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“Great Day” Friday 07/19/2019
Few things in life are free.
Almost everything comes with a price.
In fact, there’s a common saying; “you get what you pay for.” Sometimes we discover we don’t even begin to get our money’s-worth. On the other hand, the credit card people tell us some things are “priceless”.
Topping that list should be our relationship with God, who gives us all we have and sacrificed His Son to pay for our sins.
The apostle Paul reminds us; “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this not of yourselves, it is the gift of God.”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Hey, Hey” by The Elms.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 07/14/2019 – 07/20/2019
The Chapel Quotes
“Providence is a way of describing God as He injects Himself into the affairs of man. We believe that God governs in the affairs of this world today. God not only sees, but God provides. The most powerful weapon we have in our own defense is the power of prayer.”
”We now live in a culture that asks what your country do for you, not what can you do for your country. It’s the politics of self-interest.”
”Jesus teaches us compassion for all people. Jesus accepted social outcasts. Jesus ran a recovery ministry and broke the gender and racial norms of His day. Jesus called over and over again for social justice.”
”If you pursue happiness you will never get happiness. Happiness and the pursuit of happiness is like chasing the wind. When you honor the Lord, show mercy, show love and humility, God blesses you with happiness. Happiness comes not through our self-interest, but by looking at the interest of others as greater than our self. God gives us happiness as the result of following Him.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 07/14/2019.
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Our Devotion: “When We Will See” by Alyssa Farrell of Granger, Indiana, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known.” 1 Corinthians 13:12 (ESV)
My hand tingled. I pushed my bangs out of my eyes as I watched my older brother squeeze the transparent, yellow ball. We had never seen anything like it. I clenched my small fists.
When I was little, it was never enough to simply look at something. If I wanted to explore something, understand something, I had to touch it, hold it in my hand.
It was never enough for someone else to hold it and describe how it felt. It had to be in my own hand. I had to feel for myself. I had to know for myself.
He turned to me with eyes lit. “It feels squishy… like a jellyfish.”
“Let me see!”
He held it up. “See?”
I reached out for it, trying to grab it. “No, let me see it.”
After turning it a few more times in his hand, he tossed it to me.
The lemon-colored ball was soft and sticky in my palms. My little fingers dug into it, testing the resistance, feeling the way it conformed to my hand. Smooth with elastic resilience.
Sometimes in our walk with God, all we want is to experience Him for ourselves, face to face. To look into His clear eyes, listen to the sound of His warm voice, and reach out and touch the rough scars in His hands.
Let us not let go of these desires but let us hold onto the promise that one day what is unseen will be revealed. We will fully know the Savior we are so desperate to see now. Our faith will be turned to sight.
Prayer: God, as we wait for Your coming revelation, help us to hold onto the hope of the day when we will see You face to face, when all our longings for restoration will be fulfilled. And carry us gently like You do until then. Amen.
Book Review 07/17/2019
This Book Review is byG. Connor Salter, Professional Writing alumnus from Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
The Comeback Effect: How Hospitality Can Compel Your Church’s Guests to Return
By Jason Young and Jonathon Malm
Baker, PB, 184 pages
What does it take to make newcomers want to return to a church? Good worship? Dynamic preaching? Jason Young and Jonathon Malm argue those things are great, but people won’t come back if they don’t experience one thing: good hospitality. Using their combined experiences working with various churches, they explain what hospitality truly means, what it looks like, and how churches can introduce it into their organizations.
It’s tempting to think hospitality just means quick customer service and not creating a healthy organization that hospitality naturally flows from. Fortunately, Young and Malm make it clear early on that true hospitality means cultivating empathy, humility, and other virtues. Their writing is mostly practical, focusing on the good business principles and tips churches must use. However, they always come back to the inner values that fuel those principles. Consequently, the book works as more than just an instruction manual on how to improve churches. It ultimately works as a book that also shows church leaders how to improve their thinking.
This book will show church leaders how to create church cultures that new guests really want to come back to.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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