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“Great Day” Thursday 10/21/2021
In 1697 William Congreve wrote; “Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks or bend a knotted oak.”
Some dairy farmers contend cows give more milk while listening to Mozart.
Merchants use music to sell, restaurants to set mood, movies to enhance drama.
There’s no question music has a profound effect on our lives.
We should thank God for the gift of music.
Come to think of it, without music this would be just another talk show. ‘Nuf said!
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Thank You For The Music” by ABBA.
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“Great Day Presents” Week of 10/17/2021
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Coventry Baptist Church Quotes
“Wisdom that we receive not from this world but from the Word of God is a good weapon. The older we get the more we become occupied with the matters of life and death. It doesn’t matter how we start in life, it really matters more how we end in life. You can have all the degrees that man can have, but if you don’t have Godly common sense you are in trouble. You don’t get wisdom with a degree, you get knowledge. Wisdom is what God gives us that we might be able to walk the path of life in a way that would bring honor and glory to Him.”
“The wise person responds to things, but the fool reacts. We have no clue what people are thinking today, so we must be careful. We see a lot of anger in people’s lives and they are fools. Foolishness comes out through anger and resentment. We should never answer in anger. Think and respond, but when we react we don’t think. Be careful what you say. Words are like bullets, once they go out of the gun you can’t retrieve them. Those in leadership must be cautious and careful. Bias and prejudice isn’t just racially motivated, it is sin driven. We should not be surprised when sin comes into this world and effects our lives, but there is another world and there is another life, and there is judgment coming. We have another world yet to live, yet to go, we’re not home yet. We may be walking down the dusty path, but we’re headed to the right place.”
“Bad things happen to good people in a sinful world. Rather than blaming God we must understand it’s the world in which we live. Tragedies happen to all, but how we respond to them determines our destiny. We can be hopeless or we can be hopeful. If you want to be wise in the eyes of God share the love of Jesus with someone. Tell them there’s a different world to live for, a different life to be given, a different way to live our lives for Christ today.”
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The Chapel Quotes
“Remembering the past is only helpful if it propels you to be living the present. Although it is important to look back and see what God has done, we must be focused on today. We must focus on all the sacrifice that took place getting us here to this point, but remember that the mighty can fall. We must stay focused and live in the present, and take with us the principles that brought us to the point of where we are.”
“As long as we have breath in our lungs we are called on to do something today. There are temptations for us to drift away and stop living in the present. As we reach back and grab the baton of our past, we must be sure that we are running the race that God has marked out for us moving forward. Spiritual training is best done with small, daily, consistent strides.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger
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Our Devotion: “Like It’s Your Last” by Meghan Cousins of St. Charles, Illinois, who studied professional writing at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: ”I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live…” Deuteronomy 30:19 (NIV)
The alarm failed, so Maria was late getting up. With no time to shower, she did what she could to try to cover up her hair’s greasy shine. First period P.E. on an empty stomach didn’t turn out well. She had to stay late in biology class to explain why she didn’t have her homework done…again. Finally, walking home after missing her bus, Maria reflected on her day: What more could have gone wrong? I wish I had stayed in bed and never gotten up this morning. When Maria walked in, her mom called her into the kitchen. “What?” asked Maria, sighing.
“Mrs. Smith called me today. Taylor’s sister, Ashley, died this morning. She never woke up, and there was nothing the hospital could do.”
Maria was speechless. Salty tears painted crooked lines on her cheeks. One day Ashley was here, and the next she wasn’t; no warning, no time to say goodbye. What if I didn’t wake up tomorrow? What if today was my last day on earth, and I just had the worst day of my life? At that moment, Maria decided she was going to live each day as if it was her last because she might not wake up the next morning.
PRAYER: Lord, please help me to choose life every day and see all the ways you have blessed me. In Christ, I pray. Amen.
Book Review 10/20/2021
This Book Review is by Margaret Frye, a professional writing major at Taylor University in Upland, IN
CROSSING THE WATERS: Following Jesus through the storms, the fish, the doubt, and the seas
by Leslie Leyland Fields
Nav Press, PB, 234 pages
Fields takes readers on an adventure from her treacherous Alaskan waters to the Sea of Galilee. She brings much of the Gospels to light as readers experience the New Testament through the eyes of a fisherwoman and begin to understand Jesus’ disciples from a new perspective. Fields beautifully and humbly allows readers to see her personal struggles with faith and family through vivid descriptive writing, rich storytelling, and insightful explanations. Writer, traveler, fisherwoman, and mother of six, Fields offers lessons for readers of many ages and backgrounds. Her messages regarding endurance, belief, vision, faith, and trust are original and captivating. Reading her book is like sitting around a campfire listening to her spin tales and share wisdom.
Fields’s storytelling is supported by passages from the New Testament as well as insight from her personal faith journey. She deals with difficult subjects, including deprivation, death, and familial struggles without simply giving pat answers. Through humble narratives, Fields challenges readers to re-examine the biblical idea of “Come, follow me.” She shares her testimony of coming to the Lord in her teens and following Him to a new life as a fisherwoman in Alaska. This is the kind of book that can be read a little at a time and enjoyed and contemplated.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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