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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As we abide in him and he abides in us, we are receiving his life rather than creating our own independent life.

This statement, paraphrased from the Gospel of John captures the tension, both figurative and literal, of a Christian’s life.

 This tension is expressed in two concerns.  What is our identity as Christians?  What is God’s plan to meet our needs?

Our identity as Christians is summarized in the following principles of action:

 

  1. Replacing our life with Christ’s
  2. Recognizing Christ’s crucifixion, burial, resurrection, and ascension as an ongoing activity in our life
  3. Replacing a works-based relationship with God with a grace-based relationship.
  4. Faithfully living only in Christ
  5. Submitting ourselves to the sin-cleansing powers of Christ’s gracious sacrifice.
  6. Discarding daily our lives for Christ’s; yielding to the activation that can only occur through brokenness
  7. Yielding to Christ living through us
  8. Encouraging the Holy Spirit to teach us who we are and who the Father is throughout each day
  9. Surrendering to Christ’s life in exchange for our own
  10. Pursuing daily the exchange with Christ.

Our days are the territories God uses to show us his character and demonstrate his traits of love and goodness.

Whatever we choose apart from God compromises the exchange of his life with ours. The less we yield to God the less our lives are filled with his Spirit.

As we daily, willingly, receive all our love and acceptance from Christ’s life we are enmeshed in Christ.  The degree to which we choose his love and acceptance above any other is the degree to which we fulfill the spiritual exchange.

A Christian’s life is not that of a conscientious objector; we need to choose sides each and every day. To the extent that we consciously make the choice to follow Christ is the extent of the transformational exchange.

God’s Spirit facilitates the exchange through his fellowship of believers. These local, national, and worldwide communities act as the support system for each believer.

These communities of believers are manifest as spiritual families, spiritual bodies and spiritual temples. As each participate in the will of God, through the direction of his Spirit, each exhibits the character of God and his traits of love and goodness.

Within the family, each member is a crucial actor for the Holy Spirit, providing other family members with particular, unique understandings of who God is and how Christ lives through us.

 

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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