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“Great Day” Thursday 06/04/2020
As children of God, we’re called upon to share His love with everyone. Caring for those close to us seems the natural thing to do, but reaching out to others doesn’t come as easily.
Jesus told His disciples; “You’ve heard it said, `Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and unrighteous. Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”
Striving for perfection we must let our love flow freely to all.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Let Your Love Flow” by The Bellamy Brothers.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 05/31/2020
The Chapel Quotes
“God whispers to us in our pleasure, but He shouts to us in our pain.
Pain is God’s megaphone to get the attention of the world.”
“Today God’s temple is not a building. The God who made the world and everything in it does not live in temples built by hands. God’s temple today is our body. We are the temple of God. God has made us to be His dwelling place. Our worth is far greater to Him than can ever be explained. God’s Spirit lives in us, and is resident in our life if we have received Christ as our Savior. He is inside you to lead you, to guide you, to comfort you. Our significance is not in our body, our body is significant to God.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 05/31/2020.
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Our Devotion: “Children’s Day” by Caitlin Wilson a professional writing major at Taylor University and freelance writer for Christian Book Previews, Church Libraries, and Pathways to God.
Here in the United States, we set aside a special day for mothers, fathers, and grandparents. What about our children? In many European and Eastern countries, June 1 is celebrated as International Children’s Day. This is often marked by many families going out to dinner, children gaining free admission to zoos, and free movies provided for families.
Jesus always had a special place in his heart for children, didn’t he? Matthew, the Gospel writer, recounts a time in chapter 19 in which children were brought to Jesus. Those who brought them hoped he might pray for them and lay his hands on them. The disciples were not happy with this, though, and tried to send them away.
Jesus then said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” Just as Jesus recognized children’s value, we should do the same. Today, International Children’s Day, is the perfect opportunity to do so. Take your child out for supper. Make cookies with him or her in the kitchen. Spend a little extra time with your children today, and let Jesus’ love for them shine through you.
Book Review 06/03/2020
This Book Review is by Rose Rider, a professional writing major at Taylor University .
Sticks and Stones
By Susan Meissner
Author Susan Meissner continues her theme of the innocent guilty in her second Rachael Flynn Mystery novel, Sticks & Stones. When Rachael receives a letter predicting that construction workers would uncover a body, she finds herself inevitably entwined in solving a 20-year-old mystery. Who was this teenage bully? How did he die? What were the events that led to his death? How did he become the victim of his own victims? And who is the mysterious letter writer? As Rachael helps tighten the net, her eyes are opened to the plight of the mercilessly bullied child.
Meissner excels at characterization. Each character—and there are many—is distinct, and each main character is very memorable. Even the comic relief characters are deep. Sticks & Stones is suspenseful because Meissner unveils her characters so deftly. The characterization moves the story along. Unlike most modern mysteries, this investigation deals very little with physical evidence and deals almost solely with people.
But on the flipside, CSI fans will be disappointed. Sticks & Stones is not a fast-paced, cutting-edge investigation. After the first few chapters, it’s Rachael’s intuition, not investigative science, that starts solving the mystery. For some, the characterization alone won’t be enough.
But Rachael herself may be the biggest problem in Sticks & Stones. Although she is an appealing character for an audience of middle-aged female readers, her entire involvement with the case is unrealistic. She provides an interesting viewpoint, but she remains a random outsider. Unlike the first book, she is not personally or professionally involved. And as a county prosecutor, no matter how sympathetic, the likelihood of her receiving tip letters is doubtful. Furthermore, her domination of the case and her flawless hunches weaken the book’s credibility.
Even so, Meissner poignantly illustrates an uncommon viewpoint—the perspective of the bullied child. Sticks & Stones demonstrates the serious implications of bullying, the value of innocence, and the satisfaction of learning the truth.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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