Today's Devotions

Showcase: Lent

  • 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
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The Community of Jesus

by Tim Keller-notes from a blog

Keller takes us through the sermon on the Mount focusing on the "new humanity" that Christ is creating.

  1. His are a people who
  2. experience radical freedom from
  3. the control of living

for power, comfort, success & recognition. His kingdom is a people who prize the blessing that comes during grief, weakness, exclusion, and sacrifice. It is an upside-down kingdom.

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A quick outline for you...

1. Promise of a new community (when our relationship with Him is restored, all others begin to restore)
2. Parts of the new community (Values inside & How it regards those outside)
3. Power to live this way (Understanding you are both evil & you are a "beloved child")
*I'll paraphrase a point he made that I think is worth highlighting: To the degree that you are surrendered to Him as King, you will experience this radical freedom and new humanity.

• Jan 29, 2003
• Tim Keller
• Redeemer Presbyterian
• Luke 6:12-36
The gospel creates a new community which not only nurtures individuals but serves as a sign of God's coming kingdom. Here we see classes of people loving one another who could not have gotten along without the healing power of the gospel. Here we see sex, money, and power used in unique non-destructive and life-giving ways.

Acts-23-what we are called to be--
11 That night the Master appeared to Paul: "It's going to be all right. Everything is going to turn out for the best. You've been a good witness for me here in Jerusalem. Now you're going to be my witness in Rome!"


Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • The Many Facets of Spirituality +

              The finished diamond is one of the most beautiful and desirable gems.  Yet, in the Read More
  • Conversations Journal +

    Conversations provides thoughtful, in-depth article treatments of topics aligned around a particular theme. Conversations covers “five continuing themes, each representing Read More
  • Discipleship by Dallas Willard +

    Dallas Willard is one of the best thinkers and writers in the world today; it is a blessing to Christ's Read More
  • Assessing Spiritual Growth (interview with Dallas WIllard) +

    How Do We Assess Spiritual Growth? An interview in Leadership Journal, May 2010 How can churches know if they are Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Prayer by Alex Kirk, Chatham Community Church +

    What role does prayer play in our lives? What is prayer, anyway? Alex Kirk, pastor of Chatham Community Church, gives Read More
  • How to be Mary in a Martha world by Jim Abrahamson, Chatham Community Church +

    Jim Abrahamson spoke at Chatham Community Church on an essential of the Christian walk Who/what is our savior? What is Read More
  • Christ the King Sunday by Art Going (Holy Trinity Chatham) +

    A thoughtful discussion of how we function as colonizers for Christ the King.  Read More
  • MY STUPID MOUTH by Steve Tamayo of Chatham Community Church +

    Tremendous sermon on the liabilities of our tongue, both in what we say and don't say. Read More
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