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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 08/21/2016-08/27/2016
“Great Day” Saturday 08/27/2016
St. Francis of Assisi is quoted as saying; “Preach the Gospel at all times, and when necessary use words”.
God expects us to share the love of Jesus through real service not just lip service. Unlike Christ, sometimes we fail to notice those hurting or in need.
Jesus tells us; “Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me”.
Let’s make a difference in someone’s life.
Actions speak louder than words.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Sparrow” by Simon & Garfunkel.
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Rick Hawks’ Quotes
“God’s Word revives the soul, gives wisdom to the simple, gives joy to the heart, gives light to the eyes. When we’re in God’s Word we see life more like God sees it and less like we see it. God’s Word endures forever; it’s sure and altogether righteous; you can count on it; it’s dependable.”
“How do we deal with our hidden sins and our willful sins? We need a rock; we need a redeemer, and that redeemer is Jesus Christ who gave His life for us that we can know God on the inside, in our spirits.”
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Our Devotion: “Fishing for Coins” by Kristi Schweitzer, a professional writing major at Taylor University and freelance writer for WBCL radio, Christian Book Previews, Church Libraries, and The Aboite Independent.
Have you ever wondered why each of us has a different set of skills? You see it today, the same way it was evident back in Bible times. The men Jesus called as disciples were of a wide variety of professions. Paul was a tentmaker, Matthew a tax collector, Luke a doctor, and Peter a fisherman.
At the end of Matthew 17, Jesus instructed Peter to get money to pay for their taxes. In verse 27, Jesus told Peter, “So, go to the lake and fish. After you catch the first fish, open its mouth and you will find a coin. Take that coin and give it to the tax collectors for you and me.”
One might ask why Jesus needed to go through Peter to get the coin. Why didn’t he just miraculously pull a coin out of his pocket and give it to Peter? Jesus gave Peter a task that involved a skill Peter already had mastered. Jesus chose to work through Peter’s talents and training as a demonstration that, whatever we do, if we turn our service over to the Lord, he can use it to further his kingdom.
We all have special talents, and God will use them for His glory if we allow Him.
Book Review 08/242016
This Book Review comes from Sarah Sawicki, a professional writing major at Taylor University and book reviewer for Church Libraries and The Aboite Independent.
A LADY LIKE SARAH: A Rocky Creek Romance
By Margaret Brownley
Thomas Nelson Publishers, 978-1-59554-809-2, PB, 313 pages, $14.99
Margaret Brownley has struck gold with her western romance, A Lady Like Sarah. Pastor Justin Wells has been forced out of his New England church into the wilds of Texas. On his way he meets Sarah Prescott, an outlaw being led back to jail. As Justin attempts to change the hearts of the townspeople and prove Sarah’s innocence, he finds that his own faith and feelings toward God and Sarah change as well.
On occasion, Brownley puts theology in the back seat to further the romance, but overall, her book is well written, believable, and keeps the reader interested to the last page. Readers will relate to the major characters in a way that is not matched by most typical westerns, for the story examines themes of isolation, desperation, alienation, and inspiration. Outlaw Sarah Prescott will steal the hearts of readers everywhere.
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