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“Great Day” Sunday 04/22/2018
This is Earth Day.
A time to express appreciation for God’s wonderful creations, but more importantly to re-commit to be better stewards of our universe.
To protect and preserve the precious natural resources that in turn preserve us.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “All The Earth” by Parachute Band.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 04/22/2018- 04/28/2018
The Chapel Quotes
“We’re consumers, we do what’s easiest for us, we do what’s best for us. Our lives are so good that we expect that we will be happy most of the time. We’ve come to believe if we’re not happy we can make changes in our life. The Bible warns us we will have tough times. It’s the hard things and the tough times that make us better people. You will draw closer to God in the tough times than you will in the good times.”
“The people who are the greatest source of our happiness are also the greatest source of our unhappiness. The more we expect people to make us happy, the more unhappy we will be. The more we seek to make other people happy, the happier we will be. “
“There are four purposes for marriage. Companionship, partnership, authorship and ultimately for worship, (that is to put worth on something). What we value most is what we spend our time and attention on. If you want to know who you worship, take a look at your expense accounts. Where did you spend your money? If you want to know who you worship, take a look at your calendar. Where did you spend your time?”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 04/22/2018.
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Our Devotion: “Lost and Found” by Luke Seeman of Upland, Indiana, a summer 2017 professional writing student at Taylor University.
Psalm 91:11 “For he will command his angels concerning you, to guard you in all your ways.”
On a vacation when I was younger, my family went to Sequoia National Forest. Trees sprawled everywhere, and we drove into the park for two hours. After a hike, my mom and youngest brother started walking back. My dad and sisters wanted to stay a while, so after ten minutes, my brother and I followed my mom. As we walked along the road, we arrived at a split. We didn’t know which way to turn, so we just guessed. After a bit on this road, though, I wasn’t sure it was right. So, stupidly, I suggested we leave the path. We wandered around the trees as darkness gathered. My thoughts strayed to bears. We were scared, and our phone had no service. We wandered more. Then we heard a voice shouting. We screamed back at the tops of our voices, but no response. Once again, we heard calls, but this time we saw headlights. We screamed, and as we ran through bushes to the direction the headlights came from, the car pulled back around, and we were reunited with our family.
Being lost is scary. Lacking a guide is can be frightening. But we are never truly left in that situation, because the Holy Spirit is always in us, and he’ll guide us if we call out to him.
PRAYER: “God, when I am lost, please help me to call out to you. In your name I pray, Amen.”
Book Review 04/18/2018
This Book Review is by Carson D. Jacobs, a professional writing major at Taylor University.
Psalms of Asaph
by James N. Watkins
Bold Vision Books, PB, 210 pages
As an experienced author and pastor, James Watkins doesn’t disappoint with his latest book. The basic premise of this book is about coping with loss. More specifically, it’s a book about lost hope, lost dreams, and lost encouragement felt by those who are left to question why a loving God would allow difficult things to happen to them. This book is an exploration of Rev. Watkins’s findings and beliefs on that challenging topic.
The writing itself is fluid and enjoyable. Watkins doesn’t linger on any one subject for too long, and he keeps the text moving. It has a pleasing flow to it—one that promises not to bore readers. He uses examples from the lives and writings of biblical characters, personal testimonies from others, and examples from his own life when discussing hardships. He shows that trials are far from rare in life. Each chapter, which deals with its own problem or question, is broken down further into subsections that show different portions of the question or provide answers to the question. Watkins also supports the text with scriptural references and even promises in the introduction that he hasn’t just cobbled together a bunch of verses from the Bible. Rest assured, he did, in fact, synthesize his own thoughts from the external information provided in the text.
The author covers some highly sensitive topics in this book, and with that comes the understanding that not everyone will always agree with him. Nevertheless, he does a very good job of forming a spiritual basis for his arguments, insights, and facts, and not just biblically-driven analyses. Excerpts from the Bible are plentiful. The book and its author do a wonderful job of delving further into topics that are typically left undiscussed. Overall, it’s a very good resource for those asking the hard questions about a loving God and extreme hardships co-existing in the same world. Watkins uses scripture as the primary backbone of his text. It is overtly Christian and has a strong impact on the topic of loss and God.
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