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July 17, 2020

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“Faithfulness Despite Unfaithfulness"
Judges 13:1-5 
Rev. Greg Ten Brink
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June 2020 Financial Summary 
John Bruursema (7750 104th Avenue Zeeland, 49464) received a diagnosis of anaplastic astrocytoma grade 3 and will begin radiation and chemotherapy. Pray for relief of pain and for a positive response to treatment.

Cindy Blauwkamp (3127 - 104th Ave. Zeeland, 49464) underwent wrist surgery on Thursday morning as a result of an accident.

Kim Haveman (225 N. Elm St. #5 Zeeland, 49464) was admitted to Blodgett Hospital for foot surgery but her other foot has a significant issue and she will be transferred to Butterworth for a Thursday blood flow evaluation in that leg to determine treatment options.

Jim Meekhoff (3015 Port Sheldon St Hudsonville 49426) will be undergoing an ablation heart procedure along with a pacemaker implant Monday, July 20 at Meijer Heart Center.  

Michelle Hop (3452 Hillcrest Way Zeeland, 49464) was transferred to SKLD in Zeeland for continued healing of a surgical wound.

Rosemary Hop has moved to Royal Park Place, her new address is 500 Parkside Dr, Room 202, Zeeland, MI 49464

Tracy Lucarelli's (3268 Hillcrest Way Zeeland, 49464)19-year-old niece, Samantha, is under great care at Mary Free Bed, and her long term memory remains unaffected, but her short term memory has not returned.

Lydia Bouwens, 11 year old daughter of Tom & Teresa Bouwens, (1488 Savannah Drive Zeeland 49464) is currently undergoing chemo treatments. Pray continued improvement in managing side effects.

Thank you for all of the prayers, cards, calls, and meals that were brought in during my radiation treatments. Thank you to Pastor Greg for his visit.  Loie DeVries 

Devotional for Friday, July 17

 

A few weeks ago we held our first ever Livestream VBS. On one hand, I was thrilled we could still offer something for the kids but on the other hand, I was so bummed.  Bummed that our sanctuary wouldn’t be filled with hundreds of kids laughing at skits, cheering when their side of the sanctuary brought in the most pennies or hearing their sweet voices worship Jesus in the most contagious way. Oh and let us not forget the whip cream pie to the face! Okay, maybe I wasn’t too bummed about missing cleaning whip cream out of my ears and nose! The hours of planning and prep work are worth every second when you experience kids uninhibited in worship. In those moments I find myself asking, “how do they get it so easily?” You know what I’m talking about when I say “it”:  the feeling of it’s just me and my Jesus right now and nothing else is going to get in the way.

Our goofy VBS characters shared the story of Zacchaeus.  They acted the story out on stage to teach kids that a connection with Jesus changes you. In that moment nothing stood in the way of Zacchaeus connecting with Jesus. Not a crowd he couldn’t see over, not even the ridicule of the crowd or the shame of his bad choices. It was just Zacchaeus and Jesus and in that moment he got “it”, Zacchaeus was a changed man.  I get a little sad when I stop and think about all the stuff we as adults(myself included) allow to stand in the way of our connection with Jesus.  Stuff that ultimately interferes with the work Jesus has planned for us.  Stuff that could potentially change our attitude towards others or lend itself to miss an opportunity to follow the Spirit’s leading.

Paul encourages us in Philippians 1:6: “Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”  What a relief that Jesus is continually working in us.  Left to myself I know I wouldn’t do well, but I’m sure all the interference I allow doesn’t help either.  I don’t ever want to derail the work Jesus has planned for my life but I will keep putting up roadblocks if I’m not willing to lay down all my stuff and focus solely on Him. Zacchaeus was a sinner loved by God just as you and I are. Knowing Jesus changed Zacchaeus but first he had to open his heart and allow Jesus to work in Him.  The change was beautiful. Will you join me in asking God what stuff in our life keeps us from an uninhibited connection with Him?  

Jen Bakhuyzen

Devotional for Saturday, July 18

Hello

This is Pastor Kurt checking in on this beautiful Saturday. I’ve been blessed this week to be camping with my brothers and sister and their families this week at Cran-Hill Ranch. There’s nothing quite like time around the campfire, reading in a hammock, or hanging out on the Barnstore porch. We’ve also met every morning with the family and some other friends from Zeeland that are here to encourage one another and remind each other how important it is to stay connected with God and His Word.

Every once in awhile I check in to make sure the world is still spinning. And despite the fact that I’m not around - it seems like the world gets by just fine without me. Or maybe it’s not doing fine in spite my best efforts. Either way - I’ve been learning over the past few months that no matter how much I thought I might be able to influence things - I’m not in control. I can’t make my kids do the things I think they should. I can’t make everyone in the church do the things I think they should. And I can’t even make myself do the things I think I should. But what I’m finding is that when I start my day by giving it all to God - and I remind myself throughout the day that He’s in control and I’m not - things go a lot better.

He tells me to “Be Still and know that He is God.”(Psalm 46:10)

Two things there - Be Still. I’m learning about the discipline of solitude. Listening to God’s voice is necessary. And that voice most often comes in the quiet. So what do you do to get quiet before God and listen to His voice? In our world - solitude is hard to come by. It takes intentionality. It won’t just happen. I need to plan for it. And when I do - God speaks to me in the stillness.

Second - He is God. He is in control. I’m not. I need to be continually reminded. I can’t control things. God can - and does. So I have to Be Still - and know He is God. It’s easier at Cran-Hill. It’s harder at home. But it’s necessary every day.

Be Still. Have a great day and God Bless.
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