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“Great Day” Friday 11/24/2017
This is traditionally the biggest and busiest shopping day of the year. But before we head off to the malls to battle the crowds in search of that perfect gift, we need to take a moment to remember the true reason we celebrate Christmas.
Remember the One, Jesus Christ, who gave His life, that we as sinners might still have an eternal relationship with God, simply by accepting “The Greatest Gift Of All”.
The apostle Paul puts it this way; “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord; because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift!”
Salvation, truly “The Greatest Gift Of All”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “He Gave The Greatest Gift Of All” from “The King Of Who I Am”.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 11/19/2017- 11/25/2017
The Chapel Quotes
“Faith becomes toxic when individuals use God or religion for profit, power, pleasure or prestige. Beware of material gain, self importance and the urge to dominate others.”
“We were under the charge of the law but it was designed to lead us to Christ. It wasn’t designed to last forever. Christ set us free from slavery from the law’s control over us. Fear always makes us slaves. Christ set us free from fear. Christ has set us free from religion’s control over us, and Christ sets us free from controlling people. Controlling people take away our joy, divide the closest friends, and use religion for their own ends. There are people who will compel us out of grace to follow Christ, and there are people who will try to control us to follow them.”
“Our job as parents is to control our kids when they are little and constantly release them so that when they become grown they are mature and they make right choices not because of your grip on them, but because of their grip on Christ. Christ has redeemed us from slavery to this world.”
“When you received Christ, Jesus didn’t say ‘I’ve got your back’. Jesus said ‘I’m not behind you, I’m behind you, and I’m before you, and I’m beside you, but most of all I’m in you’. To have Christ in our heart means His Spirit lives within us and from the inside out He begins to change our heart and our desire and our life.”
“When we don’t follow God we have to find a new god so that we can have one to follow. The most likely things that we will follow as false gods are the god of money, the god of sex and the god of self.”
“It’s great that you know who Christ is, but does He know who you are? Are you a follower of Christ or are you a follower of the good things Christ gives away?
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 11/19/17
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Our Devotion: “Loved and Gifted for Glory” by Magdalena Kamphausen of Crawfordsville, Indiana; a summer 2017 professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” 2 Timothy 1:6-7(NIV)
“Olivia, put your hands down! You’re playing soccer, not basketball!” I called to the little blonde girl in her neon green soccer cleats as she quickly dropped her hands to her sides, the correct defensive positioning. My eyes darted to her parents, who were seated on the sidelines, rolling with laughter. My patience and kindness were challenged multiple times when I was asked to coach my school’s elementary girls’ soccer team. Prior to this experience I had never worked with kids but diligently showed up to practices on time and did tasks, such as planning drills and giving advice during games. I was surprised by the love and appreciation I received from the little ones in the form of sweaty hugs and high-fives in the hallways. I was even more amazed when their parents also praised me for my abilities. The same parents who had laughed at my correction of their daughter happily informed me that they deeply appreciated how kind, patient, and willing to instruct I was when I coached. Olivia’s mother told me that I had a gift for coaching. But that gift came out of remaining patient and always loving.
PRAYER: Dear Jesus, please grant me love and self-control when I interact with those younger in the faith so they may see your love through me. Amen.
Book Review 11/22/2017
This Book Review is by Brecken Mumford of Novi, Michigan, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
Seeking Refuge: On the Shores of the Global Refugee Crisis
By Stephan Bauman, Matthew Sorens, and Issam Smeir
Moody Publishing, PB, 224 pages
Seeking Refuge is an analysis and challenge regarding the ongoing, ever growing current global refugee crisis. The authors are directly involved with the non-profit efforts of World Relief, an organization dedicated to the caring for and empowering of vulnerable peoples. With a call to action to the Church in the West, the book outlines the needs of the millions of refugees trying to find sanction in the US and other prosperous nations around the world. It offers plans, options, and directions for how the United States, particularly, as a privileged western nation with many Christians, can step forward to meet the needs of these abandoned exiles.
The three authors share their own personal stories, as well as the stories of those they’ve encountered through their journey in attempting to cope with the rising number of refugees. They use numerous Scripture references and examples in Christ’s life to call Christians in the West to a higher, healthier, and more Christ-like response to those facing the trauma, danger, and hurt of fleeing their homes.
Filled with graphs, charts, and other illustrations, Seeking Refuge provides substantial research and documentation for the arguments made throughout the book for why the burden of caring for the needy is crucial to more affluent people. The authors take great care in acknowledging the work of other organizations—faith based and non-faith based— that are answering the call to love others and care for the vulnerable. Seeking Refuge also explains small ways individuals and local churches can get involved, specifically with World Relief, in order to cast fear and selfishness aside and step up
the call Christ has on Christian’s lives to love and care for the sick, the orphaned, the widowed, and those who are starving.
The authors of Seeking Refuge openly state that their intended audience is within the Church—specifically those in the West (United States/ Canada). The book is geared toward those who are asking questions about the large, global refugee crisis being faced today, and it provides tangible ways to get involved through World Relief.
I approached this book with hesitation— I was worried it would promote a “white savior complex” or potentially try to white-wash the gospel. However, this book does not do that. While it is most definitely geared toward evangelicals in the West, Seeking Refuge continually points to Jesus and to Scriptures to admonish the considerable lack of action in this crisis on the part of the Church in the US. Although the book focuses on ways to get involved on the local level solely with World Relief, it also provides tangible suggestions for how Christians can step up to the call the Lord has put on their lives. I was pleasantly surprised and encouraged by this book.
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