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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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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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Lord, don’t I need new furniture?

Lord, don't I need new furniture?

And in today’s story, the key to a successful neighborhood Bible study is an old, sunken in couch. Just as we promised here is Part 2 of Nancy Samra’s story. Part 1 was posted Monday, December 5th.   Scene 3: My husband built the houses we lived […]

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Hospitality is not from the hands; it’s from the heart

Hospitality is not from the hands; it's from the heart

Lean in close and “listen” to this story from Nancy Samra. Nancy has been a member of Calvary Church in Grand Rapids, Michigan for 26 yrs. Widowed after 48 years of marriage, she is a mother of three, grandmother of eleven and spiritual mom to a number […]

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Want to join me for some Nescafe? In Macedonia?

Macedonia or Bust I am still pinching myself.  Was it only two weeks ago that I was in Macedonia watching God’s amazing work through years of prayer unfold before me?   Before I get ahead of myself, let me tell you what had happened at our NBS2go […]

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The Next Thing: Pat’s Story

The Next Thing: Pat's Story

Late last summer while turning into the entrance to our neighborhood, I had a fleeting feeling of guilt for not showing a desire to know my neighbors better. After all, I have lived here for 10 years, and I couldn’t tell you much about most of my neighbors. But […]

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An Abundant Life: Gene and Marge’s Story

An Abundant Life: Gene and Marge's Story

A 14-year-old boy sits around a campfire with his camp mates and counselors as the waters of Lake Michigan lap the distant shore. The summer night crackles with possibility. The fertile ground of the boy’s heart, tilled and prepared by faithful parents and grandparents, opens itself to […]

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Turning Neighbors into Friends

Turning Neighbors into Friends

It took three years for me to finally obey the call to begin a neighborhood Bible study. Debbie and Mark McGoldrick, whom we have supported through Cru for many years, pointed me in the direction of NBS2GO.com, where I found all the resources I needed to begin a study in […]

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Filling the Gap: Lisa’s Story

Filling the Gap: Lisa's Story

She hung up the phone with trembling hands and sank heavily into a kitchen chair. The news was bad. Her neighbor’s young son was in the hospital fighting for his life after suffering a horrific injury in a motorcycle accident. He was still alive, and that was […]

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A Dangerous Valentine’s Day Tea Party: Laurie’s Story

A Dangerous Valentine's Day Tea Party: Laurie's Story

“Oh man, another one of these things,” she thinks to herself, as she pulls the red envelope out of her mailbox. “How many ways can I say no?” She takes the stack of mail inside and plops it all down on the kitchen table. The little red […]

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