Today's Devotions

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Showcase: Truth

  • Falling in Love With God +

    “falling in love with God,” as Boa’s subtitle for the facet explains. In this approach we attempt to enter into Read More
  • Balance +

    In writing about Spirit Filled Spirituality Boa discusses Walking in the Power of the Spirit, Gifts of the Spirit, and Read More
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The New City Catechism Adapted by Timothy Keller and Sam Shammas from the Reformation catechisms

kellBelow is a tasting of the New City Catechism, adapted from Reformation catechisms by Tim Keller and Sam Shammas. There are three parts: God, creation and fall, law; Christ, redemption, grace; Spirit, restoration, growing in grace.

PART 1 God, creation and fall, law.

Q1 What is our only hope in life and death?

That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ.

Q2 What is God?

God is the creator and sustainer of everyone and everything. He is eternal,infinite, and unchangeable in his power and perfection, goodness and glory,wisdom, justice, and truth. Nothing happens except through him and by his will.

Q3 How many persons are there in God?

There are three persons in the one true and living God: the Father, the Son,and the Holy Spirit. They are the same in substance, equal in power and glory.

PART 2 Christ, redemption, grace.

Q 21What sort of Redeemer is needed to bring us back to God?

One who is truly human and also truly God.

Q22 Why must the Redeemer be truly human?

That in human nature he might on our behalf perfectly obey the whole law and suffer the punishment for human sin; and also that he might sympathize withour weaknesses.

Q23 Why must the Redeemer be truly God?

That because of his divine nature his obedience and suffering would be perfect and effective; and also that he would be able to bear the righteous anger of God against sin and yet overcome death.

PART 3 Spirit, restoration, growing in grace.

Q36 What do we believe about the Holy Spirit?

That he is God, coeternal with the Father and the Son, and that God grantshim irrevocably to all who believe.

Q37 How does the Holy Spirit help us?

The Holy Spirit convicts us of our sin, comforts us, guides us, gives us spiritual gifts andthe desire to obey God; and he enables us to pray and to understand God's Word.

Q38 What is prayer?

Prayer is pouring out our hearts to God in praise, petition, confession of sin,and thanksgiving.

Rescuing Our Churches from Consumerism By John Johnson

JohnJohnsonIt's not often I come out of a dissertation defense with my head spinning and my heart breaking.  But this is in fact what happened to me this week as I listened to Dan Jarrell's presentation of his paper.  On the surface, a title that reads "Beyond Technology: Albert Borgmann's 'Device Paradigm' And Its Implications for American Evangelical Churches" may not cause someone to stop in their tracks. But I will tell you that this paper has given me pause and challenged me to some serious reflection.

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Lean In-from Registered Runaway website

405090The following is written by someone who is wrestling with being both gay and Christian, and I think really captures some of the emotion and isolation that such individuals experience in trying to navigate the tension that brings about.

The following is a link to the Hulu show--it is only a two minute excerpt. If you have Time Warner Cable's on demand, you can probably find it there.

Posted on September 29, 2012 by registeredrunaway

In the world of television- NBC's Parenthood is perhaps the most underappreciated work of art out there. The reason I love this show so so so much is that it ditches the dramatic gimmicks utilized by so many other programs and takes the viewers down into a reality-based dumpster. Whereas on other shows, the problems the plague the normal are written off as BORRIINGG, Parenthood paints them in a way that resonates strongly with its viewers. It's just so relatable. Which makes it so good.

Read more: Lean In-from Registered Runaway website

Jesus vs. Mao?

YuanZhiming1 jpg 230x814 q85In the intellectual ferment leading up to the 1989 Tiananmen protests, a much-watched series on Chinese television called River Elegy became closely identified with the hopes of China’s reformers. The six-part series, which used the Yellow River as an allegory for Chinese civilization,a that China should move away from its inward-looking culture, symbolized by the muddy river, and embrace the deep blue oceans that link China to the outside world. One of the series’ writers was a graduate student of Marxism at Renmin University named Yuan Zhiming.

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Reflections to Consider

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Audio & Video

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  • The Lives of the Mystics-an interview with Emilie Griffin +

    An interview with Emilie Griffin—author of the new book Wonderful and Dark Is This Road—on the lives of Mystics and how they Read More
  • We Shall All Be Reunited by Patty Griffin +

    Where is now my father's familyThat was here so long ago?Sitting 'round the kitchen firesideBrightened by the ruddy glow Read More
  • Doorways into the prayer life by Emilie Griffin +

    Emilie Griffin spoke at a 1999 Renovaré International Conference Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Freedom of Simplicity, Richard Foster +

    In Freedom of Simplicity Foster gently encourages us to see that our identity, our sense of comfort and security must Read More
  • Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster +

    The Path to Spiritual Growth The book on spiritual disciplines. Read More
  • Spiritual Classics, Richard Foster and Emilie Griffiin +

    Selected Readings for Individuals and Groups on the Twelve Spiritual Disciplines Good collection of essays, saints throughout the ages. A Read More
  • Prayer by Richard Foster +

    A prayer Richard Foster uses when beginning a time of contemplation: By the authority of Almighty God, I surround myself Read More
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