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July 27, 2020

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Devotion for Monday, July 27 from Melissa Overway (MO)

Hello all! 

MO here with your Monday devotion.  Lately, we have all been able to spend more time outdoors.  Have you ever just stood looking at the trees, flowers, birds, squirrels, you know all the outdoorsy creatures and just marveled at God’s handiwork?  How often do you do that?  With the busyness of life do you have a chance to?  

Isaiah 40:26 says “Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:  Who created all these?  He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name.  Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.”

It amazes me that God knows each star by name.  I have a difficult time learning people’s names; let alone being able to remember the names of billions of stars.  The fact that God even knew who I was before I was and who I am now is mind-blowing.  God’s ability amazes me every day.  

Think about this passage from Acts 17:24-25. “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands.  And He is not served by human hands, as if He needed anything.  Rather, He himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else.”

How does this verse change how you see God?  Think about that today. 

Devotion for Tuesday, July 28 from Pastor Andrew Moore

Hello there! Pastor Andrew here to offer some encouragement, hopefully some insight, and some observation.
 
We’ve just started a short series rooted in the book of Revelation called ‘Letters to the Churches’. The book of Revelation is one of the most controversial and unique books of the New Testament, and yet it’s the only book where we are said to be blessed just for reading it. It literally tells us to read the words in the book and we’ll be blessed, and I have to confess, it’s one of the least read books of the Bible for me… God, why would You tell us to read something, and then make it so hard to understand?
 
When I was in seminary, my father in law told me ‘if you ever figure out Revelation, let me know, because I’m totally lost’. If we’re honest, that’s probably how most of us feel reading the book. And if we’re painfully and beautifully honest, maybe that’s how many of us are feeling about the current state of our country and of the world.
 
Even so, as we dive into the Book of Revelation, we are following the risen Lamb into the New Creation, and we sense from all the imagery in the book that something isn’t right with the world. That much is clear. It’s pretty clear looking around us that things are still not right with the world. And at the end of the Book of Revelation, there’s a beautiful unveiling of a future where things are right with the world. As sure as we are that the tomb is empty and that Christ is risen, we must be sure that we will also rise, and that God will make all things new.
 
It’s been more than 4 months since Michigan entered into a State of Emergency, and I have a feeling that we’re not out of the woods yet. And still we know that Christ is risen. Still we know that God is at work through His people. Still we know that we will endure today because our eternity is secure. Still we can be certain of what we hope for and sure of what we don’t see. Still we can have faith, because as Pastor Greg so beautifully said when he wrapped up our series on Judges, God is faithful, even when we are not.
 
God is faithful yesterday, today, and forever. 
 
Remember, if you ever need to pray or talk, call the office here at Community, and any of your pastors would be happy to talk!
 
Praying for you, brothers and sisters! And just because this face cheers me up daily, here’s a picture of our little Elliot, who is discovering God’s wonderful grace even without understanding it! 
 
With peace, 
Pastor Andrew 

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