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“Great Day” Sunday 06/16/2019
Fathers: The value of a caring dad who meets our needs and lovingly guides us through our early years is beyond measure. Those of us whose dads patterned our upbringing by the standards of our Heavenly Father are especially blessed.
According to the writer of Hebrews; “We all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of our spirits and live! Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best, but God disciplines us for our good, that we may share in His holiness.”
When we look into the mirror of life and see a picture of fulfillment, let’s thank God for a father’s discipline and love.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Thank You For The Beautiful Pictures” by Sara Paulson.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 06/16/2019 – 06/22/2019
The Chapel Quotes
“If the universe came from God, then we exist. We have a soul, a spirit inside of us; we became a person. We have free will. We can make decisions because we are somebody. Because we are a living being we can make choices, whether good or evil, wise or foolish. We are made in the image of God therefore we have incredible value.”
”It’s actually in the realms of invisibility where God’s existence is most displayed. Just look around and see all of creation and understand there has to be a really powerful God. There are things we can clearly learn about God just by observing what He made, just by observing nature. God has placed his fingerprints throughout all of creation so that we can clearly know that He is there. The invisible God is clearly seen in nature.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 06/16/2019.
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Our Devotion: “Smooth Sailing” by Hope Bolinger of Hudson, Ohio, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“Now Jehoshaphat built a fleet of trading ships to go to Ophir for gold, but they never set sail—they were wrecked at Ezion Geber.” 1 Kings 22:48 (NIV)
The cardboard boat deteriorated in the rippling waters.
The creator of the ship, my friend, recounted the story to me. A week before the event, my friend eagerly sketched the blueprints for the annual robotics club cardboard boat race. However, his not-so-zealous project partner built the vessel. By the time the cohort slapped the ship together, corners jutted and the entire structure nearly crumbled. During the event, the dilapidated liner glided about five feet into the frigid waters. Then, it proceeded to plummet in a whirlpool of foam and the scent of sulfur.
Like Judah’s King Jehoshaphat, my friend generated ambitious plans for the future. However, he teamed up with the wrong partner, a King Ahaziah-like figure. Because of a friendship with a man who led him astray, he sunk rather than sailed.
It was a good reminder that when we befriend someone we might want to implement discernment. Does this person help us sail smoothly in our faith? Or do we notice a potential shipwreck?
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to implement discernment with my friendships. Amen.
Book Review 06/12/2019
This Book Review is by Megan Alms, Professional Writing student at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age
By Alan Noble
InterVarsity Press, PB, 189 pages
It’s no secret that modern evangelism is inefficient. But what can be done in a culture of constant distractions and conflicting opinions? This is the heart of Alan Noble’s exploration in Disruptive Witness.
When we approach a conversation about our faith, both parties come to the conversation with the cultural presupposition that religion is a matter of personal preference. Everyone believes something. This belief is part of what forms each person’s individualistic identity and nothing more. There is no urgency.
When we talk about our faith in this way, we’re not sharing the gospel. We’re participating in what Noble calls a “rhetorical dance.” There’s some intellectual back-and-forth interaction, but it ultimately leads nowhere. Following such a discussion, you may receive a text, reminding you to check Twitter, leading you to read an article . . . and before you know it, you’ve forgotten any depth of conversation you may have had.
In order to battle this tendency, we must first battle the desires that have been programmed into us. “We should not naively believe that we can suddenly reverse the flow of innovation,” says Noble. Despite our inability to change an entire culture, we can make an effort to change ourselves.
We must constantly reassess how society and technology are affecting us. As Christians, we are called to reject evil practices. But rarely is a new technology purely good or evil, so we have to weigh the costs and benefits of the innovations we invite into our lives.
After evaluating these ideas within our own lives, it is necessary to apply them to our approach to ministry. “Past models of discussing faith have almost all assumed a listener who is active, attentive, and aware of the costs of believing,” says Noble. Media-driven culture has permeated our listeners, and we must circumvent the way they have been trained to absorb information.
In the words of the author, Disruptive Witness “does not aim to solve the problems of secularism and technology-driven distraction, but it does offer concrete, achievable, meaningful actions to help the church preserve its witness.”
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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