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“Great Day” Wednesday 10/18/2017
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 10/15/2017- 10/21/2017
The Chapel Quotes
“Jesus said blessed are those who aren’t full, who are hungry and thirsty, but we want to be filled to overflowing. We are wired to be busy and active, so we miss what’s real and big and valuable and eternal right in front of us. Our busyness is a physical attempt to find Spiritual satisfaction. There is no correlation between being financially independent and being personally satisfied. There’s a wonderful old expression, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’. Now sociologists are saying ‘invention is the mother of necessity’. Meaning once something is invented and we see it, we have to have it.”
“Jesus taught with parables. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Jesus wants us to identify with someone in the story.”
“We come to the end of Me when we realize our busyness is likely our choice. We try to do too much. We sound like we’re complaining, when actually we’re bragging how busy we are. Busyness is a hedge against emptiness. Sometimes it’s the busyness that keeps us from doing what God wants us to do, and being what God wants us to be. We come to the end of Me when we remove our busyness to make room for God. If our life is already full there’s no room for God to fill us. If our life is so full of Me then there’s no room for Christ.”
“If you’ve come to faith in Christ, that’s a ‘one and done’. Christ promises He will never let you go. You are eternally secure in the grip of grace. It’s easy to confuse being moved with emotion, to loving Jesus. When you think of what you’re going to do, you need to be more concerned with what Christ wants than what you want. When you do this consistently, you will empty yourself of Me and be filled with God’s Holy Spirit.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 10/15/17
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Our Devotion: “The Hidden Killer” by Savannah Grove of Lake Worth, Florida, a 2017 summer professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.” Psalm 68:5
In today’s world, we tend to forget that many folks are trying to cope with weighty and dangerous issues that are below the surface. It’s obvious to see the needs of those who are dealing with illness, injury, divorce, job loss, or aging. But equally devastating to certain people is a constant battle with depression. These dear folks feel empty, unwanted, unfulfilled, lonely, and even unworthy of respect.
As Christians, we know that the love of Christ is a balm to those who feel abandoned or disregarded. Those who reject Christ, however, can risk serious consequences. A member of my family became so depressed, he took his own life. Instead of accepting the salvation offered by Jesus, this man experimented with alcohol and drugs.
These narcotics provided no lasting comfort and, instead, led to his downfall and fatal end. This experience has made me sensitive to the needs of people who seem on life’s fringe. I try to listen more sincerely, speak more genuinely, and feel more empathetically. Leading them to the Lord can be life saving, as well as soul saving.
PRAYER: Father, help me be gracious and loving to those who feel alienated. Amen.
Book Review 10/11/2017
This Book Review is by Megan Burkhart, a professional writing major at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
Single. Dating. Engaged. Married.
By Ben Stuart
Thomas Nelson, PB, 236 pages
In his debut book, Ben Stuart unpacks what it means to follow the stages of being single, entering upon dating, getting engaged, and becoming married. He approaches each phase of life from the perspective of, “We must get a relationship with God right before we will ever get a relationship with a guy or a girl right.” He starts with singleness, a time when we should be pursuing God with undistracted devotion. The focus should be on doing the work of the King, not searching as yet for our prince or princess.
He then transitions into dating, which he describes as a time of evaluation. Is the person we are with someone we would want to consider one day marrying? In this area, Stuart focuses on two key things: character and chemistry. Character means we are looking for a person who emulates God in what he or she says and does. Chemistry means we are looking for a person we click with and enjoy talking to. This is not an either/or. We need both in a potential spouse.
In the engagement section, Stuart emphasizes the word union. Engagement is not only a time of wedding planning, but also of uniting all areas of two different people’s lives. This involves joining finances, families, and personal goals. While this can be a stressful time for many, the fiancés should be growing closer in commitment, love, and trust as they approach their wedding day.
The final phase is the actual marriage. The long journey of searching for “the one” is over. Stuart likens this stage to a boat finally coming into port after a long time at sea. He goes on to say marriage is “safest when it is on mission.” Marriage should be two people running toward God, helping each other to flourish under God. This requires sacrifice, and it is exactly what Christ did for the Church, his bride.
No matter what stage you find yourself in, you can glean life-changing truth from this book. God is your true source of love and life, and when you trust him with every area of your life, he will guide your relationships through the boisterous waters safely into port.
Stuart writes for a Christian audience seeking answers to what godly relationships should look like. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged, or married, this book will guide you through how to maximize each stage of your life in pursuing God’s purposes.
Stuart uses many biblical passages and examples to guide readers through each relationship phase. At the end of every phase, he includes case studies that focus on a specific character or characters from the Bible. Stuart then walks through how these people followed God’s plan and trusted his timing in their relationships. He engages the Word of God deeply and helps his readers see how the Bible can impact their daily lives.
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