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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A Christ-Life Through Spiritual Alignment

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Something has gone wrong deep within me and gets the better of me every time. It happens so regularly that it's predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God's commands, but it's pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge. I've tried everything and nothing helps. I'm at the end of my rope. Is there no one who can do anything for me? Isn't that the real question? The answer, thank God, is that Jesus Christ can and does. Romans 7:15-25 If I go through a rough patch of road littered with potholes, I shouldn’t expect my car to continue driving smoothly or my steering wheel to remain steady. And yet I do expect to be able to make it through each and every day with little attention paid to being in synch with God. As Paul makes clear in his letter to the Romans, it is one thing to want to be alive to God, and another to act this out each day. How am I to live devoted to Christ if my own self wars against the desire? Process spirituality is about committing my whole being to a daily body-mind-spirit alignment.

I cannot rely on my human understanding or effort alone to enable me to deal with problems in a manner that glorifies God. My spiritual steering wheel is still jerking in my hands if I align myself by using only willpower and a few minutes of prayer and scripture study. I was not made to endure the world alone; I was created to walk in partnership with the holy of holies. I need to submit myself each and every moment to the presence of God, my master mechanic, coming before Him wholly and humbly intent on surrendering who I am and what I understand to His will, His direction and His grace. I am in need of his professional tools to calibrate my life so it doesn’t become a broken heap after every 3 miles of living.

His alignment requires me to engage in a daily process of submitting myself to the direction of the Holy Spirit, who guides my review of His word (for daily updates) and ensures my systems are monitored through prayer. Process spirituality involves my ongoing consecration to Christ, living as if He is the only one who has the skills to keep me going in each and every circumstance He places me, while the Holy Spirit maintains a smooth and steady steering wheel, enabling my actions to be the product of God’s love.

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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