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Where We Go From Here

Seeking justice without worship leaves us attending to the second greatest commandment by bypassing the first. This pathway risks the unveiling of a new kind of legalism in our hearts. This new legalism is expressed in a ruthless pursuit of justice that stems from a heart that has not itself been examined for its own… Read more »

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A Mile Wide: A book review (or sort of)

Thirty years ago, I gave my life to Jesus. I was just 13 years old. Growing up in a Christian home, I had attended church and Sunday school, VBS, and sang in the choir. I had believed in Jesus my entire life, and I had faithfully done all that Christians were suppose to do. Then,… Read more »

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Restoring Hearts Ministries of Trenton

Restoring Hearts Ministries  of Trenton is in the business of bringing hope to the hopeless by shining the light of Jesus Christ into the darkness through evangelism and relationship-building. As Christians we have been called to love, which Restoring Hearts does through service to the least of these.  As servants of Christ we go where… Read more »

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Face Forward

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”  Luke 22:31 – 32 The heavy sound of old rusty metal scraped along the ground as the gate opened. The high tone of intersecting… Read more »

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Book Review: Half the Sky

Book Review: Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide “Women hold up half the sky”- Chinese proverb Half the Sky, is the national bestseller by Pulitzer Prize winning authors Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. Kristof and WuDunn take readers around the world, looking at the lives of women in nations like… Read more »

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Encourager: Trade of Hope in Haiti

I’m pretty sure I could write enough about my sudden trip to Haiti to fill up the entire Encourager and it still would not do the experience justice. And yet, I can encompass the experience with one word: Beautiful. My application essay began, “I have seen enough poverty to last a lifetime, and I’m not… Read more »

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Help for Single Parents: Part 2- The Long Haul

Single parenting doesn’t end when the sympathy cards stop arriving or the legal documents are finally signed. Single parents continue to parent through the mundane and the glorious for years to come. Even if a remarriage occurs and a second set of hands is in the house, there are things that will always be a… Read more »

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Help for Single Parents: Part 1- The Initial Need

When people in our life are struggling, it is natural for us to want to help them. We want to ease their burden, take away their pain, and make everything better. We want them to feel better, and we hope we’ll feel better if we can somehow make them feel better. Sometimes we feel this… Read more »

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“Widows Need More Hugs”

At my local women’s Bible study, an elderly widow stood up. In tears, she timidly let out a secret. “I miss my husband and nobody touches me anymore. I come here hoping someone will squeeze my hand or hold my shoulder once a week,” she said, “Young women, widows need more hugs.” I cried. This… Read more »

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Listening to our Neighbors

The beginning chapters of the Book of Acts are fascinating.  The birth of the church in first century Palestine with all the intrigue of mass conversions, bold preaching, the power of the Holy Spirit combined with arrests, threats, persecutions and stoning gives us a stunning picture of what it must have been like.  But an… Read more »