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“Great Day” Sunday 07/21/2019
To quote Lee Strobel, a former atheist and now Christian author; “A lot of people don’t give much thought to what they believe. I certainly believe that God did create the world, absolutely I believe that. All Christians should be able to articulate reasons why they believe what they believe – not just for the sake our spiritually confused friends, but also so that we ourselves will have a deeper and more confident faith.”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “I Believe In You” by Debbie Roth.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 07/21/2019 – 07/27/2019
The Chapel Quotes
“There are different hurdles that you and I have in our lives that are keeping us from running our race. Some are put in our way giving us a warped view of who God is, or who we are in Him. These hurdles are placed in our lives and are meant to be overcome. The only way over these hurdles is though powerful encounters with God that alter who we are from the inside out. Through powerful and personal interactions with God where He alters you in a way that you see things differently.”
“There’s a whole slew of us going down paths thinking that we are doing the will of God, and we’re mistaken. We have a skewed view of who God is. The hurdles we have in our lives are the result of not seeing God accurately. We think we’re going down the path of God, and yet we don’t even know Him. Our picture of who Jesus is needs to change from who we think He is to who He really is. We have a blind spot. The most important question in our lives that we must answer correctly is who is Jesus.”
“There’s something in your way right now, probably because of the skewed way that you view God, yourself, or others. We need to come to God with a willingness to become altered. To be shown what we are missing. To change our life’s passion and mission to make sure as many people as possible can correctly answer the question who is Jesus.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 07/21/2019.
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Our Devotion: “Take Charge” by Hope Bolinger of Hudson, Ohio, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” Psalm 51:10 (NIV)
Our youth group played several rounds of laser tag once a year. The battleground landscape had two tiers, each with a charging station resting at the top. Managers divided us into two teams: orange and green. Assigned onto the green team, I heaved on a bulky vest. It slapped against my chest, wafting a sweaty stench from previous owners. Laser gun in hand, I huddled with my team by our charging station. Each blaster had a few dozen shots before it would need to return to base for a renewal. We each charged our guns before commencing a game of capture the flag.
Naturally, no one wanted to play the role of defense. So, we all rushed to the orange team’s camp as soon as the round began. Red lasers blared in every direction. One nailed me in the shoulder. The chest. The back. Our opponents targeted every defenseless sensor on our vests. I tried to fire several rounds back but ran out of “bullets” within thirty seconds. Hundreds of feet away from my charging station, I yielded helplessly to the torrents of the orange team’s lasers.
Often, I forget to return to my “charging station” spiritually: God’s Word. I enter enemy territory without recharging every day. In times like those, I find myself bombarded by fear, despair, and doubt. Without daily revitalization with God, I become vulnerable to the devil’s attacks.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, please help me to seek daily renewal in you. Amen.
Book Review 07/17/2019
This Book Review is byG. Connor Salter, Professional Writing alumnus from Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
The Comeback Effect: How Hospitality Can Compel Your Church’s Guests to Return
By Jason Young and Jonathon Malm
Baker, PB, 184 pages
What does it take to make newcomers want to return to a church? Good worship? Dynamic preaching? Jason Young and Jonathon Malm argue those things are great, but people won’t come back if they don’t experience one thing: good hospitality. Using their combined experiences working with various churches, they explain what hospitality truly means, what it looks like, and how churches can introduce it into their organizations.
It’s tempting to think hospitality just means quick customer service and not creating a healthy organization that hospitality naturally flows from. Fortunately, Young and Malm make it clear early on that true hospitality means cultivating empathy, humility, and other virtues. Their writing is mostly practical, focusing on the good business principles and tips churches must use. However, they always come back to the inner values that fuel those principles. Consequently, the book works as more than just an instruction manual on how to improve churches. It ultimately works as a book that also shows church leaders how to improve their thinking.
This book will show church leaders how to create church cultures that new guests really want to come back to.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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