Forced From Home

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It was a chilly day 3 months ago. I had a warm coat, but the wind occasionally kicked up, making me wish I had one more layer on. I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect, but I was ushered into a fenced off area and told, “You have 30 seconds to decide what you’re taking…. Read more »

Do We Have to Understand Before We Intercede?

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  I must admit that there is a great deal that I do not understand about the civil war in Syria. I don’t understand what grievances the Syrian people had that led to this war, or for that matter what exactly set off the entire Arab Spring. I don’t understand why the US supports the… Read more »

The Purpose Filled Wedding

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Recently, I went to a fabulous wedding, truly one of the best ones ever. Like all Christ-centered weddings, it was filled with praise and worship, scripture, and the deep symbolism that facilitates the embedding of Truth into our hearts. I cried. I always do. It was beautiful and joyous, and a reminder of the love… Read more »

October in All Its Glory

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I woke up on Saturday with the shocking realization that it was already halfway through October. As a teacher and parent, September is a vast wasteland of trying to reconnect with my many roles as a working mother. Between the half dozen back to school events scattered throughout the month of September, packing lunches, wearing… Read more »

Where We Go From Here

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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 »

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

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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 »

Inclusion in the Church Age

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The entire story of the Bible, for all nations and all people, heads toward an invitation to inclusion, not exclusion. – Sara Gaston Barton Separation         We don’t know how long it took for paradise to be ruined, but it happened with a single incident.  Between “It was very good” and “The Lord God banished… Read more »

Restoring Hearts Ministries of Trenton

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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 »

Face Forward

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“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 »

Truly Flawless

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  Music can speak volumes to our souls. Particularly, if you’re like me, that can happen a lot. But sometimes there’s just one line that a song needs or that it has that doesn’t apply to your life. One of the reasons I love the MercyMe song “Flawless” is that it covers all the bases…. Read more »

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  • Lion at the Door

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    Tyndale’s publication, Church Around the World Bulletin, recently reported that human traffickers are targeting the disaster victims of Nepal, following this year’s devastating earthquake in that region. Traffickers, disguised as rescue workers, are luring people into sex slavery by means of promising them relief aid and housing. It seems almost as soon as legitimate support… Read more »

  • International Justice Mission

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      Walking into the offices of International Justice Mission’s headquarters in Washington, DC is like walking into any other business. There are offices and cubbies and the chatter of fingers firing away on keyboards.  But what is happening there is truly extraordinary. It is literally a place where lives are saved, families restored, prisoners set… Read more »

  • Slave Labor

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    I am a fourth grade teacher. I love so many things about my job, but my absolute favorite subject to teach is history. Each year, the fourth grade begins our study of American history with the Civil War. We discuss the issues that lead to the war, such as states’ rights, slavery and racism. It… Read more »

  • The Letter That Changed My Life

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    The journey into social justice for me began the summer of 2010 with a support letter. Support Letters: Any of you who have worked in ministry or have gone on a mission trip have probably written a few of these with hesitancy. You hate asking people for money, even though you know that your letter… Read more »

  • A Year of Justice

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    What is “A Year of Justice”? A Year of Justice is a one-year initiative designed to engage Christians in the fight against injustice, violence and oppression both locally and globally. Its threefold mission is to inform people of the issues of injustice, connect them to organizations already working to fight these injustices, and then empower… Read more »

  • ISIS on Our Watch

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    There is a great deal of evil and tragedy in this world, so much so that I believe we have become apathetic. The problems are so vast that we cannot imagine how doing anything could really make a difference. The problems are too far away or require skills that we do not possess; so we do nothing…. Read more »

  • Amazing Grace

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    Last night I witnessed something unspeakable. I sit with tears in my eyes even now as I write this. I have heard stories about the centuries old slave trade, heard about conditions on board the slave ships, seen posters advertising slave markets, and watched movies where such atrocities are shown, but none of that compared… Read more »

  • Why Hannah More

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    The problem with many of our heroes is that they are people we could never be. They are “other.” There is something about them that while we respect and wish to emulate we can never really be due of some circumstance out of our control. It was like that for me and William Wilberforce, the… Read more »

  • Interested in Joining the Team?

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    The Hannah More Project is in the early stages as we prepare to launch our website in the fall of 2015 with a Year of Justice. We are currently gathering a team of Christians dedicated to being a voice for the voiceless. Our project will bring awareness about issues of injustice, oppression, and violence in… Read more »