Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Forgiveness

  • Total Forgiveness, RT Kendall +

    This was a valuable resource for me in a time of hurt from a brother in Christ. I could not Read More
  • Forgiveness: Desmond Tutu +

    Nobel Peace Prize Winner Desmond Tutu explains how love and forgiveness kept post-apartheid South Africa from tumbling into anarchy. Read More
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Publications

An Inside Job by Julie Moore

I was thinking about what I wrote in the last post about raising a spiritual being, and thought maybe I should have put a little more emphasis on the prayer component... because that's pretty freakin' important. I mean, we're certainly talking about matters that are in God's realm. Okay, I know that there's nothing that ISN'T in His realm, but this especially is.

Anyway, I can certainly talk 'til I'm blue in the face about religious stuff. I can make Bill go to church. I can send him to Catholic school... I can (attempt to) model what I think is authentic Christianity... However, these are all just EXTERNAL things a person can do, while it's primarily and INSIDE job. That is to say, it's mostly about what's going on with God and in Bill's heart isn't it? Something I, personally, have no control over. But God does. I do believe in free will, but I also believe that God can influence us, change us, help us think about things right. And maybe it helps if we ask Him to.

Read more: An Inside Job by Julie Moore

Introduction: Teresa of Avila: Selections from The Interior Castle by Dallas Willard

Dallas-WillardFrom Teresa of Avila: Selections from The Interior Castle, HarperCollins Spiritual Classics, 2004, pp. xiii-xi. Also available inThe Great Omission, San Francisco: HarperCollins, 2006, pp. 206-209.

I first studied Teresa of Avila's Interior Castle twenty or so years ago, after many years of efforts to understand, live, and communicate what the spiritual life portrayed in the Bible was meant to be. I had found many helpful companions on The Way, spread across time and space and "denominational distinctives." But this book and this author immediately announced themselves as a unique presence of God in my life. The book provided instruction on a living relationship with God that I had found nowhere else. I think it very likely that you will experience the same refreshing shock as I did when you read this book.

Read more: Introduction: Teresa of Avila: Selections from The Interior Castle by Dallas Willard

Some Titles and Works of the Holy Spirit by Keith A. Fournier

Deacon Keith FournierThe Holy Spirit, the third person of the Holy Trinity, is referred to in a rich variety of ways in the Scriptures.  As we contemplate the various biblical titles and descriptions of the Holy Spirit, compiled by Deacon Keith Fournier, we'll be surprised at how much more insight we'll gain into who He is and what He does.  I encourage you to meditate on these Scriptures in your prayer time and pray to the Holy Spirit using these various titles.

Read more: Some Titles and Works of the Holy Spirit by Keith A. Fournier

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • The Lives of the Mystics-an interview with Emilie Griffin +

    An interview with Emilie Griffin—author of the new book Wonderful and Dark Is This Road—on the lives of Mystics and how they Read More
  • We Shall All Be Reunited by Patty Griffin +

    Where is now my father's familyThat was here so long ago?Sitting 'round the kitchen firesideBrightened by the ruddy glow Read More
  • Doorways into the prayer life by Emilie Griffin +

    Emilie Griffin spoke at a 1999 Renovaré International Conference Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Freedom of Simplicity, Richard Foster +

    In Freedom of Simplicity Foster gently encourages us to see that our identity, our sense of comfort and security must Read More
  • Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster +

    The Path to Spiritual Growth The book on spiritual disciplines. Read More
  • Spiritual Classics, Richard Foster and Emilie Griffiin +

    Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines Good collection of essays, saints throughout the ages. A Read More
  • Prayer by Richard Foster +

    A prayer Richard Foster uses when beginning a time of contemplation: By the authority of Almighty God, I surround myself Read More
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