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“Great Day” Sunday 02/18/2018
From Psalm 121…words of comforting assurance…“I lift up my eyes to the hills where my help comes from the Lord.
The Lord will keep you from all harm—and watch over your life both now and forevermore.”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Total Praise” by The Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 02/18/2018- 02/24/2018
The Chapel Quotes
“At the heart of the Kingdom of Heaven is a God who says ‘come’ to His people. The Kingdom of Heaven is brought through invitation. We invite the good and the bad and everybody in between. The Kingdom of Heaven is built through its servants. As followers of Jesus we are called to serve and be a part of building His Kingdom. The Kingdom of Heaven belongs to the faithful.”
“When we invite people into the Kingdom it’s going to risk their comfort, it’s going to challenge their hearts, it’s going to engage their mind and it’s going to move their feet. Invite people into your life, invest in them but never insist. Always give people an opportunity to say ‘yes’.”
“It’s easy to say other people’s ‘no’s’. We just assume people are going to say ‘no’. No more knowing other people’s ‘no’s’, because there’s someone waiting with a ‘yes’. In other words give every person the opportunity to say ‘yes’.”
“Someone had to die for things to change. That person was Jesus Christ. No one else has to die, but everyone has to make a choice. An invitation is between us and them, but acceptance is between them and God. God changes the world by using people who should be a ‘no’ but were waiting with a ‘yes’.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 02/18/18.
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Our Devotion: “Making Us New” by Cheri Stutzman of Kutztown, Pennsylvania, a professional writing major at Taylor University.
Read Titus 3:4-7
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and put a new spirit in you.” Ezekiel 36:26 (NIV)
On a warm day toward the end of the summer, I took a walk through the woods. The trees looked tired. Sinking their heads in mournful defeat, the bushes had started to turn brown. Straggly weeds drooped, the splendor of their flowers faded. Their stalks bent slowly to the ground, as though they no longer had the will to live. The scene was dingy and full of despair.
But then, in a glorious moment, the sun came out. Its rays filtered through the yellowed leaves giving everything a radiant golden glow. The brown and red bushes suddenly seemed as though they were bursting into flames. The whole tired scene was now vibrant and energized.
Jesus does the same thing to us when we let him. He takes our dirty, sinful beings and turns them into something beautiful, restoring our tired souls and making us new again. He is the sun, taking the brown, ugly, tiredness of inner nature and transforming it into something breathtakingly dynamic and revitalized.
PRAYER: Father God, help me to allow Your light to shine into me and to change me from the inside out. Amen.
Book Review 02/14/2018
This Book Review is by Hope Bolinger, a professional writing major at Taylor University.
By Robert Beeson
Tyndale House Publishers, PB, 206 pages
Beeson, having experienced a painful divorce, walks single Christian parents through his own narrative of forgiveness and healing. The author has endured every stage of divorce: from the separation from his spouse to his remarriage after years of recovery and theological inquiry. Throughout his telling of these benchmarks, he offers practical advice to readers who have endured the same hardships.
Although the author provides practical solutions with Scriptural passages for support, his book’s delivery is less than exceptional because of its scatterbrained nature. The sole semblance of order came through the telling of Beeson’s divorce narrative, but even this jumped around. Furthermore, he creates excellent metaphors and tells compelling anecdotes but bombards readers with too many at once. Finally, the book seems divided between the genres of memoir and a Christian version of self-help. If he had focused on one of those categories, it may have been more impacting and effective. Nevertheless, single parents will still glean wisdom from Beeson’s experiences and will have more than one take-away from the story. Plus, he does not use this book as a mouthpiece of resentment against his ex-wife (quite the opposite), which proves him to be both a man of integrity and humility.
Indeed, God has intended for families to stay together, but divorce has fractured our society, leaving several Christian families in a fallen state. Beeson provides practical and biblical advice for parents grieving over this new change in the family dynamic.
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