Holistic Spirituality

Faith, hope, love, joy and peace—the "magnificent five"—are inseparable from one another and reciprocally support each other. Try to imagine any one without the others! Dallas Willard

These magnificent five form the crosshatching of God’s presence in our lives. They are God’s gifts for the people we work with and encounter each day, testifying to the integration of His Spirit into who we are. The five reflect an ongoing relationship that delivers God’s grace through our submitted lives. When Paul praises the Thessalonians’ work of faith, their labor of love, and their patience of hope in following Christ, we see the dynamics of God’s spirit. In Romans he describes the integration of God’s will into our own when he prays that the God of hope would fill us with all joy and peace as we trust in the Father. Becoming wholly Christ-like is accomplished by opening every aspect of our lives to the work of the Holy Spirit. His magnificent gifts transform me from a prisoner of the world to a freedman whose life can reveal each day the depth and breadth of God’s love for me.

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Every time we think of you, we thank God for you. Day and night you're in our prayers as we call to mind your work of faith, your labor of love, and your patience of hope in following our Master, Jesus Christ, before God our Father. It is clear to us, friends, that God not only loves you very much but also has put his hand on you for something special. When the Message we preached came to you, it wasn't just words. Something happened in you. The Holy Spirit put steel in your convictions. 1 Thessalonians 1:1-3

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

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Favorites

  • 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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