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“Great Day” Wednesday 11/20/2019
Someone once said; “Every day holds the possibility of a miracle.”
In the words of D. Denise Dianaty; “Gratitude opens our eyes to the miracles that surround us.”
Creating the lyrics for “It Took A Miracle”, John W. Peterson writes;
“My Father is all powerful, and that you can’t deny.
A God of many miracles, it’s written in the sky.
The Bible tells us of His pow’r, and wisdom all way through.
And every little bird and flow’r are testimonies too.”
Life is a series of miracles.
Notice them; wherever we look we see God’s creation, His handiwork from the infinitesimal to the infinite, things that we can enjoy, appreciate and cherish, but never duplicate.
And when we seek the grace of Christ we find He gives us life and love and the greatest of all miracles, salvation!
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “It Took A Miracle”.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 11/17/2019
The Chapel Quotes
“Way back before the times of Socrates it was discovered there were four main temperaments that were hard-wired in each of us. Temperaments are different that personalities. There’s nothing right or wrong about a particular temperament, but they result in our speaking in a particular way, and also having needs that words will fall on our hearts and minds in either a very positive, helpful way, or destructive way that can be very harmful.”
“When we speak through our own temperament the other temperaments may hear something else.Try to think about what other people are, so that we can best understand them. So that the words that come out of our mouth will fall on their hearts and on their ears in a way that blesses them and is not destructive. Words are very powerful and there are things that you may say that land on a particular temperament that builds them up or unintentionally can tear a person down. Our words have incredible power to tear down or build up. The question is are you building up or tearing down.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 11/17/2019.
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Our Devotion:“Our Remodeler” by Taylor Phillips of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a Strategic Communications student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana
“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” Psalm 147:3 (NIV)
My dad is a builder, though when I was younger, I always wondered why he seemed to fix more things than he built new. Many of the houses we have lived in were remodeled, once belonging to someone else. Every time something would break, a doorknob or banister, I’d hear the harsh buzz of the saw and drill. When I came to look, it would be polished and whole again, its restored form.
Once, when he was mending the broken leg of a chair, I asked him why we didn’t just buy new things every now and then. “People don’t fix things anymore,” he replied, “They just buy new ones.” How often have we replaced the things we have trouble with? How often have we looked for new relationships when we have conflict with those we care about?
God is our builder, our remodeler, and He refuses to give up on us when we fail Him. We are not replaced, for we are made in His image for a purpose. He begs us to forget our pasts, to not anchor our identity in our failures and brokenness. He has made us new and whole, much like the once-teetering legs of one of our dining room chairs. In our deficiency, we meet His grace.
Prayer: Lord, I thank You for the reach of Your grace and forgiveness, for not casting me aside when I mess up or fail. Please allow me to remember how You have renewed me. Amen.
Book Review 11/20/2019
This Book Review is by Carson D. Jacobs, a professional writing major at Taylor University.
A Call to Love: Preparing Your Heart and Soul for Adoption
By Julie Holmquist
Tyndale House, PB, 246 pages
A Call to Love and its author focus on the hardships and joys that come with adoption. Julie Holmquist prepares the reader for the difficulties, unfulfilled expectations, and general challenges of what will be a totally new family dynamic.
Holmquist begins some chapters with an anecdote, either about herself or about families she knows. She begins other chapters with a general statement about management, childcare, finances, counseling, group dynamics, or legal matters that she explains further throughout the chapter. The anecdotes she uses are just as heartwarming as they are heartbreaking, and the truths she brings to light about adoption are vital for families seeking to adopt. She dispels misconceptions about what adoptions are and aren’t like. She gives stories and accounts from various families to show the readers they’re not alone. At the end of each chapter she provides helpful questions and a journaling section.
Overall, it’s a book that exists to aid potential adoptive families—specifically the parents—in their journey toward following God’s call to this form of ministry. She reminds readers to stay on the straight path when God calls them to emulate him, despite the discouragement and troubles that will inevitably come. A Call to Love is a helpful book for any family starting to look at or in the middle of the adoption process, and also for those who have just finished bringing an adopted child into their home. It provides encouragement, tips, and some truly wonderful stories about those who have been adopted and those who have processed an adoption.
God may not be the center theme or subject of this book, but Holmquist makes constant mention of following God even amidst what might sometimes seem rather challenging or even nonsensical plans. The book, coming from a Christian author, is written with a Christian audience in mind and succeeds in sharing its message.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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