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“Great Day” Friday 11/17/2017
“Be Prepared’. The Boy Scout motto is good advice for all.
We spend much of our lives getting ready…for school, jobs, relationships, activities and events.
Nearly everything we do requires some form of preparation.
This life is our opportunity to prepare our faith for a future in heaven. Let’s get ready by living the Godly life for which we’re created.
The apostle Peter instructs us; “Prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
And in Matthew we read; “No one knows about that day or hour.”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “People Get Ready” by Eva Cassidy.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 11/11/2017- 11/18/2017
The Chapel Quotes
“There are three types of perfectionism. Self-directed, socially prescribed, and other oriented perfectionism. The more we achieve the more we realize achievement doesn’t satisfy us. For the perfectionist, life is an unending report card on accomplishments or looks. What makes perfectionism so toxic is that while those who are in its grip desire success, they are most focused on avoiding failure, so there’s a negative orientation for the perfectionist.”
“Believing and faith mean exactly the same thing. In English the only difference is faith is a noun, believing is a verb. God has promised that whosoever will call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. God won’t break His promise. God keeps His promises, and Christ is the fulfillment of His promise. The promise is yours not by being good enough, but by being humble enough to say ‘Lord Jesus, I trust in You’.”
“All people, all languages, all tribes, all ethnicities have equal access to God and to His grace. Blessed is God’s response to our right behavior, cursed or punishment is God’s response to our bad behavior. One must keep the whole law in order to be saved by it, and no one has done that. The law makes us prisoners to sin. The majority is often wrong. What determines right and wrong? It’s the character of God. The Bible is abundantly clear that none of us are righteous.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 11/12/17
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Our Devotion: “Trust and Move Forward” by Annika L. Ward of Elmhurst, Illinois, a 2017 summer professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28
We’ve all gone through trials, and we often ask God why we have to face these difficulties. Whenever I am challenged by a trying experience, it seems I have to relearn the same lesson, which is that God’s plan is better than mine. In my teen years, my mom got a job that required me to transfer schools at the beginning of my junior year. I was terrified about leaving my former school and having to make new friends. I wondered why God would want me to go through a situation that made me so stressed and anxious. However, now that I look back, I can say that having to transfer to a new school helped me to mature, to become more independent, and to lean more directly upon Jesus. I made numerous new friends, got involved in a variety of activities, and benefited from some outstanding teachers. By prayerfully trusting the Lord to walk with me, a potentially nerve-wrecking circumstance had a joyful outcome.
PRAYER: Jesus, help me to trust in your guidance and leading. Amen.
Book Review 11/15/2017
This Book Review is by Jaci Gorrell, a professional writing major at Taylor University in Upland, IN.
Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
By Bryan Stevenson
Spiegel & Grau, PB, 349 pages
Today, as in years past, social justice and the penal system are topics of intensive debate. To the layman, these concepts can feel nebulous and inaccessible, and to seek answers in the media is to pursue an incomplete picture. Just Mercy does what facts and statistics can’t do—it puts names, faces, and stories to the subject.
In his book, Bryan Stevenson chronicles the story of his early years as a lawyer as he worked to found the Equal Justice Initiative in Montgomery, Alabama. Among his many tales is Stevenson’s account of Walter McMillian—one of his earliest clients,who was sentenced to death row for a murder he didn’t commit—and the fight to secure his rightful justice. It’s as good as watching an episode of “Law and Order” or “Matlock.”
Overall, Just Mercy is a powerful testament of what it looks like to stand up for the poor and vulnerable in society. Stevenson’s vivid anecdotes tell the stories of mothers, fathers, children, minorities, and disabled individuals who deserve the mercy and redemption the world denied them. Often it is a David versus Goliath circumstance, but sometimes it has the same outcome, which is cause for cheering and exuberance.
Some liken Stevenson’s testament to that of To Kill a Mockingbird. Others deem Stevenson the next Mandela. What is certain is that Stevenson’s story is incredibly insightful and deeply moving, and it provides an insider’s view of the American legal system that most citizens seldom encounter.
Because this book contains frequent discussions of the crime, violence, poverty, and punishment Stevenson encounters in his work and is, thus, more suitable for an adult audience. Stevenson’s testimony urges readers to think about and to engage the criminal justice system and its death penalty. Stevenson also illustrates examples of God’s mercy and grace, as well as the call to care for the poor and needy.
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