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“Great Day” Thursday 12/13/2018
Christmas is a time we catch a glimpse of the world not as it is, but as it could be.
Change begins in each heart.
We need only look around us to capture the spirit of the season, and then share it with others, not just today but the whole year through.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “If Every Day Could Be Christmas” by 98 Degrees.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 12/09/2018 – 12/15/2018
The Chapel Quotes
“We believe church ought to be filled with joy. Our philosophy of ministry at The Chapel; whoever is leading worship, their job is to bring joy; whoever is teaching it’s their job to bring hope. If you leave with hope and joy then it was a great Sunday at The Chapel. If you leave without one of those two things, we did something wrong. Let us know because we’ve got to fix that. This is designed to be a place of hope and joy.”
“The more you give love away, the more it comes back to you. The more you give kindness away, the more it comes back to you. The more you give respect away it comes back to you.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 12/09/2018.
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Our Devotion: “Waiting in the Darkness” by Hope Bolinger of Hudson, Ohio, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” Ephesians 5:8 (NIV)
Flashes of heat lightning burnt the inky sky.
The wind tore through the shadows of trees. They bent and twisted in every direction, unable to control the dark storm’s blows. Thunder reverberated so much the sound shook our house. The scent of buttery popcorn and anxiety overpowered the kitchen when I asked my sister to give a weather report. She flipped to a channel on the TV. Just as a reporter announced, “A severe thunderstorm warning . . . ,” the lights went out.
My heart struck my ribcage savagely. The darkness had clouded my vision. My pupils flit around the kitchen, but I could only perceive silhouettes on the wall whenever the lightning flared. The shadows resembled nightmarish creatures with needle-like teeth and narrowed eyes. All of my artificial light sources could no longer protect me. Briars encircled my lungs, and I struggled to breathe.
Suddenly, light flooded the kitchen as my sister ignited a candle. The figures on the wall melted, and the warm glow somehow deafened the growls of thunder. I hovered close to the light and felt at last I could breathe again.
Whenever storms extinguish false beams of hope in my life, I often fail to forget I have the light of the world thriving inside of me. Instead of choking in darkness, I need to fly toward the candle which strengthens me in my battles against shadows.
Prayer: Jesus, help me to seek you during my darkest hours. Amen.
Book Review 12/12/2018
This Book Review is by Megan Burkhart, Professional Writing student at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
The Soul at Rest: A 40-Day Journey into a Life of Prayer
By Tricia McCary Rhodes
NavPress, PB, 276 pages
At one point, a publisher suggested that Rhodes title her book Practicing Prayer, a title she cringed at, remembering her torturous piano lessons as a child. However, Rhodes acknowledges that the only way to develop new skills, even prayer, is through practice.
No matter the reader’s experience with prayer, Rhodes invites veterans and newcomers alike on a journey to meet God through a variety of prayer disciplines including meditative prayer, praying God’s story, conversational prayer, recollective prayer, the prayer of simplicity, prayer through the dark night, and prayer without words.
Each “day” of prayer includes sections to help the reader prepare her heart and press in to God through Scripture and quiet reflection. Rhodes encourages the reader to not give up when distractions creep in, but to instead keep bringing the focus back to God. Her honesty and gentle guidance provide a caring and shepherding tone throughout the book.
Overall, readers will find greater intimacy with God and a greater understanding of themselves throughout this 40-day walk. Though practice does not always make perfect, readers will be prepared to continue this journey on their own, fully equipped to approach God and His Word in a posture of surrender—hungry for more of Him.
This book will be especially enjoyed by a Christian audience (primarily women) who seek a deeper connection with God through prayer. Rhodes does an excellent job tying Scripture in throughout her book and includes a discussion guide at the end with material for Bible study groups to work through. A resource for individuals or the community to address prayer and intimacy with God.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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