Demonstrating Compassion to All

“Finally, all of you be harmonious, sympathetic,  affectionate, compassionate, and humble.”  (1 Peter 3:8, NET)  Last week, out of the blue, a classmate from almost 50 years ago contacted us. They were on their way to visit family in northern Idaho, pulling their travel trailer. For some time, they had been dealing with a “check…
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Becoming a Good Steward of His Resources

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master.’”  (Matthew 25:21, ESV) Last week we met and talked with a couple having repair work done on their 5th-wheel trailer. They spoke with such…
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To cease work … šābat … to rest

“By the seventh day God finished the work that he had been doing, and he ceased on the seventh day all the work that he had been doing.” (Genesis 2:2, NET) “He said to them, ‘Come with me privately to an isolated place and rest a while’….” (Mark 6:31, NET) God stopped his work; He…
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He Created Them as His Imagers

“So God created man as His imager,  in the image of God he created him;  male and female he created them.” (Genesis 1:27) Donnalee, the founder of Hope House, was orphaned and abused as a child. As she grew up, she promised God that if it were in her power, she would do everything she…
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A Good Reason for Our Fatigue (besides our age)

SOWERs volunteer to do whatever a project host needs done. This can be anything from painting, small building projects (up to major projects depending on SOWER manpower and skills available), to plumbing, electrical; you name it.  Upon arrival at a project, the group leader (the first person to sign up for the project is automatically…
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A New Season of Life

“For everything there is an appointed time, and an appropriate time for every activity on earth:” (Ecclesiastes 3:1, NET) Since 2003, we’ve been sending out our weekly requests for your Strategic Thoughts (prayers) for us, and Good News (answered prayers). You committed to pray for us, so we committed to give you something to pray for and rejoice…
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A Huge “Barn Sale”

“When you finish tithing all your income in the third year (the year of tithing),  you must give it to the Levites, the resident foreigners, the orphans,  and the widows so that they may eat to their satisfaction in your villages.”  (Deuteronomy 26:12) Hope House has five major revenue streams. They do not take government funds because to do…
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We Are Blessed

Taste and see that the Lord is good! How blessed is the one who takes shelter in him! (Psalm 34:8 NET) For the past year, since getting our bikes and carrying them in the trailer’s hitch, we’ve been concerned about the hitch design. It was only rated for 150#’s and we made sure we stayed…
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Using our History to Process the Present

As I (Bruce) have been reading through 1 Chronicles, Psalm 77, Psalm 78, and others, I was struck by how the authors used their history and past experiences to process their present situation. It helped give them courage and God-given wisdom to not give up; to keep going forward and to keep their focus on…
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What are we learning through all this?

“For everything there is an appointed time.” Do you really believe this?