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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When God Chooses Friends For Us by Christopher Brown (from Conversations Journal)

IUpper_Room_Dinner_10.16.08__11__FACE_CROPn my final year of seminary, my friend Mike approached me and asked if I would meet with him to pray on a weekly basis. He was interested in church-planting, and he knew that I was interested in church-planting, so he suggested that we pray together to discern whether God was calling either of us to this ministry.

Read more: When God Chooses Friends For Us by Christopher Brown (from Conversations Journal)

Pastoral Ministry--an interview from Christian Century

062811joshcarney-croppedBelow are excerpts from an interview with Josh Carney, teaching pastor at University Baptist Church in Waco, near Baylor University. Good food for thought about the role of the church and the role of the pastor in leading the church.

What other parts of being in ministry have been challenging?

Working out how specifically to pursue our mission as a church. It hasn't been difficult for us to identify how God would have us be kingdom people in the world. What's been harder is determining the best way to accomplish this. For example, we might all agree that the kingdom that Jesus proclaims compels us to work to alleviate suffering. But what is the best, most responsible way to do this?

Read more: Pastoral Ministry--an interview from Christian Century

Meeting God on Holy Ground-an excerpt from Chris Webb's new book

webb_chris_casual_cropped_smallBelow is an excerpt from Chris  Webb's new book, The Fire of the Word.

Dear Friend,

What are we to make of the Bible?

By any standards we choose to apply it is an astounding and magnificent book.The sweep of history is breathtaking and the depth of insight profound. Its poetry enlarges the heart, its philosophy soars into the heavens, and its prophecies rattle the soul. Through the centuries Scripture has comforted, inspired, guided and challenged millions.

Read more: Meeting God on Holy Ground-an excerpt from Chris Webb's new book

Modern Lenten Hymnal by Bobby Giles

grace1Lent is a time for repentance, for acknowledging that our bodies and this earth are suffering under the curse of sin, and for confessing our need for Christ to save and redeem by dying on the cross. Moving through Lent is a strategic time for pastors and worship leaders to provide for their congregations context for Easter and make the celebration of Christ's resurrection all the more joyful.

Read more: Modern Lenten Hymnal by Bobby Giles

The Inerrancy of Scriptures by Dr. Wayne Grudem (Systematic Theology, ch5)

grudem-wayneBelow is an outline from Dr. Grudem's teaching on inerrancy; at the end of the outline is a  link  to the mp3 audio file of the teaching at Scottsdale Bible Church. The parenthetical numbers are page references to  Dr. Grudem's book, Systematic Theology.

Are there any errors in the Bible?

A) The Meaning of Inerrancy (90-92)

1) The inerrancy or Scripture means that Scripture in the original manuscripts does not affirm any thing that is contrary to fact.

Read more: The Inerrancy of Scriptures by Dr. Wayne Grudem (Systematic Theology, ch5)

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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