Great Day Ministry

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“Great Day” Tuesday 07/25/2017

With every new day comes the opportunity for a new beginning.
Each day of our lives God gives us a new start; another chance to live according to His will, and to share His love with those around us.
The writer of Ecclesiastes, perhaps the wise King Solomon gives this advice; “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave there is neither working nor planning. Moreover, no man knows when his hour will come.” The time we have together in this world is limited and precious.
Let’s make the most of it.  

A recommended song to accompany this devotion is Time” by The Backstreet Boys.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 07/23/2017- 07/29/2017

The Chapel Quotes

America is now a ‘stewball’. It is where the many different cultures, the many different beliefs and languages have come together; and it is very hard to distinguish between issues in a simplistic way. So the church has difficulty extending grace, because they themselves have never rightly appropriated grace in their lives. It isn’t a race problem, it’s a grace problem.” 

“As  Christians we say we have received grace, and we are individuals who have been infused with the righteousness of Jesus Christ, and so God has imputed in us His righteousness, we are born again, and yet we function outside of grace.”

“According to George Gallup that average Christians doesn’t  spend even 15 minutes a week in reading the Word of God, much less immerse themselves into the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

“So how do we do theology in a fast-paced, technologically-driven world that renders us faceless, heartless and hopeless? We must be fueled by grace and stand on the supremacy of the Gospel (where there is no such thing as white supremacy). When it comes to the issue of Bridges of Understanding you have to turn off the news and start thinking biblically. Jesus must be incarnated in our very lives. We must have an obsession to build Bridges of Understanding. Don’t go after the social commentary and compromise”.

“We must live out our faith in our personal lives. Be right with God. That takes humility, repentance and gratefulness for the benefits and joy by and from birth. Respond to the needs in our community. Be ready to share. Be ready to serve. We must step out. To build Bridges of Understanding you may have to get dirty and run the risk in your professional life and in your people life”.

“God bridged the greatest divide that humanity has ever caused by its own sinfulness. Jesus is the epitome of building a Bridge of Understanding. His people ought to get in line with Jesus, ought to stand behind the Word of God, and confront it, but do it with the grace and love of Jesus Christ.”

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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 07/23/17

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Devotion 07/23/2017
Our Devotion: “Seeking the Lost One” by Julia Camara of Indianapolis, Indiana, a devotional writer for The Aboite Independent and book reviewer for Christian Book Previews.

It was a hot afternoon in July when our family set out for the zoo.  After an eventful day of observing different animals we discovered one of our members had wandered away from us.  My nine year old brother Zach was missing.  Zach was a child who liked to explore.  He could have been anywhere.   My Grandma gathered the remaining eight children by a park bench while my mom, six months pregnant, went looking.  Groups of school children crowded the lanes, excitedly observing each animal.  A long while later, Mom, trembling from anxiety and apprehension, returned with the child.  She scolded him fiercely for wandering off, then wrapped her arms around him in love. 

How often do we wander off from God?  Do we reject His love, starving our spirits.  Fortunately,  like my mother, who left all others to find her lost son, God comes after us.  He will not let us escape him, rather he will pursue us.  Romans 8:39 says that “not height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”  God’s love is so abundant, it runs over us like a bubbling brook after a long rain.  This love must spill over us into the lives of those around us. 

Show love to someone today, whether through a kind smile or a soft word of encouragement.  Surely there is enough to go around. If God will search you out, you can search out someone in need of some love.

A Prayer for Today:  “Dear Lord, let me be like a waterfall spilling love out to everyone around me.  Give me opportunities to bless people with my love today.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Book Review 07/19/2017

This Book Review comes from Tucker White, a Professional Writing major at Taylor University, Upland, IN.

Sweeter than Honey, Richer than Gold: A Guided Study of Biblical Poetry
By Leland Ryken
Weaver Book Company, PB, 128 pages

Even for one well versed in poetry, biblical poetry can seem daunting and unapproachable. Sweeter than Honey, Richer than Gold seeks to reduce the intimidation. Dr. Leland Ryken increase the reader’s understanding of poetic techniques specifically used in biblical poetry. The reader does not just learn by reading but also by doing direct analysis of the poetry.  The author provides several exercises in this book that direct the reader to explore elements of psalms and prophetic poetry through reading, interpreting, understanding context, and appreciating word choice.

Although biblical poetry covers a vast range (it takes up nearly a third of the text of the Bible), Sweeter Than Honey gives readers the footing to understand it. Nothing heretical or controversial stands out. The book is full of excerpts from the book of Psalms, as well as entire chapters from other passages of scripture. The language is usually clear, but sometimes it reverts to an academic vocabulary with which some readers may not be familiar. However, Dr. Ryken’s expertise on biblical poetry is insightful and will increase the reader’s understanding of this ancient art form.  This book demystifies the, at times, abstract and non-literal poetry throughout the Bible. Depending on the reader’s level of familiarity with poetry, it can either sharpen an already present understanding and appreciation or open an unexplored section of the Bible for reading, understanding, and enjoyment.

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