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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

Songs for Terrible Times: Song 3: Friend by Jonathan Ogden

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Friend, by Jonathan Ogden The Playlist HERE   is the YouTube Playlist that I am creating and adding to each time I release a blog, adding songs from that blog's reflection. I Really Enjoy Jonathan Ogden’s English version And, Xgracia's Spanish Version Reflections I love how the lines end on the attributes of God and powerful images: "Faithful/You are always faithful...Patient/You are always patient... And your kindness/Leads me to repentance"  what a power thought in terrible times! And this refrain: "All my sins you have covered/  You have covered for me/  All your love is like no other/  Like no other, Jesus"  repeats and such a good thought to return to.   This song is about simply appreciating the simplicity of being forgiven by a loving Jesus who is the best friend we could hope for.  It is not a head-hanging sad song, nor is it a self-hating song about sin, just simple appreciation for the center of Christianity: Christ died for each and every one of u