Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Humility

  • Trap Door, T Bone Burnett +

    One of my all time favorite songs. Sums up the struggle for letting Christ live through me rather than me Read More
  • April 5 Evening Devotional: CH Spurgeon +

    "Before honour is humility." Proverbs 15:33 Read More
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Dallas-WillardWhat does it mean to be a church? For Willard, it begins with Christ, and our fixing our thoughts, our minds on him. Willard uses  the Lord's prayer, especially, "hallowed by thy name" to keep Christ's identity front and center in his thoughts throughout the day. Below are  some more thoughts from this talk of Willard, delivered at the Tree of Life Community in Orange, CA. This is part 1 of 3  parts of the teaching.Part one of the video follows the notes.

Ephesians 1:15-23

Do we make the mistake of thinking that because Paul prays for us in his letter to the Ephesians that it means there is nothing for us to do?

Question: What do we do to live in the reality of the scriptures?

Psalm 1 as our scripture reading earlier was very good. It helps us see the active side of our lives. It invites us to meditate continually on God's law-day and night. And as Christians, we have something even better to meditate on-Jesus Himself. It's easier to delight in Jesus all the time than it is to meditate on the law (which reminds us of God's ways, but often makes us realize how far short we fall)

Have your mind always fixed on Christ. Always! This will take care of 99% of your troubles.

Do you want to trust in God? Then keep Him always before your eyes. Seeing Him in His goodness, His beauty and His love will enable you to trust Him more.

We live by grace. But we are not waiting on grace. Grace is waiting on us. God is there ready and waiting to be gracious to us.

What is the church? It consists of people living with Jesus under God's kingdom reign. This is His body. It is a body of redeemed people who are caught up in the life of God.

How do we fix our hearts and minds on Jesus? Use a simple phrase from the Lord's prayer. Let it renew your mind. Remember Romans 12:2 - Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. God is ready to go, ready to enable and empower us.

Mind is key. What you think of is the first level of your freedom. Set your mind on God first and always. Ps 16:8 - I have set the lord always before me.

You can constantly invoke the presence of Christ. But this requires that he would always be before you.http://unhurriedtime.com/2011/08/15/dallas-willard-being-church-part-1/


Reflections to Consider

  • Warfare Spirituality

    The Trinity function as farmers of our souls, actively caring for God’s creation: an ongoing, radical reclamation of His creation. Read More
  • Corporate Spirituality

    Encouragement, Accountability, and Worship Solitude, community and ministry are three areas requiring balance and integration in the Christian walk. The Read More
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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • The Cleansing of the Temple by RC Sproul +

    http://www.ligonier.org/account/dashboard/sermon/151/download/ In this incident of Jesus cleansing the temple, Dr. Sproul points out that the activities being performed were legitimate, Read More
  • The Prodigals by Kevin DeYoung +

    During the Gospel Coalition conference in 2013, Kevin DeYoung gave a thoughtful, spirit-led sermon on Luke 15. He was able Read More
  • Centered on one or the other by Ray Ortlund +

    ". . . a friend of tax collectors and sinners!" Luke 7:34 What does it mean for a church to be gospel-centered? That's Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • 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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