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“Great Day” Monday 01/21/2019
Decades have passed since the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
Despite his efforts to overcome racial prejudice and bigotry there still remain people who refuse to accept those of another skin color or nationality as God’s dearly beloved children.
Dr. King’s “dream” can only become reality when we treat every human being with the respect due ‘a child of God’.
And ‘Free At Last’ is more than living in a world without racial bias; it’s life redeemed by Jesus Christ.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Free At Last” by DC Talk.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 01/20/2018 – 01/26/2019
The Chapel Quotes
“Physical satisfaction fades quickly, Spiritual satisfaction is eternal. We are convinced that more will make us happy. No amount of material satisfaction can fill our need for Spiritual satisfaction. We can’t meet a Spiritual need with a physical product, it won’t last.”
“We need forgiveness, but we resort to blame. We blame people. We make excuses. We justify our behavior, and we never find forgiveness because we have to confess or sins before God and do all we can to right our wrongs and make restitution.”
“Jesus is the source of our Spiritual satisfaction. If you have guilt you need forgiveness. If you are without purpose you need a purpose in Christ. If you need love you need to know that Jesus loves you unconditionally.”
“It is our nature to chase what will not satisfy to the neglect of the only One who can satisfy. It is our nature to chase pleasure, money, sex, drugs and alcohol; to chase more to the neglect of Jesus, the only One who can quench the thirsting of our soul.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 01/20/2019.
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Our Devotion: “Don’t Follow Your Heart” by Mandi Hall of Chicago, IL, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“The heart is deceitful above all things Who can understand it?” Jeremiah 17:9 (NIV)
“Follow your heart.” The motto of the millennials.
We see this plastered everywhere, from giant signs on the highway to how-to books on the subject. Many of us are told from an early age that we can be anything we want to be, and we should chase our dreams and our desires. Half of movies made these days have “follow your heart” or “chase your dreams” as the best way to be successful in life.
However, despite the popularity of “follow your heart,” those instructions couldn’t be further from the truth. Chasing after our heart’s desires might lead to instant gratification, but it will eventually lead to destruction and, in the end, away from God.
We are broken people with broken desires. We are no longer wired to want what is good, what will give us peace and joy in life. Our hearts deceive us into thinking that we don’t need God to be happy.
However, this is not the end. Psalm 37:4 tells us to “take delight in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart” (NIV). God changes our hearts when we trust in Him, and He will change our desires to align with His.
God is the only source of true joy, and His plans for us are better than anything our broken hearts could ever come up with.
Prayer: Father, help me not to buy into the lies of society but rather give me Your desires and set them on my heart, that I may follow You gladly. Amen.
Book Review 01/16/2019
This Book Review is by Megan Alms, Professional Writing student at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
Fierce Marriage: Radically Pursuing Each Other in Light of Christ’s Relentless Love
By Ryan and Selena Frederick
Baker Books, PB, 234 pages
Ryan and Selena’s marriage began with a life-and-death crisis. Upon graduating college, the new couple decided to go on adventure, leaving their lives and moving to Switzerland to pursue equestrian care for a year. But within a few weeks of their adventure, Ryan fell ill with a mysterious sickness. After trying to tough it out for a few weeks, he went to the doctor. He learned that he had a bacterial growth on his mitral valve. When he asked how much the surgery would cost, the doctor told Ryan, “You either go to the hospital or you die.”
This life-threatening event is the experience from which Ryan and Selena write. Having such a close encounter with mortality affected the way they have lived the rest of their lives. They committed to loving each other fiercely and fighting for each other every day.
Your marriage isn’t about you, or even about your spouse, the couple has learned. Your marriage is about serving God and proclaiming Jesus’ power to a world in need of hope. It’s a covenant made promising unconditional love. If your hearts and marriage are in the right place, this covenant relationship brings both spouses closer to God.
So what are the secret ingredients to a lasting marriage?
The first is prioritization, say Ryan and Selena. Put God first, then your spouse, then your children. Everything else should come after these three most important members of your life. Be intentional about making time for each other and that investment will yield a closer marriage.
The second component is communication. Don’t just talk; listen to your spouse. Be aware of the signals he or she is sending out, not only through words but also through body language, tone, and timing. Seek the real issues hiding behind frustrations he or she may be communicating. Be quick to hear, be slow to speak, and be slow to anger.
Perhaps the most striking element of this couple’s advice, their secret to keeping the “spark” in their marriage, is curiosity. Don’t lose curiosity about getting to know your spouse. Whether you’ve been together for one year or fifty, there is always more to learn about each other. Remember how excited you were to get to know one another on the first date? That flame of excitement can continue to burn as long as you desire to discover more about each other.
From finances to intimacy, this book covers the tough topics. And, with the help of God, couples can use this book as a way to facilitate conversation and strengthen their marriages.
This book offers wisdom and advice for making marriage the joy-filled covenant God intended it to be. Each chapter is followed by reflection questions.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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