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“Great Day” Monday 02/272017

Unless you have respiratory problems you likely don’t give much thought to your breathing, it just…happens.
God created us that way.
Our need for God makes Him the very heartbeat of our existence.
In the 17th chapter of Acts, Luke writes; “The God who made the world and everything in it gives all men life and breath and everything else. For in Him we live and move and have our being.”

A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Can’t Live A Day” by Avalon.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 02/26/2017- 03/042017

The Chapel Quotes
Shame is a powerful emotion that all of us have felt at some point in our lives. Shame and guilt are very similar, but there’s a big difference. Guilt can be good. It alerts us that something is wrong. It warns us that we have violated a personal code of conduct. Shame says “you’re a bad person”. Shame belittles. Guilt restores. Guilt says “there’s clarification”. Shame says “there’s condemnation”.

“Today we live in a world where bullying is brought to a perfected art. Where we can take someone’s weakness, someone’s failure, someone’s fault and hold it up not only for them to see, but literally to hold it up for all the world to see. All shame needs to grow is secrecy, silence and judgment.”

“A deep sense of love and belonging is an irreducible need of all people. We are biologically, cognitively, physically, spiritually hard-wired to love, to be loved and to belong. When those needs are not met we don’t function as we were meant to be. We break, we fall apart, we’re numb, we hurt others, we get sick. We all desperately need Jesus to draw near to us.”

“God is in the business of extending His grace. God can turn our mess into His message. God’s grace is greater than all our shame, than all our sin. God has an appointment with you and for you. If you’ve never given your life to Christ, He’s going to follow you, He’s going to hunt for you. He’s going to knock at the door of your heart, and once you have an appointment with Jesus He’s going to use your life to have appointments with others.”  

To access complete messages from The Chapel click to go to The Chapel website.

“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 02/26/17

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Devotion 02/26/2017
Our Devotion: “Turtle Water” by Maria Martin, a professional writing major at Taylor University and freelance writer for WBCL Radio, Church Libraries, Gospel Living, and Christian Book Previews.

A high school biology teacher prepared to siphon her classroom’s turtle tank.
“Tell me when you see the water coming into the hose,” the teacher told the students as she sucked into a long rubber tube, its other end in the tank. Soon, the slimy, green, algae-filled water began to work its way through the tube.

“It’s coming through!” someone warned. The teacher came away for a breath. Completely ignoring the warning, she lifted the siphon back to her mouth. She didn’t keep it there long. Soon, the filthy turtle water spewed from the siphon and splashed into her mouth and all over her face.

The teacher had heard what her students had said, but she had done nothing about it. As a result, she had a big mess to clean up.

Many times, God gives us warnings about filthy, unclean aspects of our lives. If we fail to heed his warnings, we, too, can become covered in the slime of sin. Let’s remember to listen, but also to go a step further. Let’s ask God to help us act on his words.

Book Review 02/22/2017
This Book Review comes from Samuel T. Guinsatao is a Professional Writing major at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

Ponderings of a Pedaling Pastor
by Dennis Whitmore
Inspiring Voices Press, PB, 111 pages

This book provides little bits of insight to stir one’s thoughts about God as incorporated in our lives as Christians. The author makes fleeting references to Scripture within each devotion, each reading being short enough to fit into a busy daily schedule. Dennis Whitmore writes simply, but clearly, conveying comprehensible and meaningful messages of hope, endurance, strength, and love. He likes to refer to nature, sports, friends, family, hobbies, and books.

However, the overall content of the book is heavily focused on Mr. Whitmore’s experiences with and passions held for cycling. Many of the feelings he expresses in his anecdotes captured my empathy, although I must admit his enthusiasm for the sport of biking greatly exceeds my own. Each devotion was short enough to keep my attention and hold my interest before my day began. However, none of them concludes with a prayer or do they challenge the reader with questions to ponder or even suggest extensive scripture readings to support his messages. This makes the devotions entertaining and uplifting but not very challenging theologically.

Overall it’s a good change-of-pace devotional collection that takes a casual approach toward how our spiritual journey is like riding a bicycle by exploring various facets of Christian living.

Because these devotions don’t quite engage the reader in prayer or scripture hunting, I would highly suggest this specifically for newer Christians, especially those who have an enjoyment of biking. As for ministry purposes, I believe it could be a powerful tool for the church to have biking excursions along the same roads the author rode using this book as a foundation to build a study and curriculum.

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