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Written by Carrie Woodward
Giving Rhythms and the Spirit of Generosity

My Lemonade Stand Story When I was around eight years old, my best friend and I set up a lemonade stand on the end of her street. We spent the bulk of the day standing in the grass on the side of the road. We smiled, waved our… Read More

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How to Build a Culture of Peace

Written by Megan Roberts

When I was younger, I thought the best way to live peacefully was to never disagree with anyone. Disagreement could lead to conflict and conflict could be uncomfortable and messy. As I grew older, I realized that never disagreeing wasn’t the best path. Voicing my concern (for myself or others) was sometimes the only path that led to… Read More

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How Your Giving Can Affirm Worth Instead Of Inspiring Shame

Written by Carrie Woodward

A Story from My Childhood There are a few stories from my childhood that often get retold around the dinner table when I go home for holidays. Most are pretty innocent and only mildly embarrassing. Then there’s the time my mom filled a glass vase with fresh flowers… Read More

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Written by Carrie Woodward
How Do You Count People In Poverty?

How Do You Count People In Poverty? The Economist commented in October 2015, “The number of poor people is declining, but the data are fuzzy.” Finally, The Economist concludes, “Counting the poor, it seems, is almost… Read More

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Add Your Prayers to the Praises of Children Around the World

Written by Carrie Woodward

Have You Prayed for the Vulnerable Today? Ephesians 6 encourages Christians, “Put on the whole armor of God” (Ephesians 6:11 ESV). His truth, His peace, the gift of faith, the power of the Holy Spirit, and the Word of the Lord, empowers Christians to face all the brokenness… Read More

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4 Ways to Grow Closer to God During Lent

Written by Beth Allen

We often think of Lent as the time of year when we give something up.  But what if, instead, we made changes in habits instead? What if we took up something, rather than gave something up? When I lived in San Antonio, Texas, I attended the annual re-enactment of Christ’s… Read More

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Written by Ed Hatch
For Spiritual Development, Ask Hard Questions

Success in any context requires overcoming obstacles. In our work life or in our spiritual life, to achieve or accomplish anything significant means doing hard things. Doing hard things means asking hard questions. The struggle is part of the transformation. This is as true for organizations as it is for… Read More

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See As God Sees

Written by Staff Writer

The author in Psalm 10 conveys feelings many of us can relate to today. He mourns the evil in the world, the pain and suffering caused by wicked people. He expresses frustration over the prevalence of evil and doubt in God’s active presence. Why, Lord, do you stand far off?… Read More

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Lent: From Event to Journey

Written by Beth Allen

The old joke asks, ”Why did the chicken cross the road?” The punch line is so basic that a young child gets it. Everybody knows, even a chicken wants to go somewhere. The chicken has a plan and it has to travel, for that plan to come to fruition. On… Read More

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Written by Sarah Rutledge
Why Does Lent Matter?

In two days, many churches will observe Ash Wednesday. It’s considered one of the most important days on the liturgical calendar. Ash Wednesday opens Lent (March 1-April 13 this year), which is a holy season of 40 days marked by repentance, fasting and prayer. The time culminates with… Read More

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Food for Your Family Devotional Series

Written by whiteboard

FREE Devotional For Subscribers Biblical insights from the experts on conquering life’s trials—God’s way! Start 2016 right with Food for the Hungry’s new family email devotionals. We’re beginning January looking at how you can develop the Fruits of the Spirit. First… Read More

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