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“Great Day” Tuesday 05/22/2018

To quote Mahatma Gandhi; “When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon, my soul expands in the worship of the Creator.”
Here’s an Apache Blessing;
“May the sun bring you new energy by day,
May the moon softly restore you by night
May the rain wash away your worries,
May the breeze blow new strength into your being,
May you walk gently through the world and know its beauty all the days of your life.”
      
       

A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “I’ve Got The Sun In The Morning And The Moon At Night” by Bernadette Peters.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 05/20/2018- 05/26/2018


The Chapel Quotes

Your spouse will likely be the greatest source of your joy and of your conflict. Joy will last forever, but happiness is based in what’s happening. If you are constantly upset, it may be your spouse, but it’s more likely you. Hatred stirs up dissension, but love covers over all wrongs.”

“Five ways that Jesus forgives: Jesus forgives freely, Jesus forgives fully, Jesus forgives repeatedly, Jesus forgives sacrificially, and Jesus took the initiative to forgive.”

“God has power for you that is greater than you have for yourself. The Holy Spirit energizes us beyond human capacity. To be filled with the Spirit be filled with God’s Word, obey God’s Word, and ask God to fill you.”

To access complete messages from The Chapel click http://www.thechapel.net to go to The Chapel website.

“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 05/20/2018.

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Devotion 05/20/2018
Our Devotion: “Picture Perfect” by Sarah Burns of Avon, Indiana, a 2017 summer professional writing student at Taylor University.

“But while he was still a long while off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.” Luke 15:20

As an artist, nothing brings me more joy than creating a piece of work and bringing life to a blank canvas or piece of paper. The best feeling is when I finish something I have worked on for many weeks or even months. However, sometimes it does not go as planned. Although it may be frustrating, I can always go back and do some erasing, add some new colors, or simply consider that a “first effort” and just start over. God is the creator of all things and nothing brings him more joy than when we glorify him.

Unfortunately, we sometimes get lost in day to day life and blur the relationship with God. Miraculously, God allows us to do some erasing and revising and changing when we turn back to him, seeking forgiveness. He allows us to make things picture perfect once again with him.

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for picturing me as part of your kingdom. Amen.


Book Review 05/16/2018

This Book Review is by Theresa M. Hughes, a professional writing major at Taylor University.

When Through Deep Waters
by Rachelle Dekker
Tyndale House Publishers, PB, 374 pages

Dekker tells the story of Alicen McCaffery, a single mother whose life changes when her only daughter dies under her watch. Alicen heads to the mountains she used to visit as a kid, but she finds more than just memories there. She begins to see and hear things that cannot possibly be reality, just as her beloved grandmother used to. Alicen is forced to wonder whether she is simply the next in her family to go crazy, or if maybe she has a special gift of perception and there is some truth to what she is seeing.

Rachelle Dekker pulls readers in with strong descriptions and a sympathetic main character. The mystery element to this story is engaging and exciting. Readers are never exactly sure if the character is losing her grip or if she is being blessed with divine insight. The plot advances quickly as a psychological tale of intrigue. The reading is easy, but the questions the story raises about self-respect, trust in a higher being, and a sense of personal destiny challenge the readers to examine their own lives in these regards. .

Following Alicen’s story, this book takes readers on a journey of self-discovery relating to faith in the unseen and the meaning of forgiveness by grace. Readers are forced to wrestle with the ideas of guilt and self-hatred just as Alicen does. This book brings to the forefront such questions as what does it take to forgive oneself? Could there be more to life than simply what can be seen? How can one know for sure what true peace is? Dekker uses these questions to force Alicen (and the book’s readers) to receive a strong personal message about accepting forgiveness.

This book forces readers to grapple with what it means to be forgiven, no matter the severity of one’s sins. The main character goes through a spiritual journey from self-hatred and guilt to a place of grace and forgiveness. This book teaches that we can learn to forgive ourselves because we have already been forgiven. The suggested reading audience for this novel is ages 13 and older because this book tends to dwell more on internal struggles and not as much on external conflict. There are also a number of references to things such as suicide, rape, self-harm, and general abuse. None of this is explicit or graphic, but these adult themes are important factors in the story.

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