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“Great Day” Wednesday 06/19/2019
Like any concerned father, God cares for His children, especially when they’re discouraged.
Speaking through the prophet Isaiah the Lord offers these words of assurance; “I will strengthen you, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting you may know there is none besides Me.”
And then He commands; “You heavens above, rain down righteousness; let the clouds shower it down.”
When we experience despair, we can turn to our Creator, and He will shower us with encouragement.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Melodies From Heaven” by Kirk Franklin & The Family.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 06/16/2019 – 06/22/2019
The Chapel Quotes
“If the universe came from God, then we exist. We have a soul, a spirit inside of us; we became a person. We have free will. We can make decisions because we are somebody. Because we are a living being we can make choices, whether good or evil, wise or foolish. We are made in the image of God therefore we have incredible value.”
”It’s actually in the realms of invisibility where God’s existence is most displayed. Just look around and see all of creation and understand there has to be a really powerful God. There are things we can clearly learn about God just by observing what He made, just by observing nature. God has placed his fingerprints throughout all of creation so that we can clearly know that He is there. The invisible God is clearly seen in nature.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 06/16/2019.
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Our Devotion: “Smooth Sailing” by Hope Bolinger of Hudson, Ohio, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“Now Jehoshaphat built a fleet of trading ships to go to Ophir for gold, but they never set sail—they were wrecked at Ezion Geber.” 1 Kings 22:48 (NIV)
The cardboard boat deteriorated in the rippling waters.
The creator of the ship, my friend, recounted the story to me. A week before the event, my friend eagerly sketched the blueprints for the annual robotics club cardboard boat race. However, his not-so-zealous project partner built the vessel. By the time the cohort slapped the ship together, corners jutted and the entire structure nearly crumbled. During the event, the dilapidated liner glided about five feet into the frigid waters. Then, it proceeded to plummet in a whirlpool of foam and the scent of sulfur.
Like Judah’s King Jehoshaphat, my friend generated ambitious plans for the future. However, he teamed up with the wrong partner, a King Ahaziah-like figure. Because of a friendship with a man who led him astray, he sunk rather than sailed.
It was a good reminder that when we befriend someone we might want to implement discernment. Does this person help us sail smoothly in our faith? Or do we notice a potential shipwreck?
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, please help me to implement discernment with my friendships. Amen.
Book Review 06/19/2019
This Book Review is by G. Connor Salter, Professional Writing alumnus from Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
Blaze (Blaze Series #1)
By Hope Bolinger of Hudson, Ohio, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas, PB and e-book, 292 pages
Ever since his brother got hospitalized while attending King’s Academy, Danny has tried his best to have nothing to do with the school. But when someone mysteriously sets his Christian high school on fire and King’s offers him and his three friends full-ride scholarships, they don’t have much choice. As they move into their new dormitories, they quickly realize King’s isn’t nearly as friendly as it looks on the outside, especially to people of faith. With strict rules and even stricter consequences if they step out of line, they’ll have to decide.
Bolinger models the book’s plot on the book of Daniel to create this story, which makes it a difficult book to do correctly. Books that retell biblical stories in juvenile settings so often come across as cheesy or poorly developed. Fortunately, Bolinger manages to beat that tendency and produce a highly entertaining story that makes the book of Daniel’s themes feel fresh and relevant again. She especially excels at capturing the sense of semi-controlled chaos or dystopia that many students experience in high school. An excellent read.
This would be classified as Young Adult fiction, of which there are precious few worth reading and even fewer with a biblical worldview. The book’s characters struggle to keep their faith amidst persecution, which leads to great discussions about faith and God’s role in life’s tragedies.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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