Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Church of the City of New York

  • A Cry for Encouragement-Jon Tyson, Church of the City of New York +

    A powerful sermon on the need for lifting each other up Read More
  • Presence: a worship song by Church of the City of NY +

    Presence by Church of NYC;  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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  • Mysterious and Unknown: Our Great God Fernando Ortega +

    Eternal God, unchanging Mysterious and unknown Your boundless love unfailing In grace and mercy shown Bright seraphim in ceaseless flight Read More
  • Our Great God by Fernando Ortega +

    Eternal God, unchangingMysterious, and unknownYour boundless love, unfailingIn grace and mercy shownBright seraphim in endless flightAround Your glorious throneThey raise Read More
  • This is my Father's world by Fernando Ortega +

    This is my Father's world, and to my listening ears all nature sings, and round me rings the music of Read More
  • Praise to the Lord, the Almighty by Fernando Ortega +

    Praise to the Lord, the AlmightyThe King of creationO my soul, praise HimFor He is thy health and salvationAll ye Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Surprise of His Love: Psalm 90 +

    Surprise us with love at daybreak; Read More
  • Reflections on the Psalms +

    C.S. Lewis' book, Reflections on the Psalms, is not an easy read, but Lewis provides a poet's insight into the Read More
  • Climbing the Mountain: CH Spurgeon, Psalm 24 +

    A Sermon (No. 396) Delivered on Sunday Morning, June the 16th, 1861 by the Rev. C. H. SPURGEON, At the Read More
  • July 29 Devotional: Psalm 19:1 +

    The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. (Psalm 19:1 ESV) Read More
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