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“Great Day” Thursday 07/07/2022
Man may be God’s ultimate creation, but we’re sometimes out-done by lesser forms of life.
Take for example the lowly but busy little ant.
In Proverbs we read; “Go to the ant thou sluggard, consider its ways and be wise! Ants are creatures of little strength, yet having no guide, overseer or ruler, provide meat in the summer, and gather food in the harvest.”
Life can be a lot more productive if we approach it with ant-like determination. Ben Franklin once wrote; “None preaches better than the ant, and she says nothing.”
And in the words of a Chinese Philosopher; “The ant on the move does more than the dozing ox.”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “High Hopes” by Frank Sinatra.
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“Great Day Presents” Week of 07/03/2022
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The Chapel Quotes
“How do we follow God in a culture where we don’t see things eye to eye? All of the nations that have existed or ever will exist have an expiration date. So how do we build up the Kingdom of God instead of thinking about how do we save America? Because America will rise and fall. So what are we living for, or what or who are we trying to save? The focus of the church is to be more about saving Americans than saving America. God is not done with this church, with this city, this nation, and He’s not done with you, if you have breath in your lungs, God has placed that in you because He has given you a purpose to be able to change your world.”
“Dishonor of God’s sovereignty will lead to a nation’s undoing. Our calling as followers of Jesus is to pray for our leaders that they be kept from a pride and arrogance that will lead our nation’s demise. Give your messages of truth with respect by being objective and factual. We are not going to win any battles by following the path of disrespect. No matter what the powers of this world do, claim or try to accomplish, God is sovereign over all of them.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger
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Our Devotion: “Whose Day Is It?” by Noelle Yew of Onalaska, Wisconsin, a student at the Professional Writing Summer Academy held at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“This is the day the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24 (NKJV)
I sat on my bed crying my eyes out, my high school freshman self-confidence at an all-time low. My mother walked in and saw my tears. She pulled me into her arms and asked what was wrong. “Everything!” I exclaimed. “My shorts from last summer don’t fit anymore!”
She understood. After wiping my tears, she said “This is the day the Lord has made. This is the life that He has given you. It’s not yours, it’s His.”
It was a revelation to me. Suddenly, I realized that the way God saw my body was more important than the way I saw my body.
The psalmist writes that the Lord’s doing “is marvelous in our eyes” (118:23). It should have been marvelous to me that I had a healthy body and exciting life. In my complaint, I was finding fault in God’s creation. When I looked at my situation and found something lacking, I was telling God that His creation wasn’t good enough in my eyes.
We can let our desires for our life outweigh God’s plan for our lives. It’s His world, His day. He is the one who gave us everything we have and everything we are.
When we feel that our lives aren’t turning out the way we want them, we are saying that God didn’t do a good enough job in giving us what we need. Remember that this is the day the Lord has made because it is the day the Lord has made. It’s the life that He purposed for us—to ultimately work for His glory.
At times it feels like nothing in life is going our way. We forget that our lives are always going God’s way. What would you see if you looked at your life the way God does? Whose day is it?
Prayer: Lord, please help me to be content with the things You have blessed me with in this life and help me to remember that You are in control. I don’t have to worry about my body, my mind, or my life because You have provided me with everything I need to face the trials You give me.
Book Review 07/06/2022
This Book Review is by Cheri Stutzman, a professional writing major at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana.
Rule of Law
By Randy Singer
Tyndale House Publishers, HB, 459 pages
A group of Navy Seals lands with quiet stealth on the terrain of Yemen under the cover of darkness. The mission is simple: to rescue two prisoners of war, sentenced to be executed. In the flurry of the next few hours, they realize their carefully planned mission is doomed. The last shot is fired. All Seals are dead. Why did their mission not go as planned? Why did the president act as though she knew the mission would be fatal? Why did she not allow the bodies to be recovered? A young lawyer, Paige Chambers, must find the answers in a case that is personal.
In a rapid turn of events, Paige Chambers finds herself fighting for the truth at the highest level in America, the Supreme Court. The experience leaves her reaching into herself for skill and courage she doesn’t know if she possesses, all the while searching for healing for her broken heart. In this highly political novel, the issues behind a corrupted government, war ethics, and loyalty are examined with page turning excitement. Readers are given insights on military training, political infighting, international espionage, and global tensions. Even more engaging are matters of morality, trust, courage, forgiveness, and self-sacrifice, all strong elements of a Christian way of life, and all elements that Paige Chambers must confront in trying to find balance as an attorney and as a Christian.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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