Today's Devotions

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Eugene Peterson

  • Eat This Book, Eugene Peterson +

    Eugene Peterson’s book, Eat This Book gets its name from Revelation 10:9-10 when John asks for the scroll containing God’s Read More
  • Interview with Eugene Peterson +

    On March 6, 2011, Eugene Peterson was interviewed on NPR concerning his new memoir, Pastor. In the book, Peterson described Read More
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200px-OswaldChambersArise and eat-1 Kings 19:5

 

The angel in this passage did not give Elijah a vision, or explain the Scriptures to him, or do anything remarkable.

He simply told Elijah to do a very ordinary thing, that is, to get up and eat. If we were never depressed, we would not be alive-only material things don't suffer depression. If human beings were not capable of depression, we would have no capacity for happiness and exaltation. There are things in life that are designed to depress us; for example, things that are associated with death. Whenever you examine yourself, always take into account your capacity for depression.

When the Spirit of God comes to us, He does not give us glorious visions, but He tells us to do the most ordinary things imaginable. Depression tends to turn us away from the everyday things of God's creation. But whenever God steps in, His inspiration is to do the most natural, simple things-things we would never have imagined God was in, but as we do them we find Him there. The inspiration that comes to us in this way is an initiative against depression. But we must take the first step and do it in the inspiration of God. If, however, we do something simply to overcome our depression, we will only deepen it. But when the Spirit of God leads us instinctively to do something, the moment we do it the depression is gone. As soon as we arise and obey, we enter a higher plane of life.

 

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

  • 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
  • Christ In Everything +

    Do we care about each other as much as Christ does? Am I willing to love others, and sacrifice my Read More
  • Contemplating Perfection +

    Grace Active O God, may Thy Spirit speak in me that I may speak to Thee. I Lord Jesus, great Read More
  • A Christ-like sacrifice: a review of the movie Tron: Legacy +

    The movie Tron: Legacy provides an interesting, sci-fi parallel to the sacrifice God made of his son, Christ, and the Read More
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Gems

  • A Lenten Prayer +

    Ash Wednesday - March 9, 2011 A Lenten Prayer The Lenten season begins. It is a time to be with you, 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
  • Reading for Lent: Psalm 43 +

    As part of Lent, I am going to be posting a Psalm/scripture and a very brief comment. The main focus Read More
  • Reading for Lent: Ecclesiastes 5 +

    Watch your step when you enter God's house. Enter to learn. That's far better than mindlessly offering a sacrifice, Doing Read More
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