Today's Devotions

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Worth Considering: JI Packer

  • The Christian Grows in Grace (JI Packer excerpt) +

    SANCTIFICATION THE CHRISTIAN GROWS IN GRACE Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Read More
  • The Ministry of the Spirit by JI Packer +

    The Holy Spirit is given to all Christians to transform them by his teaching, making them into God-focused thinkers 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

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Audio & Video

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The Hit List

  • Supplications, Prayers, Intercessions, and Thanksgivings +

    Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, O Lord, turn from yourfierce wrath; change your mind and do not Read More
  • Thanksgiving +

    Why should we give thanks to God? Why should we come to him with our praises,? In the scriptures, there Read More
  • ACTS (Adoration, Contrition/confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication) +

    Following this introduction to prayer, there are links to articles involving each of the four types of prayer-adoration, contrition/confession, thanksgiving, Read More
  • Thanksgiving: ACTS, A Blueprint for Prayer by Alex Kirk +

    Alex Kirk of Chatham Community Church discusses Thanksgiving, part 3 of his series on prayer-Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving and Supplication. Read More
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Gems

  • Avoiding Casualties: A sermon by Jim Hugerich +

    Spiritual warfare is something that few Christians, regardless of their denomination, are accustomed to thinking about, let alone engaging in. 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
  • A Healthy Obsession: a sermon by Jay Thomas +

    Jay Thomas's sermon in November, 2010 at the Chapel Hill Bible Church, "Why Am I So Obsessed with the Gospel?", Read More
  • Just People: a sermon by Francis Chan +

    Francis Chan's sermon at the Reality Church August 22 and 29, 2010. http://realitymessages.com/audio/20100822-Fearless-32kbps.mp3 http://realitymessages.com/audio/20100829-Fearless_Part2-32kbps.mp3 Read More
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