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“Great Day” Monday 06/21/2021
Facing life’s challenges all of us have our ups and downs.
Like Job, nothing happens to us that God does not allow.
Having lost his possessions, his family and his health Job longed to be saved from his misery.
Contemplating his relationship with God, Job says; “If only there were someone to arbitrate between us, someone to lay his hand upon us both, someone to remove God’s rod from me.”
Today we have that someone, his name is Jesus Christ.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus”-“Where You Belong” by The Newsboys.
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“Great Day Presents” Week of 06/20/2021
Coventry Baptist Church Quotes
“Let everything we say and do be done, Father God, to bring glory to You. Let our hearts be hearts of worship, our vows be vows of truth and let us live our lives to bring honor and glory to God. Vows are holy that we voluntarily make with God. There are things that God requires, asks for and expects, but He doesn’t require us to vow.”
“God in some way speaks to each and every person’s heart and answers their questions and needs. God has given each and every one of us a gift. Every believer has been empowered with at least one gift of the Holy Spirit. It is to be used to bring honor and glory to the Lord as well as to encourage others. Whatever you do in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord, Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him.”
“God hears our our heart. We have a voice in the heart, we have a language of the heart. God hears the heart, God understands if our words are spoken in jest, in sadness, in sorrow, or if they’re said in true praise. We must be careful what we say silently in our hearts to God. God is not impressed with our words but with our heart.”
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The Chapel Quotes
“There was a point in time when the Holy Spirit spoke through human beings, and because that inspiration took place those Words came to have authority, they carried Divine weight, the literal Words of God as He was revealing Himself to us. What gives a book its authority is not what humans decide, it’s how God spoke through those humans that gives those Words Divine weight.”
”The Church is not the determiner of the canon, but the discoverer of books that have Divine weight. We can have confidence that the Bible that we have, the 39 books of the Old Testament and the 27 books of the New Testament, are truly the Words of God.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger
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Our Devotion: “Born Wild” by Ryan Dennison of South Lyon, Michigan, who studied professional writing at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God.” Hebrews 6:1 (NIV)
There is something about utter helplessness that inspires compassion. When I was in high school my family found an infant kitten on the side of the road. He cried endlessly, could barely walk, and could hardly lap milk. But he was fluffy, big-eyed and dependent, so we took him home. That was our first mistake. The cat turned out to be a tyrant! He bit, pounced, and scratched anyone who came near, until we had to lock him inside the guest bedroom. Even then, he threw a fit whenever he was left alone. We regretted the day we brought that wildcat into our lives.
As Christians, we are often just like that kitten. God saves us from the world, and for a while, we are grateful. The problem is that we grow complacent, even demanding of God. We expect blessings and growth in our lives, but we are resistant to submitting to God’s will. We want Him to do the work, while we reap the rewards. As Christians, our growth comes through accepting and conforming to God’s plan for our lives, not forcing God to conform to ours.
PRAYER: Lord, don’t let me forget how you’ve blessed me. Give me a willing and servant heart, ready to do your will. In Jesus’ name I ask this, Amen.
Book Review 06/16/2021
This Book Review is by Elizabeth Hartmann, a professional writing major at Taylor University.
Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar
Tyndale House Publishers, PB, 390 pages
Ever since her brother died because of her thoughtlessness, Elianna, the daughter of a merchant in ancient Jerusalem, yearns for forgiveness and healing. When her father refuses to forgive her, she tries to work for her restoration by overseeing her father’s textile business. Years pass, but guilt gnaws at her. Because of her fears, she puts off her marriage to her beloved, leaving her need for forgiveness further out of reach. Although she finds relief from her troubles by producing creative and innovative garments, her success not only attracts a new clientele, but also the unwanted interests of a Roman commander.
Unfortunately, an unwanted kiss destroys her future. She chooses to shatter her own heart rather than put her family and the only man she has ever loved in danger. Death’s shadow strikes again, and she is forced to sell her father’s business – the only comfort she has ever known. When a bleeding sickness holds her in its grasp for twelve years, Elianna nearly gives up all hope and desire for life. Unclean and isolated, she craves a touch of love. Then she hears rumors of a man who casts out demons and heals the sick. She’s tried everything. But Elianna chooses to hope again and reaches out her hand to find forgiveness and healing.
Elianna and the other characters in this book are loveable and complex. You will laugh, cry, and celebrate with them. The writing is engaging, and the surprises will keep you flipping pages to find out what happens. This heartwarming tale entertains from cover to cover.
Although aimed for woman, anyone with a heart for biblical romance will enjoy this book. This novel will be a favorite among avid biblical fiction fans, who want a glimpse of what life was like when Jesus walked the earth.
Elianna’s search for restoration and forgiveness is one everyone can relate to. This book shows how God can use our darkest trials and hurts in our life for good. In our society, we seek superficial healing and slather ourselves in make-up to hide our deepest wounds, but no “quick fix” or cover-up can change the state of our soul. This book emphasizes Jesus’ ability to forgive our darkest secrets and heal those wounds.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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