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“Great Day” Thursday 02/20/2020
German Philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once wrote; “What does not destroy me makes me stronger.”
We learn from life’s experiences, however painful, and we’re strengthened each time we overcome adversity.
Within each of us there’s a spark of hope to ‘keep on keeping on.’
As we’re reminded by the Psalmist David; “It’s God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. The LORD is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Stronger Than Before” by Olivia Newton-John.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 02/16/2020
The Chapel Quotes
“There is this Spiritual reality that in our sins death is inevitable. But Jesus died on the cross for us, and when He rose from the dead He showed us we also can rise from the dead as well through our faith in Him.”
“We think the definition of happiness is being in a position of power, of not going through tough things, not suffering, but Jesus redefines happiness as blessed are those who are meek. It’s not that you are going to be void of storms. You’re going to go through trials and tough times. We live in a fallen world. Storms in our life are inevitable, but as we choose to obey the teachings of Jesus and we put them into practice, we’ll be able to be steady and stand firm.”
“Direction not intention determines your destination. The way you are going is taking you somewhere, and that leads to a particular destination. It doesn’t matter if your intention is to go there. What matters is the direction you are going, and that is defined by choices. Choices take you in one of several directions. Your life is perfectly designed to get the results you are currently getting. Obedience to Jesus is life to the fullest.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 02/16/2020.
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Our Devotion: “Be Still” by Lindsey Metzger of Indianapolis, Indiana, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“‘For I know the plans I have for you’—this is the Lord’s declaration—‘plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.’” Jeremiah 29:11 (HCSB)
I don’t know about you, but I have a lot of anxiety. It affects me every day—in decision making, trying new things, writing, and thinking about my future.
Here’s one example: Over J-term this school year (when students can take a single class for the month of January), I decided to try CrossFit. I had no prior knowledge of what a CrossFit workout required physically, but I wanted to try it, so I did. Long story short, it requires a lot of strength. I have no muscular structure whatsoever, so I ended up having an anxiety attack the night after my first class (not good, since I still had three solid weeks to go!).
Here’s another example of when anxiety hits: I hate hearing people edit my writing. I’m very sensitive, so when people edit something I wrote, I feel like their comments are aimed at me and not my work. I end up shutting down and not hearing what they’re saying to make my writing better.
It’s not any better when I think about my future. I think I want to get my Master’s degree in Library Science, but I’m going to have to foot the bill for grad school. The cheapest option I’ve found so far is over $50,000, and I have no way to pay for it.
I’ve prayed for a while about all these problems that have pushed me to my breaking point. God answered them all with a simple phrase.
If you’re waiting for a magic answer from God, He’s waiting for you to seek Him. Seek God, and don’t lose faith. God is in control. He knows the plans He has for you.
Prayer: Father, I feel lost. Give me peace and show me the way You’re leading me in Your time. Amen.
Book Review 02/19/2020
This Book Review is by Brad Walker, alumnus from Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
All Shall Be Well: Awakening to God’s Presence in His Messy, Abundant World
Tyndale, PB, 170 pages
Catherine McNiel takes readers through each season—spring, summer, autumn, and winter—and shows how God is here through it all. While many people spend each season looking forward to the next, McNiel encourages us to see the beauty in everything. With personal stories and passages from the Bible expertly woven together, McNiel reminds us to “peer just beneath the surface and find [our] creator’s love upholding each moment of each day.” At the end of each chapter, McNiel gives readers practical ways to participate in God’s presence. She reminds us that, through the ebb and flow of each year and every season, God is making all things new.
Although not always clear and concise, this beautifully written book adds awe and wonder to each season. With the wisdom of an experienced mother and believer, McNiel’s love letter to the natural world points to a God who is present in the rhythms of life.
This book is explicitly catered to Christians and provides readers with practical ways to enrich their faith. McNiel pulls ideas and themes from Scripture and continuously talks about her faith. At the end of the book, she says, “Jesus is the first triumphant herald of eternal spring. He is a promise of shalom, of a world made new”.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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