FamilyLife Today® Podcast

Is God Really Gentle and Lowly?

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Where is God in our families' lowest moments? Bestselling author Dane Ortlund paints an image of a God in the mess with us at rock-bottom—who's advocating and compassionate, gentle and lowly.

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  • Dave and Ann Wilson

    Dave and Ann Wilson are hosts of FamilyLife Today®, FamilyLife’s nationally-syndicated radio program. Dave and Ann have been married for more than 38 years and have spent the last 33 teaching and mentoring couples and parents across the country. They have been featured speakers at FamilyLife’s Weekend to Remember® marriage getaway since 1993 and have also hosted their own marriage conferences across the country. Cofounders of Kensington Church—a national, multicampus church that hosts more than 14,000 visitors every weekend—the Wilsons are the creative force behind DVD teaching series Rock Your Marriage and The Survival Guide To Parenting, as well as authors of the recently released book Vertical Marriage (Zondervan, 2019). Dave is a graduate of the International School of Theology, where he received a Master of Divinity degree. A Ball State University Hall of Fame quarterback, Dave served the Detroit Lions as chaplain for 33 years. Ann attended the University of Kentucky. She has been active alongside Dave in ministry as a speaker, writer, small-group leader, and mentor to countless wives of professional athletes. The Wilsons live in the Detroit area. They have three grown sons, CJ, Austin, and Cody, three daughters-in-law, and a growing number of grandchildren.

Where is God in our families’ lowest moments? Bestselling author Dane Ortlund paints an image of a God in the mess with us at rock-bottom—who’s advocating and compassionate, gentle and lowly.

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Is God Really Gentle and Lowly?

November 29, 2021
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Bob: It is interesting, as we enter into a season where we are to reflect on the coming of Christ/His birth, it’s fascinating how many things will distract us from focusing on the coming of Christ over the next several weeks. What Dane Ortlund has been talking with Dave and Ann Wilson about today is the importance of what theologians often refer to as the ordinary means of grace: the regular way that we can meet with God, and connect with Him, and understand His heart for us, and draw strength from that.

Dane’s book on this subject is called Gentle and Lowly. It’s a book we’ve got in our FamilyLife Today Resource Center. You can go to to request your copy; or call 1-800-FL-TODAY. Again, the title of the book is Gentle and Lowly by Dane Ortlund. You’ll find the book online at; or call 1-800-358-6329; that’s 1-800-“F” as in family, “L” as in life, and then the word, “TODAY,” and you can order Dane’s book from us by phone.

By the way, Dane has written a devotional on the book of Psalms called In the Lord I Take Refuge. We want to make that book available to you as a special yearend gift. In fact, we’re coming to FamilyLife Today listeners here, as we approach the end of 2021, and asking you to consider making a yearend contribution to help support the ongoing work of this ministry in the year ahead. The mission of FamilyLife, to effectively develop godly marriages and families, that mission isn’t going to go away. The need is greater today than it has ever been.

At FamilyLife, our goal is to effectively develop godly marriages and families. You help make that happen with your donations. Right now, if you make a donation, whatever donation you make is going to be matched, dollar for dollar, up to a total of $1.5 million. We are so excited about this opportunity, but we’re going to need all of our FamilyLife Today friends to join us so that we can take full advantage of this $1.5 million matching gift.

When you make your donation, not only will it be matched, dollar for dollar, we’ll send you a copy of Dane Ortlund’s book, In the Lord I Take Refuge, a devotional from the book of Psalms; and we’ll send you a deck of playing cards. Each one has a conversation starter question on it so that, as you play games, you can have some meaningful interaction as a family as well. Make your donation online at; or call 1-800-FL-TODAY to donate by phone.

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And we hope you can join us, again, tomorrow when we’re going to talk about how we are called to be ambassadors for Christ, which means we have to be gentle and lowly of heart. What does that mean for us? Dane Ortlund will be here to talk about that with us tomorrow. I hope you can be here as well.

On behalf of our hosts, Dave and Ann Wilson, I’m Bob Lepine. We will see you back next time for another edition of FamilyLife Today.

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