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“Great Day” Tuesday 08/21/2018
When we separate our world from God it falls apart.
To quote Reba McIntire; “God’s always there no matter how far we stray off. He’s always there when you want to come back.”
Let’s give this world back to God!
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Back To God” by Reba McIntire.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 08/19/2018- 08/25/2018
The Chapel Quotes
“In this culture we live in we have so much stuff coming at us, we’re trying to draw from this and that and the very voice that we need to hear is the voice that is drowned out by all those other voices. And so we do not discern what God is saying we need to do.”
“It’s amazing how far we have traveled with technology, and yet how little we are accomplishing when it comes to being in sync with God’s plan. God is saying ‘if you want to be greater and larger be discerning when it comes to hearing My voice, knowing My perfect timing’.”
“Less than four percent of churches in the United States are multiplying churches. Based upon that data do we need to wonder why we are in the situation we are in? What are we doing if we’re not discipling? What are we doing if we’re not pouring in? What are we doing if we’re not making heroes for the faith? America needs the Church to stand up and flex her muscles and show what it looks like when we come together from our various diverse backgrounds and experiences under the blood-stained banner of Jesus Christ. That’s when we will begin to see things change, when neighbors will literally be neighbors. We have a mission to complete. We have a God to glorify.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 08/19/2018.
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Our Devotion: “Waiting in the Past” by Hope Bolinger of Hudson, Ohio, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead.” Philippians 3:13 (NIV)
Spikes of red paint jutted out.
I glared at the painting in the museum. The picture glowered back. My nose, inches away from the portrait, wrinkled in disgust. Chartreuse, burnt orange, puce, and the vilest of tints peppered the canvas. Even if the colors had a pleasanter hue, my twelve-year-old eyes could not discern a pattern in the chaotic globs of paint. “Hope!” The voice of my father barked. “You need to take a step back. You can’t appreciate the painting up that close.”
Skeptically, I paced backward. To my surprise, the hideous globs of color mellowed. The indiscernible scrawls melded together to form a striking image of a garden.
Like my younger self in the art museum, I have a tendency to scrutinize my life based on the past. I often perceive lost loved ones, betrayals from former friends, and other past tribulations as ugly splotches of paint. However, when I relent a step back, I realize how God has shaped my present with the scribbles of my past. When I let go of nostalgia and refuse to saturate in tiny details of my former self, I can appreciate the brilliant brush strokes of my Creator.
Prayer: Help me, Lord, to concentrate more on the present than the past. Amen.
Book Review 08/15/2018
This Book Review is by J. J. Hanna, a Professional Writing major at Taylor University
Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See
By Jennifer Marshall Bleakley
Tyndale Momentum Books, PB, 257 pages
In Joey, Jennifer Marshall Bleakley tells the heart-wrenching and beautiful story of a ranch ministry that stepped out in faith and accepted the care of a blind horse named Joey. Challenge after challenge awaited the ranch owner, Kim, and her trusted friends, Lauren and Sarah, as they endeavored to care for Joey. Things that a seeing horse would have no trouble with became major obstacles as they learned how to help this horse navigate his surroundings. After creative solutions, such as wind chimes around his paddock, Joey finally felt safe enough to wander. That safety created all sorts of new struggles with his pasture-mate, Speckles, a horse who faced debilitating joint pain as a result of neglect.
But the challenges were accompanied with many blessings, none of which could have predicted. Joey’s blindness allowed him to reach troubled children more effectively than other horses at the ranch, helping one girl find her voice, one boy feel less alone, and countless others feel the love of God.
Bleakley follows Joey’s caregivers through the story of how they acquired him, how they cared for him, and how he helped keep the ranch from sinking under as they hit difficult financial times. It’s an uplifting story of faith, love, and trust. This book would be suitable for horse-loving Christians ages thirteen and older looking for beautiful stories of how God has worked in the lives of countless people (and even animals). This book puts the reader face to face with the internal struggle of trusting God and stepping out in “blind” faith. Joey presents story after story of God’s faithfulness.
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