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Leader: Another Way to Love with Boldness and Courage

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Photo by Casey Horner on Unsplash Leaders, here's a blog about love as it relates to leadership.  Leadership can be summed up as many things, and one is certainly this: Leadership is loving those whom you lead. Jesus, the ultimate leader, doesn't do business as usual “If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that.” Whew.. that’s a killer quote. You can check out the context by reading Luke 6 , one of Jesus' most extended recorded lessons. Jesus' point is that the way of the world is not loving.  Not by a long shot.  The way of the world is easy, doing what comes naturally, and moving on quickly from those who cause difficulty.  Avoid painful relationships. The whole time from Advent, through Christmas, and into early January is to be a time of anticipation and appreciation of love, hope, joy, and peace.  It is a time to

Joseph's Affirmation: A Reflection on Jesus' Birth

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Joseph's Affirmation: A Reflecton on Jesus' Birth [originally written a couple nights before Ian’s birth, Dec. 19th, 2009 @ 2:22am] Photo by Tim Umphreys on Unsplash It's almost midnight, and I'm reflecting on how it hit me today: Joseph, the father of Jesus, probably really needed those angels the night Jesus was born. God, the heavenly Father, knew this and sent pitch-perfect, powerful heralds to give voice to Joseph's paternal pride. I was running around doing errands today for Norma, thinking Norma would be done giving birth by midnight tonight, so I was getting more excited by the hour. I felt so content, sure, and relaxed at the pace of the day. I thought, because it is close to Christmas, "Man, do I have it better than Jesus' dad. Old Joseph, he had it rough. No insurance, no shock absorbers in the car, just a donkey, a blanket, and a long walk to get ready for the birth of his son. I got it made." And this scene flashed through my mind: When