about? Who is the host? When can I tune in for episodes? Find out all this in more with the inaugural episode of Refined and Refreshed Podcast! 

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