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Live Out Loud by Connie McNeill

Science fiction is a very entertaining genre to me. Super heroes, space ships, aliens, things that crawl up out of ground, rise out of the sea, languages not spoken on earth. One reason I like it is because heroes and heroines always emerge in science fiction. Someone has to save humanity!

So, I have a science fiction book/movie plot to share with you. Here’s the premise, something happens to earth and all humans have the ability to think about someone and that person takes on the feelings and beliefs that the other person has about him/her. For example, Harry believes that Juan is very confident and self-reliant so Juan becomes confident and self-reliant. Sarah believes that Jamie is conceited so Jamie becomes conceited. In truth, none of these people are the way it is believed they are until someone decides something about them and they become what is believed.

What happens when Sarah thinks Jamie is conceited but in the next moment Jennie thinks that Jamie is the kindest person she has ever known? What happens if both Sarah and Jennie think that Jamie is extremely insecure? Will poor Jamie suffer from a double dose of insecurity?

The details to make the plot consistent aren’t worked out but it’s an interesting idea don’t you think? Who would you think about and what would you think? Would you seek some kind of revenge on someone? Would you build someone up who needs to realize his or her real value? How would you use your “power?”

Here’s a strange scenario. What if you exercised your power in a consistent way that began to be recognized by others? Would it cause people to fear you? If so, their thoughts would make you a monster. If they admired you, their thoughts would make you a saint? Which would really be you?

Is this part of what God is up to in our lives? Wishing for us? Showing us? Giving us opportunity after opportunity? Oh, that God could “think” us into what God desires for us to be. Or really, oh that I would choose to be all that God already desires for me to be. It’s a little different than my movie/book plot because with God there is a desire for each of us but because God desires it, doesn’t mean it has to happen. God gives us freedom of choice. We can become God’s own but only if and every time we choose to be.

 I do find that the more I choose to be God’s own, my thoughts about others change. I wish for them better things. I do not wish them pain or for evil to come to them. I don’t change them by thinking differently about them but I change. I become better. I become more God’s own. Not perfected but more aware of how much I want to work toward God’s image for me.

If I get really ambitious and out of things to do, I might take a crack at the book/movie idea. In the meantime, I believe that secret thoughts don’t make us who we are. Living out loud makes us who we are. “Live long and prosper.”

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Posted by Nicole Swanson at Thursday, March 19, 2015
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Hillcrest Hope | Church Partner Meeting Announced


We are very excited to announce an upcoming Church Partner Informational Meeting for Hillcrest Hope.  This special meeting is for all of our current church partners and for any church who is looking for a wonderful opportunity for their church to become involved in serving others in a very real way.  Come hear from current church partners regarding their best-practices in serving the families of Hillcrest Hope.  You will also hear from our staff providing detail about Church Partners and encouraging words for the work you do.  Also learn more about the other serving opportunities for groups, individuals and families.   This informational meeting is for our current church partner contacts, any other volunteers from those churches who would like to learn more about serving with Hillcrest Hope, and any new churches who would like to hear more about how they can help us serve the homeless families of Clay County.  Hope to see you there!

Church Partner Informational Event 
Tuesday, April 7  6:30 p.m. 

Pleasant Valley Baptist Church Room 317
Refreshments provided No childcare provided The meeting will last approximately an hour.  The entire Hillcrest Hope staff will be in attendance and available for questions after the meeting.

What is a Church Partner
Other Ways to Serve
Q & A  



Posted by Terri Soper at Thursday, March 12, 2015
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2BC Member Named 'Best in KC'

The 2BC family has gotten to enjoy chef and 2BC member Jim Pinkham's cooking at our Thanksgiving Dinner, and now we're proud to say that he has been recognized citywide! Chef Jim Tinkham, C.E.C., A.C.E. and Executive Chef at Centerpoint Medical Center, was awarded Chef of the Year from the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Culinary Federation. 

Chef Jim graduated from The Culinary Institute of America in 1985 which kick-started his extraordinary culinary career. He has had 37 years of food service industry experience; 23 of those with major hotels and casinos and 14 in the health care industry. He has been a Certified Executive Chef for 21 years. He has been a member of the Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Culinary Federation since 1994 and has been a committee chair and/or elected officer for several of their programs. He is currently serving as their President. 

Not only is Chef Jim active with the ACF GKCCA, he has been a proud supporter of the community. He has judged many culinary championships, conducted cooking classes for schools and churches and has also been highlighted on TV media outlets for campaigns such as Go Red for Women, Chiefs N Chopper and Better KC. Chef Jim also enjoys teaching culinary cooking classes at the Culinary Center of Kansas City in old Overland Park,Ks. Chef Jim and his wife, Stacey, have been married for 23 years and together, they have two children, Kayleigh and Bryce. Centerpoint Medical Center is proud to call Chef Jim the BEST CHEF IN KANSAS CITY!

Posted by Terri Soper at Thursday, March 5, 2015
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