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2018Feb09

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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2017Dec21

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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2017Oct05

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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2017Sep05

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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2017Jul10

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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2017Jul03

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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2017Jun08

100 years old and still growing

June 8, 2017 |

Gardeners all over our community are growing fresh vegetables that will help our Bread for Life Food Co-op members grow healthy in many ways.  Their diets will be enriched with home-grown vegetables and their lives will be enriched through the growth of social connections and capability.  Appreciation of the growth potential for all people is a primary reason that Home Sweet Home Ministries has been growing strong for the past …

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2017May01

Let the Children Come

May 1, 2017 |

Luke 8: 16  "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these." 

Home Sweet Home Ministries has 18 children staying in our shelter with their parents at this time.  The halls are ringing with their laughter and activity.  The children and their parents are trying to cope with past loss and trauma while adjusting to their new environment.  …

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2017Apr05

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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2017Feb08

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