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Tuesday
Nov012016

Jesus' Family


I HAVE A HUNCH that if Jesus were to walk down the streets of your town or city today, he would look around at all those who are isolated and disconnected and say something like this:

“Come to me, all you who want to belong, and I will give you a table to sit around. Come to me, all you who feel disconnected. Come to me, all you who are lonely, cut off, rejected, and marginalized. Come to me. Come home. Come be part of the family that I want to share with you.”

– Trevor Hudson and Stephen D. Bryant
The Way of Transforming Discipleship 

 

TO LISTEN TO SOMEONE with the heart is to listen with empathy and with care to them and their stories. The heart of good listening is authenticity, genuine curiosity, and caring. No matter how good our technique is, the other person will know if we do not really care about what they are saying. Listening is not about judging, diagnosing, appraising, or evaluating. … Listening with the heart is also about hearing the feelings and emotions that lie beneath the words.

– Thomas Porter Jr.
The Spirit and Art of Conflict Transformation 


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