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“Great Day” Tuesday 12/10/2019
We see the rain, God sees the rainbow.
We see the glass half-empty. God sees it full to overflowing.
As adults we can see the same wonder in Christmas we did as little children. We simply need to focus on God’s purpose.
New birth, not just for the baby Jesus, but for us as we accept His love-gift of salvation.
We need to see Christmas through God’s eyes.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Christmas Through Your Eyes” by Gloria Estefan.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 12/08/2019
“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Part 1
“I’ll Be Home For Christmas” Part 2
The Chapel Quotes
“God has a better life for us than this world has to offer us. We believe as a culture that the key to a better life is to have more, to experience more, and to receive more. In reality more rarely delivers on its promises. The more we have the less we value what we have.”
“If you equate generosity with finances you’re letting yourself off easy, because God wants your generosity to be far more than your money, He wants your generosity to be your life. We live with a scarcity mentality. Generosity is the key to a better life, and it starts with having an abundance mentality. The world we live in says there’s a scarcity. God says there’s an abundance.”
“Generosity flourishes where there is character. We live to be receivers, but the better life is to live to be a giver. Givers can change the content and the chemistry of an office. Before you give make sure you’re not enabling. The life that is truly life is the life that is better than just being prosperous, it’s the life of being generous.”
“Generosity carries its own reward and it carries God’s reward. Generosity has the power to bless our children, and protects us from greed. Greed is the spiritual condition of being dissatisfied with more. A man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. Greed corrupts our soul, rots our relationships, while generosity protects us and our families from trouble. Generosity refreshes our soul. If you follow God’s management of money and wealth, then you will live the life that is truly life, the better life. Does Jesus have the title deed to your life?””
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 12/08/2019.
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Our Devotion:“Gratitude Amidst the Chaos” by Katie Winner of Defiance, Ohio, a psychology student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
Due dates, deadlines, and daily demands lead to stress and anxiety in my life and the college students around me. It is not uncommon to ask a fellow student how his or her day is going and hear about all the homework and projects due either that day or the next, as well as, the laundry or dishes needing washed.
We know we can turn to God and tell Him about our problems, but so often we forget to be thankful for all the good things around us. We forget to thank God for our friends supporting and cheering us on. We forget to thank God for the blessings He has given us in our lives. Presenting our requests to God with thanksgiving is something Paul tells the Philippians to do and so should we.
For me personally, I believe I am more stressed when I am not practicing gratitude for the good in my life. When I thank God for strategically placing people in my life when I needed them the most, I am more grateful and able to keep working on what needs to be done. I agree with the first part of Proverbs 17:22, “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Being cheerful, or grateful, is good medicine.
Prayer: Lord, help me remember to be thankful when I am stressed and anxious about all that I need to do. Amen.
Book Review 12/04/2019
This Book Review is by Ellie Tiemens, Professional Writing student from Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
The Faithful Way: Remaining Steadfast in an Uncertain World
By Cynthia Heald
NavPress, PB, 205 pages
Perhaps one of the biggest challenges a Christian faces in life is remaining faithful to God, the study of the Bible and prayer, and their relationships with fellow Christians. In his second letter to Timothy, Paul speaks on perseverance and having a testimony of faithfulness. So how can a Christian live similarly to Paul, being able to say at the end of their life, “I have remained faithful”? In Cynthia Heald’s 31-day devotional, she explores exactly this question.
With chapters discussing topics such as discipline, trusting God’s will, obedient love, God’s grace, prayer, and stumbling blocks to faith, this devotional explores a multitude of subjects ultimately related to living a faithful life.
In each chapter, Heald approaches a topic related to faithfulness with an anecdote, honesty, and practical applications of living faithfully. Additionally, Scripture passages to prompt further study, nuggets of wisdom from great men and women of faith, and a short prayer at the end of every section allow readers to feel engaged and to think more deeply about living a faithful life.
This devotional is written with simplicity and clear instructions on how to live more faithfully. However, certain ideas such as discipline and uncomfortable grace that are discussed in this book may be more complex for a younger reader. Audiences who would best benefit from this devotional book are Bible study groups or small groups, high school age Christians looking to delve deeper into their faith, or anyone feeling stagnant in faith and looking for encouragement on living more faithfully to God.
Though faithfulness is the basis of many Christian discussions, Heald examines living a faithful life in more depth than many have experienced. With a call to live a life that is a testimony of faithfulness to God and his grace, The Faithful Way is an important devotional book that is sure to speak into the life of anyone who reads it. Useful as a tool for daily study and meditation in the Bible, this devotional will provide a month of learning how to answer the call of God to live in a faithful way.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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