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Speaking of Linda Jo, she (and Steve Kimes of Anawim Christian Community) was one of the local “advocates for the poorest of the poor” consulted for this Oregonian article: http://communityofhopepdx.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Oregonian-2015-02-22-Pages-10-11.pdf

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Occurred to me today that in posting photos from my one-on-one meetings, I’ve never posted one of me and Linda Jo, our Community of Hope program director. Such a pleasure to work and learn with her through the fascinating journey of transitional housing

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Lent Devotional Thursday, February 26 OUR FATHER IN HEAVEN, HALLOWED BE YOUR NAME Marshal Snider – BridgeTown Inc. In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever. Amen. Matthew 6.9-13,NKJV As we pray, we know we pray not to just a great “something” or a great “thought” but to a real God, a God who is not just God but a Father. It should awaken our hearts when we hear the word “Father.” I am not sure what your earthly Father was like, but I know the word “Father” can conjure up a variety of thoughts and memories, whether good or bad. Our earthly fathers being the very best they could ever be are still broken and not perfect, but our Father in heaven is perfect, without error, and He loves us with a love that is not about performance or transaction, but of acceptance and great compassion. We also see His place, and that is in heaven, where the real kingdom is. This kingdom is perfect in every way. Everything, which comes from heaven, is true reality. Our Father sent heaven to earth in the form of His son Jesus Christ, so we could see what life itself is supposed to be, what true living looks like, what the kingdom on earth looks like. Our Father provides and protects, and yes, at times, He also disciplines, but this discipline is only to help us to grow. It is never abusive or to prove a point, but it has our best and His best interest in mind. His name is breathtaking; it is the holiest of names and should be said with all of this in mind. Amen

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