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A Lifetime of New Beginnings

Spectacular New Year's Day FireworksI think that one of the reasons why people view a new year as such a big deal is that we all long for new beginnings and a fresh start. I know I have bad and unhealthy habits I’d like to get rid of and improvements I'd like to make. I'm not alone, judging by all the resolutions people make. Maybe those resolutions are a subtle recognition that we recognize things in ourselves are not what they should be. Kind of like our relationship with God. Our rebellion (sin) has broken our connection to Him, and we desperately need that to change.

God has made it possible to have a personal relationship with Him by offering the blood of His only Son, Jesus, to pay for our sins. All we need to do is put our faith in Jesus and in His finished work of redemption for us (If you'd like to know more about how this works, please send us an email. We'd be honored to answer any questions you may have.). One of the cool things about being a follower of Christ is that he doesn't just change our relationship with Him, He changes US. In fact, the believer in Christ is being made new day-by-day. Every day truly is a new beginning for a Christian. Here's how the Bible explains it:

  • Revelation 21:5"And He (Jesus) who sits on the throne said, "Behold, I am making all things new." And He said, "Write, for these words are faithful and true.'" (NASB)

  • 2 Corinthians 5:15"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. (NKJV - emphasis mine)

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The Power and Hope Behind Service Ministries

The triumph over death and resurrection of Jesus is the good news that drives service ministries like ours, and many of our financial supporters, to love our neighbor in practical ways. He also pushes back the corruption of sin where houses, lives and hopes are in decline, while offering the promise of a permanent new home where “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.” (Revelation 21:4, ESV). This is good news for anyone still alive, as we have the opportunity to repent and believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior and God. The resurrection does three things that can radically change our lives and perspectives:

1) It fulfills Jesus’ many prophecies regarding Himself: In the words of Matthew, “From that time Jesus began to show his disciples that he must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things . . . and be killed, and on the third day be raised.” (Matthew 16:21, ESV)

2) The power of God over death was demonstrated: “But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.” (1 Corinthians 15:20, ESV). Colossians 2:13-15 says it beautifully, "And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with Him (Jesus), having forgiven us all our trespasses, by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in Him." (ESV).

3) We have the awesome promise that we, who believe in and follow Christ, will also be raised: “...For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.“
(1 Corinthians 15:52, ESV)

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One Thing the World Desperately Need to See - The Visible Gospel

I think many in our country today share the following attitude towards Christianity: "Show me the gospel!!!" (with respects to the movie, Jerry Maguire). As society drifts away from knowledge of what the Bible teaches, I believe it's helpful for people to see Jesus (through Christians serving), so they can hear Jesus.

Jesus, Himself, in the Sermon on the Mount, directed His followers to, “...let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 5:16, ESV). 1 Peter 2:12 exhorts Christians to “Keep your conduct among the Gentiles (unbelievers) honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. (ESV).

Decimated bathroomThat’s one of the things that’s so exciting about home repair. Homeowners, and those watching, understand how important it is to live in a safe home, and they can see the value and relief we provide, in Jesus’ name. Many of those we serve face very difficult financial decisions. Will the homeowner fix the leaky roof that threatens the structural integrity of the entire house, feed her family, buy her medication or pay utilities? Through our supporters and volunteers, HRM can help alleviate some of these financial and safety challenges, and serving them can provide an opportunity to share why we’re serving - the wonderful gift which Jesus has given us - eternal life and a personal relationship with God, through His shed blood, to pay for our sins (and it’s available to you, too, Mr. or Ms. Homeowner!).

Would you like to partner with us and help show and share the gospel with low-income homeowners? Support HRM's work

Valentine Day God's Way

Valentine's Day affords us an opportunity to consider how we are viewed by the Author of Love. Consider what Jesus’ love compelled him to do.

Crown of Thorns

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The abuse before the cross was horrific and the cross itself among the worst tortures ever devised by men. But there was something far more terrible. Having to face the righteous wrath of God for our sin. My sin and yours. He suffered wrath enough to pay for every person’s sin who has ever lived. Across all time… All the pain, murder, hate, greed, lust, and more put on one man in one moment. All so that anyone who puts their trust in Him, as Savior and Lord, might be forgiven of their sins and have a right relationship with God. Or, as the Bible puts it, “...so that he (Jesus) might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27, ESV). Truly, we are loved beyond comprehension. So let love overflow to those around us as exemplified by Christ himself — all year long.

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God is Not Fair, and Why That Should Make You Very Glad

In the Bible, in several places, it’s mentioned that “…cursed is anyone who is hung on a tree.(Deuteronomy 21:23, Galatians 3:13). And several evil men received just that punishment:

“And afterward Joshua struck them and put them to death, and he hanged them on five trees. And they hung on the trees until evening. But at the time of the going down of the sun, Joshua commanded, and they took them down from the trees and threw them into the cave where they had hidden themselves, and they set large stones against the mouth of the cave, which remain to this very day.” (Joshua 10:26-27)

“…So they hanged Haman on the gallows that he had prepared for Mordecai. Then the wrath of the king abated.” (Esther 7:10b). “A decree was issued in Susa, and the ten sons of Haman were hanged.” (Esther 9:14b)

The hanging and cursing of the guilty makes sense to us, even if it might seem a little brutal now. But what about something like that happening to the innocent? That wouldn't seem very fair, would it? That makes the following all the more shocking:

“So he (Pontius Pilate) delivered him (Jesus) over to them to be crucified, and he went out, bearing his own cross, to the place called The Place of a Skull, which in Aramaic is called Golgotha. There they crucified him, and with him two others, one on either side, and Jesus between them.” (John 19:16-18)


“Christ (Jesus) redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us — for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree...” (Galatians 3:13).

Jesus Christ, God's only begotten Son and the only truly innocent and righteous person who has ever lived, took a shameful, scandalous and gruesome punishment, that every one of us deserves, to save sinful people. Broken, alienated, shameful, rebellious people, like you and me. We're all guilty. In fact, the Bible says that "...all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23) and "None is righteous, no, not one..." (Romans 3:10)

What would have been fair is for all of us to receive the punishment Jesus did, and be separated from God forever (Hell), for turning away from the holy, righteous and loving God. But God chose not to be fair, but merciful, giving us a way to have a restored relationship with Him, which promises us an abundant life here on earth (John 10:10) and eternal life in paradise (Heaven) with God when we die (John 3:15). This is the good news (the gospel) of Jesus Christ!

If you would like to be forgiven of all of your sins and know and have a relationship with God, all you have to do is ask Jesus to be your personal Lord and Savior. You can pray a simple prayer like,

"God, I know that I am a sinner and fully deserving of your wrath and punishment. I know that nothing I do could ever make me right with you, so I put my full faith and trust in Jesus Christ and His completed payment for all my sins on the cross, and commit to follow You the rest of my life. Thank You for saving me."

If you prayed that prayer sincerely, you are now saved and called one of the "...children of God" (John 1:12). The prayer itself doesn't save you, but it does declare your heart's intent to follow after God under His leadership. So, what do you do now that you are saved? If you are not in a church, or are in a church where the Bible is not taught as the infallible Word of God, it would be very helpful to find a Bible-teaching church. They can help you on your new journey with Jesus. If you are not sure how to find a good church, please contact us through our website. We would be honored to help!

God is not fair, and thank God for that!

*Note: All Bible references above were taken from the ESV translation.

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