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The Allure of Gentleness

“Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.” – Philippians 4:5 I don’t know about you, but the world we’re living in wears on me sometimes. Especially since the dawn of the pandemic, it seems like there’s an angry energy that’s permeating society. While I believe it’s fueled by political tensions, a barrage of fear, and the pressures put on us by an increasingly media and image-driven culture, at the end of the day, it’s draining. Sharp edges and harshness seem to be all too common in interactions and reactions, and this is precisely why the children of God need to step up and be the antidote. Like Dallas Willard once said, there’s an “allure in gentleness,” and especially in times like these, we can be a source of healing and comfort to people. Because we’re filled with the Holy Spirit, we have the power to forgo

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Leading Close to Home

“‘My food,’ said Jesus, ‘is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.’” – John 4:34 One of the most remarkable things about the life and ministry of Jesus is that He never traveled more than thirty miles away from where He was born. While He certainly traversed the countryside to engage in ministry work, He didn’t go on a worldwide conquest, nor did He exert great amounts of energy trying to gain fans and followers. Unlike powerful leaders of history such as Alexander the Great and Caesar, He never led a military revolution, nor did He build any monuments to Himself. And in contrast to the presidents and heads of state of today, He didn’t campaign, engage in self-promotion, or write books in His own hand. Nevertheless, He started the most powerful and culturally-transformative movement ever to impact mankind. Though He built no

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