Showcase: Let us praise Him!

  • This Passing Tide Under Your Wings: Praise the Father, by Chris Tomlin +

    Praise the Father, Praise the Son, by Chris Tomlin. O sov'reign God, O matchless King- the saints adore, the angels Read More
  • Never Cease to Praise: Let Everything That Has Breath +

    Matt Redman CHORUS: Let everything that, everything that, Everything that has breath praise the Lord. Let everything that, everything that, Read More
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Audio & Video

Being Church-Dallas Willard, part 3

Dallas-WillardBelow are notes from Dallas Willard's talk at Tree of Life Community in Orange, CA. A video of the teaching is at the end of these notes.

Conversation / Q & A with the pastors:

Question: "What is the primary barrier to being a disciple of Jesus?"

Answer: The default system of thinking that you can be a Christian without being a disciple. This belief is rooted in the current reigning understanding among Evangelicals of what it means to be saved. Too many think salvation is only about a guarantee of going to heaven when we die. This understanding really requires nothing of believers. We only expect to have to profess certain things and perhaps associate with certain people. Discipleship then feels like a "bait and switch" in this understanding of the gospel. It wasn't part of the original invitation.

Read more: Being Church-Dallas Willard, part 3

Being Church--Dallas Willard, part 1

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?

Read more: Being Church--Dallas Willard, part 1

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

  • Worry

    Do we trust God to take care of each and every one of our troubles, or do we act like Read More
  • The Beauty of God

    Apocalyptic and the Beauty of God Isaiah 65. 17-25; Revelation 21.9-27 a sermon at Harvard Memorial Church, October 22 2006 Read More
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Music

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Audio & Video

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Favorites

  • Healing Words From A Dialogue With God by Sylvia Gunter +

    ... Because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to Read More
  • Fast Of Words - A Different Kind Of Fast by Sylvia Gunter +

    Isaiah 58:10b-12 Time and again God brings me to my knees over my heart attitude expressed out of my mouth. Read More
  • The power of words +

    Our words have the power to bless or curse, to influence for good or for bad. Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Paul’s Word to Police: Protect the Weak (an excerpt) +

    Below is an excerpt of an article from Christianity Today, by Esau McCaulley, Read More
  • 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
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