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“Great Day” Thursday 08/22/2019
Man can learn a lot from sub-human creatures that live by instinct, teaching their young to survive, while keeping nature in balance.
There are some animals however, whose habits are not in our best interest if we are to live in harmony with the universe, and become better off than we are.
If we have sky-high ideals we need to choose wisely what will influence our lives.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Swinging On A Star” by Bing Crosby.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 08/18/2019 – 08/24/2019
The Chapel Quotes
“There’s a lot out there that consumes our mind and our mental energy. Anxiety and worry are a big part of our normal life. They constantly drains the energy God gives us to face daily problems and to fill our many responsibilities. When you are really worried it’s impossible to focus on what you should be doing. It is a sinful waste.”
“Today has enough concerns for us to be able to focus on, let the future be the future. Worry is like putting tomorrow’s cloud on today’s sunshine. It’s good to bring all of our cares and worry to God, but so often we do it with a spirit of anxiousness. We should do it with a spirit of thanksgiving. It is thankful prayer that is going to help you go from having anxiety to having the peace of God. When we engage in thankful prayer we start emotionally so much higher.”
“Worrying changes nothing. When you focus on God and not your circumstances and you give over your fear and anxiety He provides. You can’t control your feelings but one thing you can do is present your requests to God with thanksgiving, and you will have a peace. It will not make sense in your mind, which means your circumstances may not change, but God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 08/18/2019.
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Our Devotion: “Adopting His Plans” by Keegan Rudmann of Fishers, Indiana, a book reviewer for Christian Book Previews and a devotional writer for The Aboite Independent.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11
When my mom asked how I felt about adopting a Chinese girl I told her I did not want another sister. However, my parents chose to ignore my opinion. At first, I acted resentful and complained about their decision. My family traveled to China to meet the new addition. The minute we arrived at the hotel, the adoption agency gave the little girl to us. The round, brown eyes gazing at me changed how I felt about my new sister. From that moment on, I loved that little girl and cherished the time I spent with her. Today, she is the sunshine of my life, and I am grateful to God for her.
Have you ever disagreed with God’s plans for you? You may think that his plans seem unfair or not what you want, but God knows what is best for you. His plans are meant to help you flourish and thrive, not harm you.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to trust that you will guide me through life, and not complain about the plans you have made for me. Amen.
Book Review 08/21/2019
This Book Review is by G. Connor Salter, Professional Writing alumnus from Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
Change Your Thoughts, Change Your Life: How Life-Giving Thoughts Can Unlock Your Destiny By Bobby Schuller
Nelson Books (HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc.), PB, 224 pages
“What we think about ultimately results in the decisions that guide our lives,” Bobby Schuller writes in his introduction. In other words, seeing life in a positive way can lead to living a better life. Schuller goes on to explain how tactics like creating a positive vision for your life, choosing life-giving influences, and viewing tragedies as challenges leading to growth can all help people achieve new success in their lives.
There’s nothing particularly new about Schuller’s thesis. Many other writers (Christian and otherwise) have written about how positive thinking changes things, and this book doesn’t bring anything particularly new to the discussion. However, the advice is all solid and Schuller adds a little bit of theology to the mix. A decently written self-help book, if not especially original.
People trying to learn how to turn their lives around will find Schuller’s advice uplifting and helpful.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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