Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Songs & Words about Mercy

  • Mercy Seat +

    Vicki Yohe gives a compelling description of the effect Christ’s love has on our sin. A song that shows us Read More
  • I'll Glorify His Holy Name: Ain't No Rock (MercyMe) +

    Ain't No Rock lyrics, originally performed by MercyMe-- Ain't no rock, gonna cry in my place as long as I'm Read More
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BogartRobinsonKeyLargoWhat do we want? Our consciousness is saturated with the sounds, sights, and smells of things that we associate with satisfaction, even if it is satisfaction that lasts only a few seconds.

We convince ourselves that if we can accumulate enough of these things, in as wide a variety as possible, we will remain satiated for the foreseeable future. Yet our heart, our mind, knows better, even if we keep those thoughts buried deep below, so we won't experience the crashing, humbling cognitive dissonance of reality. That place inside us that we don't let out, because it is so at odds with the way we've structured our lives, that place longs for the more that only Christ can satisfy. And He satisfies for eternity. Taste and see that the Lord is good.

The scriptures below capture the perils of ignoring that place deep inside our minds, as does the film clip from a 1948 movie.

All things are full of weariness; a man cannot utter it; the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. Ecclesiastes 1.

Hell and destruction are never satisfied, and never satisfied are the eyes of man.Proverbs 27

In the clip below from Key Largo, the quintessence of this unquenchable desire is presented in stark relief, in a confrontation between a fugitive gangster, Johnny Rocco (played by Edward G. Robinson),  and a World War II hero, Frank McCloud (played by Humphrey Bogart). While outside their Florida Keys hotel a hurricane roars, downing telephone lines and trapping the gangster and his troops, McCloud spars with Rocco over what he is really after.

Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • Eugene Peterson was one of America’s most beloved preachers. Let’s not miss his last sermon. +

    Eugene Peterson, the internationally best-selling Christian author who passed into the great unknown this week, Read More
  • Eugene Peterson: 2009 Book of Faith Jubilee +

    Peterson discussed a wide range of topics with Diane Jacobson, Read More
  • Eugene Peterson: Journey with Jonah: Part 1 +

    This is part 1 of a 3 part series of lectures Eugene Peterson Read More
  • Eugene Peterson: Journey with Jonah: Part 2 +

    This is part 2 of Eugene Peterson's 1991 Simpson lecture Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • God's Healing Touch by Sylvia Gunter +

    Listen to God's word for you in Isaiah 42:3. "A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick Read More
  • The Healing Day by Bill Fay +

    It will be okay on the healing dayno more coldest placeon the healing day Read More
  • Inner Healing by Judith MacNutt +

    The following is a clip from a teaching at the MacNutt's Level I School. While brief, it provides a good Read More
  • Healing Ministry & Spiritual Warfare by Judith MacNutt +

    Judith MacNutt on the relationship between spiritual warfare and healing ministry. Read More
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