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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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Be nice to everyone. You never know who lost an argument to a teenager.

Be nice to everyone. You never know who lost an argument to a teenager.

  Mothers need one another. I don’t know how else to say it. We need advice. We need “oh ya, I’ve been there too.” We need encouragement. We need affirmation. We need help, for pete’s sake.   Gathering mothers together is really fun. Throw out this question, […]

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5 Simple Ways to Connect with Neighbors at Easter

5 Simple Ways to Connect with Neighbors at Easter

5 Ways to connect with your neighbors at Easter   A pastor was recently sharing that his family initiated with a neighbor who lived two doors down. They had the family over for Easter lunch.  As the conversation progressed he asked them what Easter meant to them.  […]

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