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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What Egypt and Syria have in common with the movie “Brave” BY CARL MEDEARIS

carl-medearisBe careful what you wish for. That's what.

We went to see "Brave" last night. I liked the title and Chris thought it would be cute.  It was okay.  But the message rang loud and true that we need to be thankful for what we have.

Egypt, Libya and Tunisia toppled their dictators.  Yemen changed its President. Syria is trying to do the same.  I was not a fan of any of those leaders - no more than I was of Saddam Hussein. But be careful what you wish for, especially in the realm of politics.

Read more: What Egypt and Syria have in common with the movie “Brave” BY CARL MEDEARIS

Martyn Lloyd-Jones-The Preacher, by John Piper

martyn_lloyd-jonesBelow is a great first start for finding out more about Martyn Lloyd-Jones, a pastor, teacher and scholar who influenced so many in the 20th and 21st centuries. John Piper does a thorough job exploring different facets of the career and beliefs of this man of God.

In July, 1959 Martyn Lloyd-Jones and his wife Bethan were on vacation in Wales. They attended a little chapel for a Sunday morning prayer meeting and Lloyd-Jones asked them, "Would you like me to give a word this morning?" The people hesitated because it was his vacation and they didn't want to presume on his energy. but his wife said, "Let him, preaching is his life" (see note 1). It was a true statement. In the preface to his powerful book, Preaching and Preachers, he said, "Preaching has been my life's work ... to me the work of preaching is the highest and the greatest and the most glorious calling to which anyone can ever be called (see note 2).

Read more: Martyn Lloyd-Jones-The Preacher, by John Piper

French Fried Tators by Julie Moore

Love me some the Mardi Gras Indians!
Woohoo! It's Fat Tuesday! Mardi Gras! Pancake Tuesday! The Tuesday before Lent, that is. It's the last day people can indulge in excess before they give it up for the season of deprivation. Of course, lots of people just enjoy the indulgence without following it with the deprivation of Lent...! Not that there's anything wrong with that...Laissez les bon temps roulez, right?!

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What Does It Mean For the Father to Forsake the Son? by THABITI ANYABWILE

Someone has described the four Gospels as "passion narratives with extended introductions."  Indeed.  All the action and teaching prior to the passion of Christ serves as harbinger to the suffering to come.  The scenes grow more affecting from Gethsemane.  The intensity swells until the heart nearly bursts.  Consider Matthew 27:

Read more: What Does It Mean For the Father to Forsake the Son? by THABITI ANYABWILE

Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • 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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