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Staff thoughts and life lessons about poverty, injustice, leadership, religion and other social issues in the world today.

The big deal about buildings

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 3 minute read

Before embarking on a building project, I think ministry and church leadership should ask themselves some hard questions. Gone are the days of “if you build it they will come.” I think I’ve heard all the arguments and reasons that people should support a building or capital project. We usually appeal to something outreach related. Something like, “We want to use our building for outreach in the community, so we need to do this building project.” That might sound altruistic, but I have never heard of a church growing because it has a really nice or newly renovated building. I have never heard someone’s conversion story go like this: “I turned my life over to Jesus because the church on Third Avenue has a nice building.”

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The scariest thing Jesus said

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 2 minute read

In Jesus’ first sermon, there are three verses that, for me, are the scariest things Jesus ever said. Apparently, it is possible to work for Him my whole life, have an incredibly effective and powerful ministry, change people’s lives, be used by the power of the Holy Spirit, and still not spend eternity with Him.

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Hypocrites and blind guides

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 7 minute read

I can’t even imagine what it must have been like to hear the sting of Matthew 23 the first time it was spoken.

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.

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Looking for reverend perfect

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 3 minute read

I don’t know of one great man of God in Scripture that would get hired by most churches today. He wouldn’t fulfill the profile nor meet the expectations that people have of the professionally religious. Abraham helped himself to the house help when he didn’t see how God was going to fulfill His promise. King David, a "man after God’s own heart,” wouldn’t make the short list because of his murderous and adulterous past. Moses had a temper issue that caused him to kill an Egyptian as well as an apparent speech impediment that would have made him a terrible preacher. John the Baptist was simply too weird. Peter was a loud mouth who wasn’t dependable and Paul, prior to his being transformed by Jesus, was guilty of killing believers and having little patience with people like Mark.

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Why again did we start?

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 7 minute read

I wrote this article just as HFL was getting started. We needed to communicate why we were so compelled to start a new organization when many already existed. After 12 years it still remains the fuel for our fire. We say some things a little differently now, but reason we come to work every day is still the same. And now...we have 12 years of changed life stories as evidence that this is all worth it.

Why does Hungry For Life exist? Why do we do what we do?

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Sunday's Takeaway - Shame On You

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 2 minute read

I heard a great message yesterday morning. I will summarize my take away.

Like many who grow up in a religious context, guilt and shame are part of the package. They are used to motivate, control, prescribe and separate. Even though they come from the desire for right living, they are the wrong motive. We often feel that making someone feel less about themselves will somehow give them a desire to act better.

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2014 in review

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 2 minute read

When we give our hard-earned money to someone, we usually expect something in return. Whether the return is tangible or intangible, we exchange something of value for something else we value. We do this every day, whether we are picking up groceries or making larger investments; but do we think this way when we make a gift? What is it that you get when you give?

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Whichever of you has never sinned...

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 3 minute read

I read John 8 today. Wow.

At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

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Photocopy Jesus

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 2 minute read

When we give like Him, love like Him, see people like Him, speak to people like He did, pray like He did, feed like him, and most importantly perceive like Him… the byproduct is the wrong becomes right. The world (or my particular situation) becomes wrong when I act like me… and all things become right again when I act like Him. Yes, this is frustratingly simple, but so difficult to actuate. But who — and I mean who — would argue the result of what our lives were like if millions of His followers were really following?

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Proof of our Faith

Thoughts by Dave Blundell – 2 minute read

Think about every relationship you have for a minute.

Are you always humble and gentle? Do you make allowance for their faults? A pretty tall calling? Not my words. Being always humble and gentle is a life worthy of our calling. Let’s not make any excuses with talk of personality difference. The more like Jesus I am, the more patient I will be, making allowance for the faults of others.

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