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“Great Day” Saturday 10/20/2018
In the world of music and entertainment, few have achieved more success, popularity or become a bigger star than Elvis. But even He, acknowledged ONE who is greater by far.
The disciple James reminds us; “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights.”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Somebody Bigger Than You And I” by Elvis Presley.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 10/14/2018 – 10/20/2018
The Chapel Quotes
“The isolation we see in our culture so much is often caused by technology. The devices that we have created that are intended to bring us closer together, that allow us to connect from long distances, are rather the things that are keeping us most isolated and lonely.”
“In our culture is a pervading flow in a belief in subjective truth, that moral right or wrongs are not based on that God says, but what is determined by us. So many of us walk down different paths because we’re unaware of the blind spots we have in our lives.”
“We weren’t created to look down, we weren’t created to live our lives with the glow of a screen reflecting off of our faces, but God has created us to be in community with each other. For life change to take place, conversion plus commitment must combine with community to result in change.”
“People with bad health habits but strong social ties live significantly longer than people who have great health habits but are isolated. It is better to eat donut holes with others than to eat broccoli alone.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 10/14/2018.
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Our Devotion: “Waiting in the Present” by Hope Bolinger of Hudson, Ohio, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NIV)
The cartoon speckled frog refused to jump.
During his childhood, my brother had a computer game that required complete concentration. In order to play, he strapped on a rosy helmet that read neuron activity. Whenever he devoted all his attention to the game, the characters on the screen would move. However, if his mind darted in another direction, the creatures on the screen would remain motionless.
Before he fastened on the helmet, my mom wore the headpiece to test out the game. Her emerald irises fixated themselves to the screen. The cartoon amphibian bounded from one lily pad to the next. When he crossed the turquoise river, he had never wavered once on the journey. But, when my brother buckled the helmet straps under his chin, the frog froze. It took thirty minutes for my brother’s mind to calm in order for the creature to hurdle off the final lily pad.
Like my brother, my mind often jumps to six different rivers at once. When in reality, I should focus on the characters with me in the room. If I devote only a portion of my attention to those present, like the frog, our relationship cannot progress.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, wherever you lead me today, help me to avoid distractions. Amen.
Book Review 10/17/2018
This Book Review is byTim Pietz, a professional writing major at Taylor Univesrity.
People are the Mission
by Danny Franks
Zondervan, PB, 208 pages
Pastor Danny Franks calls for the church to welcome guests and share the gospel. Unfortunately, many churches miss half that equation. Franks describes two kinds of churches. One proclaims the gospel truth but is elitist and unrelatable to the unchurched. The other does everything it can to win people to Jesus but compromises the gospel to make it less offensive.
Franks ditches this dichotomy. “The gospel is offensive. Nothing else should be” (p. 29). In other words, it’s good and right when guests cringe at a convicting sermon. It’s not right when they cringe at the church’s shabby paint job, or a rude greeter, or an inattentive children’s worker (p.65). Any offense could become an excuse against the gospel—even a small offense.
In countering these offenses, Franks delves into specifics, but keeps his focus on a healthy mindset. “Having a lot of people at your church is not the same as having a lot of disciples who love Jesus” (p. 116). “We can build the greatest volunteer team in the world, but if the hellos and handshakes come only from those wearing name tags but not those in the pews, we have failed” (p. 120).
Franks explores a variety of details on guests and the church: the relationship between evangelism and the church, how churches should specialize based on their talents, how to approach resistant guests, and how to approach parishioners resistant to guests. These messages are communicated with wisdom—and a wacky sense of humor—all without losing steam or derailing his central theme.
People are the Mission is an engaging book that proclaims truth and love in unison. Whereas some of its specific suggestions are more applicable to larger churches, it provides a framework that can be applied to any church and a message that can be applied by any individual.
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