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Green trees, cool water, a gentle breeze...the perfect place to sit at the feet of the Master and learn. Jesus taught so often on the shoreline, and He's still speaking today.

This is where I share the lessons He teaches me, often during the time I spend on the shores of a local lake. I don't have all the answers...and some days I don't have any. But I go here when I need to draw near to Him in a tangible way. Come with me...

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Adventures in Community Outreach - Support Your Local Food Pantry

Earlier this month I wrote about growing a donation garden to feed the hungry in your community. You may have read that and thought "great idea, but I've got no _______ fill in the blank (land, time, ability, etc.)

This time out at Circlesoffaith.org, I share some of what I've learned about the needs of food pantries. If you're looking for a simple way to serve, especially as a family, this is something to consider...

Deuteronomy 15:11 “For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you,
saying, you shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.”

Every day I work with people who are forced to make choices.

Pay their rent, or buy food.

Put gas in the car, or buy food.

Keep the lights on, or buy food.

They are students, retired, disabled, divorced, married, unemployed, and underemployed people.

They are your neighbors, co-workers, friends, fellow church members, and maybe even family members.

With 1.2 million food insecure people in New Jersey alone, you very likely know someone
making these types of tough decisions.

So what can one person do in the face of such an overwhelming problem? Find out here.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Adventures in Community Outreach: Seeds of Love

In my Adventures in Community Outreach posts I've shared some of my experiences with single day outreaches or short-term, large scale projects broken down into small group activities.

Today's offering is a little different. How We Can Sow Seeds of Love, a guest post on Circlesoffaith.org, is about a longer term commitment. It's also about trusting God's leading when you feel the prompting of His Spirit - even if you don't think you have the needed gifts to complete the task

"I'm not a gardener. Over the years I've put the occasional tomato plant in the ground with mixed results. I have a black thumb when it comes to house plants. But despite my lack of expertise, the idea took hold in my heart - I knew it was from God."

Join me here for the rest of the story about the little donation garden that grew...