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5 Ways to Love Your Neighbor at Christmas

5 Ways to Love Your Neighbor at Christmas

Tis the season to be jolly! Fa la la la la, la la la la! Or is it the season to be busy? Overwhelmed? Overcommitted? Is it the season for celebrating “God with us,” or complaining about others with us in line at the grocery store and the post office? Planning luncheons and brunches and fancy Christmas extravaganzas takes a lot out of a gal, even with a team of elves to help. Christmas is hard because we make it hard.   There are 23 days until Christmas. In 24 days, those too-big,...

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How to Love Your Neighbor at Christmas for Introverts

How to Love Your Neighbor at Christmas for Introverts

Celebrate the season in your own special way! Some people have the spiritual gift of hospitality... while others of us provide coffee and then forget the cups and spoons, and we're out of sugar, and then... oops, we made decaf by accident. Others simply prefer intimate conversations to big parties. Whether you're extroverted or introverted, a party animal or party pooper, God has intentionally placed you in your neighborhood to reach your neighbors in your unique way. As long as you are...

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PODCAST “Engaging Your Neighbor: Proximity, Hospitality, and Love”

PODCAST “Engaging Your Neighbor: Proximity, Hospitality, and Love”

Have you ever suffered from spiritual nimbyism? It attacks when we fear losing everything we know and love - so we protest, "Not In My Backyard (NIMBY)!" Since Jesus placed neighbors in close proximity and commanded cheerful hospitality, we need to figure out what it looks like to love them well right in our backyard, front yard, and living room. Join me at The Lean-In Podcast with my new Canadian friend Russ Mitchell as we talk about opening our hearts and homes to our neighbors... or...

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A New Excuse Not to Love My Neighbor

A New Excuse Not to Love My Neighbor

In my continual quest to find an exception clause or asterisk to Christ’s Second Greatest Command, I have a new excuse I’m sure the Lord has never heard before: “My neighborhood is a ghost town.” Literally. I live on a guest ranch in Colorado where the cabins are named for abandoned  ghost towns. We have a handful of permanent residents, but hundreds of different families shuffle through the ranch throughout the year. Just up the road is one of the most well-preserved ghost towns in Colorado,...

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How to Love Your Neighbor at Work

How to Love Your Neighbor at Work

Guest Post by Peggy Bodde God doesn't divide our days into "sacred" and "secular" blocks of time. In His Kingdom, everything is spiritual. Every moment is an opportunity to show others the love of Christ, in your neighborhood or at your workplace. My dear friend Peggy Bodde is a business leader and coach, a writer and speaker and all-around encourager. We met through work, believe it or not. I counted at least 22 practical tips in her guest post to help you love your neighbor at work this...

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