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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 07/24/2016-07/30/2016
“Great Day” Tuesday 07/26/2016
Success is often a matter of getting along with others.
Bringing people around to our way of thinking can be a real challenge.
Leadership expert, speaker and author Dr. John Maxwell says, “People are changed not by coercion or intimidation, but by example.”
The best example is God, as He draws us to Him through His great love.
The disciple John puts it this way; “This is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us. We love because He first loved us.”
Love can change a heart, an attitude, a mind.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Love Can Change Your Mind” by Lonestar.
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Rick Hawks’ Quotes
“The entirety of Scripture can be boiled down to four words; Christ Died For Us.”
“Sin is stupid because it makes us think we’re smart.”
“You know you’ve got a problem, a mess, and you want to know is there a road back? The answer is absolutely yes, because God is for you. He loves you. Pray to be made clean. Pray for the Holy Spirit’s empowerment, and pray to have your influence restored.
“Confession is admitting to our self that what we did was wrong. Confession is to own our mess completely. If we want to make a recovery we have to own our mistakes, we have to own our failures, we can’t blame anyone else. There’s no justifying. We must admit our thoughts and actions are sin. We must acknowledge the rightness of God, and recognize the depth of our sin.”
To access Pastor Rick Hawks’ complete messages click http://www.thechapel.net to go to The Chapel website.
Our Devotion, “Be Still” by Benjamin McKinney of Round Lake Beach, Illinois. He is a professional writing major at Taylor University.
THOUGHT FOR TODAY: “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10, ESV)
When I went to college, life became a blur. Amidst classes, friends, small groups and campus events, I found myself without a shred of rest. Worry filled the brief spaces between commitments. I would collapse into my bed exhausted at the end of each day, but even then I would pull out my phone to scroll through social media and watch videos until, finally, I slipped into unconsciousness. I did not know why I was so busy, until it slowly dawned on me that I wanted to be accepted.
I was using my busyness to run from God. I preferred nonstop distraction to genuine reflection; I would rather do almost anything than be forced to think, pray, and listen in silence. I was running myself into the ground, starved for both mental and spiritual rest.
God knows us better than we know ourselves, and that’s why He commands us to rest. The Sabbath is not some strange religious construct made to inconvenience us, but rather a vital chance to be refreshed and refocus our hearts. When we silence ourselves God reminds us of who He is, and just why it is we are running around in the first place.
PRAYER: Lord, quiet my heart, and help me find my rest in you. Amen.
Book Review 07/20/2016
This Book Review comes from Aaron Johnson, a professional writing major at Taylor University and book review for Church Libraries and Christian Book Previews.
PEARL IN THE SAND
by Tessa Afshar
Moody, 978-0-8024-5881-0, PB, 320 pages, $13.99
On any normal day in Israel, Rahab, harlot of Jericho, should have been stoned. Instead, she was grafted into the family of the Messiah. Pearl in the Sand fleshes out the story of Rahab, exploring the circumstances surrounding her acceptance into Israel and her eventual marriage to Salmone, a leader in the tribe of Judah.
This book is both profound in its ideas and moving in the emotions it evokes. The character development of Rahab and Samone is this story’s strength. Salmone’s character provides valuable lessons about pride and unconditional love. Rahab fights an inner battle against shame, yet ultimately discovers God’s redemption and grace.
The interactions between these two characters are the most compelling and insightful portions of the story. This novel is excellently written and extremely powerful and would especially benefit readers who are dealing with shame, guilt, or abuse.
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