Today's Devotions

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Showcase:Chatham Church

  • Made in His Image: Alex Kirk +

    World-made, self-made, or  God made? It is a trick question, because the first two are one and the same. When Read More
  • 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
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sunsetwater1That was the river, this is the sea, by The Waterboys, is an interesting twist on Bob Dylan's Like a Rolling Stone in its pointed comments about someone having a difficult time dealing with reality. Here the person the song is directed to is having a difficult time dealing with the difference between the world they inhabit now, and the way people and things are, versus sometime in the past. It is reminiscent of Job, where he was having his own pity party about his life in chapter 17.

The wonderful thing about life in Christ is we are wholly dependent on the great I am--the one who is always present in our lives and connected to us in prayer. He has freed us from a past that makes us stumble, or from overreaching into a future we have little clue about. He is the one who is with us in this moment, and the next moment, and the next--he will never leave us, he will never forsake us. He frees us from defining ourselves by our idea of what ought to be, and instead defines us by his love for us.



 


"He has made me a byword of the peoples, and I am one before whom people spit. My eye has grown dim from grief, and all my members are like a shadow. The upright are appalled at this, and the innocent stir themselves up against the godless. Yet the righteous hold to their way, and they that have clean hands grow stronger and stronger. But you, come back now, all of you, and I shall not find a sensible person among you. My days are past, my plans are broken off, the desires of my heart." Job 17


These things you keep

You'd better throw them away

You wanna turn your back

On your soulless days

Once you were tethered and now you are free

Once you were tethered well now you are free

That was the river this is the sea!

Now if you're feelin' weary if you've been alone too long

Maybe you've been suffering from a few too many plans that have gone wrong

And you're trying to remember how fine your life used to be

Running around banging your drum like it's 1973

Well that was the river this is the sea! Wooo!

Now you say you've got trouble you say you've got pain

You say've got nothing left to believe in

Nothing to hold on to nothing to trust nothing but chains

You're scouring your conscience raking through your memories

Scouring your conscience raking through your memories

But that was the river this is the sea yeah!

Now I can see you wavering as you try to decide

You've got a war in your head and it's tearing you up inside

You're trying to make sense of something that you just can't see

Trying to make sense now and you know you once held the key

But that was the river and this is the sea!

Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah!

Now I hear there's a train

It's coming on down the line

It's yours if you hurry

You've got still enough time

And you don't need no ticket and you don't pay no fee

No you don't need no ticket you don't pay no fee

Because that was the river and this is the sea!

Behold the sea!

Reflections to Consider

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Publications

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Music

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Audio & Video

  • Storytelling

    Eugene Peterson discusses his influences as a writer, as well as how and why he created the Message translation. This Read More
  • No Longer Alone with God

    This is the first of a seven part series by Dallas Willard, a USC philosophy professor who is closely associated Read More
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Favorites

  • A Model for Coming to God-adapted from Sylvia Gunter +

    Sylvia Gunter uses Psalm 35 to show how David asked God to contend, fight, rescue, defend, vindicate Read More
  • Soaring by Surrendering +

    How do birds soar? Read More
  • Forgiveness Leads to Thriving: John 21 +

    How we deal with our daily sins determines whether others see Jesus in us. Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • The Mystery of Godliness +

    Longings after God My dear Lord, I can but tell Thee that Thou knowest I long for nothing but Thyself, Read More
  • The Mystery of Iniquity by RC Sproul +

    It has been called the Achilles' heel of the Christian faith. Of course, I'm referring to the classical problem of Read More
  • The Mystery of the Trinity: One in Essence, Three in Person by RC Sproul +

    Do the three Persons of the Trinity truly exist? In this message entitled "One in Essence, Three in Person," Dr. Read More
  • Behold, I Tell You a Mystery by Baritone Coloratura· +

    Behold, I tell you a mystery; we shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed in a moment, Read More
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