Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Assorted Treats

  • God of all Comfort, Hannah Whitall Smith +

    Far from the abundant life promised by Christ, most Christians live in defeat and despair. The object of this book Read More
  • You are free +

    The Jesus who calmed a sea of deadly, stormy waves, whose arrival sent thousands of demons cringing and cowering to Read More
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Screen Shot 2013-05-28 at 10.37.12 AMOkay, so... I released that last entry into the blogosphere on Saturday, and now I have a couple of things to say about it. So if you haven't read that one, then this one will make not sense... so go here and read it NOW! (If you want to, that pressure....)

Look how much Steve
Jobs loves my Mac...
First off, forget the IT guys... though I love them... In my new and improved metaphor you don't have one of those guys sitting next to you... you have freakin' STEVE JOBS pushing the buttons for you. Or Bill Gates, depending on your preference... That is to say, you don't just have a trained professional to help you work your new computer, you have the Genius who invented it!

Out with the old...
And second, yesterday in church, we went over a bit of Scripture from John 15, and dig this EXACT quote from Jesus to His disciples: "You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you." (John 15:3). Okay, so I know He probably said it in Aramaic, and then John wrote it in Greek, and then a member of the New International Version translation team translated it into English, but... Here's Jesus saying, in essence, "I said it. It's done." (Remember when He said, "It is finished?!") Ahh... sweet mystery of life, I'm glad I found you... with the new!

Now I'm thinking now about how when the company I worked for migrated from using Quark Xpress for layout to Adobe InDesign. I was what you might call a "slow adopter." I would mess around with the InDesign a little occasionally, but mostly I just stuck with Quark... because I knew how to use it. But then... I moved into a department where they had removed Quark from the machines.... And I was forced to use InDesign exclusively.

Soul Asylum
The reason I am thinking about this, is... well, I wonder if there's a way to remove the old safety nets from my spiritual Mac? I don't know. I'll have to think about it... Like in that song, Somebody to Shove by Soul Asylum... which is sort of a plea for God to show Himself and get the singer up off his ass to do something. "Take away my Quark, God! Otherwise I'm just going to keep using it!" Of course it's always completely scary when the Quark is gone... Good thing Steve Jobs is sitting right here with me.

Anyway, that's the rest of I wanted to say right now about this... until we meet again... party on.

Reflections to Consider

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  • Jesus be the centre

    Center is a song that speaks of the essence of our life in Christ, and echoes the words the Christ Read More
  • I Lift My Hands

    A powerful hymn of adoration and praise Arkansas Gospel Mass Choir. This succinctly captures the joy of knowing our savior. Read More
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Audio & Video

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  • Dallas Willard: An interview with John Ortberg on Understanding +

    Ortberg interviewed Willard toward the end of Willard's life about Understanding, Read More
  • Dallas Willard on C.S. Lewis +

    Willard discusses the  impact of Lewis on Christian thinking Read More
  • Dallas Willard: the genius of Jesus +

    Dallas Willard discusses the way that Jesus brings us to the Father, Read More
  • February 26 Devotional: Henri Nouwen, Ash Wednesday +

    When I speak, let it be of blessing and gratitude; Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Enigma of King Saul +

    Why did God choose Saul as the first king of Israel? Read More
  • All Things Working To the Glory of God: Stephen’s Martyrdom +

    God works in mysterious ways– Read More
  • God's Love For Us +

    The well of love God has for us is deeper than our imaginations can grasp-- Read More
  • Truth versus Deceit +

    As stated countless times throughout the Bible, God is pure–God is truth. Read More
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