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“Great Day” Wednesday 08/05/2020
It seems we’re constantly being tested, sometimes to the limit.
That’s God’s way of increasing our resolve, deepening our dependence on Him.
The prophet Isaiah says; “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.”
We are to be thankful for trials.
As we’re tested, we’re being perfected.
Which means we have a divine purpose and reason to rejoice!
The apostle Paul gives us this encouragement; “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we don’t give up.”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “All You’ve Got” by Michael Tait.
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“Great Day Presents” Week of 08/02/2020
The Chapel Quotes
“It really matters how we live our life. If we say we’re a Christian then we should live our lives the way Jesus Christ did. What we do with our body, what we believe and how we live our life matters to God.”
“God wants to have a relationship with you, not only to be with you but to be in you. Change that is external is painful. Change that is internal is joyful. When somebody tries to change us from the outside-in we resist that, but change that comes from inside-out is joyful.”
“There are going to be rough days ahead of us, but they can be joyful days, and most of all they can be purpose-filled days. So look for what you can do to make your joy full.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger
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Our Devotion: “Stars in the Universe” by Anna K. Medearis, a professional writing major at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Her writings appear regularly in Church Libraries, Christian Book Previews, The Aboite Independent and on WBCL radio.
Sometimes we look past the greatness of God’s love for us. We cannot grasp how far or how deep his love flows. But did you know he loves us so much he calls us his sons and daughters? As children of God, we are even compared to the stars in the heavens.
Philippians 2:14-16 says, “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life.”
Next time you are under the stars on a clear summer night, look up and remember the Bible’s description of you. Take in the beauty of the night sky, and be encouraged. Even in a dark and sinful world, we can become pure in the eyes of God. As his children, when we share his love, we shine like stars in the universe.
Book Review 08/05/2020
This Book Review is by Linda Taylor, Assistant Professor of Professional Writing at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana.
Inspired Imperfection: How the Bible’s Problems Enhance Its Divine Authority
By Gregory A. Boyd
Fortress Press, PB, 174 pages
Boyd’s book, written very much as a scholarly thesis, takes on the problem that many Christians and Christian leaders face when they claim that the Bible is inerrant. Boyd had become a Christian in his teens (after claiming atheism during his high school years) and was taught that everything in the Bible is literally true. Two classes at college served only to make his faith come tumbling down when his professors pointed out that “the Bible is plagued with all sorts of errors.” Boyd explains that these problems—pointed out by liberal believers and nonbelievers alike often to deny the power of God’s Word or whether it impacts today’s world—ought not ruin our faith, but instead, strengthen it.
The book itself takes quiet space and intense reading and rereading. With extensive footnoting and study of various theologians (C. S. Lewis; Karl Barth), Boyd works his way through the historical-critical approach and argues for the Cruciform Model of Inspiration. He hopes that this particular way of interpreting Scripture, which focuses everything on Christ at the center, will help “Christian students retain their faith and help progressive evangelicals recover their confidence in the plenary inspiration of Scripture” (xvi-xvii).
Far from trying to minimize problems in Scripture, such as incorrect historical facts; how descriptions parallel many mythological stories of the time (such as creation); internal contradictions; “moral problems” (how could a loving God demand such-and-such?). These often create shipwreck to the faith of many. Boyd dives headfirst into these issues and explains that the Bible is a book written by humans but is God-breathed. Indeed, these very imperfections strengthen the power of God’s Word speaking to individuals and pointing them to Christ.
Referring to the “scars” in Scripture, Boyd writes, “I came to see that, when viewed in light of the cross, those scars contribute to the beauty and spiritual authority of Scripture by telling a story. And as is true of the beautiful scars on Jesus’s resurrected body, the story these scars tell is a mini-version of the beautiful story told by the cross” (166).
If the reader is willing to read slowly and carefully, to follow the logic of the arguments Boyd makes, he/she will find solid answers to nagging questions about Scripture. Readers will need to be willing to follow a scholarly argument. This book will be especially helpful to college students who are questioning their faith based on their concern about the Bible, or those who interact with college students and want to help them understand Scripture.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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