Neighborhood News

How to Love Your Hurting Neighbor

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

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

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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Books that Build Relationships: Alongside

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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How to Love Your Single Neighbor

How to Love Your Single Neighbor

Guest Blog by Alicia Hudson Welcome back, Alicia, as she shares from the heart (and from the school of hard knocks) how to love your single neighbor. Whether you have good intentions or are at a loss, her tips will help you connect with the singles on your street....

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Who are Your Quiet Times for?

Who are Your Quiet Times for?

Most Christians have heard of the term “spiritual discipline” which usually conjures up thoughts of hours alone meditating on Scripture and praying. Growing up, I had a  Sunday School teacher who would call my house in the middle of the week to ask how my Bible...

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Neighborhood Cafe Bible Study Recommendations

Books that Build Relationships: Building Your House

Books that Build Relationships: Building Your House

Chaos. Pure chaos. You know what I'm talking about: papers all over the kitchen counter, donation bags still by the back door, and shoes missing their pair. Shannon Upton believes faithful moms don’t have to live in a chaotic state. The author of Building Your House,...

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How to Love Your Weird Neighbor (and a giveaway!)

How to Love Your Weird Neighbor (and a giveaway!)

A random roommate assignment introduced me to one of my dearest friends, Cindy Bultema. I was quickly drawn to her contagious smile and deep love for Jesus - although her affinity for sprinkling our room with confetti was a little strange. I'm delighted to host Cindy...

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Books that Build Relationships: Nothing to Prove

Books that Build Relationships: Nothing to Prove

Before 10am there are already a list of things telling me I’m not enough. I am behind on laundry, I did not meet a work deadline and I choose to eat a donut rather than avocado toast for breakfast. To turn my insufficiencies around, I try harder. I people please. I...

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Recipes

Cheese Pies {for sharing!}

Cheese Pies {for sharing!}

I'm privileged to live a short drive away from Holmes County, Ohio, where tourist flock to visit genuine Amish farms and businesses. There are also many Amish families living near my community in Lancaster, Ohio – not to be confused with Pennsylvania Dutch country in...

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Chocolate Espresso Chew

Chocolate Espresso Chew

I met this chewy, fudgy chocolate cookie with espresso and walnuts at the Firehook Bakery and Coffee House on Pennsylvania Avenue, just steps from the United States Capitol in Washington, DC. Thank you to the Washington Post for whittling down the original...

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Caprese Dip Neighborhood Cafe Recipe

Caprese Dip Neighborhood Cafe Recipe

Caprese Salad - with its ripe tomatoes, fresh mozzarella cheese and fresh basil - is one of my favorites. This recipe combines the same simple flavors in a warm dip served on crunchy baguette. Caprese Dip 8 oz. diced mozzarella cheese 1 cup diced tomatoes 1/4 cup...

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