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“Great Day” Thursday 01/17/2019
Most of us have regrets; we wish that some things in our past could be done differently. Unfortunately, that’s not the way life works.
The writer of Ecclesiastes offers this advice as we continue life’s journey; “Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you to judgment.
Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment.”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Yesterday When I Was Young” by Roy Clark.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 01/13/2018 – 01/19/2019
The Chapel Quotes
“The more you give love away, the more it comes back to you. The more you give kindness away, the more it comes back to you. The more you give respect away it comes back to you.”
“The best cure for depression is to lock your back door, walk out your front door and help somebody else out.”
“Gratitude improves self care. If we are thankful people, if we keep a list of things that bring us happiness and joy, then it makes us feel better about life and we take better care of our self.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 01/13/2019.
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Our Devotion: “Guiding to Purpose” by Jacob Grube of Westfield, Indiana, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.” Ecclesiastes 1:8 (NLT)
“Everything is meaningless”—a popular saying among secular scholars and philosophers. Obviously, this idea contradicts Christian belief, but ironically it actually doesn’t as long as it is followed by a principle: “without God.” This is the entire message of Ecclesiastes; no worldly pursuit can fill the void of purpose, and it is through God and God alone that purpose can be found.
However, many are blind to this truth and grow miserable because they believe that because worldly life has no meaning, no life has meaning. Some people come to see this as error, but sadly some will be blind no matter how bright the lamp we try to shine on them.
All the same, we do not leave the blind man in his room to starve but guide him to his food: hope. People surrender their hope for a purpose when they do not seek God, just as a blind man surrenders his food when he does not follow a guiding voice. We are the guiding voice in a world of blind people. This is why our lives are not meaningless. We are lamps shining in the darkness so that we can show others that their lives are meaningful as well.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be a guiding voice to those who are blind to Your truth. Amen.
Book Review 01/16/2019
This Book Review is by Megan Alms, Professional Writing student at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
Fierce Marriage: Radically Pursuing Each Other in Light of Christ’s Relentless Love
By Ryan and Selena Frederick
Baker Books, PB, 234 pages
Ryan and Selena’s marriage began with a life-and-death crisis. Upon graduating college, the new couple decided to go on adventure, leaving their lives and moving to Switzerland to pursue equestrian care for a year. But within a few weeks of their adventure, Ryan fell ill with a mysterious sickness. After trying to tough it out for a few weeks, he went to the doctor. He learned that he had a bacterial growth on his mitral valve. When he asked how much the surgery would cost, the doctor told Ryan, “You either go to the hospital or you die.”
This life-threatening event is the experience from which Ryan and Selena write. Having such a close encounter with mortality affected the way they have lived the rest of their lives. They committed to loving each other fiercely and fighting for each other every day.
Your marriage isn’t about you, or even about your spouse, the couple has learned. Your marriage is about serving God and proclaiming Jesus’ power to a world in need of hope. It’s a covenant made promising unconditional love. If your hearts and marriage are in the right place, this covenant relationship brings both spouses closer to God.
So what are the secret ingredients to a lasting marriage?
The first is prioritization, say Ryan and Selena. Put God first, then your spouse, then your children. Everything else should come after these three most important members of your life. Be intentional about making time for each other and that investment will yield a closer marriage.
The second component is communication. Don’t just talk; listen to your spouse. Be aware of the signals he or she is sending out, not only through words but also through body language, tone, and timing. Seek the real issues hiding behind frustrations he or she may be communicating. Be quick to hear, be slow to speak, and be slow to anger.
Perhaps the most striking element of this couple’s advice, their secret to keeping the “spark” in their marriage, is curiosity. Don’t lose curiosity about getting to know your spouse. Whether you’ve been together for one year or fifty, there is always more to learn about each other. Remember how excited you were to get to know one another on the first date? That flame of excitement can continue to burn as long as you desire to discover more about each other.
From finances to intimacy, this book covers the tough topics. And, with the help of God, couples can use this book as a way to facilitate conversation and strengthen their marriages.
This book offers wisdom and advice for making marriage the joy-filled covenant God intended it to be. Each chapter is followed by reflection questions.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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