The conundrum of gentleness…

In a world seeking to exalt everything but Christ, it can seem that the only way to fight fire is with fire. Yet gentleness makes the exact opposite claim. “but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for…

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It’s amazing what silence will do…

I didn’t mean to go radio silent on you. Life offers some interesting turns–nothing spectacular, nothing really all that new. But burblings emerging, breaking the surface, and popping in a way that old ideas shine in a new light. Quietly, surprising in a whispering oh-look-at-that kind of way, confirmation after confirmation emerges. I wondered for…

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The Jesus Project: The Anointed Messiah

Last session (found here), we explored anointing. We looked at what it is and what happens as a result of it. Our focus passage again is verse one of Isaiah 61. “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor.” –Isaiah 61:1, ESV We started with the why last time,…

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On That Which is Courageous…

Courage. So many definitions. So many ways to play it out. Immediately coming to mind is this post about warrior women. Or the two friends today whose loved ones have passed on this week–the courage to put one foot in front of the other as plans are made and things need to be done; the…

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The Jesus Project: Anointing’s Purpose

“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor.” –Isaiah 61:1, ESV This passage hinges on the anointing of God. The Spirit is upon Jesus, why? “…because the Lord has anointed Me…” Everything that comes out of the Spirit’s presence and everything that comes in this passage stems from the…

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