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“Great Day” Monday 10/15/2018
Whatever problems we face that find us deep in the valley, or at least a few steps shy of the mountaintop, be assured there is hope.
The Lord instructs us; “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
As the disciple Mark states; “All things are possible with God.”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Never Be” by Carman.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 10/14/2018 – 10/20/2018
The Chapel Quotes
“The isolation we see in our culture so much is often caused by technology. The devices that we have created that are intended to bring us closer together, that allow us to connect from long distances, are rather the things that are keeping us most isolated and lonely.”
“In our culture is a pervading flow in a belief in subjective truth, that moral right or wrongs are not based on that God says, but what is determined by us. So many of us walk down different paths because we’re unaware of the blind spots we have in our lives.”
“We weren’t created to look down, we weren’t created to live our lives with the glow of a screen reflecting off of our faces, but God has created us to be in community with each other. For life change to take place, conversion plus commitment must combine with community to result in change.”
“People with bad health habits but strong social ties live significantly longer than people who have great health habits but are isolated. It is better to eat donut holes with others than to eat broccoli alone.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 10/14/2018.
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Our Devotion: “Lamp of Faith” by Megan Alms of Indianapolis, Indiana, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105 (NIV)
One year, my dad received an industrial flashlight for Christmas. It was nearly as big as my head and could completely light up a room. When we walked at night, it could light the path one hundred feet ahead of us.
But in Psalm 119, God does not provide us with an industrial flashlight. He offers us a lamp. Of course, when the psalms were written, industrial flashlights did not exist. But the psalmist could have called God’s Word a torch or a blazing fire. Instead, the psalmist compared the Word to a lamp, which provides limited but sufficient light.
Rather than lighting up the path ten feet ahead, sometimes God just allows us a lamp, which illuminates only a step in front of us. We don’t always understand God’s plan, but that is because we cannot see the full picture. Sometimes we can only see one step ahead, but that is all that is required. God only asks that we trust him to guide us one step at a time toward the destination he has planned for us.
Prayer: Lord, please grant me patience when I feel I cannot see where you are leading me. I will trust you with wherever you guide me. Amen.
Book Review 10/10/2018
This Book Review is by Hope Bolinger, a professional writing major at Taylor University.
Mere Science and Christian Faith: Bridging the Divide with Emerging Adults
by Greg Cootsona
InterVarsity Press, PB, 184 pages
Emerging adults, those between the ages of 18 to 30, stand in a precarious position when it comes to the connection between faith and science. And, the emerging pluralistic ideals of tolerance and pick-and-choose-religions don’t help the equation. Cootsona addresses the forerunners that have widened the divide between science and faith: the four horsemen of atheism (such as Darwin), the false dichotomy of information presented in Scripture versus that discovered in science, and the church’s anti-science sentiments. From here, he presents some issues between the rifts: macroevolution, gender ethics, technology, and environmentalism.
The book gets off to a strong start when he presents the dilemmas facing emerging adults. His passages are often coupled with quotations from those in the age bracket who have wrestled with these issues. However, even though the author seeks to “bring (religion and science) into dialogue with one another” he never bridges the gap between the two for some of the issues. Furthermore, he appears to sidestep most of the topics. For example, during the gender ethics, he essentially says science cannot arbitrate an argument for either side of the debate, which makes the reader wonder why he put this section in the book in the first place if he could not provide an adequate case. Youth leaders and those ages 18-30 who want to explore faith and science with find areas in this book that can stimulate discussions.
Science and faith have seemingly been in conflict since the days of Copernicus, and these problems have compounded upon themselves throughout the past centuries. The author attempts to harmonize the two, showing how both theology and science have their limits when it comes to an all-powerful God.
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