Today's Devotions

Showcase: Prayer

  • Best of EM Bounds on Prayer +

    This is a compilation of some of the writings by E.M. Bounds. I've read a fair amount of books on Read More
  • Prayer - Does it Make Any Difference, Philip Yancey +

    Contemporary classic that probes the meaning of prayer for 21st century believers, and provides extended, personal anecdotes from a wide Read More
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francis-chanThe following is from Francis Chan's blog on Tumblr. The link is at the end of the posting.

On a bit of a high right now.

I spent the past couple of days participating and speaking at the City Impact conference in San Francisco.  700 of us (sorry to the hundreds turned away- we ran out of space) walked around the streets of the Tenderloin district passing out hot meals, clothes, groceries, cutting hair, visiting apartments, washing feet, and various other acts of love.

Mainly, we sat and listened to the stories about their lives, told them about the love of Christ and prayed for them.  Some will now be discipled.

Hard to say what the greatest blessing was...  Maybe it was watching my 15 year old washing and massaging the feet of homeless people for hours while telling them about Jesus.  Maybe it was seeing my 11 year old pass out meals or walk the streets sharing her faith.  Maybe it was watching my wife lead worship in a room full of passionate worshippers.  Maybe it was the opportunity to preach to a gathering of believers who spent the day living out what they believed.  Maybe it was listening to the stories of lost people and being able to speak truth into their lives..  Ultimately, it was a great time watching my family join with other believers who were willing be uncomfortable.  I'm used to seeing this on mission trips, but not so much in our own backyard.

And yes, Rachel is safely home from  Thailand.  Thanks for your prayers.  Now comes the task of trying to live the Spirit-filled life right here, amidst our comfort-driven culture.  Something the whole family is trying to do.  It was nice that we were able to do it for a weekend, but now we're trying to make it the norm.

Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • Shut It Tight, T Bone Burnett +

    I find it hard sometimes to say the way that I feel I do the very things I hate to Read More
  • Home: a video clip of Going Home by Libera +

    What is home? Is it a house or something more? Is home where you grew up, where you live, or Read More
  • The Dynamics of the Spiritual Life +

    Our emotional lives and our spiritual lives have different dynamics. The ups and downs of our emotional life depend a Read More
  • Like Anyone Else: Solomon Burke +

    I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Idol of Personal Peace and Affluence +

    Francis Schaeffer discusses modern man’s humanistic thought, and its relationship to the only values that were held: personal peace and Read More
  • The Beginning of PCA: Francis Schaeffer +

    "A Step Forward" [The Presbyterian Journal, 6 March 1974, pages 7-8] Shortly after the formation of the Presbyterian Church in Read More
  • A Change in Our Society: Francis Schaeffer +

    A Christian Manifesto by Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer This address was delivered by the late Dr. Schaeffer in 1982 at Read More
  • The Universe and Two Chairs: Francis Schaeffer +

    In the course of this book we have focused attention on the way God looks at the culture of our Read More
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