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Sunday is comin'

April 5, 2017 |

Dr. Anthony Campolo is a well-known author, public speaker, and follower of Jesus.  Perhaps his most well-known sermon is "It's Friday but Sunday is Comin'."  Countless ministers have preached on this topic over the past 30 years or more.  The individuals who seek help from Home Sweet Home Ministries, along with everyone else, are living in a "Friday" world.  The sin and brokenness of the world weigh us down.  Sometimes …

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A Night in a Car

February 8, 2017 |

Psalm 4:8 - In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

On February 3, 50 people of all ages gathered in the parking lot at Trinity Lutheran Church in Bloomington to spend the night in their cars.  The temperature dipped to 16 degrees.  Our Chief Operating Officer, Matt Burgess, said, "I was uncomfortable, unprepared, alone, and in the end exhausted - …

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Ever Faithful

January 20, 2017 |

Psalm 100:5 – For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.

Think of the generations that have come and gone during Home Sweet Home’s 100 year history.  God’s goodness, love, and faithfulness endure forever!  They existed long before Home Sweet Home was founded and they will continue for generations to come.  During this Centennial year, we are celebrating the many ways in …

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Great Joy

December 23, 2016 |

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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Building Up

October 14, 2016 |

1 Thessalonians 5:11 - Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.

Home Sweet Home Ministries' new mission statement says, " Home Sweet Home Ministries demonstrates Christ's love through innovative approaches that instill hope, restore lives, and build community."  At a recent all-staff meeting our employees shared examples of how this mission statement is fulfilled every day.  It is a joy to participate …

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Every day is Labor Day

September 2, 2016 |

1 Thessalonians 1:3 – We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.


As our nation celebrates Labor Day, I celebrate all those who labor at HSHM in every capacity.  We have some people at HSHM who are …

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Ask and you shall receive

August 26, 2016 |

Matthew 7:7-8  “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”


The OSF Shoe Drive asked for shoes and shoes were received.  We …

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August 12, 2016 |

Psalm 98:5 – Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre, with the lyre and the sound of melody.

I have the best job in the world.  I work with the best people in the world.  I can sit at my desk and see a huge red and white sign that tells me “Jesus Cares” anytime of the day or night.  I hear the sounds of children echoing through the …

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School's Out!

June 17, 2016 |

Matthew 19:14 – “Let the little children come to me.”


Last week several children from HSHM attended KampOut at Vale Church in Bloomington.  One morning I heard a young boy in our lobby announce, “My backpack is packed and I am ready to go!”  He was so excited to be going to this event.  It does my …

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Happy Mother's Day!

May 6, 2016 |

Happy Mother's Day!

A photo of Home Sweet Home in 1918 captures a prominent placard that reads, "How long since you wrote to Mother?"  Our founder, Billy Shelper, had a great affection for his own mother and encouraged others to express love and appreciation for their mothers.  Today we have 6 mothers and 21 children residing at Home Sweet Home.  We have 2 mothers and 5 children participating in our Bridge of Hope program …

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