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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Publications

Living by Kingdom Narratives

good_and_beautiful_godThe idea behind James Bryan Smith’s The Good and Beautiful God (InterVarsity Press, 2009) is twofold. First, spiritual growth generally requires intentionality and discipline--hence the "soul training" exercises at the end of each chapter. Second, many Christians struggle with loving and growing in God. A common cause of these struggles is "false narratives," misconceptions about God that we may or may not realize we have, but that make a huge difference in our spirituality. ("God wants me to try harder," "God blesses me when I'm good but punishes me when I'm bad," etc.)

Read more: Living by Kingdom Narratives

From Unceasing Thinking to Unceasing Prayer

sunwoods1Our minds are always active. We analyze, reflect, daydream, or dream. There is not a moment during the day or night when we are not thinking. You might say our thinking is "unceasing." Sometimes we wish that we could stop thinking for a while; that would save us from many worries, guilt feelings, and fears. Our ability to think is our greatest gift, but it is also the source of our greatest pain. Do we have to become victims of our unceasing thoughts? No, we can convert our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer by making our inner monologue into a continuing dialogue with our God, who is the source of all love.

Let's break out of our isolation and realize that Someone who dwells in the center of our beings wants to listen with love to all that occupies and preoccupies our minds.

From Henri J.M. Nouwen's Bread for the Journey.

The Book of God

The Bible as a Novel

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Walter Wangerin tells the story of the Bible as a novel with God and the Bible characters we know so well engaging in dialog and actions that make it The Greatest Story Every Told.
Priests, kings, prophets, apostles, shepherds, and common people, all have roles with a purpose in the spiritual story of mankind that reach out of the pages of a well known but not always well understood old book in a way that speaks to us today.

 

Read more: The Book of God

The Knowledge of the Holy

The Knowledge of the Holy by A. W. Tozer was originally published in 1961 but has become a modern classic treatise about the attributes of God.

knowledge_of_the_holy_tozer Tozer (1897-1963), an evangelical theologian and pastor, helps us understand the nature of God through thoughtful discussion about such topics as:  thinking rightly about God, His immutability, God’s Holiness, Devine wisdom, transcendence, justice, and mercy, to name a few.

This short book is divided into 23 chapters; each on a different attribute.  Each chapter is short but all ‘meat’, making it a great resource for individual Bible study or small group discussion. It can be found in paperback for a few dollars or downloaded from several free Internet locations. The Knowledge of the Holy is a must study for all Christians.

What Makes A Difference?

Prayer.  Does it make any difference? Is written by Philip Yancey (Zondervan, 2006) in his easy to understand conversational style.

prayer_yanceyYancey explores many of the same questions we all have:  Why pray?  What should I pray for?  How and when should I pray?  What difference does it make?  Why doesn’t God answer my prayers?  Do my prayers actually change God’s mind?  Yancy draws on his considerable experience with others to give poignant examples and illustrations for gaining insight into these and many other questions. This book is a candid discussion of prayer for anyone wishing to better understand and deepen their prayer life.

Reflections to Consider

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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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