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“Great Day” Tuesday 12/11/2018
Perspective. We see the rain, God sees the rainbow. We see the glass half-empty. God sees it full to overflowing.
As adults we can see the same wonder in Christmas we did as little children. We simply need to focus on God’s purpose.
New birth, not just for the baby Jesus, but for us as we accept His love-gift of salvation.
We need to see Christmas through God’s eyes.
A recommended song to accompany this devotion is “Christmas Through Your Eyes” by Gloria Estefan..
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“Great Day Presents” Week Of 12/09/2018 – 12/15/2018
The Chapel Quotes
“We believe church ought to be filled with joy. Our philosophy of ministry at The Chapel; whoever is leading worship, their job is to bring joy; whoever is teaching it’s their job to bring hope. If you leave with hope and joy then it was a great Sunday at The Chapel. If you leave without one of those two things, we did something wrong. Let us know because we’ve got to fix that. This is designed to be a place of hope and joy.”
“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.”
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“Christian Stylings In Ivory” by composer-musician Don Krueger Week of 12/09/2018.
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Our Devotion: “Waiting in the Darkness” by Hope Bolinger of Hudson, Ohio, a professional writing student at Taylor University in Upland, Indiana.
“For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light.” Ephesians 5:8 (NIV)
Flashes of heat lightning burnt the inky sky.
The wind tore through the shadows of trees. They bent and twisted in every direction, unable to control the dark storm’s blows. Thunder reverberated so much the sound shook our house. The scent of buttery popcorn and anxiety overpowered the kitchen when I asked my sister to give a weather report. She flipped to a channel on the TV. Just as a reporter announced, “A severe thunderstorm warning . . . ,” the lights went out.
My heart struck my ribcage savagely. The darkness had clouded my vision. My pupils flit around the kitchen, but I could only perceive silhouettes on the wall whenever the lightning flared. The shadows resembled nightmarish creatures with needle-like teeth and narrowed eyes. All of my artificial light sources could no longer protect me. Briars encircled my lungs, and I struggled to breathe.
Suddenly, light flooded the kitchen as my sister ignited a candle. The figures on the wall melted, and the warm glow somehow deafened the growls of thunder. I hovered close to the light and felt at last I could breathe again.
Whenever storms extinguish false beams of hope in my life, I often fail to forget I have the light of the world thriving inside of me. Instead of choking in darkness, I need to fly toward the candle which strengthens me in my battles against shadows.
Prayer: Jesus, help me to seek you during my darkest hours. Amen.
Book Review 12/05/2018
This Book Review is by Tim Pietz, Professional Writing student at Taylor University, Upland, Indiana
One in Christ: Bridging Racial and Cultural Divides
By David D. Ireland, PhD
Regnery Faith, PB, 170 pages
Race is a scary subject. It’s almost impossible to discuss it in a way that brings people together without ignoring the hard questions. It’s even harder to take that beyond the theoretical and into real life. But One in Christ does exactly that.
Author David Ireland barely uses the words “black” and “white,” and when he does, it’s not to draw lines. Instead, it’s to share stories of how kindness opened eyes, forgiveness conquered hate, and uncertainty transformed into friendship. It’s a vision the church desperately needs to see.
For David Ireland, this vision was brought to his attention thirty years ago. One day, while he was grocery shopping, he noticed people of various races—African Americans, Whites, Latinos, Asians—all in the same building. That’s when God asked him, “Why can’t it be like that in My house?” (from the Introduction, p. xxii).
Now, David Ireland pastors a church of over 8,000 with over 60 different nationalities and serves as a diversity consultant for the NBA. He even did his doctoral dissertation research on race in the church. After this ample experience, Ireland defines the problem in the American church as “monoculturalism”—the tendency to limit friendships to within one’s own culture. White churches, black churches, brown churches—they all stem from this same monocultural mindset. Ireland opposes this mindset with Scripture, citing the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19), the early church leaders in Antioch (Acts 13:1, 9), and Jesus’ command to love one another (John 13:35), among other passages (p. 24-25, 81-83, 94).
It’s one thing to confront a problem. It’s another to offer a solution. Ireland devotes several chapters to cross-race friendships, reconciliation, and cross-cultural ministry. He gives specific advice on how (and how not) to build trust, respect, and make people feel at ease. He praises boldness, like Paul confronting Peter for his treatment of the Gentiles. He highlights the importance of the congregation—not just the pastor or worship team—in making a church welcoming to all. He rejects “token” friendships and calls for sincerity. It’s practical, eye-opening advice.
All these factors combine to make a quality book, but what really sets One in Christ apart is its heart. Ireland writes with the humility, conviction, and love of Christ, challenging believers of every race to face this issue together. One in Christ’s message of unity is something every Christian ought to hear.
Review used by permission of Evangelical Church Library Association (ECLA)
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