Today's Devotions

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All About the Cross

  • St. John of the Cross: Dark Night of the Soul +

    St.John of the Cross--Dark Night of the Soul, mp3 file. http://www.ccel.org/ccel/john_cross/dark_night/mp3/01_Book%20I%20Chapter%201.mp3 Below is the link for the entire listing of Read More
  • The Mill & the Cross-a film by Lech Majewski +

    What does it mean to be committed to belief in a reformed relationship with Christ, when death by brutal torture 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

  • Between Good Friday and Easter Sunday by John Ortberg +

    John Ortberg's address during the January 9 morning session of National Staff Conference 2014. It is John Ortberg talking to InterVarsity's Read More
  • Fourth Sunday in Lent - The Man Born Blind by David Hyman +

    Spiritual blindness is the driving theme in this passage from John 9:1-41. But the man born blind is the one Read More
  • First Sunday of Lent Devotional +

    First Sunday of Lent - March 13, 2011 A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within Read More
  • November 29th-Henri Nouwen-Waiting with the Word - First Sunday of Advent +

    Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with . . . the worries of this life. Luke 21:34 Read More
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Gems

  • Total Forgiveness, RT Kendall +

    This was a valuable resource for me in a time of hurt from a brother in Christ. I could not Read More
  • Forgiveness: Desmond Tutu +

    Nobel Peace Prize Winner Desmond Tutu explains how love and forgiveness kept post-apartheid South Africa from tumbling into anarchy. Read More
  • Reconciliation and Forgiveness +

    From the poem Invictus, Latin for unconquered, by Victorian poet William Ernest Henley and a favorite of Nelson Mandela’s, this Read More
  • The Power of Forgiveness: a movie review of The Straight Story +

    Alvin's story reminds us of the importance of family relationships, the need for unconditional love, and the power of forgiveness. Read More
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