Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Worry

  • Worry +

    Do we trust God to take care of each and every one of our troubles, or do we act like Read More
  • One Prayer Away: Yolanda Adams +

    Yolanda Adams effectively portrays the experiences of brokenness and longing for change I know there are times in your life,When Read More
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alex kirk and familyAlex Kirk of Chatham Community Church recently gave a stellar teaching on how to read the Bible to better understand it and to deepen our relationship with God. Below are some notes from his teaching, followed by a link to the audio file.

God wants to speak to you personally. Really. Scripture primary way that happens.

Holy Spirit: heart & text, time, tools

  • Inductive: studying as its written start to finish or in sizeable chunks to understand context

Observe (engage, listen)

  • Primary question: what does the author say?
  • good listening!
  • who, what, when, where
  • put yourself in as many shoes as possible
  • "film" it
  • repetition, cause & effect, conflict, tension points


  • what does it mean? –especially to the original readers!
  • what questions arise from observations made?
  • what is the significance or main point?
  • why???
  • one correct interpretation: original intent

Apply (respond)

  • what does it mean for me/we/our community?
  • what do I need to do?
  • how applied to my internal world?
  • promises to claim?
  • who is God & what's He up to?
  • how apply to our church community and to neighbors and friends who don't know God?
  • how could I pray using this passage?

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

  • Witnesses for Jesus by Tim Keller (Mark 15) +

    Tim Keller discusses the significance of the women and men who saw Jesus die, buried, and resurrected.  Read More
  • Prayer-bringing light into darkness by NT Wright +

    NT Wright discusses the importance of prayer in maintaining a relationship with Jesus. Read More
  • After darkness, light-the reformation by Michael Reeves +

    Michael Reeves discusses the transformative power of bringing Jesus to the world at the heart of the Reformation. Read More
  • The Esther Option-Living in a fallen world by Mike Cosper +

    The following is an excerpt from an article on The Gospel Coalition website. Read More
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