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“Great Day” Wednesday 08/04/2021
If we find our lives in a downward spiral or if we’ve hit rock bottom, placing our hope in God should be our first response, not a last resort.
Centuries ago the prophet Micah wrote of his faith in almighty God; “As for me, I watch in hope for the Lord. My God will hear me, and though I have fallen, I will rise. Though I sit in darkness, the Lord will be my light.”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Hope In The Night” by Greg Long.
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“Great Day Presents” Week of 08/01/2021
Coventry Baptist Church Quotes
“We need encouragement. Trials come our way for a reason. We must find God’s will in all of them. There is a great difference between trials and tragedies. Trials are that which God sends to us and allows us to go through, whereas tragedies are a matter of sin. Trials are given to us for a reason, and our eventual edification. It matters how react to a trial and benefit from the experience. Trials are a necessity for us to become mature in Christ. Trials can make us better or bitter. Trials can make us better.”
“There are three considerations when it comes to trials, the nature, the necessity, and the need. Make sure they are testing and not discipline. Are they for sin or for sanctification, for correction or for growth. God is getting our attention for a reason. Testing will always have a purpose for a child of God.”
“Sometimes we miss the work of God. There are many times when we say ‘we did this’, when in reality it’s God who has done it for us and we were a part of it. Trials are a test preparing us for the real thing. Sometimes when testing comes it’s to bring us reliance on God, that we need Him. In our weakness we become strong when we place our hand in the hand of God. Rejoicing in trials isn’t natural in the flesh. When you live with joy you are living with the personality of Jesus in your life.”
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The Chapel Quotes
“We all will battle discouragement at times. Some people have a positive ability to keep above the discouragement level, but most of us are going to have some bumps with discouragement, We’re going to get tired, stop believing, stop hoping, stop trusting and stop trying.”
”The nature of discouragement is to focus in on our problem, and it gets bigger every time we look at it. We are so focused on ourselves and our problem that it become more of a challenge. One of the great mistakes that leaders make is to focus everything on themselves.”
“To deal with discouragement expect to face adversity; it’s strange when we don’t have problems not strange when we do have problems. The major point of our discouragement is the gap between our expectations and reality. Real Christianity is one that says we face hardships willingly for the cause of Christ.”
“Our God is bigger than our problems. What brings about discouragement is our obsession with what we don’t have and our preoccupation with our problem. Make a daily habit to express gratitude. Gratitude is the solution. If we are filled with gratitude it changes who we are and it helps us influence others in a positive way. Be a source of encouragement to someone else. It takes your mind off of your problems and it changes you on the inside.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger
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Our Devotion: “The Armor of Light” by Kendall Beck of Wheaton, Illinois, a student at the Professional Writing Summer Academy held at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“Besides this, since you know the time, it is already the hour for you to wake up from sleep, because now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. The night is nearly over, and the day is near; so let us discard the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:11-12 (CSB)
My brother was quite the shapeshifter as a child. Almost every morning, I would rise to greet him, only to see a lion in his place. Sometimes I saw Spider-Man, a ninja, or whatever other character he was into at the time. He took on these different forms because he saw something of value in each character, wanting to possess their heroic attributes.
Like my younger brother, it seems that I also have shapeshifting habits. Even as I have grown, I have found it hard to shake the constant awareness of what others are wearing, saying, and doing and the desire to follow suit.
Since the beginning of time, Christians have stood up against the temptation to follow the world. Paul’s challenge to the Roman church applies to believers today: reject darkness. Instead of continuing in sinful, worldly ways, Paul encourages us to embrace the light of the gospel. He understands that this is a daily battle; to win, Christians must wear Christ’s light like armor.
The things of this world will always look inviting. Satan is the great deceiver. He tries to make dark look like light and sin look fulfilling. Our human tendencies are like those of a shapeshifting child – if society deems something as valuable, whether it is or not, we gravitate toward it. The Christian’s calling is the opposite. We are called to immerse ourselves in the light of Christ and daily reflect Him with love, grace, and faith.
When you feel the temptation to shapeshift into something the world praises, renew your focus on Jesus. Let His presence fill you today. Believe that He is all you need to resist the world’s pull. Then, clothe yourself with the armor of Light, rejoicing in the Lord as your best defense and greatest joy.
Prayer: Lord, thank You for being the Light of the world. Help me to reject the world of darkness and pursue Your kingdom of light. Amen.
Book Review 08/04/21
This Book Review is by J. M. Sanford of Defiance, Ohio, a professional writing major at Taylor University.
Marriage Done Right: One Man, One Woman
By Jim Daly
Regnery Faith, PB, 212 pages
Marriage Done Right is the perfect breath of fresh air to any committed marriage. As the President of Focus On the Family, Jim Daly is an expert at using personal stories from his own marriage, as well as others who have written into his program, to paint a vivid picture of what fruits grow out of a solid, God honoring Christian marriage. Daly gives great resources for newlyweds as they build a healthy relationship, the seasoned couple who have fallen into a relationship rut and might be contemplating divorce, or anyone who wants to further his or her understanding of God’s intention for marriage.
Daly’s content includes but is not limited to: what makes a soul mate, what the purpose of marriage really is, why children need a mother and father present in their lives, how a healthy sexual relationship is important and what you can do to improve yours, the secrets to a great marriage, and a personalized marriage assessment.
This book is great for all married readers, especially newly married couples, marriage folks struggling or contemplating divorce, and anyone looking to strengthen and nourish a loving marriage.
Christian Impact: Jim Daly spends a significant amount of time conveying the importance of a man and woman relationship. He explains biblical principles that back up this thinking that can help Christian’s strengthen their stance on heterosexual relationships. Daly also shares great advice and resources for any couples seeking marital counseling, wanting to know more about forming healthy sexual relationships, or are trying to heal broken marriages.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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