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How to Love Your Neighbor at College

How to Love Your Neighbor at College

This correspondence is from a new friend who's in college. Shared with her permission, here are some tips for how to love your neighbor when living in a relatively transient community like a college dorm room. Hi, Amy! This past summer, I worked at Spring Canyon, and...

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As Above, So Below

As Above, So Below

OK, so we've got this "love thy neighbor" thing down. It won't ever be mastered, but we get it. But what about the two other characters in the Greatest Commandments - God, and me? Jesus answered, “The most important [command] is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the...

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The Cure for Insecurity

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

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?

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

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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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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