Today's Devotions

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Showcase:Thanksgiving

  • Supplications, Prayers, Intercessions, and Thanksgivings +

    Moses implored the Lord his God, and said, O Lord, turn from yourfierce wrath; change your mind and do not Read More
  • Thanksgiving +

    Why should we give thanks to God? Why should we come to him with our praises,? In the scriptures, there Read More
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Reflection

Earth as a Terrorist

volcanllaimaOn any given day it can seem as if Earth itself is a terrorist as grotesque shape-shiftings of the physical world occur. Floods destroy property, volcanoes erupt and disrupt travel schedules of hundreds of thousands, if not millions of people; and, earthquakes ravage families and communities. Each of these calamities kill, maim and break the hearts of untold numbers of people. A world without hope, held captive by these reigns of terror? It is not a trite platitude that our essence is spirit, and this spirit supersedes anything that we encounter in the physical world. It is not that our bodies don’t bleed when cut and our bones won’t fracture when stress is applied. Rather, it is that Christ’s spirit can provide sustenance and strength when the disorder of this world tears into the lives of ourselves or those we lift up into His arms. If we direct our minds to be a territory wholly overseen by Christ’s spirit, then He is able to minister His grace-soaked acts of love to those affected.

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A Window on Our Spiritual Lives

Even though our emotional and spiritual lives are distinct, they do influence one another profoundly. Our feelings often give us a window on our spiritual journeys. When we cannot let go of jealousy, we may wonder if we are in touch with the Spirit in us that cries out "Abba." When we feel very peaceful and "centered," we may come to realise that this is a sign of our deep awareness of our belovedness.

Likewise our prayer lives, lived as faithful response to the presence of the Spirit within us, may open a window on our emotions, feelings, and passions and give us some indication of how to put them into the service of our long journey into the heart of God. - Henry Nouwen

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You have put gladness in my heart more than when their grain and wine abound. Psalm 4:7

The kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in
the Holy Spirit
. Romans 14:17

Soul Farmers

redwoods_500Worshipping God in spirit and truth begins with a willingness to participate with God’s spirit in changing who we are. In effect we become farmers of all that define us: our thoughts, our lives, our souls. Since we still live as strangers in an environment filled with poisonous fruit, we need God’s nutrient-rich resources to replenish our lives. Guided by the Holy Spirit, we recognize that the fruit of our lives apart from God—anger, jealousy, dissension and envy are quite different from the fruit God wants to cultivate—love, joy and peace (among others). As we remove the weeds, rocks and other obstacles preventing the Holy Spirit’s light of truth and renewing rain from accessing us, we understand how much of what we were in the world is truly alien to God.

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Spirit-led Farming



But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth. John 4:23-24


farm_rowsWorshipping God in spirit and truth begins with a willingness to participate with God’s spirit in changing who we are. In effect we become farmers of all that define us: our thoughts, our lives, our souls. Since we still live as strangers in an environment filled with poisonous fruit, we need God’s nutrient-rich resources to replenish our lives.

Guided by the Holy Spirit, we recognize that the fruit of our lives apart from God—anger, jealousy, dissension and envy are quite different from the fruit God wants to cultivate—love, joy and peace (among others). As we remove the weeds, rocks and other obstacles preventing the Holy Spirit’s light of truth and renewing rain from accessing us, we understand how much of what we were in the world is truly alien to God.

Read more: Spirit-led Farming

Balance

In writing about Spirit Filled Spirituality Boa discusses Walking in the Power of the Spirit, Gifts of the Spirit, and Openness and Discernment: A Balance.

In the first chapter he discusses how the power the Spirit is predicated on enlightenment of the Word. Many believers overemphasize either the Spirit (Spirit Centered Believers) or the Word (Word Centered Believers). Both are needed to unite the mind and the heart so that they reinforce each other. He reviews briefly the three major Spirit-centered movements of the 20th century: Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Third Wave. Basically there are two ways a person is filled with the Spirit. One is manifested internally as translated from the Greek word pleroo, and the other externally, translated from pimplemi.

The next chapter reviews the purpose and nature of Spiritual gifts. The church is a diverse group of believers with different gifts incorporated into a single body united in purpose and call. Boa gives us 12 principles describing the nature of gifts. Based on the lists in Romans 12, 1 Corinthians 12, and Ephesians 4 he describes the various gifts, and adds other singular ones found in scripture.

The final chapter expands the discussion on how to balance openness to the Spirit with discernment based on knowledge of the Word. The strengths and weaknesses of an exclusively Spirit centered approach versus exclusively Word centered approach are outlined. Boa points out once again the need to balance truth and power, and Word and Spirit to guide our inward and outward journeys. He concludes by offering advice on how to appropriate the power of the Spirit.

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • 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
  • Trinity and Baptisms-David Hyman, Holy Trinity Chatham +

    An excellent discussion of what baptism is about, and the wonderful mystery of the Trinity.  Read More
  • Praying to the Father-David Hyman, Holy Trinity Chatham +

    What does it mean to pray to our Father? Read More
  • Success by David Hyman, Holy Trinity Chatham +

    As followers of Jesus, how should we measure success? 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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