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“Great Day” Saturday 10/21/2017
Life can be like a jigsaw puzzle as we try to put the pieces together to make everything fit properly.
The problem is we tend to see the underside, where there’s no clear picture to help with the assembly.
God sees the topside, and He knows what our lives will look like when complete.
If we want to know how to fit the pieces together, we need to approach life from God’s perspective.
That means living each day, according to God’s plan whatever the ups and downs, with compassion, love, and the will to make this a better world.
In Ephesians we read; “Because of what Christ has done, we have become gifts to God that He delights in, for as part of God’s sovereign plan we were chosen from the beginning to be His, and all things happen just as He decided long ago.”
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Part Of The Plan” by Dan Fogelberg.
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 10/15/2017- 10/21/2017
The Chapel Quotes
“Jesus said blessed are those who aren’t full, who are hungry and thirsty, but we want to be filled to overflowing. We are wired to be busy and active, so we miss what’s real and big and valuable and eternal right in front of us. Our busyness is a physical attempt to find Spiritual satisfaction. There is no correlation between being financially independent and being personally satisfied. There’s a wonderful old expression, ‘necessity is the mother of invention’. Now sociologists are saying ‘invention is the mother of necessity’. Meaning once something is invented and we see it, we have to have it.”
“Jesus taught with parables. A parable is an earthly story with a heavenly meaning. Jesus wants us to identify with someone in the story.”
“We come to the end of Me when we realize our busyness is likely our choice. We try to do too much. We sound like we’re complaining, when actually we’re bragging how busy we are. Busyness is a hedge against emptiness. Sometimes it’s the busyness that keeps us from doing what God wants us to do, and being what God wants us to be. We come to the end of Me when we remove our busyness to make room for God. If our life is already full there’s no room for God to fill us. If our life is so full of Me then there’s no room for Christ.”
“If you’ve come to faith in Christ, that’s a ‘one and done’. Christ promises He will never let you go. You are eternally secure in the grip of grace. It’s easy to confuse being moved with emotion, to loving Jesus. When you think of what you’re going to do, you need to be more concerned with what Christ wants than what you want. When you do this consistently, you will empty yourself of Me and be filled with God’s Holy Spirit.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 10/15/17
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Our Devotion: “Keen Sighted” by Mandi Hall of Mount Prospect, Illinois, a 2017 summer professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“[May God] equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” Hebrews 13:21
It’s rather difficult to maneuver through the crowded halls of a Chicagoland public high school when you can’t see two feet in front of you. I have bad eyesight, and I usually wear contact lenses to help me see clearly. One day, however, my right contact lens tore in my eye, a very unpleasant experience, and I was forced to take it out during my second class. My eyesight is bad enough that if I only have one contact in, I get dizzy, so I had to take the other one out and walk around almost completely blind for the rest of the seven hour day. It’s amazing how many walls look exactly like hallways. Thankfully, friends of mine helped me get from class to class without too many collisions.
Our society often blurs the line between good and evil, and without the proper guidance from the Bible and a Christian community, it can be hard to navigate through life. God has taught how to keep our eyes focused on righteous paths. So, why run into walls when we can be led by the One who gives sight to the blind.
PRAYER: Lord, help me see straight as I walk in your word. Amen.
Book Review 10/11/2017
This Book Review is by Megan Burkhart, a professional writing major at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
Single. Dating. Engaged. Married.
By Ben Stuart
Thomas Nelson, PB, 236 pages
In his debut book, Ben Stuart unpacks what it means to follow the stages of being single, entering upon dating, getting engaged, and becoming married. He approaches each phase of life from the perspective of, “We must get a relationship with God right before we will ever get a relationship with a guy or a girl right.” He starts with singleness, a time when we should be pursuing God with undistracted devotion. The focus should be on doing the work of the King, not searching as yet for our prince or princess.
He then transitions into dating, which he describes as a time of evaluation. Is the person we are with someone we would want to consider one day marrying? In this area, Stuart focuses on two key things: character and chemistry. Character means we are looking for a person who emulates God in what he or she says and does. Chemistry means we are looking for a person we click with and enjoy talking to. This is not an either/or. We need both in a potential spouse.
In the engagement section, Stuart emphasizes the word union. Engagement is not only a time of wedding planning, but also of uniting all areas of two different people’s lives. This involves joining finances, families, and personal goals. While this can be a stressful time for many, the fiancés should be growing closer in commitment, love, and trust as they approach their wedding day.
The final phase is the actual marriage. The long journey of searching for “the one” is over. Stuart likens this stage to a boat finally coming into port after a long time at sea. He goes on to say marriage is “safest when it is on mission.” Marriage should be two people running toward God, helping each other to flourish under God. This requires sacrifice, and it is exactly what Christ did for the Church, his bride.
No matter what stage you find yourself in, you can glean life-changing truth from this book. God is your true source of love and life, and when you trust him with every area of your life, he will guide your relationships through the boisterous waters safely into port.
Stuart writes for a Christian audience seeking answers to what godly relationships should look like. Whether you’re single, dating, engaged, or married, this book will guide you through how to maximize each stage of your life in pursuing God’s purposes.
Stuart uses many biblical passages and examples to guide readers through each relationship phase. At the end of every phase, he includes case studies that focus on a specific character or characters from the Bible. Stuart then walks through how these people followed God’s plan and trusted his timing in their relationships. He engages the Word of God deeply and helps his readers see how the Bible can impact their daily lives.
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