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Wonder – Choose Kind. Be Ordinary.

Wonder – Choose Kind. Be Ordinary. Wonder, by R.J. Palacio, is a beautiful story that has been adapted to film.  It releases to U.S. theaters, today, November 17, 2017 and I can’t wait to see it. I hope moviegoers pass through the double doors, walk down the […]

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Thanksgiving: to host or not to host

Thanksgiving: to host or not to host

Thanksgiving: to Host or Not to Host? Guest post by Karen Guzman I grew up in a house regularly filled with guests, whether for a meal or for a semester. So, when I joined InterVarsity staff and moved into my own place, it was natural to host […]

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How will you answer “the knock?”

How will you answer "the knock?"

  Throughout the year we seek moments with our neighbors to show God’s love and perhaps to invite them into our homes. We may have asked a neighbor several times to come over and they have never accepted. Yet for Halloween, many of these same neighbors will […]

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No More Excuses!

Reposted with permission from Calvary Life Magazine No more Excuses! (By Judi L) Excuses, excuses….I can’t do a Bible study with women in my neighborhood! I certainly can’t do one in Traverse City this summer! That’s my time to read all the books I can’t get to […]

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“They threw me to the animals. No one wanted me.”

Caroline’s soft voice drew the crowd closer. With attentiveness that no one expected nor planned for, her authentic words of vulnerability accomplished what some speakers only dream of but never achieve.   For Caroline, her size and stature began her testimony before she uttered the first word. […]

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Ugly Fear – Beautiful FAITH!

Ugly Fear – Beautiful FAITH!

Ugly Fear – Beautiful FAITH! ♥Reposted with permission from Calvary Life Magazine.♥   FEAR seems to be a common theme from those who have been sharing their experiences about their Neighborhood Bible study journey! “How will my neighbors respond when I invite them to come to my house […]

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Am I Seeking God Only for Answers or for Who He Is?

  I often wonder…. what if my desire to listen to God equaled His longing to speak personally with me? Listening prayer for me is simply being still in God’s presence, anticipating His voice, recording His words, impressions, or pictures, and then responding in love, faith and […]

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My Visit with Chip and Joanna Gaines last week

My Visit with Chip and Joanna Gaines last week

“If you are more fortunate than others, it is better to build a longer table than a taller fence.”   This past week I saw a new vision of this quote up close and personal through the lives of Chip and Joanna Gaines, America’s sweethearts of HGTV’s […]

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Meet Aiden, a 9-year-old who caught a vision

Kid’s Back Yard Bible Club   Designed by kids, for kids!   Want to try something different with your family this summer?   Along with your summer bucket list of: *pool time *friend time *vacation time How about adding: *neighborhood Bible club for kids! Nine-year-old, Aiden, caught […]

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No panic, No fear, No figuring or forecasting

Trusting God All The Way to Africa (Enroute to Nairobi from London – after being awakened at 2:30 a.m. with a distressing phone call from home.  I don’t think I slept, but continued to pray, praise and rest in Your presence.  I sit between my husband Mark […]

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