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“Great Day” Tuesday 02/21/2017

What part of “Thou Shalt Not” can’t we comprehend?
Centuries ago God gave us rules to live-by set in stone. Yet we fail to comply.
Jesus sacrificed His life to pay for our misdeeds. But in the short-term we must account for our actions.
In Galatians we read; The one who sows to please his sinful nature, will reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, will reap eternal life.”           

A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Run On” by Elvis Presley.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 02/19/2017- 02/25/2017

The Chapel Quotes
We all must be born again. No one can see the Kingdom of Heaven unless they are born again. Our traditions are not enough. Traditions can be good things, they can represent deep spiritual things, but every one of us must be born again.”

“We can build on traditions to personalize our faith. You can thank God for whatever traditions have been a part of your past if they help you today to come to the place where you would be born again.”

“We are called to be followers of Jesus more than fans. Fans are happy to follow Jesus as long as that doesn’t require any significant changes or have negative implications. There is no way to follow Jesus without Him interfering with your life. Following Jesus will cost you something. Has it cost you anything following Jesus?”

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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 02/19/17

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Devotion 02/19/2017
Our Devotion: “Against the Plan, Across the Country” by Jessica L. Dundas of Painesville, Ohio, a professional writing major at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: “You ought to say, ‘if it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.’” James 4:15 (NIV)

The movers came and packed our household belongings into their truck. We slept on the floor one last night. In the morning we piled into the van, gave a prolonged farewell to our family in town, and drove up the mountain pass out of Idaho. The road ahead spanned more than 2,000 miles before we would get to our new home in Ohio. It was my senior year of high school, just before Christmas break. None of us wanted Christmas without grandparents, New Year’s without cousins, church hunting, house hunting, and winter in a land where the forests looked like overgrown tumbleweeds compared to our evergreens.

Yet, I can look back and say that was one of the best decisions my family ever made. We had no idea what tomorrow might have held for us, but we had each other for Christmas and New Year’s. We found a wonderful church, we purchased a house by the end of the school year, and spring came with the most beautiful blossoms I’ve ever seen. It was the Lord’s will, and far better than my own plan.

PRAYER: Lord, help me to seek Your will for my life, and to know You have better plans than I do. In Christ I pray. Amen.

Book Review 02/15/2017
This Book Review comes from G. Connor Salter, a student at Taylor University, majoring in professional writing. He is a Content Creator for the Odyssey, and a freelance writer for The Echo.

Mentor for Life: Finding Purpose through Intentional Discipleship
By Natasha Sistrunk Robinson
Zondervan, PB, 272 pages

Church programs teach all sorts of things, but rarely how to mentor believers the way Jesus did. Natasha Sistrunk Robinson has spent years doing just that, building small groups where Christians meet and intentionally disciple each other. In this book Robinson describes her process, arguing that discipleship works best in small groups and outlining the major areas where people need discipleship: Bible study, worship, fellowship, ministry, tithing, and witnessing.

 There are many excellent ideas in this book, but also some things Robinson doesn’t quite develop enough. She argues that since Jesus didn’t mentor one disciple at a time, Christians should disciple each other in small groups rather than one-on-one. Whereas she gives some practical reasons that support this argument, she doesn’t build a strong biblical case for why small group discipleship is best. She also forgets other situations wherein one-on-one discipleship was done, such as Paul with Timothy, Barnabas with John Mark, and Elijah with Elisha. Beyond that, the book provides many great insights that will help Christians start small groups and guide each other toward greater spiritual maturity.

 The suggested Audience for this book would be church leaders interested in starting small groups for mentoring and women interested in biblical mentoring. This book references Scripture throughout, and quotes many respected Christian leaders. The last two sections include lists of recommended books for small groups to study. This book is targeted at women, but its concepts and explanations are universal enough that men can easily read and learn from them as well.

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