Hot Lunch and Syrian Refugees
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Back in 1991 my wife and I leased an old red brick building in downtown Nampa, Idaho, as our art studio. For $200/month we got 5,000 square feet of space on the second floor of a 100-year-old building, including a large room we used as our photo studio. After a year we ended up hiring … [Click to read more …]

What Are You Worth?
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He gave justice and help to the poor and needy, and everything went well for him. Isn’t that what it means to know me?” says the Lord. Jeremiah 22:16 NLT George W. Jenkins not only began his Publix grocery store incorporation during the depression, but he also set up several foundations and charities so that even after his … [Click to read more …]

Significance of One Ordinary Person
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People Fellowshiping With Jesus Outside of Church

History is full of the stories of great people who have had a monumental influence on the history of their church, their country or the world. But what about ordinary people – people like you and me? Most of us probably know at least intellectually that Christ would have died for just one sinner – … [Click to read more …]

Confessions of a Rich Bible Worker
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“And all the believers met together in one place and shared everything they had.  They sold their property and possessions and shared the money with those in need. They worshiped together at the Temple each day, met in homes for the Lord’s Supper, and shared their meals with great joy and generosity.” Acts 2:44-46 NLT As a … [Click to read more …]

A Bottle of Oil
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It was November, 1966. My husband was in the Army and I was at home with our young son. Our second child was due in January. The princely sum of $183.10 a month (the Army allotment for dependents) didn’t go very far. First, I would lay aside the tithe, then the house payment of $64. … [Click to read more …]

Do You Pay Tithe?
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Tithe and offerings

Should you pay tithe? I don’t think so. I think paying tithe is a heathen practice. (Please stay with me to the end.) Here’s why: Paying tithe presupposes that I have goods or money that I wish to exchange for goods or services. Paying something (offering) to a deity in exchange for grace or favor … [Click to read more …]

The Innkeeper Did Have Room for Jesus!
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And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7 When the story of the birth of Jesus is told, the innkeeper often gets a bum wrap. How could you not have room for … [Click to read more …]

Visions of Hope (Zechariah)
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“This is what the Lord Almighty said: ‘Administer true justice; show mercy and compassion to one another. Do not oppress the widow or the fatherless, the foreigner or the poor. Do not plot evil against each other.’” Zechariah 7:9-10, NIV  An oft-recurring theme with the Minor Prophets and echoed again with Zechariah is the plight … [Click to read more …]

First Things First! (Haggai)
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“Is it a time for you yourselves to be living in your paneled houses, while this house remains a ruin?” Haggai 1:4, NIV Very old ruins have held a romantic fascination for me. When I walk beside the ruined walls, I wonder what stories could they tell of lives lived long ago. What hopes and … [Click to read more …]