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“Great Day” Thursday 07/19/2018
From the apostle Paul, words of inspiration; “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.”
We think of blessings as coming from God. God however works through people.
Bob Dylan puts it this way;
“May God bless and keep you always,
May your wishes all come true,
May you always do for others
And let others do for you.”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “May You Always” by The McGuire Sisters.
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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: “Getting a Passing Grade” by Madeline K. Porter of Arcadia, Florida, a 2017 summer professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your father in heaven.” Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
I took my second semester of Spanish as an online class. Oddly, during the entire semester none of my grades were ever posted. Because of this, I couldn’t tell what topics I was strong in and which areas I needed to improve in. As a result, my final grade was lower that it would have been if I’d only been made aware of my errors and weaknesses.
Something similar can occur in our Christian walk. If we aren’t seeing positive changes in our lives because of our relationship with Christ, maybe we need to open the text and examine what we are weak in. Could it be a lack of Bible study, prayer, meditation, witnessing, or perhaps service to others? Seeking feedback from the Lord can give us parameters by which to redirect our behavior, attitudes, and obedience. He is a master teacher, and he wants us to pass.
PRAYER: Lord, help me to continuously be a diligent student of your word. 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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