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Sticky but Hopeful

Sticky but Hopeful

I guess "milk and honey" is a good thing, but it sounds sticky to me. Do you all know the story of the Israelites? They had been slaves in Egypt for 400 years. God sent a man named Moses to get them out and lead them to a far off land He promised would be flowing with...

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Via Dolorosa

Via Dolorosa

"Via Dolorosa" means "Way of Suffering" and it's a remembrance of Jesus' route to the cross. I've expanded this reflection for my own personal use by combining the Gospel accounts from Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John into one continuous reading. Reminiscent of the...

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How to Love Your Neighbor Who Struggles With Depression

How to Love Your Neighbor Who Struggles With Depression

Guest post by Jess Leigh Hanna When I applied for The Book Proposal Bootcamp, I was looking for a book proposal. An added bonus I also received was an incredible support group of talented, passionate, articulate, hilarious, encouraging women who instantly became...

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How to H.E.L.P. Your Neighbor Achieve Racial Unity

How to H.E.L.P. Your Neighbor Achieve Racial Unity

And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.” And he said, “Go.” Isaiah 6:8-9My sweet friend Tiffany Edwards has been placed in an unexpected mission field that's a world apart... and also...

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Coronavirus Quiz

Coronavirus Quiz

We're all in this together, but we've had vastly different experiences dealing with COVID-19.   Reflect upon how the pandemic has affected you in the areas of personal loss, health and wellness, community, economic impact, vocation, and mental health. Check the...

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How to Love Your Neighbor in 2021

How to Love Your Neighbor in 2021

Special Bonus ChapterUPDATED FOR 2021PANDEMICS, PROTESTS, POLITICS & MOREThis decade is off to a rough start. So far, the 2020’s are marked by a deadly global pandemic, distressing racial tensions, divisive partisan politics, and white-knuckle economic...

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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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