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“Great Day” Sunday 04/21/2019
“It is finished”. Words spoken by Jesus as He was dying on the cross.
A declaration devastating to His followers, among them Mary Magdalene.
She was with the earliest to arrive at His grave on the first day of the week.
Finding the empty tomb she was overcome with panic and grief until she heard the voice of her Lord, this time speaking words of comfort and reassurance.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “I’ve Just Seen Jesus” by Larnelle Harris and Sandy Patty.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 04/21/2019 – 04/27/2019
The Chapel Quotes
“There’s no one investing more in your future than Jesus. We are born alive physically, but born dead Spiritually. God made us alive with Christ. At some point in your physical life you have to be born again Spiritually.”
”When Jesus said ‘It is finished’ He was referring to sin’s power over us. Sin has a grip on our life, but Christ’s Spirit comes in and gives us the power over that grip. He was also referring to our debt. We cannot afford to pay the penalty for our sins, but Jesus forgave all our sins, once and for all. We are by nature and by nurture in need of forgiveness. Jesus was also referring to our guilt and shame. They lead us down a path of denial or remorse. In saying ‘It is finished’ Jesus was also referring to legalism and suffering.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 04/21/2019.
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Our Devotion: “Why So Quiet?” by Madison Turpin of Fort Wayne, IN, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“Jesus replied, ‘You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.’” John 13:7 (NIV)
I used to engage in a church activity known as Bible quizzing. From first to sixth grade, I fervently pored over my Bible and attended meets where I competed against other children. When I was eight years old, my mother pulled me aside during a break in one of our meets. She introduced me to a young girl named Deborah. I quickly learned that this girl’s mom had just succumbed to the effects of cancer. Even at that young age, I wondered:
“Why didn’t God do anything?”
Often we find ourselves asking that question. Does God really care? Can’t He do anything about it? It’s frustrating when we’re made to want to fix things and are unable to fix them, but it also serves as a reminder that we do not equate to God. It shows us that God has a bigger plan for us than we can have for ourselves; He has a plan that is greater than what we can form with our short-sighted vision. We endure suffering because God is working through us, not because He is rejecting us. Romans 8:28 reminds us of this by claiming that all things work together for the good of those who love God.
We may not understand it now, but it’s crucial to realize that God isn’t managing just anything; He’s managing everything.
Prayer: God, when I can’t feel Your presence, remind me that You are present, and that the silence I am feeling is You working in me. Amen.
Book Review 04/17/2019
This Book Review is by Linda Taylor, assistant professor of Professional Writing at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
Reason to Breathe
By Deborah Raney
Gilead Publishing, PB, 352 pages
In this first book in Raney’s upcoming Chandler Sisters series, we are introduced to Phylicia (Phee), Joanna, and Britt who make their home in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. Their mother has just passed away from cancer, their father has disappeared to Florida (with the hospice nurse) with instructions left for his daughters to clean out and sell the family home. The sisters are left to grieve, to wonder, to worry, and to figure out how to move on when both parents are now as good as gone.
Enter Quinn, an employee in their father’s construction company who is sent to help the sisters carry out their father’s instructions. But there’s more . . . their father had located a property on the edge of town with a cottage and two “cabins” (so named by the sisters because of the work needed to fix them up). Their father wants Quinn to recommend that the sisters purchase the property with the inheritance left by their mother. After much concern and arguing, the girls determine that this could be an investment if they fix up the property and advertise it as an Airbnb.
In the process of moving, Phylicia discovers a secret compartment in her mother’s old desk holding a photograph, a letter, and a wedding ring with a necklace. Studying the photo creates questions about the girls’ mother and the true identity of Phylicia’s father. These questions create chaos for Phylicia, even as she begins to discover the much-older Quinn’s long-hidden feelings for her.
Raney creates a charming story with the dynamic of three sisters learning to navigate new waters individually and together. Each woman is unique, likeable, and real. Readers will enjoy meeting this family and cheer them on as the story unfolds.
This book will resonate with women who love Christian fiction, especially women who understand the dynamic of sisters. The characters in the book are people of faith who struggle with questions, especially in the wake of the untimely death of the mother. There is the concern of the father who initially leaves with the (much younger) hospice nurse. Also, there is admission one character of having had premarital sex. But the backdrop of each unveiling reveals the characters’ sorrow at such decisions and their desire to be faithful to God.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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