Today's Devotions

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Showcase:Dealing with Lies

  • Not in this mount, but in Spirit and Truth: a talk by John Piper +

    John Piper challenges our walk and our church practices by questioning what it is we worship, and how we worship—whether Read More
  • Ignorant of the Truth: A sermon by Martyn Lloyd-Jones +

    "For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and going about to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted themselves unto Read More
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Audio & Video

Storytelling

6a00d8341cbf9a53ef014e604e83ff970c-200wiEugene Peterson discusses his influences as a writer, as well as how and why he created the Message translation. This was at a Writer’s Symposium by the Sea in California. He relates his experience translating and interpreting the Bible into the Message version. From 2007. Peterson talks about how the Bible is about storytelling, and discusses the influences on him, from Walker Percy to Wendell Berry to James Joyce’s Ulysses.

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He Reaches For Us

It’s so easy to slip into the trap of thinking that “worship” = “singing.” Don’t get me wrong—music is a popular and powerful avenue to worship, and I, for one, love being in worship bands and choirs! But worship also takes many other forms. Consciously broadening our definition of “worship” (an act that can itself become a form of worship) helps us to broaden our experience of the great richness and beauty of our Creator, leading us in turn to more and deeper praise of Him.

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Lost in the Wilderness

Jesus’ parable about the lost sheep has always struck a chord in me. I appreciate the willingness of our Lord and savior giving the extra effort for each of us. Sadly, not every lost sheep wants to be rescued from the wilderness. Too often we convince ourselves we can manage on our own, or perhaps worse, that God’s grace is a con game, with God playing the role of uncaring huckster trying to steal who we are. The world is filled with people who believe a variant of those lies, and would rather be cut and broken by the wild beasts of the woods, or succumb to delusions brought on by the poisons of the world, than ask for rescue.

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The Empire of the Self

Am I now seeking human approval, or God's approval? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still pleasing people, I would not be a servant of Christ. Galatians 1:10


In most cases, choosing to live for the world or for God is not a life or death issue. For Thomas, archbishop of Canterbury, the head of the Catholic Church in England in 1170, the choice cost him his life.

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When God Smiles

Archbishop Desmond Tutu speaks about his abiding faith during years of South African apartheid with 'What Is Enlightenment Magazine's editor Jessica Roemischer. Archbishop Tutu discusses the profound effects of prayer on his life, and what it felt like to be prayed for--the sustaining of it.

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Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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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
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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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