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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Checkout (06/09/11)

TITLE: Checked-in living
By April Jenkins
06/12/11


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Checked-in or Checked-out
Shoppers go to the grocery store to get the items they need to last them through the week or month. We as Christians go to Church for the same reason, to get our spiritual feeding, edification and equipping. However, just as a shopper stops being one after he or she goes through the checkout, som Christians checkout their faith when they leave the Church. If we are to be the influential light to the world that Jesus called us to be. What the world needs is faithful Christians who will live checked-in lives. When someone checks in to a hotel they’re planning to stay awhile, so it should be with our faith and the Holy Spirit. We should desire the presence, peace, and power to stay with us, helping us in all that we do. If we allow the Spirit a place of residence in our lives giving Him the freedom to work through us, we can impact and influence those around us in unimaginable ways. No one can dispute the fact that this world needs change, but that change is only possible by a move of the Holy Spirit and the body of Christ. According to 2 Corinthians 3:6 “ He has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit produces life.” By the power of the Holy Spirit in us God has made us to be ready ministers of the gospel, are you willing to live checked-in , so He can use you to change your world?


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Bonnie Bowden 06/16/11
Wonderful message.

If you broke it down into paragraphs, with double spacing in between, it would have been easier to read.

I think you meant to put an "e" on the word som.
Nancy Bucca06/16/11
You have the makings for a nice devotional. Breaking it into paragraphs will make it shine.
Jan Ackerson 06/19/11
Short and sweet devotional which makes an important point.

To make a devo more readable, give it a more personal touch--start with an anecdote, and relax your 'voice' so that your readers feel that they're listening to a friend.

Well-organized, with a logical flow and a really good use of the topic word.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/21/11
This has a nice message I'd love it if you added a personal story that really makes your point. It would help connect with the reader.

I also like the scripture you used. It fits well with your message. You also did a nice job of using two different views of checkout which was a nice play on words while still staying on topic.

Lillian Rhoades 06/22/11
This was a new angle to the topic. Your comparison to the secular and the spiritual was dead on.

I would focus on sentence structure. For example: "If we are to be the influential light to the world that Jesus called us to be" is not a complete sentence.

Loved the message.