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“Great Day” Monday 11/30/2020
Christmas offers a wonderful opportunity to reach out to the less fortunate.
The apostle Paul reminds us of the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ; “That though He was rich, yet for our sake He became poor, so that we through His poverty might become rich.”
We don’t need great wealth to make a difference in someone’s life.
Paul says; “If the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what one does not have.”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “The Gift” by Ray Boltz.
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“Great Day Presents” Week of 11/29/2020
The Chapel Quotes
“We pray that God will give you joy in these days that aren’t necessarily bringing us joy. We have a joy that comes from within us when God gives us a spirit of hope and strength and a joy that comes from Him.”
“We’re giving thanks in this corona virus crisis. We’re not thankful for the virus but we are thankful in it. We are thankful that God will see us through, and that He assures us that He has purpose for the good things in our life and the bad things in our life. We are thankful for this day with its joys and its trials, and we want to be found faithful, not lamenting the difficulties of these days but looking at these days as golden opportunities to tell others about Christ.”
“Be proactive in your parenting. Have a plan. Be intentional with a clear path to rewards. You need to know your child well enough to know what motivates them. Do not rescue them from their consequences. Give once and you elicit appreciation. Give twice and you create anticipation. Give three times and you create expectation. Give four times and it become entitlement. Give five times and you’ve established dependency. The goal is not to make life easy for our kids but to help them take responsibility for their lives.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger
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Our Devotion: ““Scripture’s Pulse” by Ruth Anne Burrell, a professional writing major at Taylor University and freelance writer for Seg-Way News, Church Libraries, Christian Communicator, and WBCL radio.
Have you ever tried pressing your fingertips against the pages of your Bible? If you do this, you can feel a faint pulse. This is, of course, your own pulse beating against the solid surface. But close your eyes and imagine for a moment that it is, instead, the pulse of the living, breathing Scripture.
Because the Bible was written so long ago, it is easy to assume it is no longer relevant. However, Hebrews 4:12 says, “The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
God’s Word is as true today as it was two thousand years ago. Next time you read your Bible, press your fingers against the pages and soak in the sensation of its pulse. Rejoice in the fact that we serve a mighty, living God. Amen.
Book Review 11/25/2020
This Book Review is by Mindy Kreilein, a professional writing major at Taylor University.
THE SECRET THINGS OF GOD: Unlocking the Treasures Reserved for You
Dr. Henry Cloud
Howard Books, 978-1-4165-6360-0, HB, 215, $18.99
“…if you cannot let it go and forgive them, you are in bondage to the ones who hurt you. As long as you hold a grudge, they still have power over your life. You are not free from what they did to you.” Not only does The Secret Things of God tell us the secrets of happiness, as described here, but it also offers biblically based insights on enhancing relationships, fulfilling purposes, and honoring God. All matters are supported by verses of scripture and examples offered by Christ.
Dr. Henry Cloud, psychologist, author, and student of spiritual life, does an excellent job of sharing the deepest secrets of God. Not only does Cloud use good biblical examples in the book, he also inserts personal examples, allowing the reader a closer bond with him. The book brings to life biblical truths that will help injured souls deal with life issues. I definitely recommend it to a church library for any readers 13 and older.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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