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“Great Day” Friday 01/17/2020
The Boy Scout motto is good advice for all.
We spend much of our lives getting ready…for school, jobs, relationships, activities and events.
Nearly everything we do requires some form of preparation.
This life is our opportunity to prepare our faith for a future in heaven.
Let’s get ready by living the Godly life for which we’re created.
The apostle Peter instructs us; “Prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed.”
And in Matthew we read; “No one knows about that day or hour”.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “People Get Ready” by Eva Cassidy.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 01/12/2020
The Chapel Quotes
“Until you recognize you have a need you’ll never call on Christ to meet that need. So we carry about all of our shame and all of our pain because we don’t acknowledge that we have a human condition that strikes every one of us called sin. There is an antidote, a Savior and He was born with a mission to save the world from their sins.”
“God uses the unusual. God chose tax collectors, prostitutes and anarchists to lead a moral revolution. God chooses people we would not expect Him to use. Today God still surprises us with His draft-day selections. Isn’t it like God to choose the prodigal son? God can choose, and God can use any of us who will give our lives to Christ.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 01/12/2020.
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Our Devotion: “Holy Silence” by Brad Walker of Paducah, Kentucky, a communication and writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“Be still, and know that I am God!” Psalm 46:10a (NLT)
I put my suitcase down and laid on the bed, tired from travel. As I sank deeper into the mattress, I listened for what I would quickly get used to that week: silence.
A small group from my university had just arrived at the Abbey of Gethsemani, a Roman Catholic monastery in Trappist, Kentucky. Although we all came from a variety of Protestant traditions, our group had been studying spiritual disciplines and contemplative Christianity over the last few months in preparation for our silent spiritual retreat at the monastery.
I have never been bothered by different Christian traditions from my own, seeing great value in the unique parts of different expressions of faith. However, one thing I was not accustomed to was silence. I usually spent the time I had by myself listening to music or watching Netflix. This week, however, I decided to make silence, stillness, and solitude companions in my journey to know God more.
I woke up the next morning to find the monastery just as silent as the day before. After a couple hours of reading and meditating, I walked downstairs to the cafeteria to eat lunch. Everyone quietly grabbed their plates and scooped their food without saying a word. I found members of my group to eat with, but it didn’t really matter. No one spoke, spreading butter and eating spoonfuls of soup in silence. It felt weird at first but was actually quite peaceful. This peaceful quiet continued throughout the week.
The idea of a silent retreat scared me. I was afraid that silence would force me to come face to face with the darkest parts of myself. I was pleasantly surprised to find that the abundance of silence actually pushed me to mindfully contemplate the identity of God. What I thought would be a scary silence was actually a holy silence—one that allowed me to get a better picture of a loving and almighty God. I learned that when I am still, God meets me where I am.
When and where might you be able to find silence so you can meditate on God and listen to Him?
Prayer: Lord, allow me to have the patience to dwell in silence, stillness, and solitude as ways to know You more. Amen.
Book Review 01/15/2020
This Book Review is by Rachel Nolan, a professional writing major at Taylor University and book reviewer for Church Libraries and The Aboite Independent.
THE KIDNAPPING OF KENZIE THORN
Love Inspired Suspense
By Liz Johnson
Steeple Hill, 978-0-373-44348-2, PB, 224 pages, $5.50
Mackenzie Thorn, a young Christian teacher at the Oregon Department of Corrections, is determined to help her class of inmates earn their GEDs, blissfully unaware of the fact that her life is in danger. When Miles Parsons, a new student in Kenzie’s class, kidnaps her, he claims to be an FBI agent stationed at the prison for her safety. Would he really kidnap her to save her life? And why would anyone at the prison want to hurt Kenzie?
Filled with intense action and intriguing romance, this novel is sure to captivate readers, particularly females. Although some scenes border on corniness, Johnson’s story contains an interesting plot, engaging characters and Christian morals. This book would be a great addition to any church library.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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