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“Great Day” Thursday 09/29/2016

In Ecclesiastes we read; “There’s not a righteous man on earth
who does what’s right and never sins.”
Or as the apostle Paul says; “There is no one righteous, not even one.”
“Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God”
That’s pretty amazing grace!    

A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Pretty Amazing Grace” by Neil Diamond.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 09/25/2016-10/01/2016

Rick Hawks’ Quotes
Once we please our appetites, they never say ‘thank you that’s enough’. They say ‘thank you, now I’m ready for more’. If I’m not happy with what I have, I will not be happy with what I want. If our basic needs are met, and we’re not happy with what we have, and we get the very thing we want, we won’t be happy. Happiness doesn’t come from accumulation, happiness comes from contentment. Our economic system is built on discontentment. Contentment is internal, discontentment is external.”

“This is supposed to be a place of ministry, not a museum. So if you’ve got a struggle today, you’re in the right place, we love you and we’re here to help. We view our church as a hospital, and we have an intensive care unit called Celebrate Recovery.”

“One of the greatest deceptions of life is to think that somehow we can make choices and we won’t have to face consequences. Wisdom is the ability to see the consequences before the choice is made. Character with contentment is great gain.”

“Resolve to have the courage to say no. It’s easier to say no when you know what your yes is. So rather than being negative, know what your yes is, it makes it easier to say no. If we figure out the yes’s, life really becomes much easier, and when we have a big yes in our life, then the no’s will fall into place and make sense. Make a big yes to keeping promises. Say yes to sobriety over excess. Say yes to purity over pornography. Say yes to grace over anger. Say yes to humility over arrogance. Say yes to giving to a relationship more than you take out of a relationship. Say yes to loyalty to a friend over gossip. Say yes to faithfulness. Most of all say yes to God.”

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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 09/25/16

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Devotion 09/25/2016

Our Devotion: “Spiritual Stamina” by Emily Luttrull of Newburgh, IN, a communications student at Taylor University and a section editor of the school newspaper The Echo.

THOUGHT OF THE DAY: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,” Hebrews 12:1 (ESV).

A friend of mine is getting back in the habit of running and finding it harder than he remembered. He gets sore and tired easily and has to work hard to finish. One day after a long training session he said, “If I’m ever going to consider myself a runner, I have to be willing to endure pain and discomfort.”
Many times, Scripture compares the Christian life to running a race. As we live and seek Jesus, we experience pain and discomfort. Sin weighs us down and holds us back. Enduring temptation can be painful and hinder us from a relationship with God. Sometimes, we fight for every step. But the goal, a relationship with Jesus Christ, is the ultimate prize.
In order to finish the race well, we have to run with endurance. We have to endure pain. We must be stretched so that we can become stronger.

PRAYER: Lord, when I feel sin holding be back from You, give me the strength to endure so that I may run the race you have set before me. Amen.

Book Review 09/28/2016
This Book Review comes from Amy Green, a professional writing major at Taylor University and book reviewer for Church Libraries. 

HOLY GROUND: Walking with Jesus as a Former Catholic
by Chris Castaldo
Zondervan, 978-0-310-29232-6, PB, 240 pages, $12.99

 In Holy Ground, Chris Castaldo, an evangelical minister and former Catholic, addresses a centuries-old conflict: the rift between Catholics and Protestants. Using examples from his own faith journey, as well as historical profiles and extensive interviews, Castaldo explains how the Catholic church became what it is and why Catholics often become evangelical. He also gives specific “dos” and “don’ts” to help Evangelicals to relate to Catholics “with grace and truth,” while sharing the gospel of faith alone.

Although the main purpose of the book is to encourage former Catholics, any Evangelical would benefit from Castaldo’s explanation of Catholic beliefs and how to witness to Catholic friends and family. The book also offers a challenge by pointing out weaknesses that Catholics identify in the practice of the Protestant faith. While the multiple topics that Castaldo covers can be overwhelming, overall the book is insightful, well-researched, and engaging.

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