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“Great Day” Thursday 10/29/2020
To quote Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.; “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.”
In the words of Cory Booker; “The only way to get rid of darkness is light, and to be the light yourself.”
And the apostle Paul reminds us; “You were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of the light”.
As we reflect the light of Christ, we are no longer alone and afraid in the dark.
We are free of the shadows of our past.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Coming Out Of The Dark” by Gloria Estefan.
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“Great Day Presents” Week of 10/25/2020
The Chapel Quotes
“We’re keenly aware of warnings for the end times, but we often overlook the warnings for these times. Revelation has warnings not just about how the world is going to end but how the world is to be lived out today. We are in danger that we could lose our our light, lose our message to the world, we could lose our way, our hope, we could lose our destiny.”
“If you’re in management or parenting, or there’s someone you have to have a crucial conversation with, say as many good things as you can before you deliver the one bad thing. We live in a world that is saturated by temptation. We are lured all the time into giving the attention we ought to give to Christ to something else.”
“You’re never going to get as much out of what you receive as what you give. There is nothing that will keep you closer to Christ than serving and changing the world. Our nation needs fasting, repentance and prayer.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger
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Our Devotion: “Unconditional Love” by Anna Molendorp of Fishers, Indiana, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“It was not because you were more in number than any other people that the Lord set his love on you and chose you, for you were the fewest of all peoples, but it is because the Lord loves you…” Deuteronomy 7:7-8a (ESV)
I’d always wanted to be a “Good Christian.” I wanted to further the kingdom in everything that I did, to practice and treasure what is honorable, just, and lovely. Yet whenever I held this ideal vision of myself to the light, it melted and fell through my fingers. I was left with a pool of selfishness in which I saw my own twisted reflection.
I was devastated at my fallenness, at my inability to be “good.” To me, this meant that no matter how hard I tried, I could not earn God’s love.
But God did not save me for my virtue, just as He didn’t save the Israelites for their might. Why would He save me, then? Why would He save anyone?
“Because the Lord loves you.”
God loves us because it is in His nature, because we are His. I can’t earn His love or affirm it through my works because of my human nature. I am not good, but God is, and it is there that I have salvation. That is the gospel! God is good, and I am not. But to expect myself to be “good” is to expect myself to be my own god. To think that His love must be earned is to deny His gift altogether.
So, dear reader, instead of trying to earn God’s love, see it for the gift that it is. Be moved to action and to faith by His unconditional love.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love and for Your goodness. Amen.
Book Review 10/28/2020
This Book Review is by Elizabeth Winebrenner, a professional writing major at Taylor University.
In Siri L. Mitchell’s book Moon Over Tokyo, the author explores answered prayers, stubbornness, and developing love in the life of Allie O’Conner. Allie finds herself in Tokyo without an English speaking friend. She prays for one and gets more than she expected. She is confused about how to respond to her new friend Eric. Her prayer was answered differently from what she had expected.
Moon Over Tokyo is written from the perspective of Allie in later years. She is looking back over this part in her life. The relationship between Allie and Eric starts out as friendship but quickly moves into something else. Allie thinks that she loves Eric but refuses to kiss or be kissed by him, in the fear that the relationship will be ruined if she does. The most memorable part in this book is when Eric begins to ask Allie a series of questions as they sit on a beach in the moonlight. He asks if she thinks he is handsome, and Allie says, “Yes.” She instantly regrets having said it, so she gets up and runs across the beach. Another memorable scene occurs much later in the book when Allie and Eric quote an old saying together, “If you love something, set it free. If it comes back to you, it’s yours. If it doesn’t, it never was.” This is a good representation of Allie and Eric’s relationship.
Allie O’Conner works for the military newspaper Stars and Stripes, but she really wants to write a novel. She is living in Tokyo with only one gal pal who speaks English. It is when this one friend Gina decides to move back to Australia, leaving Allie alone, that Allie asks God for a new friend who will speak English. She doesn’t get what she expected, obviously, and finds that hard to deal with. Along with this new confusing relationship with Eric, Allie is frantically trying to write her book, and both challenges are combining as the bane of her existence.
Allie has a lot of personal conflicts. This is more evident by the fact that the story is revealed from the perspective of an older Allie. The reader is able to see all of the indecision and personal arguments inside of Allie. This makes her genuine, very real. The reader is able to identify with her because we have all had little arguments with ourselves. Allie has made a promise to herself not to kiss anyone for a whole year, then Eric comes into her life and begins to challenge her resolve. Siri creates pathos for Eric because the reader sees that Allie loves Eric, but her refusal to kiss him or let him into her world annoys the reader as much as it does Eric. All of Allie’s interactions and relationships with the other characters are believable and fit with her personality. Siri does a very good job of making all the characters believable and three dimensional. The reader can almost imagine running into any of them in real life.
Overall, the book was very well thought out and written. There were a few chapters toward the end that, although essential to the story and development of the characters, slowed the plot. They made it harder to get to the much anticipated end. Other than that the book and characters were solid. Like the haiku that begins each chapter, the sections are short and sweet, making the book fast to read. Each haiku gives a hint as to the content of the chapter, and all are extremely well written. They are clever and entertaining. Siri draws the reader in and never lets go until the end. Anyone who likes movies such as “When Harry Met Sally” would like this book. Anyone who likes romance novels that deal with a lot of personal turmoil and life changing choices also would enjoy this book. I have it on my shelf, and a year from now on some rainy day, I’m going to take it down and enjoy reading it again.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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