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The power of prayer

December 14, 2018 |

1 Timothy 2:1 – First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone.

Prayer is powerful.  Prayer changes people and outcomes.  One of Home Sweet Home Ministries’ faithful donors has requested prayers for her grandfather, Charles, who is in fragile health.  I invite you to join me in praying for Charles, his family, and all who are involved in his care.  Who are you …

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Everything has become new!

October 12, 2018 |

2 Corinthians 5:17 – So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!

Home Sweet Home Ministries recently launched its Rapid Rehousing Program   Already two people have found housing through the program.  The financial assistance component of Rapid Rehousing makes it possible for participants to leave behind outstanding utility bills, past evictions, and poor rental histories.  The program …

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Growing like Jesus

August 24, 2018 |

Luke 2:52 – And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and man.

As a young person, I participated in a camp whose mission was drawn from this Bible verse, with an emphasis on mental, physical, spiritual, and social growth.  Having launched into the new school year, I am mindful of the many ways in which these four areas of growth are central to life at HSHM.  …

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June 27, 2018 |

Galatians 5:1 - For freedom Christ has set us free.  Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery.

The yearning for freedom speaks to the human spirit.  The Christian faith offers freedom from the weight of sin and freedom to love others as God has loved us.  At Home Sweet Home Ministries, we help our residents discover freedom from the burdens of debt, broken relationships, and separation …

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Day and Night

February 9, 2018 |

Genesis 1:5 – God called the light Day and the darkness he called Night.  And there was evening and there was morning, the first day.

On February 2, 100 brave souls spent the night away from their warm and comfortable homes and beds.  They spent the night in their cars, raising awareness of homelessness in our community and raising funds for the services we provide at HSHM.  I praise God for …

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Great Joy!

December 21, 2017 |

Luke 2:10 - 11: "Do not be afraid.  I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people.  Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord." The above quoted Scripture was said by the angels to the shepherds on the night that Christ was born in Bethlehem.  Christ's coming into the world continues to be …

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Love One Another

October 5, 2017 |

John 13:35 – “By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Thursdays are my days to go into the men’s and women’s lounges before lunch to pray with our residents.  Last Thursday, as I approached one of our residents and asked him if he had any prayer requests, he offered to pray for me and with me.  We held hands and …

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Stand Firm

September 5, 2017 |

Matthew 7:25 – The rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on rock.


The people affected by Hurricane Harvey and other natural disasters are on our minds and in our prayers.  When the storms of life come our way, …

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Sharing God's blessings

July 10, 2017 |

Luke 3:11 – John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.”


This verse could have been written for HSHM!  As I strolled through Mission Mart’s parking lot sale on July 7 I was struck by the powerful service that we offer, to allow …

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A Familiy Reunion

July 3, 2017 |

Hebrews 13:1 – Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters.


About 200 “brothers and sisters” gathered on July 1 at Miller Park in Bloomington to celebrate our kinship and connection through the work that God has been doing at HSHM over the past 100 years.  It was marvelous to be surrounded by this huge family.  The …

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Be joyful in HOPE, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayerRomans 12:12