Today's Devotions

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Worth Discovering: Philip Yancey

  • Prayer - Does it Make Any Difference, Philip Yancey +

    Contemporary classic that probes the meaning of prayer for 21st century believers, and provides extended, personal anecdotes from a wide Read More
  • Blog of the Week: Mister Noah's Neighborhood: Philip Yancey blog +

    Below is a wonderful blog by Philip Yancey--see the link at the end of the posting. Mister Noah's Neighborhood Posted Read More
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sheep_tree_500In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will guide your paths. Proverbs 3: 6.

It is a bit of a misrepresentation to say my life is wholly given to Christ as I continue withholding part, if not all of it from Him.

I claim to be fully integrated, to be one in Christ Jesus, without beginning to grasp, let alone incorporate Him into my work or family or interests. As a garden needs a gardener, so I need the comforter, God’s own Spirit, to oversee my renovation into a sacred space for God. When I open my body to be a sanctuary for God’s Spirit, He can take this potholed, graveled life and transform my thoughts into branches of his word and my actions into the fruit of his love.

Wholly giving myself to God means that sometimes the gardener wants to dig deeper in my heart than I feel comfortable with, or He chooses to cultivate within me a type of fruit I am not especially keen on. Whatever the issue, several times each day I am tempted to retake part of myself. I conveniently assure myself I am the one who can best attend to the weeding, reseeding, watering, and general maintenance. Invariably, more and more of my life is taken over by my whims and predilections, and less of it is in the hands of the Holy Spirit. Soon what was once a vibrant garden decays into an array of desiccated plants--a desert.

Every day I make choices about who will be the gardener of the moments in my life. Holistic Spirituality is about choosing God’s Spirit, willfully integrating all that I am into the purpose of God’s love. If I live to show God’s glory through every particle of my being, then I need His gardener tending to my soul.

Or didn't you realize that your body is a sacred place, the place of the Holy Spirit? Don't you see that you can't live however you please, squandering what God paid such a high price for? The physical part of you is not some piece of property belonging to the spiritual part of you. God owns the whole works. So let people see God in and through your body. 1 Corinthians 6:19-20

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

  • Joyful Joyful We Adore Thee by Casting Crowns +

    Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love; hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the Read More
  • We Adore You, O Christ-Adoramus Te Christe +

    We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because with your precious blood you have redeemed the world. Have Read More
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Gems

  • The Resurrection +

    (John 20) The Resurrection 1 Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, Read More
  • Glorification (Receiving a Resurrection Body) by Dr. Wayne Grudem, from Systematic Theology, ch 42.) +

    When will we receive a resurrection body? What will they be like? I. Explanation & Scriptural Basis Definition - Glorification is Read More
  • Living In Resurrection Power John 11:25 by Sylvia Gunter +

    Hear God's Word for you in John 11:25. "I am the resurrection and the life." And in 1 Peter 1:3 Read More
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