Featured Resource: Everflow Album
EVERFLOW was crafted by 200-plus songwriters, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, designers and storytellers from The Austin Stone Community Church in response to the themes of the book of 1 Peter. Aiming to point you to the supremacy of Jesus in all things, through suffering and through redemption, EVERFLOW's thirteen tracks include instrumental “Selahs,” short pauses amidst the lyrical songs to give you a moment to reflect on the truths expressed in the lyrics. Check out all of the resources for EVERFLOW, a new album by Austin Stone Worship, including free chord charts, number charts, video tutorials for how to play each instrument, and an EVERFLOW devotional to help the truths in each song take root in your heart!
Eucharisteo is the Greek word for thanksgiving. So, it is fitting that this excerpt from John Chrysostom’s homily centers the idea of thanksgiving around the celebration of the Eucharist.
Chrysostom marvels at the extravagance of God’s love, especially as poured out through the sacrifice of the Son and repeatedly reminds us not only to be grateful for the blessings that have been lavished on us, but for those given to our neighbors, too. In God’s family, he seems to say, a blessing given to one is a blessing given to all, as we join together in communion that is truly a thanksgiving.
What better way to celebrate this past week than with Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s sweet meditation on the blessings of Christian community from his book Life Together?
"It is true, of course, that what is an unspeakable gift of God for the lonely individual is easily disregarded and trodden under foot by those who have the gift every day. It is easily forgotten that the fellowship of Christian brethren is a gift of grace, a gift of the Kingdom of God that any day may be taken from us, that the time that still separates us from utter loneliness may be brief indeed. Therefore, let him who until now has had the privilege of living a common Christian life with other Christians praise God’s grace from the bottom of his heart. Let him thank God on his knees and declare: It is grace, nothing but grace, that we are allowed to live in community with Christian brethren."
A body has limited resources, and what we do each day drains those resources; our physical energy drains, as does our psychological energy, our capacity for empathy, and even our capacity to make decisions. Jesus, incarnate and embodied, experienced these limits. Just as he needed food and oxygen and sleep, he needed solitude.
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They traveled more than 3,000 miles aboard the Mayflower in search of a fresh start. Instead, the Pilgrims encountered sickness, starvation, a grueling winter, and death after landing in Cape Cod in November of 1620. By the following spring, half of their community remained, roughly 50 people. But their story didn’t end there.