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“Great Day” Friday 05/14/2021
From beginning to end, from the first chapter of Genesis to the concluding verses of Revelation, water is prominently mentioned in the Bible.
Water for cleansing, water for healing, water for nourishment and refreshment.
When the Samaritan woman at the well encountered Jesus he asked her for a drink. She responded; “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan, how can you ask me for a drink, for Jews do not associate with Samaritans.”
Jesus replied; “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”
We all need nourishment and refreshment, many of us need to be healed and like the Samaritan woman we all need cleansing from sin. Jesus still offers us that same living water, in Revelation John writes this invitation; “Whoever is thirsty let him come, and whoever wishes let him take the free gift of the water of life.”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “The River” by Carman.
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“Great Day Presents” Week of 05/09/2021
Coventry Baptist Church Quotes
“Ecclesiastes is not a book that is optimistic, and it’s not a book necessarily that is pessimistic, but it is a book that is realistic. Solomon is perhaps in his late 70’s, as an elder statesman, and dealing with the soon demise of his life when he wrote; ‘Wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness. The wise man’s eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness, yet the same event happens to them all’.”
“There is a finality in the death of a life lived under the sun. There is a frustration concerning the matter of death for a life lived under the sun. A life lived on the earth is a life lived under the sun, but as believers we understand there is a life above the sun. There is a life to be lived yet ahead that we have been promised by God through His Word. As born again Christians, as people living for the Lord, death is but a door, death is but an exit into life everlasting. This life is real, but life everlasting is just as real.””
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The Chapel Quotes
“It’s never too late to come to Christ. One of the most common human errors is to think we have to do something to earn our way to make restitution for our sins. Never assume that it’s too late to come to Christ, and never presume that you will come to Christ later.”
”Christ died so that we may have the righteousness of God, that through faith in Jesus we can have a right relationship with Him.”
”We’re going to come to a point where we all die. That is an inevitable conclusion for all of us. Perhaps the most important question to answer is ‘into whose hands have you entrusted your spirit’ when you die? Jesus had incredible assurance of where He was going, and everyone can have that assurance as well. In the words of Jesus; ‘He who hears my Words and believes in Him who sent me has eternal life. He is no longer condemned but has crossed over from death to life.’”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger
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Our Devotion: ““Along For The Ride” by Andrea Walker of Bellefontaine, Ohio, a professional writing major at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana. Her freelance articles have appeared in The War Cry, Church Libraries, Pathways to God and Christian Book Previews.
Read 1 Peter 5:6-11
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time.
–1 Peter 5:7
At shopping malls young children love trying to run up the down escalator. They pant, arms and legs pumping, as they struggle to make it to the very top against the escalator’s flow. As we head into our teens, we grow out of this habit, but even as adults we often live like we’re going the wrong way on an escalator. We strive and strive but seem to make no progress, while people all around us appear to be moving in the right direction.
God promises that he will lift us up if we will only acknowledge that we need him. When we try to accomplish tasks by our own strength, we wind up frustrated and exhausted. All our hard work doesn’t amount to much. But if we simply stop and submit to God’s will, we discover that he is taking us where we need to go. His spiritual escalator is always moving in the right direction.
Father, help us submit to your will. Amen.
Book Review 05/12/2021
This Book Review is by Tucker White, a Professional Writing Major at Taylor University.
More: How To Move From Activity for God to Intimacy With God
By Greg L. Hawkins
Multnomah Books, PB, 206 pages
More is a dangerous book. It is a book that asks of its reader to shed any shallowness in his or her relationship with God and to dive deeper. Hawkins presents steps toward a consuming intimacy with God, steps that are simple to understand yet challenging to carry out. Hawkins walks the reader through guiding concepts, then reduces those concepts into easy-to-remember slogans that ring in the reader’s mind long after he or she lays the book down. He did not come up with these guiding concepts overnight, but discovered them throughout his years as a pastor and devoted follower of Christ, which he expands upon in the autobiographical portions of the book. Intimacy with God is shown as entirely attainable and wonderful. All that one must do is shrug off a life of less and take up a life of more.
This is biblically sound advice for Christians looking to deepen their intimacy with God, but who are unsure of what steps to take. Nothing heretical or controversial stands out. Bible verses from various translations are peppered throughout, giving the reader scriptural support for the steps Hawkins has devised. The book is not just Hawkins’s advice, but also his testimony of discovering these steps.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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