Great Day Ministry

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“Great Day” Sunday 04/23/2017

Facing life’s challenges all of us have our ups and downs.
Like Job, nothing happens to us that God does not allow.
Having lost his possessions, his family and his health Job longed to be saved from his misery.
Contemplating his relationship with God, Job says; “If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, someone to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God’s rod from me.”
Today we have that someone, his name is Jesus Christ.

A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Where You Belong” and “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” by The Newsboys.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 04/23/2017- 04/29/2017

The Chapel Quotes

Jesus was not a victim. He was not overtaken by events. If Jesus Christ rose from the dead that changes the world. And if Jesus Christ did not rise from the dead, we’re fools, we got duped, and we got taken. Jesus is the proof of eternal life.”

“Because Jesus is raised from the dead we have the promise of forgiveness. Every one of us desperately needs forgiveness. In life there are no immunities because we are Christians. God doesn’t promise if you believe then you are exempt from any of life’s sufferings.”

“We have no purpose in life unless there is a God who created us, who says we have value. Our labor is not in vain. Your life, your work, your care, you love is not in vain it is purposed from God. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is in us. We have God’s Holy Spirit living in us by faith in Christ. God can take our biggest problem and turn it into our greatest potential.”

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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 04/23/17

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Devotion 04/23/2017
Our Devotion: “The Unexpected” by Annette Rusler of Fairland, Indiana, a devotional writer for The Aboite Independent and a book reviewer for Christian Book Previews.

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6: 34

Whoa! This is all that I could think of as we suddenly went soaring higher and higher into the sky. My mom, a pilot of a small airplane, always took us up when she went flying and then would take us out to lunch. One day as we were going down the runway, she asked my sister, sitting in the copilot seat at the time, if she wanted to help with the take off. Of course my sister said yes, so my mom told her, “When I say ok, pull the steering wheel back.” When mom gave the signal, my sister yanked back quickly, and we went straight up into the air.  My mother’s hair stood on end. She grabbed her steering wheel, took the plane back over, and somehow got us leveled off.  No one was later in the mood for lunch that day.

The lesson I gained from this event was to be prepared for the unexpected. I said more prayers that day in the plane that I had in the whole month prior to that. When I got back on solid ground, I thanked the Lord continuously for the fact that nothing catches Him by surprise and that He is always caring for me.

PRAYER: Dear Lord, please help me to be prepared to do your work and to be ready for whatever comes my way. Amen.

Book Review 04/19/2017
This Book Review comes from Hope Bolinger, a professional writing major at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana

Discipleship that Fits        
by Bobby Harrington and Alex Absalom
Zondervan, PB, 238 pages

The church wrestles with discipleship today. The process of “helping people to trust and follow Jesus” is lacking in the modern church because Christians prioritize information over relationships. Authors Harrington and Absalom also argue that people may struggle with discipleship due to contextual misunderstandings. For instance, a person may try to form a deep relationship in a shallow context such as “travelers on the same flight”. Or, on the flipside, in a one-on-one experience, persons may withhold information from each other.

Harrington and Absalom present five different contexts that range from group sizes to relationship depth. They also compare these five areas to Jesus’ ministry. For instance, Jesus modeled the personal context (a group of four to a dozen) with his twelve apostles. Harrington and Absalom also offer some teaching and mentoring examples from the Old Testament, including Moses, Daniel, Jacob, and Elijah. Discipleship that Fits provides an intriguing sociological take on a practice that has been in the church since its conception. The book, however, often lacks specific clarity for its target audience, and its format presents several sporadic section changes without smooth transitions.

This book should be of interest to those folks who are wishing to cultivate strong discipleship, particularly pastors and youth leaders.  In Matthew 28:19, Jesus instructs Christians to make disciples. Discipleship has been implemented by the church since its beginning and it still matters for Christians today. Discipleship that Fits provides examples of fruitful discipleship in the modern context.

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