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“Great Day” Saturday 02/16/2019
Love takes many forms and is expressed in many different ways.
The Bible tells us; “Love is very patient and kind, never jealous or envious, never boastful or proud, never selfish or rude. Love doesn’t demand its own way. It’s not easily angered, and keeps no record of wrongs. It’s never glad about injustice, but rejoices whenever truth wins out. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.”
If you love someone you will be loyal no matter what the cost.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Nature Boy” by Nat King Cole.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 02/10/2019 – 02/16/2019
The Chapel Quotes
“Jesus is the resurrection and the life. Jesus has the power to raise the dead back to life. As you believe in Jesus there will come a day when you will be raised from the dead. You do not have to wonder and you do not have to fear death.”
“When Jesus sees our anguish and weeping, when death and tragedy comes our way, when we are living the nightmares of our lives, Jesus expresses anger and sorrow as we experience our suffering. When we are in our situations Jesus is broken-hearted with us as well. Jesus has the compassion to go along with the power.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 02/10/2019.
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Our Devotion: “Feral. Fantastic.” by Maya Laytham of Overland Park, KS, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
“Who am I?” Mr. Fox, the title character of the 2009 film Fantastic Mr. Fox asks, “and how can a fox ever be happy without, you’ll forgive the expression, a chicken in its teeth?”
He’s a wild animal, a literal fox, but he’s also a husband, father, and journalist. The tension between his nature and his roles sets the backdrop for the film based on Roald Dahl’s book of the same name.
Sitting in front of a tall stack of toast and in what can only be described as business-casual attire, Mr. Fox complains that living in a hole makes him feel poor. Seconds later, he devours the stack with a ferocity that reminds the audience of the wild animal this philosophizing, mid-life-crisis-having fox is at heart.
He wants to become more civilized, but he simultaneously fears losing the untamed spark that he believes gives him essential value.
Attempting to reaffirm his identity, Mr. Fox embarks on a heist. Over three nights, he targets human farmers known for their cunning and ruthlessness. Consequently, the farmers destroy the forest community, looking to take their revenge on the thief and leave the animals of the area homeless. Furthermore, they kidnap Mr. Fox’s son, Ash. At this point, it feels impossible for Mr. Fox to reconcile the disastrous consequences of following his nature with his desire to be better.
Similarly, we can find ourselves consumed by sin’s disastrous consequences. In the wake of another slip-up, it can feel like our sin defines us. How can we possess such self-destructive tendencies and the image of God in the same self?
Mr. Fox eventually finds an answer to his confusion. It is not merely his wild nature that makes him a charismatic and valued member of his community and family. Mr. Fox’s relationships ground him. With the knowledge that his worth lies outside his eccentricities, he uses the feral nature of himself and other members of his community to rescue Ash and begin the process of rebuilding the community.
Our weaknesses are opportunities to reveal God’s strength and become who He calls us to be. The psalmist reminds us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). We are also inhabited by sin (Romans 3:23).
But God has made a path for us through Christ’s sacrifice to become more than our sin. That’s pretty fantastic.
Prayer: God, show me how my weakness can become Your glory. Grow me into who You made me to be. Amen.
Book Review 02/13/2019
This Book Review is by Shelley Sample, Professional Writing student at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
Title: The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus; What Jesus Prayed and How It Can Change Your Life
By Janet Holm McHenry
Bethany House, PB, 175 pages
The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus is an inspiring piece of literature, written with immense passion. Within its pages, Janet McHenry introduces the idea that although prayer was essential to Jesus, many Christians today are not familiar with the richness of His prayer life. Throughout this book, she walks readers through the fourteen recorded prayers that Jesus prayed, as well as His teachings and instructions for healthy prayer habits.
McHenry encourages readers to view Jesus as a personal prayer mentor who has a desire to reproduce His own prayer life in the lives of each of His children. Within her own life, McHenry has allowed the Lord to redefine prayer as a way to be in constant conversation with God, rather than a hyper-religious ritual. She states that she has “replaced the thought of saying prayers—sandwiching words between ‘Dear God’ and ‘Amen’— with the awareness of being in the flow of His power and provision. I expanded my definition of prayer so that it includes the continual integration between the material and the spiritual realm” (11). McHenry wants readers to know of the high importance and power that genuine prayer holds. She stresses the fact that it is meant to be much more than what modern-day religion has made it out to be. Prayer is, and should be, considered the life and breath of God’s people.
This book is the perfect read for someone looking to ignite the passion of their own prayer life. Readers will learn that Jesus prayed in every circumstance. He prayed in the face of temptation, for daily needs, to praise, to give thanks, for Himself, for others, the church, and more. The most important and humbling lesson that readers will take from this book is the simple idea that Jesus listened in prayer, just as we must also do when searching for a richer communion with the Father.
Adults, as well as groups looking to ignite a stronger, more passionate prayer life, will enjoy this book. Also recommended for those looking to connect with the presence of God on a deeper
The Complete Guide to the Prayers of Jesus is an inspiring, faith-based book. I expect that this book will enhance readers’ understanding of the prayers Jesus prayed—not solely because He wanted to, but because He needed to, just as we do. Rich communication between the heart of Jesus and the Father God was not simply a source of encouragement, it was His very way of surviving life in the flesh. A human’s most natural state of being is within a posture of connection with God. Without prayer, we do not possess the very thing that we need in order to live life the way that we were created to. This book is bound to spark a fiery sense of longing for a meaningful prayer life within believers.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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