Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • Honoring God: a review of the film A Man for All Seasons +

    How a man who is devoted to honoring God stands against a king and an entire government who want him Read More
  • The Winter Season of Faith: Philip Yancey's blog +

    The following is taken from Philip Yancey's blog. A link to his website is at the end of this excerpt. Read More
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First Sunday of Lent - March 13, 2011

A pure heart create for me, O God, put a steadfast spirit within me. (Psalm 50)

Jesus' three temptations in the desert were about choosing 'upward mobility'. Be relevant: do something the world will praise you for like making bread out of stones. Be spectacular: jump from the tower so that everybody can see you as someone so influential, so important.

Be powerful: kneel before me and I will give you dominion over everyone and everything. But, Jesus said, 'No'. Because Jesus knew that God's way is not to be relevant, or spectacular, or powerful. God's way is downward.

'Blessed are the humble. Blessed are the poor of heart. Blessed are the meek. Blessed are the peacemakers'.

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Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

  • Jesus be the centre

    Center is a song that speaks of the essence of our life in Christ, and echoes the words the Christ Read More
  • I Lift My Hands

    A powerful hymn of adoration and praise Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir. This succinctly captures the joy of knowing our savior. Read More
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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Dallas Willard: An interview with John Ortberg on Understanding +

    Ortberg interviewed Willard toward the end of Willard's life about Understanding, Read More
  • Dallas Willard on C.S. Lewis +

    Willard discusses the  impact of Lewis on Christian thinking Read More
  • Dallas Willard: the genius of Jesus +

    Dallas Willard discusses the way that Jesus brings us to the Father, Read More
  • February 26 Devotional: Henri Nouwen, Ash Wednesday +

    When I speak, let it be of blessing and gratitude; Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Enigma of King Saul +

    Why did God choose Saul as the first king of Israel? Read More
  • All Things Working To the Glory of God: Stephen’s Martyrdom +

    God works in mysterious ways– Read More
  • God's Love For Us +

    The well of love God has for us is deeper than our imaginations can grasp-- Read More
  • Truth versus Deceit +

    As stated countless times throughout the Bible, God is pure–God is truth. Read More
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