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“Great Day” Thursday Day 02/21/2019
Many of us at one time or another become discontent with who we are.
A common mistake is to compare ourselves to others, or even compete with them.
Instead of trying to copy someone else’s life when we’re sick of who we are, the prescription for turning our life around is discovering the unique individual God created us to be.
When you need a measuring stick for your life, use God’s absolute standard, not a subjective one dictated by your peers.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Don’t Let Me Get Me” by Pink.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 02/17/2019 – 02/23/2019
The Chapel Quotes
“The death of Jesus was virtuous, vicarious (for the good or benefit of others), voluntary and victorious. His death was for each of us.”
“Even the biggest and best of us have our flaws, and eventually we are all victims. But Jesus was no victim. His life was not taken from Him, He gave it of His own accord.”
“Christ died for us. At The Chapel that’s who we are and what we believe. Those four words are the summation of this church’s belief. Christ died for us.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 02/17/2019.
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Our Devotion: “Feral. Fantastic.” by Maya Laytham of Overland Park, KS, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
“Who am I?” Mr. Fox, the title character of the 2009 film Fantastic Mr. Fox asks, “and how can a fox ever be happy without, you’ll forgive the expression, a chicken in its teeth?”
He’s a wild animal, a literal fox, but he’s also a husband, father, and journalist. The tension between his nature and his roles sets the backdrop for the film based on Roald Dahl’s book of the same name.
Sitting in front of a tall stack of toast and in what can only be described as business-casual attire, Mr. Fox complains that living in a hole makes him feel poor. Seconds later, he devours the stack with a ferocity that reminds the audience of the wild animal this philosophizing, mid-life-crisis-having fox is at heart.
He wants to become more civilized, but he simultaneously fears losing the untamed spark that he believes gives him essential value.
Attempting to reaffirm his identity, Mr. Fox embarks on a heist. Over three nights, he targets human farmers known for their cunning and ruthlessness. Consequently, the farmers destroy the forest community, looking to take their revenge on the thief and leave the animals of the area homeless. Furthermore, they kidnap Mr. Fox’s son, Ash. At this point, it feels impossible for Mr. Fox to reconcile the disastrous consequences of following his nature with his desire to be better.
Similarly, we can find ourselves consumed by sin’s disastrous consequences. In the wake of another slip-up, it can feel like our sin defines us. How can we possess such self-destructive tendencies and the image of God in the same self?
Mr. Fox eventually finds an answer to his confusion. It is not merely his wild nature that makes him a charismatic and valued member of his community and family. Mr. Fox’s relationships ground him. With the knowledge that his worth lies outside his eccentricities, he uses the feral nature of himself and other members of his community to rescue Ash and begin the process of rebuilding the community.
Our weaknesses are opportunities to reveal God’s strength and become who He calls us to be. The psalmist reminds us that we are “fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139:14). We are also inhabited by sin (Romans 3:23).
But God has made a path for us through Christ’s sacrifice to become more than our sin. That’s pretty fantastic.
Prayer: God, show me how my weakness can become Your glory. Grow me into who You made me to be. Amen.
Book Review 02/20/2019
This Book Review is by Lily Smith, Professional Writing student at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
Healing Our Broken Humanity
By Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill
InterVarsity Press, PB, 212 pages
Healing Our Broken Humanity is an insightful book that introduces a scripturally based vision for the modern church. The book is centralized around ten practices that modern Christians have the capability to implement into their daily lives as the modern church moves toward cultural restoration. The authors highlight the need for racial healing, which sets Grace Ji-Sun Kim and Graham Hill apart as bold pursuers of Christ. Their willingness to speak with honest vulnerability reflects how Christ often spoke difficult truths to His followers. The encouraging tone of the book allows for the readers to envision what the church could become.
Grace Ji-Sun Kim speaks from a place of experience about the ethnic divides in America today. As part of a minority in America today, Kim offers personal insights and thoughtful wisdom that demonstrate her knowledge and faith. Her co-author, Graham Hill contributes practical and valuable insights into why discussions about race, sexuality, nationalism, politics and other religions are beneficial to the growth of the modern church.
The book stays true to Scripture, integrating the Word of God into the text. This gives credibility to the bold statements about race and religion that the authors make. While this book cannot entirely capture what Christ’s vision for a new humanity would be, it stimulates thought and encourages conversations about difficult and necessary topics. Healing Our Broken Humanity is thought-provoking and encouraging. It articulates brilliant and faith-filled ideas to its readers in a manner that prompts change.
This book would be encouraging for both men and women, 16 and older, who are interested in learning about cultural healing in the modern church could appreciate and learn from the book. This book highlights a vision for the modern church that was originally described by Paul in the New Testament. Christ remains the focal point of this book and the ideas articulated reflect His Word.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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