Bernita’s Blog

The Gift of Hospitality

The Gift of Hospitality “Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers…” (Hebrews 13:1-2a) By Bernita Tuinenga, Executive Director of Volunteers In Service: Imagine approaching a church as a total stranger and asking permission to...

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Grace or Disgrace

  This time of year always stirs in me a vast array of emotions. I find myself unable to fathom the amount of torture, pain, suffering, humility, disgrace and inhumane behavior that occurred leading up to the crucifixion and death of God’s perfect son, Jesus. Harder yet is to grasp that ...

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The Gift of Presence

“This is how God showed his love among us: He sent His one and only Son into the world that we might live through Him.”  1 John 4:9   I love this time of year when we get to celebrate God’s amazing gift!   Out of His deep love for us, God gave His one and only Son and as Chris...

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The Dangers of Enabling

A Christian Perspective   I don’t think I leave a diaconate conversation without hearing about the struggle deacons face regarding helping vs. hurting, enabling vs. empowering, rebuking vs. compassion. Whatever words we use to describe the debate, the fact is deacons are in the battle eve...

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It’s All About the Heart

What can I give him, poor as I am. If I were a shepherd, I would bring a lamb. If I were a wiseman, I would do my part. Yet what can I give him, give Him my HEART. It’s the time of year when we hear a lot about “giving;” in our churches, letters in the mail, and just about any plac...

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