Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Freedom

  • 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
  • Freedom and Authority-by JI Packer +

    "Authority" is a word that makes most people think of law and order, direction and restraint, command and control, dominance Read More
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Publications

Separated Unto the Holy Ghost (Andrew Murray)

Below is chapter 3 from the book, Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray, a South African

"Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen . . . and Saul.

"As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.

"And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. So they, being sent forth by the Holy Spirit, departed unto Seleucia" (Acts 13:1-4).

 

In the story of our text we shall find some precious thoughts to guide us as to what God would have of us, and what God would do for us. The great lesson of the verses quoted is this: The Holy Spirit is the director of the work of God upon the earth.

Read more: Separated Unto the Holy Ghost (Andrew Murray)

Ruler of the Raging Sea



http://nctr.pmel.noaa.gov/honshu20110311/

You rule the raging of the sea; when its waves rise, you still them. Psalm 89

Keep in Step with the Spirit

KeepInStepWithTheSpiritThis book on practical teaching about the Holy Spirit, is by J.I. Packer, the author of the modern classic, Knowing God. The title comes from the phrase in Galatians 5:25, meaning walking in a line, holding to a rule, thus proceeding under Another’s control. What does it mean to ‘be filled by’ or ‘live in’ or ‘walk in the Spirit’? Spanning various traditions, Reformed, Wesleyan, Keswick, and Charismatic, Packer parses each to find it’s strength and weakness, then blends an understanding of a credible walking in Christ.

Read more: Keep in Step with the Spirit

Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

Fresh_Wind_Fresh_FireIt is doubtful if, in 1972, those attending one of Jim Cymbala's worship services in a run-down Brooklyn church imagined how generously God would pour His Spirit into their young pastor, and in the process reshape and enliven the  physical and spiritual attributes of Brooklyn Tabernacle.  More than a history of a church,  Fresh Wind is about the dynamic power of God's Spirit to transform those who follow His leading.

Like many great books, Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire is more than the sum of its parts. The most apt description may be prophecy, as when Cymbala describes how most churches today are like the lukewarm Laodicean church spoken of in Revelation. However, mixed with the chastisement is exhortation.

Read more: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire

Reflections to Consider

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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Walking towards Easter: Jesus's Tears +

    These scriptures reflect the pain and suffering, the tears Jesus felt leading up to his crucifixion. Read More
  • Culitvating Good Fruit +

    Proverbs 15:23: To make an apt answer is a joy to a man, and a word in season, how good Read More
  • Living after Easter +

    Acts 1:8.  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my Read More
  • Loving like Jesus and the good, good Father +

    Jesus calls his disciples--and us--to love. Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Easter: transforming how we relate to others +

    As we prepare for Easter, let’s prayerfully consider some questions regarding John 17. Read More
  • Jesus as the cultivator of our heart +

    Day after day our heart experiences dozens and hundreds of interactions: with others, with news stories,  with our thoughts, or Read More
  • Sing to the Lord: Thinking about to praise God each day with songs from our hearts +

    One of the overriding themes throughout scripture is praising God regardless of our circumstances. Read More
  • A focus on blessing others +

    We are called to be a blessing to the world first to those around us. Read More
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