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“Great Day” Saturday 07/21/2018
As we go through the routine of daily living, do we really see what goes on around us? Or for that matter do we really care?
In the Bible we’re instructed to look after each other.
Jesus is very specific about that obligation saying; “I’m aware of all your good deeds, your kindness to the poor, your gifts and service to them; also I know of your love, faith and patience. I am He who searches deep within men’s hearts and minds. I will repay each of you according to your deeds.”
Our salvation is a gift from Jesus by faith; our reward however is earned by following His example as we open our eyes and act on the needs of those around us.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Open Up Your Eyes” by Gladys Knight.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 07/15/2018- 07/21/2018
The Chapel Quotes
“As Christians, our primary citizenship is in heaven. We are only citizens of this country for a short while, and if you handle your life right you’ll make sure you are a dual citizen. You’ll make sure that you are a citizen in the Kingdom of God.”
“When you are facing situations that cause you to be anxious, when worry has taken over your thought life R-E-S-T, rest in the Lord. R-Rejoice in the Lord. E-Express your heart to God. S-Set your mind on things above. T-Trust God through it all. Stop thinking about your pain and your problems and start thinking about God’s promises and power. Stop thinking about your hurts and hang-ups and start thinking about God’s hope and healing.”
“Look to positive people. You need positive people in your life. Surround yourself with positive people and force yourself to step up to their level. God’s promise is peace not prosperity. When life is unravelling God is what keeps us together. We cannot choose what happens to us, we can only choose how we respond. We can respond with bitterness and resentment, and most of all worry and anxiety, or we, like the apostle Paul, can be content. This only makes sense if our primary citizenship is in heaven.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 07/15/2018.
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Our Devotion: “Beholding Him” by Lillian G. Smith of Springboro, Ohio, a 2017 summer professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana
“And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
Driving in my 2006 Honda Pilot is often my sanctuary. It is where, while riding alone, I can dump the weights of my soul upon the cross. My burdens and fears are laid upon God, as I relish time in the silent purity of his presence. One afternoon, however, I didn’t have the peace of God in my mind. In fact, I was feeling distraught, abandoned, and nervous regarding recent events in my life. The pressures of school and family were crushing in on me. Salty tears were streaming down my brittle countenance when, suddenly, in the back of my mind a barely perceptible whisper commanded, “Behold!”
Wiping the stressful tears from my eyes, I glanced in my rearview mirror and gazed upon an absolutely exquisite jewel-toned sky. The purples, oranges, pinks, and yellows compelled me to turn into a nearby parking lot and just sit and dwell in awe of the God who created such masterpieces. I was comforted by beauty, and I was reassured that so great a Creator would never forget or abandon me.
PRAYER: Precious Savior, give me the faith to trust your plan. Amen.
Book Review 07/18/2018
This Book Review is by Elizabeth Hartmann, a professional writing major at Taylor University.
The Road to Magnolia Glen
by Pam Hillman
Tyndale House Publishers, PB, 345 pages
For a time, Quinn O’Shea is bitter because his older brothers have left him in Ireland to act as the father figure for his younger siblings. Eventually, however, he sails to America and escorts his younger brothers safely to one older brother’s plantation in Mississippi. From there, he vows to take his turn for freedom and explore the world.
His plans are foiled when he must save the Young sisters from their brother-in-law’s wicked plans. Caught amidst his dreams of a prosperous future, his duties as a gentleman, and the beguiling presence of a young Irish woman, Quinn must decide if he is willing to change his plans and choose love instead of freedom.
The Road to Magnolia Glen continues the story started in the first Natchez Trace novel. It follows Quinn and Kiera Young as they overcome their differences and realize their love for one another.
Although I enjoy historical romances, I was not captivated by this one. Its scenes were predictable and fell flat for me. The point of view radically switches between Quinn and Kiera and then among several other side characters. I felt that this distracted from the main plotline of the story rather than added to it. Many of the side characters seemed underdeveloped and stereotypical. Because of this, their actions often lacked convincing motivations.
There are Bible verses inserted throughout the story, and the characters must learn to trust in the Lord in overcoming the troubles they face throughout the book.
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