Today's Devotions

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Showcase:Soaring

  • Right Where You Are by Sylvia Gunter +

    There are all sorts of friends. Read More
  • Embracing God's Mystery +

    One of the sad aspects of humanity is our jadedness, Read More
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Reflection

Developing Christ's Character



old_faithful_500As a grandparent I have enjoyed watching my children and their spouses sharpen their parenting skills.  I now better understand what an important influence parents have on the development of their children’s character.  As each year passes I see more and more of my children’s character manifested in my grandchildren.  A “Spiritually Exchanged Life” is somewhat similar.

But a child’s character is a blank page—nothing to remove and easy to fill.  A new Christian’s character is not blank--already full of self-centerness, and sin.  Transforming this old character to take on God’s character requires exchanging my view for God’s view, and a works-based relationship for a grace-based one.  This is what Paul means by having the same attitude as Christ. (Phil. 2:5)  The more Christ “ abides in us”, the more our character becomes Christ-like. And the more our actions become Christ’s actions.  “Exchanged Spirituality” is not easy.  Taking on the mind of Christ is a commitment we make when, by faith, we accept Christ’s death for our sin.  It requires daily effort.  It takes time.  And it is never complete.  But what a joy!

Let There Be Light

dcloudsmay11No one prays for a thing that they fear.  No one prays for something they don't welcome.

 


I used to be afraid of the Holy Spirit.  It may never have been stated directly, but I grew up hearing many implications that those who believed the Spirit was active were teaching “false doctrine.”  I grew to believe that whatever he was, he wasn't a person, and I needed to stay in meticulous control of my theology.  I was determined to be serious about God.

Read more: Let There Be Light

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

  • Baptism, Communion, Repentance: The Essential U-Turn +

    Very few people admit to making u-turns when driving. Read More
  • The Wonder of Grace +

    Grace–that which brings us delight. Read More
  • Embracing God's Mystery +

    One of the sad aspects of humanity is our jadedness, Read More
  • 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
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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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