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“Great Day” Sunday 12/17/2017
To quote William Law; “The eyes of the soul only begin to see, when our bodily eyes are closing.”
To experience the fullness of Christmas, we must divert our gaze from the world to the Divine.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Lift Up Your Eyes” by Danny Gokey.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 12/17/2017- 12/23/2017
The Chapel Quotes
“We have our own set of what we like, what we don’t like, what we approve of, what we don’t approve of. So we tend to judge other people by our values. God has values that are different than our values. It is our purpose in life to conform our life to God’s values and not conform God’s values to our values. He is God, we are not. We work for Him, He doesn’t work for us”
“The lack of civil discourse, the inability to speak about issues without there being hatred and condemnation and judgment has been lost in our society. We want to be a church that says ‘whatever’s going on here, we’re going to love both sides. Whatever is happening here, we want people to know that Jesus loves them’.”
“Your body does not belong to you, your body belongs to Christ. You are not your own, you’ve been bought with a price. You do not say ‘it’s my life, I can do what I want’. What we do is what God says. There’s a difference between gender identity and sexual orientation. Please do not, even though they are politically allied, put transgender issues and sexual orientation as though they are all of one thought and one process.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 12/17/17
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Our Devotion: “Singing with Silhouettes” by Victoria Lawson of Fort Wayne, Indiana; a professional writing major at Taylor University.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “…[F]or you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28b (NIV)
The dirt path crunched softly beneath my boots as I looked up at the canopy of black tree branches above me. Though no lights illuminated the way, I knew the lakeside dock would be just around the corner because the oncoming breeze carried the faint melody of “In Christ Alone.” The worship session was already underway, and I knew I would be a few minutes late.
Upon my arrival, I quietly slipped into the huddled mass of high schoolers. Despite the endless amount of shimmering stars above, the figures I could distinguish against the moonlit waters were mere silhouettes. I could not find my friends among them, but my mild discomfort made way for conviction as the Holy Spirit gently reminded me that these souls were my family in Christ. The silhouette playing guitar was my spiritual brother. The silhouettes singing harmony in the corner were my sisters in Christ. The dock was populated with people I could not label by physical appearance, status, or gender in the darkness, but the spiritual connection that bonded us seemed almost tangible. With each song I felt more and more united to this faceless family, and for a moment I caught a glimpse of heaven. My spirit soared as I looked to the stars, and they twinkled back as if to say, “Truly, we worship a wonderful Creator.”
PRAYER: “Heavenly Father, thank You for the uniting force that you are. Please help your church come together as one to better proclaim and glorify your name. Amen.”
Book Review 12/13/2017
This Book Review is by Elissa Harkness, a professional writing minor at Taylor University
The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution
Author: R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
Publisher: Nelson Books
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Length: 174 pages
R.Albert Mohler, Jr. explores the most well known prayer in the world, the Lord’s Prayer. Delving into the basics of what prayer is and what it isn’t, Mohler aims to teach Christian audiences how to revamp their prayer lives. Mohler insists that prayer is not meant to be one item on a monotonous agenda. Instead, he seeks to help Christians understand how to pray from God Himself. As the Son of God is meant to be the perfect representation of how Christians should live, Mohler’s stance is that it makes logical sense to learn also how to pray from Christ.
With this argument in tact, he digs into the general importance and power of the Lord’s Prayer. By taking a chapter to explain each phrase, he masterfully analyzes the intricate workings of how the Lord’s Prayer is deliberately laid out and what Christians can learn from it. From eschatological, historical, and biblical research, he shows readers with great clarity how every part of the prayer has a deeper, intentional meaning and is meant to glorify God. Though some principles may be advanced, Mohler explains each finding in an easily understandable and practical way, making this book an excellent guide for prayer. His insights on how this powerful prayer addresses worship, obedience, holiness, justice, gratitude, and personal discipline help enlighten the great depth of this important passage of Scripture.
Rating (1 to 5): 5 stars
Suggested Audience: High school students and older Christians
Christian Impact: As this book is a guide on how to pray, Christians can gain clear insight into the power and purpose of prayer. Delving into how everything is meant to be for God’s glory, including petition in prayer, Mohler teaches and focuses readers’ attention on how to give God the glory in every aspect of prayer.
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