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Our Refugee Story: moving from stranger to friend

I put this short video together that highlights through pictures the last 9 years of life and ministry revolving around the work to welcome, serve, support and celebrate refugees.

You will begin by seeing us in our first church prayer meeting on 5th ave, a prayer that ended up intertwining us into the plight of the Karen people of Burma through the connections and documentary film of my brother Matt Blauer. Through his work and with the help of World Relief, my family hosted the first Karen family to Spokane. Moonlight’s family of 5 moved into our home and that began a journey that has led to places we would of never dreamed. 

You will see pictures taken that show the center of our work with the Karen but also the expanding work that has reached out to many other ethnic groups from Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa, Cuba and others.

You will see our community garden and Community Resource Center where we assist refugees and former refugees in all the challenges and opportunties facing them as they figure out a new life in America.

You will see some pictures of our mission trips to refugee camps and villages along the border of Thailand and Burma. Trips where we visited family member of our friends, witnessed first hand life in the camps and were able to build bridges for future ministry.

You will see shots of our life together that touches all the goodness we all celebrate like food, nature, learning, creating and work, as well as outreaches in our neighborhood that we’ve done together.

You will see the wonderful director Sue Beck and her staff and volunteers that come from churches, colleges and businesses.

This is a small attempt to celebrate the goodness God has shown us through the ministry of love, hospitality and service. It’s been the most challenging work i’ve ever done and some of the most rewarding. I hope it sparks an interest in crossing the cultural boundaries that exist and discovering the joy of friendship that awaits those willing to serve.

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Jesus, Giving and the Widow’s last penny.

A quick update from Margaret Nelson, our friend on mission in Uganda and then a surprising look at giving from the standpoint of Jesus and the widows in Jerusalem. This message contains the core thoughts about giving as I see them in the New Testament. Hopefully it will be liberating and helpful to navigate the tithe based teaching and the prosperity based teaching so prevalent in the church today.

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Are You Blessed?

In reading through the Bible as a church, we have come across the texts that connect prosperity with God’s blessing. This idea has often been at the root of a lot of bad theology, accusations from skeptics and misunderstanding in life. We tackle this subject in this sermon and hopefully provide something that will help you think clearly about an often confusing idea.

Genesis 39:2-3, 5: “The LORD was with Joseph, so he succeeded in everything he did as he served in the home of his Egyptian master. Potiphar noticed this and realized that the LORD was with Joseph, giving him success in everything he did.”

“From the day Joseph was put in charge of his master’s household and property, the LORD began to bless Potiphar’s household for Joseph’s sake. All his household affairs ran smoothly, and his crops and livestock flourished.”

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Podcast: 9 Ancient Biblical Principles From The Story of Sarah

Proverbs 30:21-23

There are three things that make the earth tremble—no, four it cannot endure:

-a slave who becomes a king,

-an overbearing fool who prospers,

-a bitter woman who finally gets a husband,

-a servant girl who supplants her mistress.

1. Most Men Don’t Know Where They Are Going: Hebrews 11:8

2. Do whatever Your Wife tells You to do: Genesis 21:12

3. You are Never To Old To Experience the Promises of God: Genesis 18:14

4. Trust God to Fulfill God’s Word: Genesis 15:12,17

5. Stop Trying to Fulfill God’s Promises in Your Own Way: Genesis 16:1-3

6. Trust in “The God Who Sees You”: Genesis 16:13-14

7. Trust those in Authority God placed Around You: Genesis 17

8. Trust God to Speak to You in His Timing: 25 Years: Genesis 18:10-15

9. Separate from Whatever God says to Sever: Genesis 21:10-12

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