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More or Less by Jeff Shinabarger

By on Feb 20, 2018 in Book Reviews, Generosity | 0 comments

More or Less: Choosing a Lifestyle of Excessive Generosity by Jeff Shinabarger My rating: 4 of 5 stars Jeff Shinabarger tells the story of how he moved to a new home in Atlanta and the neighborhood welcoming committee showed up on his doorstep. It was a homeless guy named Clarence who was eager to let the new neighbor know he was “looking for work.” Jeff suddenly saw his life through Clarence’s eyes and realized he had an overabundance of almost everything. This change in perspective caused Jeff and his wife to engage in a series of social experiments. For instance, after receiving a credit-card bill in January they realized they had overspent at Christmas and didn’t have the means to pay the bill. They cut back their spending and decided to see if they could go for an entire month by eating only the food in the house. They lasted seven weeks without going to the grocery store. The...

My Prayer for More Than 20 Million Street Children in South Asia

By on Sep 2, 2015 in Crazy Grace Blog | 3 comments

Father, I am grateful for all your blessings, including home, family, peace, safety, food, and clothing. Many people around the world don’t have the comfort and security of these basics. I’m particularly concerned about the children of South Asia who live alone on the streets. In the Name of Jesus . . . Protect them from all harm, including the predators seeking to abduct them and sell them into forced labor. Protect the girls from being sold into sexual slavery. Blind the evildoers to the presence of these children. Let the children escape their grasp and slip through their fingers. Put a wall of safety around the children. Ease their fears. And please do not let their hearts become hardened. Turn their tender hearts toward you as their Father, Friend, and Protector. Feed them so they will know your loving provision. Fill their little stomachs. Provide food from unexpected places so...

Will You Take Five Minutes to Pray for Earthquake Survivors in Nepal?

By on Jun 4, 2015 in Crazy Grace Blog | 0 comments

When a disaster of any type occurs, people are immediately concerned and offer to help, but as time goes on, the urgency lessens from the perspective of the giver. But for those who are experiencing the aftermath of a disaster, the trauma goes on long after most people have forgotten and moved on to some other sensational news item. As Christians, we must force ourselves to continue looking, paying attention, and praying, even when we feel “tired of” whatever topic seems like old news. The earthquakes in Nepal may start slipping out of the headlines. It may not seem exciting, intense, and urgent anymore. But it is still a very real and devastating situation. Countless lives have been forever altered by this event. They have lost families, homes, jobs–everything. And 99% of the population doesn’t know Jesus. What Do You Know about Nepal? In this mountainous land...

Can One Dollar Make a Difference? Jon Weece (@jonweece) Explains the Dollar Club

By on May 23, 2015 in Crazy Grace Blog | 0 comments

The Dollar Club A dollar doesn’t sound like much, but it adds up. If you gave someone a dollar, it might not go very far. But if one hundred people gave the same person a dollar, that’s something. And the numbers can grow beyond that if more people are involved or if people give a dollar more often. That’s the premise put forth by Jon Weece in his book, Jesus Prom. I liked his idea so much, I wanted to share it with you. Who knows? Maybe you can find a way to apply this to your circle of influence at work, home, school, church, or sports team. Maybe you can make a difference with a dollar.   Book Excerpt If one person asks me to help them and I give them one dollar, that dollar does not have the potential to change that one person’s life. But what if ten people each gave one dollar to one person in need? Or what if one hundred people each gave one dollar to one person in need? Or what...

Fill an Action Pack for a Persecuted Christian Who Lost Everything

By on May 22, 2015 in Crazy Grace Blog | 0 comments

ISIS, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups around the world are driving Christians away from their homes. Still other people, just by becoming Christian, are rejected by family and community and forced to leave to start a new life. Displacement and devastation (homes burned, etc.) are traumatic experiences, especially when coupled with the threat of death.     The Voice of the Martyrs has staff members in strategic locations to help Christians through the trials of persecution. Among other things, they distribute “Action Packs” that include various essentials for survival. When we see a brother or sister in need, we are responsible for taking action to help. For this reason, the survival packs are called Action Packs. They provide a tangible way for Christians to put their faith into action by obeying God’s Word: Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food...