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Subdued Seas

Mark 4:35-41 shows us that disciples must broaden their capacity of trust.

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Drawing Near to God When You Feel Like a Worm

As the Israelites were threatened and oppressed by the powerful nations in the Ancient Near East, they felt like a “worm” . . . small, helpless, vulnerable, powerless. But their “wormishness” was an opportunity for them to experience the presence and power of God, who was there to help. So it is with us. When we feel weak and vulnerable, we are ready to draw near to God so that we might experience God’s strength and protection.

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Waiting for the LORD

Do you feel weary today? Weary from the burdens of work, leadership, and life in general? If so, Isaiah 40 would encourage you to wait for the Lord. As you put your hope in God and lean upon God’s strength, you will be renewed and energized for resilience.

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The Power and Tenderness of a God-Inspired Leader

Isaiah 40 portrays both the power of God and the tenderness of God. This portrait encourages us to consider our own leadership. When we exercise our power or authority, do we do it with tenderness? With compassion? With grace?

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Leadership Wisdom – How Can We Love Our Enemies? (Part 2)

Given how difficult it is to love our enemies, what are some practical tips that help us get started?

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Leadership Wisdom – Why Should We Love Our Enemies? (Part 2)

Jesus tells us to love our neighbor/enemy because we are made in the image of God. Why else might Jesus have told us to do so?

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The Power and Tenderness of God

God is powerful beyond our comprehension. Nothing in the universe matches the might of God. Yet God’s powerful arm does not smash us down. Rather, it reaches down to gather us and to embrace us.

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The Word of God Will Stand Forever

In a culture permeated by cynicism, it’s hard to trust anyone or anything. So often that in which we put our confidence fails like withering grass. According to Isaiah 40, however, “the word of our God will stand forever.” We can put our trust in God’s truth, allowing it to guide all that we do in life.

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The Gift of Comfort

God continues to comfort us today in a variety of ways. When we take our worries to the Lord in prayer, God gives us the gift of supernatural peace. When we remember God’s faithfulness in the past, we are calmed in the present. Often God’s comfort comes through people who care for us, suffer with us, pray for us, and share God’s love with us in tangible ways.

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Mercy in Jesus’ Name

We are not in charge. We have to take things on faith. We exercise courage. We look for mercy.

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We Do Pray for Mercy

The calling of the Gentiles is a marvelous thing, but it complements the Hebrew story and does not replace it.

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Pay Attention to Your Weaknesses

We all have weaknesses, and these weaknesses can be a real problem in our lives, especially in our exercise of leadership. We see a striking example of this truth in Isaiah 39, in the life of King Hezekiah. His pride contributed, not only to his personal downfall, but also the downfall of his nation. If we pay attention to our weaknesses, if we bring them honestly before God, we can structure our lives so as to minimize their negative impact. 

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