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“Great Day” Saturday 12/16/2017
A major credit card company often reminds us how much this or that costs, but that some things are priceless.
And so it is with God. No amount of money can purchase the love of Jesus Christ which was so thoughtfully and freely given.
Twila Paris writes; “A loving thought sends us out to find
Something special for someone on our mind
We think of friends and our family
As we hang our gifts on the Christmas tree
It’s the thought that counts when the thought is love
It’s the thought that counts when you’re thinking of
How the money flows in vast amounts, but
When the thought is love it’s the thought that counts.”
Thankfully God is always thinking of us.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “It’s The Thought” by Twila Paris.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 12/10/2017- 12/16/2017
The Chapel Quotes
“The name Jesus is a purposeful name, chosen because He would save all people from their sins. The name of Jesus is powerful and personal. We have a High Priest who opened up access to heaven for us, direct access to God. The name of Jesus is preeminent, He is above all.
“This is not a place where good people gather to pat each other on the back, this is a place where fellow strugglers come to help each other out. We’re not a judgment hall, we’re a hospital. We don’t condemn we’re in the business of healing.”
“Jesus offers us mercy and grace. Mercy is God holding back the punishment we deserve. Grace is God freely giving us the blessings we don’t deserve. Jesus knocks on the door of our heart, and if we open the door He will come in and become the King of our life.”
“Many people who reject God feel that He has disappointed them in life and let them down. Our wills object. What keeps many of us from Christ is our desire to rule our own life. Whether you’re already in heaven, or on earth, or in hell when Christ returns, there will come a day when every single one of us will acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 12/10/17
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Our Devotion: “Singing with Silhouettes” by Victoria Lawson of Fort Wayne, Indiana; a professional writing major at Taylor University.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “…[F]or you are all one in Christ Jesus.” Galatians 3:28b (NIV)
The dirt path crunched softly beneath my boots as I looked up at the canopy of black tree branches above me. Though no lights illuminated the way, I knew the lakeside dock would be just around the corner because the oncoming breeze carried the faint melody of “In Christ Alone.” The worship session was already underway, and I knew I would be a few minutes late.
Upon my arrival, I quietly slipped into the huddled mass of high schoolers. Despite the endless amount of shimmering stars above, the figures I could distinguish against the moonlit waters were mere silhouettes. I could not find my friends among them, but my mild discomfort made way for conviction as the Holy Spirit gently reminded me that these souls were my family in Christ. The silhouette playing guitar was my spiritual brother. The silhouettes singing harmony in the corner were my sisters in Christ. The dock was populated with people I could not label by physical appearance, status, or gender in the darkness, but the spiritual connection that bonded us seemed almost tangible. With each song I felt more and more united to this faceless family, and for a moment I caught a glimpse of heaven. My spirit soared as I looked to the stars, and they twinkled back as if to say, “Truly, we worship a wonderful Creator.”
PRAYER: “Heavenly Father, thank You for the uniting force that you are. Please help your church come together as one to better proclaim and glorify your name. Amen.”
Book Review 12/13/2017
This Book Review is by Elissa Harkness, a professional writing minor at Taylor University
The Prayer that Turns the World Upside Down: The Lord’s Prayer as a Manifesto for Revolution
Author: R. Albert Mohler, Jr.
Publisher: Nelson Books
Publication Date: January 23, 2018
Length: 174 pages
R.Albert Mohler, Jr. explores the most well known prayer in the world, the Lord’s Prayer. Delving into the basics of what prayer is and what it isn’t, Mohler aims to teach Christian audiences how to revamp their prayer lives. Mohler insists that prayer is not meant to be one item on a monotonous agenda. Instead, he seeks to help Christians understand how to pray from God Himself. As the Son of God is meant to be the perfect representation of how Christians should live, Mohler’s stance is that it makes logical sense to learn also how to pray from Christ.
With this argument in tact, he digs into the general importance and power of the Lord’s Prayer. By taking a chapter to explain each phrase, he masterfully analyzes the intricate workings of how the Lord’s Prayer is deliberately laid out and what Christians can learn from it. From eschatological, historical, and biblical research, he shows readers with great clarity how every part of the prayer has a deeper, intentional meaning and is meant to glorify God. Though some principles may be advanced, Mohler explains each finding in an easily understandable and practical way, making this book an excellent guide for prayer. His insights on how this powerful prayer addresses worship, obedience, holiness, justice, gratitude, and personal discipline help enlighten the great depth of this important passage of Scripture.
Rating (1 to 5): 5 stars
Suggested Audience: High school students and older Christians
Christian Impact: As this book is a guide on how to pray, Christians can gain clear insight into the power and purpose of prayer. Delving into how everything is meant to be for God’s glory, including petition in prayer, Mohler teaches and focuses readers’ attention on how to give God the glory in every aspect of prayer.
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