Today's Devotions

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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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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  • Prayer by Alex Kirk, Chatham Community Church +

    What role does prayer play in our lives? What is prayer, anyway? Alex Kirk, pastor of Chatham Community Church, gives Read More
  • How to be Mary in a Martha world by Jim Abrahamson, Chatham Community Church +

    Jim Abrahamson spoke at Chatham Community Church on an essential of the Christian walk Who/what is our savior? What is Read More
  • Christ the King Sunday by Art Going (Holy Trinity Chatham) +

    A thoughtful discussion of how we function as colonizers for Christ the King.  Read More
  • MY STUPID MOUTH by Steve Tamayo of Chatham Community Church +

    Tremendous sermon on the liabilities of our tongue, both in what we say and don't say. Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • My Soul Cries Out in Worship +

    Over the past ten years, Vicki Yohe has written some of the most popular songs sung in churches. This song Read More
  • Worship Matters: A blog by Bob Kauflin +

    Worship Matters is a blog by Bob Kauflin. Good, inspired food for one's soul. Read More
  • Worship Wars in Bethany +

    Jim Abrahamson preached on the worship wars in Bethany in 2003. Read More
  • The Greatest Treasure Remains: Come, Now is the Time for Worship +

    Come, now is the time to worship Read More
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