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“Great Day” Wednesday 03/03/2021
In 1814 Francis Scott Key wrote “The Star Spangled Banner”.
In 1931 by act of congress it became our National Anthem, and March 3rd was proclaimed “National Anthem Day”.
While often sung or ‘miss-sung’ at sporting and other special events, some people are unaware that there’s more than one verse, and the final one has words worth remembering;
“Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved homes and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heaven-rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, for our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the Star Spangled Banner forever shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “The Star Spangled Banner” by Sandy Patty.
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“Great Day Presents” Week of 02/28/2021
Coventry Baptist Church Quotes
“Are we Christians walking around with blind eyes, or Christians walking around with a burning heart? How many Christians today are really following Jesus, unaware of the role of Jesus in their life? If we receive Jesus, that gets our ticket into heaven, that gives us eternal life, but are we walking alone?”
“This old world is going to get crazier. If you’re going nuts right now, hold on, ‘cause it’s gonna get worse. You need to put your seatbelt on, it’s gonna be bumpy. This politics thing that’s going on in all the world, Jesus said it’s going to happen. There’s nothing we can do about it, but Jesus is coming, and if we walk with Jesus these things won’t alarm us. We don’t have to live like this world and let this world fall upon us. Jesus is coming soon. Live like it!”
“We need to entertain angels unaware, God has sent comfort to us on many occasions, but we wouldn’t look at it, we wouldn’t accept it. There’s nothing in this world that we can’t handle, that we can’t go through with Jesus with us.”
“Sometimes the things we observe on our smartphones by our not so smart people overwhelm us and separate us from the truth of God’s Word. Are we so busy with things of our lives, are we so busy with things of this world, are we so busy hearing the great voices of doom that we forget that Jesus is alive? Jesus ought to be the host in every home.”
Coventry Baptist Church can be found on Facebook and YouTube.
The Chapel Quotes
“When you share your story and tell others about Christ, and they come to believe in Jesus, that’s Spiritual fruit. All of heaven rejoices when one person turns their life over to Christ. Fruit is character produced by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit’s job is to make us less like us and more like Jesus. Our praise is fruit to God.”
“Five reasons to remain in Christ; It makes us fruitful; It makes us useful; It makes us insightful in prayerfulness; It makes us purposeful; It makes us joyful.”
“We cannot build God’s Kingdom apart from Christ. We can only build our kingdom apart from Christ. Apart from Christ we can do nothing that will last for eternity. We are not the vine, we are the branch. Jesus owns our problems, our ministry, the Gospel, the world. We are just part of what He is doing. He is the vine. Don’t think of anyone but Jesus as your vine.”
“Prayer isn’t your personal prerogative to express your wants. Prayer is drawing nearer to God, abiding in Him, so we know what He wants. There are two types of prayer. Me-centered prayer and God-centered prayer. And there are occasions for me-centered prayer.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger
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Our Devotion: “Playing Dress Up” by Katelyn Irons of Lambertville, Michigan. She has studied professional writing at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children.” Ephesians 5:1 (NIV)
Have you ever watched children play dress up? First, they decide who they want to be: an animal, a princess, a superhero. After that, they select clothes and accessories that look the most realistic, painstakingly searching for just the right ensemble. The boy who wants to be Superman settles for a blanket as a cape, and the girl who wants to be a princess uses a cardboard crown. They then parade around the house showing everyone their new looks. Joy mingled with an innocent pride shines from their eyes. Instead of “look what I did,” they imply “look who I am.”
Just as little children dress up as persons they admire, so, too, should we Christians should put on the character of the Father. We should take joy in spending our lives looking for those righteous accessories that match His holy nature.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to become an imitator of you. Lead me to live a life of love, and teach me to be your child. In your name I pray, Amen.
Book Review 03/03/2021
This Book Review is by Gabby Carlson, a professional writing student at Taylor University.
At Home in Exile
By Russell Jeung
Zondervan, PB, 202 pages
Russell Jeung’s memoir of his days in the poorest parts of California wrestles with the best and worst areas of his life and ministry. Oakland, and specifically Oak Park Apartments, became the home of this Stanford graduate for more than 20 years. He felt called to live with the less fortunate members of society—vagrants, vagabonds, foreigners, the unemployed and undereducated, and persons mentally challenged. These immigrants and outcasts—similar to himself as a youngster–had nowhere they could call “home.” So, Jeung worked to create a healthy environment for people of all ages by initiating numerous self-advancement programs in the community. Jeung tells of going into roach-filled, carpet-stained apartments, where he revealed to people that an eternal home in glory could be theirs if they put their trust in Christ.
Although Jeung helped shape the community of Oak Park, he was shaped, in turn, by Oak Park and its occupants. When he was younger, the grandmothers, mothers and friends of Oak Park took him in and protected him against the violence of the streets, as well as provided him a place to live. He returned to the community with a vision to show how to live in peace and abstain from violence. Today, he believes his message is transferrable to all Christians, challenging them to pursue positive community interaction instead of living isolated lives in pursuit of material accumulation. Using witty comic relief, his background in sociology and his Chinese heritage, Jeung paints a beautiful picture of overcoming even the most difficult circumstances and finding peace among the restless.
Russel Jeung glimpsed into a world where the presence of Jesus hardly existed. With his Christian upbringing, and calling from God to the poor, Jeung shows his readers the importance of bringing light to a dark world. God showed Jeung miracles in Oak Park that revealed His power, something Jeung never would have seen in a suburban area. This memoir gives insight into what God wants from believers in regard to helping those who feel socially exiled.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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