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You’re Never Alone

Before he ascended to Heaven, Jesus promised that he would always be with his disciples. This promise is given to us as well. Jesus is with us always, now through the indwelling presence of the Holy Spirit. This means that no matter how it feels to us, we are never alone. God is with us always, no matter what.

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The Aloneness of Jesus

In a way we will never fully understand, Jesus experienced profound aloneness on the cross. Most of his followers had left him alone. And even his Heavenly Father turned his back as Jesus bore the penalty for our sin. Because of what Jesus endured for us, we will not be forsaken by God. We will never be left alone. 

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Jesus Crucified But Not Completely Alone

As Jesus was crucified, he experienced profound aloneness. But he wasn’t completely alone. Several of his followers – mainly a number of women – stayed with him and even drew near to him as he was daying. This reminds us that we need others with us when we suffer. It also encourages us to be with people in their pain. As it says in Romans, “Weep with those who weep.”

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The Red Vineyard by Vincent Van Gogh (1888)

Leadership Wisdom – Showing Up In Relationship

What’s Jesus’ issue with the religious teachers of his day? What went wrong for them and what might we learn as leaders today?

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Simeon and Anna in the Temple by Rembrandt van Rijn (1627-28)

Leadership Wisdom – Showing Up In Person

Human beings are creatures in whom and with whom the Maker of the Universe has chosen to dwell, and through whom God intends to work his purpose in the world. And that should make us look differently at each person we serve and lead.

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Workday Prayers: Celebrate God’s Love and Faithfulness as You Work

As you work today, praise the Lord because God loves you and is always faithful.

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Olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane

Sometimes Jesus Did Not Want to Pray Alone

The example of Jesus teaches us that there are times when it’s good to be alone with the Lord as we pray. His example also reminds us that sometimes we need others with us when we pray. If Jesus wanted to have his friends with him when he prayed in Gethsemane, surely you need similar support when you face great challenges and deep suffering.

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The Dustiness of Lent

On Ash Wednesday many Christians throughout the world will hear some version of these familiar words: “Dust you are and to dust you will return.” Today we are reminded of our mortality, of the way sin has hurt and corrupted us. Today we sense once again how much we need a Savior. Today we begin to prepare our hearts for the celebration of Jesus the Savior, whose death and resurrection give us true life. Today, we start to get ready for Good Friday and Easter. 

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Lent Approaches. . . A Time to Grow in Grace

Lent approaches. Sometimes people assume that Lent is a season to do things to earn God’s favor. But, in fact, Lent is really a time to grow in your experience of God’s love and grace. In Lent we draw near to God who gives us mercy and grace to help us just when we need it.

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Praying When You’re Alone

When it comes to discerning God’s guidance for our lives, Scripture teaches us to value corporate discernment as well as times of solitude. Indeed, we need the input and perspective of our sisters and brothers in Christ. And we need times when we can quiet our hearts to hear from the Lord. Both experiences are essential for a full, fruitful, and faithful Christian life.

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The Holy Mountain, Part 2

It is good for us to see Christ manifest in all his glory. It is good for us to worship and to know the eternal stakes of our present moment. It is also good for us to go back down from the mountaintop experience and see what comes next.

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The Holy Mountain, Part 1

Lead holy lives, be at peace, grow in grace and knowledge, and above all wait for the coming of Christ, the age to come “when righteousness is at home” (2 Peter 3:13). Really, that’s not a bad to-do list as we strive to follow and fulfill the call of Christ.

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