Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Being an elder

  • Who are you? The roles of elder, pastor and congregation +

    Todd Nighswonger of Cornerstone Simi Church, talked about the role of elders, pastors, and the congregation living in community. http://storage.cornerstonesimi.com/sermons/audio/11_103_A_People_of_Worth_pt3.mp3 Read More
  • A Letter from an Elder Completing His Term by Kevin DeYoung +

    At our Consistory meeting last week I asked all those whose terms were ending to share a few reflections and 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

  • Magnificent

    Few songs capture the entrancing, humbling, overwhelming awe I experience in the presence of God. Magnificent, a song by U2 Read More
  • Effortlessly

    Effortlessly, Love flows from God into man, Like a bird Who rivers the air Without moving her wings. Thus we Read More
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Audio & Video

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The Hit List

  • Gifts of the Holy Spirit: Prophecy, by Dr. Wayne Grudem +

    A fascinating discussion of the nature of prophecy in the 21st century, by Wayne Grudem. He became Research Professor of Read More
  • Baptism in and Filling with the Holy Spirit: a talk by Wayne Grudem +

    Thoughtful, considerate discussion of the role of the Holy Spirit in a Christ-centered life. Read More
  • The Relationship of Husband and Wife (Part 1): Wayne Grudem +

    What does it mean to be a husband? What is the role of the wife? How did God originally intend Read More
  • Part Two of Wayne Grudem on Husbands and Wives +

    This is part two of Wayne Grudem's discussion of the relationship of husband and wife in marriage and in creation. Read More
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Gems

  • The Community of Jesus +

    What does it mean to be a Christian? Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, makes a compelling Read More
  • Life as an Alien +

    Timothy Keller, the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, provides an inspiring portrayal of what the church is supposed Read More
  • Real Living +

    The Community of Jesus by Tim Keller-notes from a blog Keller takes us through the sermon on the Mount focusing Read More
  • Does God Control Everything?: Tim Keller sermon +

    Tim Keller, pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, has an insightful discussion about free will, pre-destination and God's omnipotence, Read More
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