What If This Is Your Year of Living Neighborly?

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When the religious authorities asked Jesus to reduce everything in the Bible into one command, He answered with two. The first is to love God with everything you have. The second, He said, is to love your neighbor as yourself.   What if He meant that we should love our actual neighbors? You know, the…

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What if Jesus Turned Up When You Wanted to Quit?

A woman rests her head on her hands, apparently struggling to persevere

I’ve dreamed of being published since I was a nine-year-old girl. That’s when I declared to my mom, “I’m going to write a book!” Yellow legal pad in hand I wrote 10 pages and gave up. I didn’t think it would be so hard. Years later, I’m still writing, though I’ve moved past legal pads.…

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How will your gift communicate a growing friendship?

A mother pushes a stroller past a piece of wall art which says – THE BEST GIFT IS YOU

December is a season of giving as gifts are exchanged at gatherings in homes like mine and probably yours. But the big kickoff — Black Friday — has become a tradition side by side with Thanksgiving and Christmas. Refreshingly, we met a woman who uses Black Friday to purchase poinsettias which she delivers all through…

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How To Share Your Faith This Thanksgiving

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Would you consider yourself an introvert or an extrovert? Sometimes when we hear about outreach or steps of faith or missional living, we can be tempted to think this is something for the outgoing people of the world who thrive on time with other people. But Jesus’ instruction to “love your neighbor” isn’t just for…

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How to Make a Habit of Neighboring

Have you ever noticed how much easier it is to start a new activity than it is to turn that activity into a habit in your life? Think about how many diets and exercise plans people start every January but forget about before Easter. We have good intentions when we start something new. But it’s…

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Why Is Befriending Your Neighbor A Step Of Faith?

Have you ever asked someone to be your neighbor? It’s a strange idea because neighbors are just there, whether we like it or not. We rarely, if ever, offer someone that invitation — so we don’t think of it as a step of faith. And yet if the Bible is true, it’s a step of…

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Here’s What You Might Have Missed on the Blog

Inspiration can be a tricky thing. Sometimes I experience moments of inspiration that fail to translate into consistent action or lasting changes in behavior. When that happens I can feel hopeless or guilty. Are you that way too? Maybe at church or Bible study you hear someone say, “I think God’s telling us we need…

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