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“Great Day” Friday 12/02/2016

Christmas…the season we should be focused on the manger not the mall.
On souls not sales.
On God not gifts.
On a Savior not some store-front santa.
Let us focus on Christ Jesus, and rejoice with the angels!

A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Angels We Have Heard On High” by The Robert Shaw Chorale.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 11/27/2016-12/03/2016 “Season Of Love”

The Chapel Quotes
“We’ve been very successful at building a nation, building an economy, building a place of great freedom, but we do not report as a happy group of people.  No other nation but America has declared that their mission is to pursue happiness. Part of our dilemma is this, our pursuit of happiness leads to our unhappiness. It’s chasing something that we can never catch.”

“There are givers, there are takers and there are matchers. Matchers say ‘I’ll give if I get’. Givers give without expecting reciprocity. Generosity is a primary way to be rich toward God. A distinctive mark of a follower of Jesus is that we seek to intentionally give more than we take in every relationship, and when we do that, we’re happy.”

“We all fall for the myth of more.  The myth of more is a self-defeating cycle in which we get trapped. Whatever we have is not enough. We fight a strong enemy, greed. It’s a part of every one of our lives. There are three dangers of greed. Greed defeats our pursuit of happiness. Greed destroys or damages our relationship with others. And greed displeases God.”

“Having moral satisfaction is greater than having financial satisfaction. Who you are is a far better and meaningful definition of the worth of your life than how much you possess.”

“There is only one known cure for greed, it is generosity. There are three reasons why we should be a generous giving people. God is a giver, and we are shaped by God internally to be a person who is generous, who is helpful, who gives to others. Sin has deceived us into being takers. Greed whispers in our ears that we would be happier if we had more pleasure, more possessions, more power, sometimes just more.”

To access Pastor Rick Hawks’ complete messages click to go to The Chapel website.

“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 11/27/16

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Devotion 11/27/2016

Our Devotion: “Look Back” by Jaci Gorrell of Berne, Indiana, a professional writing major at Taylor University and freelance writer for the Berne Witness and Wabash Valley Living Magazine.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6 (NIV)

Learning to ride a bicycle without training wheels can be a terrifying experience for a child. One minute an adult is pushing from behind, ensuring the child remains upright, and the next moment he has let go and the child is left to pedal on her own. A child may feel confident she can do it on her own at first, but when she starts to wobble and glance back to see that her support system is no longer behind her, she panics and tumbles to the pavement.

Thankfully, God doesn’t guide us in this manner. When we stray from Him and begin to pedal off on our own, He goes with us and is ready to grab hold of our bike again when we look back. We need not fear a crash in our instability because our Heavenly Father promises to come to our rescue when we call out His name.

PRAYER:  Lord, thank you that you go with me in life. Remind me that I need only to look back to you when I begin to pedal off on my own, because you promise to never leave or forsake me. In your name I pray. Amen.

Book Review 11/30/2016
This Book Review comes from McKenna Gold, Professional Writing major at Taylor University, Upland, IN.

A Time to Act
By S.J. Knight
Xlibris, PB, 618 pages

S.J. Knight opens a window to a world of tradition and religious devotion, of Jews and Gentiles, of justice and persecution in this novel, the fourth in a series of biblical fiction works.  Detailing the complex life of the apostle Paul, A Time to Act masterfully humanizes this enemy-turned-hero of the Christian faith, following him from diapers to Damascus to devout follower of Jesus.  Both heart wrenching and heartwarming, Knight’s latest biblical figure exposé breathes life into the man whose faith and wisdom have challenged and encouraged believers throughout time.
This book would be enjoyed by mature young adults or adults with a curiosity about what life may have been like for Christians who came before the evangelization of the Gentile nations under Paul.  Knight includes an author’s note preceding the work containing a disclaimer for the liberties taken to fill in the gaps that scripture leaves in Paul’s life, yet the historical facts littered throughout grant the work credibility and educational appeal. Gore is not discussed at great length, but death and violence do make appropriate appearances. The topics of doubt and forgiveness are explored, all tinted with the hope of the redemption Jesus brings.  Though not free of the cheesy tones of clean Christian humor, A Time to Act represents the faith in an honest and authentic light that believers can be proud of.

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