Neighborhood News

The Cure for Insecurity

If you truly want to follow the command of Jesus in Mark 12:31, to “love your neighbor as yourself,” you’ve got to fully receive the love the Father has for you and believe You are valuable to Him.

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How to Love Your Marginalized Neighbor

Jesus yearned for the hearts of the marginalized—about the forgotten, isolated, shunned, and persecuted people. Throughout the Gospels and the totality of Scripture God’s heart for the people on the outskirts of society is evident. God incarnate—Jesus himself—was even...

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Are You A Part of the Neighborhood Welcoming Committee?

My family recently moved into a new neighborhood, one with a lot of history. Many of the neighbors have lived on the block for over fifteen years so we were intimidated by the friendships that were already established before our time. We had big plans to introduce...

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How to Love Your Hurting Neighbor

Guest post by Sarah Beckman Last year, as I was finalizing plans for my book release, working harder than ever to balance work demands and family needs, I went through a very dark, personal trial. I prayed every way I knew how, and confided in a handful of trusted...

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How to Love Your Neighbor in a Sharing Economy

Have you ever stayed at a vacation rental through a service like Airbnb or VRBO - Vacation Rentals By Owner? I have, and I've really enjoyed it! But have you ever considered what a whole town full of vacation rentals does to our sense of community? My friends at...

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When God Doesn’t Make Sense

Are you kidding me? Why should I be kind when the world is so cruel? Who will watch out for me if I'm always putting others first? What will I give my own family if I give everything away to others? It doesn't make sense. She knows how you feel. We don't even know her...

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Neighborhood Cafe Bible Study Recommendations

How to Love Your Hurting Neighbor

Guest post by Sarah Beckman Last year, as I was finalizing plans for my book release, working harder than ever to balance work demands and family needs, I went through a very dark, personal trial. I prayed every way I knew how, and confided in a handful of trusted...

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Books that Build Relationships: Alongside

If any of you have gone through a trial, you understand the impact others have on your healing process. You may have also experienced the tough conversations that were more harmful than helpful. We are all imperfect in the area of comforting others which is why we...

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Books that Build Relationships: the year of small things

Warning: by living a “radical faith” you may start a mini-revolution in your neighborhood. As I read the charges from Christ in Matthew 25 to feed the hungry, to welcome the stranger, to clothe the poor, and visit those in prison, I begin to feel a sense of guilt. I...

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Recipes

Soup-er Bowl Party!

If you've been waiting for the perfect excuse to love your neighbor, it's coming up soon! On Sunday, February 5 at 6:30 PM EST on FOX, the New England Patriots will take on the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI. This is one day when everyone loves football!  Host a...

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Amy’s Tuscan Bean Soup

This soup is simple and hearty, and very healthy! It's vegan and can be made gluten-free, and I promise you won't miss a thing. Serve with a salad and bread for a delicious meal. Amy's Tuscan Bean Soup     Saute in a large stock pot over medium heat for 5...

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Joan’s Apple and Pear Pies

I met Joan through this ministry, and she often sends me endearing emails about her neighbors. She and her husband have chosen their home because of the needs of their immediate neighbors and their community. They are homeowners and landlords, active volunteers and...

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