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Being Brave for the New World: Lonely are the Brave (a film)

Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Lent

  • A Lenten Prayer +

    Ash Wednesday - March 9, 2011 A Lenten Prayer The Lenten season begins. It is a time to be with you, Read More
  • First Sunday of Lent Devotional +

    First Sunday of Lent - March 13, 2011 A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within Read More
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Be brave. Be strong. Don't give up. Expect God to get here soon. Psalm 31

How does God define bravery? Certainly not like the world. One of my favorite movies, for all of you great-grandfathers out there, is Lonely are the Brave, from 1960, starring Kirk Douglas, Walter Matthau, Carroll O' Connor, John Cassavettes and Gena Rowland, among others. It is a metaphorical story about the last cowboy who refuses to accept the terms of a world where cars and laws replaced horses and cunning. For most of my life I thought this movie epitomized what it meant to be brave, and to be free.

But God calls us to a different type of bravery. He  calls us to give up not only what the world wants, but what we think we want. He is, after all, the God of love, and while he is perfect in everything, his greatest creation is love. His love is best seen in how he cares for us, how he connects us to him through each other, and most of all, how he does this through his son. What is bravery from God's perspective? Each and every day he waits for each of us to walk with him and love each other through him. This bravery is not solitary, apart from everyone and everything, but connected to each other through his spirit of love.

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • The Many Facets of Spirituality +

              The finished diamond is one of the most beautiful and desirable gems.  Yet, in the Read More
  • Conversations Journal +

    Conversations provides thoughtful, in-depth article treatments of topics aligned around a particular theme. Conversations covers “five continuing themes, each representing Read More
  • Discipleship by Dallas Willard +

    Dallas Willard is one of the best thinkers and writers in the world today; it is a blessing to Christ's Read More
  • Assessing Spiritual Growth (interview with Dallas WIllard) +

    How Do We Assess Spiritual Growth? An interview in Leadership Journal, May 2010 How can churches know if they are Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Prayer by Alex Kirk, Chatham Community Church +

    What role does prayer play in our lives? What is prayer, anyway? Alex Kirk, pastor of Chatham Community Church, gives Read More
  • How to be Mary in a Martha world by Jim Abrahamson, Chatham Community Church +

    Jim Abrahamson spoke at Chatham Community Church on an essential of the Christian walk Who/what is our savior? What is Read More
  • Christ the King Sunday by Art Going (Holy Trinity Chatham) +

    A thoughtful discussion of how we function as colonizers for Christ the King.  Read More
  • MY STUPID MOUTH by Steve Tamayo of Chatham Community Church +

    Tremendous sermon on the liabilities of our tongue, both in what we say and don't say. Read More
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