Today's Devotions

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Showcase:Chatham Church

  • Made in His Image: Alex Kirk +

    World-made, self-made, or  God made? It is a trick question, because the first two are one and the same. When Read More
  • 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
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Publications

God is Personal: Eugene Peterson on prayer

The following is from Jesus  Creed, Scot McKnight on  Jesus and Orthdox faith in the 21st century. There is a link at the end of this posting.

One of the best things I've ever heard on prayer comes from Eugene Peterson's new book, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ .  "But here's the thing: prayer is personal language or it is nothing.  God is personal, emphatically personal: three-personed personal. When we use impersonal language in this most personal of all relations, the language doesn't work" (156). Think about it. The Psalms is a collection of personal prayers, sometimes so deeply personal these prayers make us squirm or wonder if they should be said aloud. But isn't that the whole point of prayer? Impersonal prayer is prayer shaped to say the right thing to the ears who are listening in the congregation; personal prayer opens the heart to God.
Read more: http://blog.beliefnet.com/jesuscreed/2010/04/eugene-peterson-practice-resur-9.html#ixzz1K4WPW1OS

 

 

Apt To Teach: Abundant Resources

Jim Abrahamson, former pastor at the Chapel Hill Bible Church, has a site rich in resources for studying the word of God. Jim says,

"Over the last several years I have put together a series of notes on various Biblical and Theological topics. These notes were designed to be used in classes that I teach. With the aid of this site I can make these notes available to my students and anyone else that might find them helpful. They represent a "work in process" as I am frequently updating their content as I gain more or better understanding.

Read more: Apt To Teach: Abundant Resources

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

  • No Longer Alone with God

    This is the first of a seven part series by Dallas Willard, a USC philosophy professor who is closely associated Read More
  • Storytelling

    Eugene Peterson discusses his influences as a writer, as well as how and why he created the Message translation. This Read More
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Favorites

  • A Model for Coming to God-adapted from Sylvia Gunter +

    Sylvia Gunter uses Psalm 35 to show how David asked God to contend, fight, rescue, defend, vindicate Read More
  • Soaring by Surrendering +

    How do birds soar? Read More
  • Forgiveness Leads to Thriving: John 21 +

    How we deal with our daily sins determines whether others see Jesus in us. Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Mystery of Godliness +

    Longings after God My dear Lord, I can but tell Thee that Thou knowest I long for nothing but Thyself, Read More
  • The Mystery of Iniquity by RC Sproul +

    It has been called the Achilles' heel of the Christian faith. Of course, I'm referring to the classical problem of Read More
  • The Mystery of the Trinity: One in Essence, Three in Person by RC Sproul +

    Do the three Persons of the Trinity truly exist? In this message entitled "One in Essence, Three in Person," Dr. Read More
  • Behold, I Tell You a Mystery by Baritone Coloratura· +

    Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, Read More
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