Jesus Was Sent and so Are We

Do you marvel this time of year, if not daily, that the Son of God came in the flesh?  It is truly a mercy that God has sent the Son, but that wasn’t the only gift He gave. When Christ rose victorious, He sent the Spirit of Christ to those who believe.  This gift was not one to hoard or merely contemplate, but a powerful gift that would continue the earthly mission of Christ to take up the work of seeking out the broken, wounded, festering, poor, captive sinners and telling them the good news that “Your God reigns,” (Isaiah 52:7).

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The Bighorns

A hike up a mountain is full of disappointments; the way is marked by false, unmet expectations, some obvious and maddening, most insignificant, unnoticed, never rising to the level of conscious awareness. But together they conspire in a liturgy of despair; a training of head, heart, will, body, soul, and imagination in a reality in which disappointment is at the bottom of things; a kind of anti-discipleship whose master asks, “Is it really worth it?” It’s this pedagogy of futility that most threatens my desire and intention to go on; it’s the barrage of disappointments, of expectations unmet.

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Reflections on Lamentation

We recently encountered David’s lamentation on the deaths of Jonathan and Saul right in the center of our study on 1 & 2 Samuel. Not only is this a reminder of the God-honoring act of lamentation, and a model of how to do it well, but it is a reminder that heartfelt lament is not contrary to a life of faith and trust in our sovereign and powerful God.

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