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8 Days of Giving: Day 5 – Goat

Thank you for joining us for 8 Days of Giving. My family is giving 8 gifts from the FH gift catalog this Christmas season, will you join us? Read Day 4 here. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a […]

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8 Days of Giving: Day 4 – Water Filter

In this story, Jesus stopped at Jacob's Well in the town of Samaria called Sychar and asked a Samaritan woman for a drink. This woman was an outcast in her own community and someone a Jew wouldn't normally talk to. Something special happened on this meeting though, she became the first person in the Gospel of John to recognize Jesus as the Messiah.

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8 Days of Giving: Day 3 – Vegetable Seeds

Elimelech and Naomi were Israelites who went to live in Moab during a famine. Moab was a land inhabited by people who worshipped many gods, not the one true God. While there, their two sons married Moabite women, Orpah and Ruth. When Naomi's husband and two sons died, she pleaded with her daughters-in-law to go their own way and Orpah did. Ruth, however, wouldn't leave her mother-in-law. She vowed to remain with her and to worship the one true God. She returned to Judah with Naomi.

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8 Days of Giving: Day 2 – Deworm 1,000 Children

Thank you for joining us for 8 Days of Giving. My family is giving 8 gifts from the FH gift catalog this season, will you join us? Read Day 1 here. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,  who comforts us in […]

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8 Days of Giving: Plastic Shoes

Every Christmas, my family shops the FH gift catalog to select gifts for those in need. We have six kids who love a chance to give and offer unique perspectives on the products in the gift catalog. This is an opportunity for them to see how our gifts can make an impact in others’ lives. […]

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Somebody Needs You

What is compassion? Compassion literally means “suffering together.” It is defined as the feeling that arises when you are confronted with another person’s suffering and you feel motivated to help relieve that suffering. Compassion is when those feelings and thoughts include the desire to help. When we feel compassion, our heart rate slows, feelings of […]

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The Value of the Widow’s Mite

There is, perhaps, no story that reflects the true spirit of Christmas more than the one found in Mark 12:41-44 — the story of the Widow’s Mite. The key to the quality of her giving was summed up best when Jesus said, “The others gave out of their wealth, but she gave out of her poverty.” Frequently, we […]

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Taking Stock of Your Year-End Giving

Connecting my year-end festivities with year-end gifts “Wow, does that smell good! Ooh, that cranberry stuff looks great! Yum, that stuffing and gravy is downright delicious!” On the scrumptious days when I’m thoroughly enjoying Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner and the many leftover forms it takes on the days following, my mind will also turn to […]

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Random Acts of Kindness – What Can You Do Today?

Perhaps someone has paid for your coffee on your morning breakfast run, or perhaps a stranger compliments you on your new shirt when you’re in line at the bank. These small “random acts of kindness” or RAOKs are one of the little things in life that bring a smile to your face. If they make […]

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Different Cultures – Different Problems – Similar Solutions

Wouldn’t it be wonderful, if when we were sick, we could go to one place, take one pill and have that one pill solve any sickness that we have? I don’t know if that will ever happen in the realm of healthcare, but there are cures for many of the issues of life that people […]

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