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“Great Day” Tuesday 04/13/2021
There’s an old saying; “April Showers bring May flowers”, but unlike many clichés there’s some truth to this one.
In any case it’s a poetic way of reminding us if we can be patient and accepting of circumstances beyond our control, they can be of benefit in God’s overall plans for our future.
In the words of May Sarton; “Gardening is an instrument of grace. Everything that slows us down and forces patience, everything that sets us back into the slow circles of nature, is a help.”
Rain in our life can drown us, or if we choose to weather it, enable us to bloom and grow.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “April Showers” by Joni James.
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“Great Day Presents” Week of 04/11/2021
Coventry Baptist Church Quotes
“We ought to live for the judgment of God. Live a life that all we have done is to bring honor and glory to Him, and also to receive the bounty of His harvest. We ought to live life as if we are in our last days. It doesn’t matter what we accumulate or even what we accomplish in life if it is apart from God then it is meaningless.”
“There are two lives we can live. A life under the sun and a life above the sun. There is a battle between the flesh and the Spirit. The battle of the dominant will. Which will is going to be more important to you, God’s will or your will?”
“This world is full of vanity. It’s meaningless, futile. All we do under the sun will one day be gone. Life below the sun is short compared to eternity, it is fleeting. Life is not long enough to accomplish all the things we want to accomplish and have all the objectives we want to make. Life is not long enough to accomplish futile objectives. Therefore we need to strive to accomplish deeds with eternity in mind with life above the sun. We’re all going to lie on our death bed one day with regrets.”
“Heaven is our destination, this world is not our home, we’re just passing through. We have a life beyond this world blessed by the Savior. Life lived under the sun is based on fading remembrances. There is life beyond the sun. When we come to that moment when we close our eyes in mortal slumber we must hope our life is built on the foundation of Christ.”
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The Chapel Quotes
“Sometimes we need more information to believe, and sometimes we need more evidence to believe, but usually what we need is more openness to believe. Usually we don’t believe not because intellectually we lack the argument to believe, it’s that we’ve lost the emotional will to believe.”
”The Bible says when you received Christ as Savior, you were accepted by Him and adopted by Him. God has brought you into His family, and you are a part of His forever family. It’s important that we live like a family as believers. Just because you’ve become part of God’s eternal family and His forever family doesn’t in any way lessen our love and our responsibility
”Jesus cared about the suffering of others even when He was suffering. We think it’s easier to think of the suffering of others when we’re not suffering than when we are suffering; but as it turns out we’re much better to think of others suffering when we have suffered. Sometimes God allows us to suffer so we will be better at helping other people who are suffering”
”The Bible tells us over and over again to embrace trials, to embrace hardships because God uses those in our life for our growth and that our ministry will be effective in other people’s lives. Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world, and while dying He was still full of love and compassion. The thing He was trying to tell you, dying to tell you is to love one another.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger
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Our Devotion: “Trusting the Shepherd” by Ruth Ann Burrell, a professional writing major at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Her freelance articles appear in Seg-Way News, Church Libraries, and Christian Book Previews.
In the ancient culture of Israel, shepherds were common laborers. They could be seen leading their sheep to “green pastures and still waters,” as David says in the Psalms. But when shepherds led their sheep, they didn’t walk in front and expect the sheep to follow. The sheep weren’t smart enough to do that. Instead, the shepherd led his sheep from behind, guiding them where they needed to go.
Isaiah 30:21 echoes this concept. The Lord tells us, “Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, ‘This is the way; walk in it.’”
Do you worry about finding the Lord’s plan for your future? Do you have a hard time seeing what He has in mind for you? Maybe you can’t see where He’s leading you because He’s not in front of you—He’s behind you. If you desire to do His will, He’ll nudge you in the right direction. Trust Him with your future.
Book Review 04/07/2021
This Book Review is by Drew A. Neuenschwander, a professional writing major at Taylor University and book reviewer for Church Libraries.
EXTRAORDINARY: The Life You Were Meant to Live
by John Bevere
Waterbrook Press, 9780307457721, HB, 214 pages, $22.99
Do you seek more from your Christian walk? In his inspirational book, Extraordinary, internationally-acclaimed speaker John Bevere clearly explains relationships between spiritual precepts, including the difference between mercy and grace, the dispensation of grace through faith, and faith’s role in generating obedience. But beyond basics, Extraordinary is inspiring because it shares truths about the Christian walk that Satan has labored to silence, such as Christians’ grace-given ability to possess God’s perspective and holiness.
Bevere uses modern parables, personal stories, and scripture verses to argue that Christians should facilitate bold —even miraculous— manifestations of God’s power. To note some considerable detractors, Bevere switches, perhaps strategically, among six different Bible versions, and his artistic interpretations of certain verses may surprise some readers.
Others may feel that his emphasis on Christians’ earthly prosperity and individual worth are overstated. Nevertheless, I cautiously recommend Extraordinary to discerning readers.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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