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“Great Day” Tuesday 03/26/2019
We never know what we’re truly capable of until we’re put to the test. To quote Mahatma Gandhi; “Strength does not come from physical capacity; it comes from an indomitable will.”
A hero is someone who has demonstrated unusual courage.
While we may feel more like the “Cowardly Lion”, our willpower comes from the Lord.
The apostle Paul reminds us; “The weakness of God is stronger than man’s strength.”
David, the little shepherd boy who became a giant killer says; “It’s God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.”
The Lord has placed the capacity to be a hero within us, all we need is opportunity.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Hero” by Mariah Carey.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 03/24/2019 – 03/30/2019
The Chapel Quotes
“Physiological things happen to us when we get mad, and we literally can’t see straight. Anger clouds our judgment, it clouds our vision and we become all messed up on our inside. The more angry we become the more the cognitive part of our brain shuts down. Blood starts flowing to the reactionary part of our brain and to our extremities for fight or flight.”
“Never assume it’s too late to come to Christ. The worst thing you can do is be a fool to turn down the pardon of Jesus. God is ready and willing to grant death bed conversions. He will grant pardons to those who are guilty up to the last moment. Never assume that you will come to Christ later. Never presume to doubt the total sufficiency of the cross. Nothing needs to be added. Not baptism (it’s only a sign of your salvation), not restitution. Jesus paid it all. Never presume that you will have more than today.”
“If we own our sins then God stands ready to forgive us, but if we say we have not sinned, we are lying and we are calling God a liar. Sometimes our hearts grow hard and we stop hearing the voice of the Holy Spirit, and we die not doing what we said we would do ‘someday’. Jesus would not save himself so that He could save others.
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 03/24/2019.
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Our Devotion: “A Jar of Costly Perfume” by Shelley Sample of Woodhaven, MI, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.” Psalm 100:4 (NIV)
What would happen if every time we had a negative thought, we turned around and instead, entered into a moment of thanksgiving? What chains would break off of our lives if we were intentional about speaking life over every situation? What toxic mindsets would cease to exist if we simply expressed gratitude? Thankfulness is the outcome of a collision between humility and hope. In order to truly have a heart of thanksgiving, we must humble ourselves and place our hope in the fact that what Jesus has to offer us is worthy of our thankfulness. When we humble ourselves and choose hope over defeat, we simply have no choice but to be thankful.
I recently heard thankfulness described as “a jar of costly perfume poured out at the feet of the King.” Seventy-six times within Scripture, we are told to give thanks. Seventy-six times, the Bible tells us to take our most costly perfume and pour it out at the feet of the King. We see this beautiful act of worship performed by Mary, in John 12, as she anoints the feet of Jesus with a rare and costly perfume extract.
How often are we pausing, as Mary did, to thank the Father for lavishing on us the full measure of His love? How often are we thanking Him for His mercy over us? How often are we taking the time to thank the Father for simply calling us His children? One of the most powerful ways to receive the great, tangible presence of God is to express thankfulness.
As we examine the thankful heart that Mary exemplified toward Jesus, let us also prioritize a thankful heart toward the Father. Challenge yourself to approach the Lord with thanksgiving, even with the simple, often times overlooked things, such as the fact that He calls you His child. Genuine expression of thanksgiving is a believer’s most natural state of being.
Tune into this today, and be welcomed into an experience of God’s presence on a deeper level.
Prayer: Father, anytime that I feel anything less than that of what You want for my life, help me to cling to Your promises and truth. I declare that You are good and worthy of my deepest thanksgiving. Amen.
Book Review 03/20/2019
This Book Review is by Madelyn Ames, Professional Writing student at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
When God’s Ways Make No Sense
By Dr. Larry Crabb
Baker Books, PB, 229 pages
In Dr. Larry Crabb’s, When God’s Ways Make No Sense, poses philosophical questions allowing the reader to dive deeper than the normal topical Christian beliefs in the light and easy topics regularly discussed in books. He challenges Christians to tremble and trust rather than accept without questioning what God is doing in their lives.
Crabb introduces three characters from the Bible: Jonah, Saul, and Habakkuk. Each character is formally introduced through their faults. Jonah resisted God and ran; Saul denied the truth of the gospel; Habakkuk feared and avoided God. Crabb uses these stories to let the reader place themselves in the shoes of whichever character they relate to most. These are deeply moving examples that Crabb uses to convict and correct Christians when they react wrongly to whatever God may be doing in their lives.
Crabb offers a well-written theological read that flows smoothly for most of the book. However, the discussion of Christian deism around the middle of the book is a bit confusing as Crabb attempts to explain his own journey teeter-totting between the belief of a disconnected God and an involved God. Crabb never reaches a conclusion at the end of chapter 10, leaving readers confused and searching for his point within the text.
After that brief, fuzzy chapter, Crabb jumps right back into the book to guide readers with spiritual insight when God’s ways make no sense.
The reading level and problems addressed within the book suggest that the writing is focused primarily on middle-aged Christians who are or have faced difficult times in their lives. Dr. Crabb pushes Christians not to avoid the hard questions that are often dodged, but rather to take on the struggle to push one’s faith, following the theme of the book by trembling and trusting in what God is doing.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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