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Divine Love is… Free

  Freedom is the very nature of divine love, for it is when love is freely given and freely received that it is, in fact, healthy love.  As soon as we attach expectations and seek to meet those exceptions by use of coercion or manipulation love ceases to be truly life-giving. Consider these simple parables;…
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Love is… Generous

What is Love? Consider the tree.  The tree provides shade, respite from the blazing heat of the sun to everyone one with no expectation of return.  To this end, love is genuinely maturing when it loves with no strings attached and no expectation of  personal benefit.  When we love others, do we have an expectation…
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Love is…Humble

Brennan Manning once said that true humility is not a poor opinion of yourself, rather, no opinion of yourself.  So it is with authentic love.   Love simply loves unaware that it is actually loving - it just does.  Love is unselfconscious.   Consider a lamp.  An illumined lamp gives light not because it is…
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Gifts,Talents, and Christian Community

Cultivating Christian community has been a wonderful journey for our Amadeo community. We have let go of some things that we think have been unhelpful to vibrant Christian community. We have picked a few of those things up again for a time and a purpose - and then laid them aside again. While this has…
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Compassion Fatigue – Caring without Losing your Mind

Every job has its hazards.  Some are pretty obvious; the danger of being a firefighter or working the high steel but for vocations in the helping industries the risks can often be less apparent.  There is a real danger of Compassion Fatigue for those who spend time caring for people.  These include physicians, nurses, counselors,…
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Love Wins (1 Cor. 13:8)

I am amazed how the perfect love of God works in and through His good creation but have been surprised at the reaction of some folks.  These sincere people get concerned that when we talk about love, it must be at the expense of truth.   They suspect love is different than truth as if the truth…
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Here Comes the Light

Once upon a time, a Cave lived under the ground, as caves have the habit of doing. It had spent its lifetime in darkness. One day it heard a voice calling to it, “Come up into the light; come and see the sunshine.” But the cave retorted, “I don’t know what you mean. There isn’t…
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Transforming Power of Love:: 1 John 4

Ever feel worn out by trying to be a good Christian?  Do you find that you spend most of your time hating your sin, trying to manage it and never quite getting free?   Bouncing off 1 John 4, Michael explores the implications of living loved and in love by God. How by living love…
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Culture of Love in the Trinity

One of the things we like to do as human beings is to figure out whose in charge, who runs things or if you like, who has the power.  Once we get an idea of where the power lies, we want to figure out what our position is relative to that power, and then, in…
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The Longing for Deeper Freedom

So if the Son makes you free, you will be free indeed. - John 8:36 It is a universal cry of the human heart.  The cry 'freedom' has resonated through the long halls of history and just as in day's past. This longing resonates just as loudly today.  Of course, freedom has many contexts including…
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