A Catan Parable {Love gives of itself}

Aubrey and I played Catan Junior the other day.  She is competitive, so I don’t need to go easy on her.  We were only a few turns into the game and luck was flat out bad for her.  My ships and lairs were piling up and she had nearly nothing.

A downcast, red-faced, despairing look came over her.  There was nothing she could do.  The game was lost already, without even really playing it.  She would burst into helpless tears at any moment.

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Walk in Love

Walking.  Taking steps.  Moving forward.  As we enter a new year, I want to invite you to join me in taking steps to walk in love more fully!  God asks us to “walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and a sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:2).  Last week we talked about choosing to Listen to the Voice of Love.  We receive love from God.  As we receive His love, we express His love to others.

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Listen to the Voice of Love

Merry Christmas, friends!  When I think of Christmas, my heart is drawn again and again to the verse in John 1 that says “the Word became flesh and dwelt among us.”  This begins Jesus’ life of love lived in the flesh with us.  It is amazing that our God would connect with us this way!  It is life changing when we allow His love to define who we are.  Let’s listen for the voice of Love this Christmas.

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Love is Relational

Love is relational, in its very nature.  In relationship we know and are known.  As we get to know someone, we want to know who they are are and let them know us.  Love is expressed in the context of relationship.  Relational love includes things like noticing people, listening, asking questions, sharing of your heart and selves, and responding.

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