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“Great Day” Sunday 10/20/2019
Statistics show less than four percent of churches in the United States are multiplying churches. So is it any wonder that we’re in the situations we face?
What are we doing if we’re not making heroes for the faith?
We, the Church need to stand up, listen to God’s voice, and respond to His promise to restore us if we will share His faith with a world that is crying out for the love of Christ.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Here I Am Lord” by Rachelle Lear.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 10/20/2019
The Chapel Quotes
“We must seek God’s face rather than seeking the things of the flesh, and seek what God is saying to us in the Spirit world. Then we can come into alignment with what God says. Then we ask the Holy Spirit to empower us to walk in what we believe God is saying to us. Have we become asbestos Christians, asbestos Evangelicals that we come just close enough to God, but not close enough that He can burn within us?”
“We must be transparent before God. You can’t come with your hidden stuff. You must be willing to come clean before God and allow God to do the work in your life if you really want to have a true fresh encounter with God. The closer we get to Him, the more we give to Him the more He gives back to us. Our best days are still ahead of us as we draw close to God, and He ignites us in an incredible relationship that He wants to have with us.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 10/20/2019.
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Our Devotion: “Trust in the Lord” by Halle Wilkerson of Williamsfield, Ohio, professional writing at Taylor University and does freelance book reviewing for Christian Book Previews.
It was 8:30 at night and my three friends and I had been having a good time at the concert my church put on. My friends weren’t Christians but they enjoyed the church. When they first got there all three of them were really upset because they didn’t have a father in their life and felt empty. As for me, I too didn’t have an affectionate, caring father.
As the night went on, and we were all excited from cheering and applauding, something happened that changed all of our lives. The lady who was singing stopped and grabbed me from the crowd and hugged me. She put the microphone to her mouth and said, “God told me to hold you and let you know that you have a heavenly father who loves you very much.” Tears instantly flowed from my eyes. How did she know I needed that affection? She announced that she wanted all the father figures to embrace a young girl and pray for them.
All three of my friends got father figures who spoke right to their problems with their dads. One girl whose dad had said he didn’t want anything to do with her had a pastor father figure walk up to her and say he understood her struggles. They prayed together and it greatly lifted her spirits. It was amazing how God worked that night. All three girls turned their lives over to Christ that evening after they discovered they had a heavenly Father who would never disappointment them. Amen.
Book Review 10/16/2019
This Book Review is by Allyson M. Hutchison, Professional Writing student at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
What Does it Mean to be Welcoming?: Navigating LGBT Questions in Your Church
By Travis Collins
InterVarsity Press, PB, 157 pages
Travis Collins utilizes Bible verses, anecdotes, and facts to show how Christians in today’s society should approach same-sex attracted people in his book, What Does it Mean to be Welcoming? Right off the bat, Collins lets the reader know he does not affirm same-sex marriage. The way he describes his stance is welcoming but not affirming and mutually transforming. This essentially means he welcomes same-sex attracted people into his church, does not affirm same-sex marriage, but also understands that we are all slowly being transformed into the image of Jesus, and it is a long process. He unpacks this idea further throughout the book.
I believe Collins presented this idea in the best way possible. He gives credit to both sides of the argument and explains how they come to their rationales. However, he does not show favoritism to one side or the other. Nor does Collins place blame on anyone for same-sex attractions. In fact, he does the opposite. Collins states the many possible reasons someone may be attracted to the same gender. Once both sides are established and well represented, Collins explains how the church should react.
The biggest message in this book is grace and love. Since these are two of God’s strongest traits, Collins suggests that we show these to all people who arrive at our churches. Collins says we should not judge or condemn people with same-sex attractions, we should not fear conversations about same-sex attractions, and we should approach people with same-sex attractions with grace. As he stated in the beginning, we are all working to live in a more Christlike image, so we have no room to condemn others.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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