Today's Devotions

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All About Grace

  • Christ is a Great Savior: a review of the movie Amazing Grace +

    Amazing Grace is a historical drama about William Wilberforce who was elected to British Parliament at the age of 21 Read More
  • Making Beauty out of Ugly Things: Grace by U2 +

    Grace, she takes the blame She covers the shame Removes the stain It could be her name Grace, she carries 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

  • Why You Need Judges: Tim Keller on a Provocative, Pivotal, Pertinent Book by Matt Smethurst +

    If you're looking to feel warm and cozy, I wouldn't recommend the Book of Judges. It's a bleak story—a 21-chapter Read More
  • Shalom Covenant Fulfillment And Completion Judges 6:11-22; 8:28 by Sylvia Gunter +

    Listen to the Word of God in Judges. "Gideon built an altar to the LORD there and called it The Read More
  • The Judgement Seat of Christ by Leonard Ravenhill +

    Leonard Ravenhill (1907-1994) was a Christian evangelist and author who focused on the subjects of prayer and revival. He is Read More
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Gems

  • What is Good in a World that Defies Hope: a talk by NT Wright +

    This is the second part of three talks by NT Wright at Harvard University in November, 2008 on the topic Read More
  • He Is Good: Give Him Praise: Lincoln Brewster, Israel Houghton +

    Featuring: Lincoln Brewster, Israel HoughtonGod almighty, we give You praiseFor we are fearfully and wonderfully madeSons and daughters, we stand Read More
  • My Dancing Rhythm: You Are So Good To Me +

    Third Day.. You are so good to me You heal my broken heart You are my Father in heaven [2x] Read More
  • By Your Spirit: You Have Been Good +

    Twila Paris Oh Lord, You Have Been Good You Have Been Faithful to All Generations Oh Lord, Your Steadfast Love Read More
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