Today's Devotions

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Considering Sylvia Gunter

  • Praying The 23rd Psalm For Others by Sylvia Gunter +

    To enter the sheepfolds of the Middle East, a shepherd's sheep had to pass under his rod for him to Read More
  • Fast Of Words: A Different Kind Of Fast by Sylvia Gunter +

    Time and again God brings me to my knees over my heart attitude expressed out of my mouth. More than Read More
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deadmtn1I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree that the law is good. But in fact it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells within me, that is, in my flesh. I can will what is right, but I cannot do it. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I do.

Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I that do it, but sin that dwells within me. So I find it to be a law that when I want to do what is good, evil lies close at hand. For I delight in the law of God in my inmost self, but I see in my members another law at war with the law of my mind, making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members. Wretched man that I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! Romans 7

Solomon Burke sings about this very frustration in the song, Like Anyone Else, which he performs with the Derek Trucks Band.

I'm just trying to understand ohh
Just really, really who I am
Ohh oh who I am oh lord lord lord now

Is there any truth, is there any doubt
Born of the flesh, Trying to figure out my purpose in life
I feel I wanna be a servant of the cause
Got to change my ways, tribulation loss
Starting right now, right now, right now, right now, right now


This song presents the confusion and frustration Paul describes: we don’t do what we should do or want to do. We fail. Life as a Christian is a struggle. But as Paul notes, thanks be to God—we have Jesus Christ—our redeemer, our deliver.


Solomon Burke, a member of the rock and roll hall of fame since 2001, described as the best soul singer of all time by Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler, was born in a church in Philadelphia on March 21, 1940, and has kept his faith strong over his 70 years. Solomon describes his approach simply and straightforwardly: “but there I was, born in grace, and it was always easy for me to understand the goodness of God. I strived never to be too overwhelmed or overbearing with it and do what the Lord said to do.”

Like Anyone Else

There are times I do, there are times I don't
First I say I will, then I say I won't, make up your mind
Heaven knows I can, then I say I should
Then I start to doubt if I really could oohhh oohh
So turned around, so turned around, so turned around
Figure it out babe
Think about it baby
I'm just trying to understand ohh
Just really, really who I am
Ohh oh who I am oh lord lord lord now


Is there any truth, is there any doubt
Born of the flesh, Trying to figure out my purpose in life
I feel I wanna be a servant of the cause
Got to change my ways, tribulation loss
Starting right now, right now, right now, right now, right now


Realizing baby
Working and working and working it out working it out baby
Cause I got to leave here - ???
I really wanna know who, who I am
Oh lord, who I am, who I am, who I am


There are times I do, There are times I don't
First I say I will, then I say I won't
Ohh oohh make up your mind, make up your mind
Heaven knows I can, then I say I should, then I start to doubt if I really could
Soo turned around, turned around, turned around


Trying to figure it out baby
Thinking about it baby
Just can't understand
Who I really really really really
..... who I really am


Is there any truth
Is there any doubt, any doubt, any doubt
... any doubt, any doubt I'm trying to figure it out -
Just a servant of the cause
Got to change my ways, start right now...

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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The Hit List

  • Salvation Altogether (Spurgeon) +

    Salvation Altogether by Grace by C. H. Spurgeon “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not Read More
  • The Landscape of Piety: Majors +

    The following is recommended reading from the blog by Justin Taylor, on the gospel coalition website. J. I. Packer: For Read More
  • Why We Need the Puritans by JI Packer +

    1 Horse Racing is said to be the sport of kings. The sport of slinging mud has, however, a wider Read More
  • Cases and Directions Against Censoriousness and Unwarrantable Judging, by Richard Baxter (Puritan) +

    The following comes from: http://www.puritansermons.com/baxter/baxter26.htm Cases and Directions Against Censoriousness and Unwarrantable Judging. By Richard Baxter Tit. 1 Cases of Read More
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Gems

  • Freedom of Simplicity, Richard Foster +

    In Freedom of Simplicity Foster gently encourages us to see that our identity, our sense of comfort and security must Read More
  • Disciplined Spirituality Links +

    Letters by a Modern Mystic by Frank Laubach Simple but astonishing in its example of what discipline and perseverance can Read More
  • Spirit of the Disciplines, Dallas Willard +

    Understanding Changes Lives A good companion to Richard Foster's book Celebration of Discipline, the Path to Spiritual Growth; it provides Read More
  • Spiritual Classics, Richard Foster and Emilie Griffiin +

    Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines Good collection of essays, saints throughout the ages. A Read More
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