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September 30.2020 Devotion - Scripture: Romans 8:38-39; Song “The God Who Stays” 
 
How many times have you talked to God and said something like: “If I were you… and then proceeded to in some way or another to try to convince God to change how things are in your life?  It might be about a particular sin you can’t stop doing, it might be about a circumstance you are in- in a relationship or with your health or at work.  You might even have said, If I were you, God, I would work away from me because I can’t get it together.  Matthew West posed that question to God is his song, “The God Who Stays>”   He realized as he suggested to God, “If I were you,” as I think all of us do that it’s good that we aren’t God.  He knows best because he is perfect.  And yet he stays.  As Matthew sings, “Nothing I have ever done, can separate me from the God who stays.”  It reminds us of what Paul writes in our Scripture verse from Romans 8: “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future; nor any powers; neither height nor depth, nor anything else is all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is Christ Jesus our Lord.”  Whoa!  Nothing.  Not as Matthew West sings, anything I have done, not Covid-19 or bad health or struggles keeping a job.  You fill in what you think might and God will say nope, Nothing!  What a great thing to believe.  Be comforted by these words of Paul and be encouraged by the song, “The God Who Stays.”
September 28, 2020 Devotion - Scripture: Job 19:25; Song “From All That Dwell Below the Skies” 
 
As I’ve said before each week I like to choose at least one traditional hymn for my song devotions.  This week it is “From All That Dwell Below the Skies,” the hymn of praise for our service for next Sunday.  I don’t know about you but I like to lay on a blanket at night and look up at the skies, to admire the beauty that God has created, and to think about what lies above, the place where I think God is.  With all the smoke from the forest fires on the West Coast, the sky has been different, full of oranges and reds especially as the sun goes down.  Life below the skies has been different as well during this Covid-19 time.  We are so frustrated with life that sometimes we forget to sing God’s praises, maybe even thinking that God has abandoned us.  This hymn reminds us that despite the pandemic, God continues to be with us and take care of us and is worthy of our praises.   We should be like Job during these times.  The devil with God’s permission was doing everything he could to take away Job’s faith.  He lost his possession, his wife, his family- all the things most of us hold dear.  But he did not despair.  In job 19:25, he says those famous words that became an Easter song.  “I know that my Redeemer lives and that in the end, he will stand upon the earth.”  What faith!   Easter hadn’t even happened and he still believed.  The first verse of our hymn says, “Let the Redeemer’s name be sung, Through every land by every tongue.”  Job was able to do that and should we.  Jesus lived the perfect life we can’t, died as punishment that we deserved, and was raised to prove that what he did was enough to put us right with God through the forgiveness he won for us.  So Covid-19 and any other problem, we can still sing God’s praises.  This is temporary, as the hymn says, his mercy is eternal.  Listen to the hymn and sing along.  Praise the one who has saved us, pandemic or not.
 

September 25, 2020 Devotion - Scripture: Luke 1:37; Song “Miracles” 

It’s Friday of another long week and Covid-19 is still not over.  We might be ready to give up.  Often when I meet people feeling this way, in desperation they say, “I need a miracle,” almost like it’s not really possible but knowing there’s no other way.  That’s because we are looking to ourselves or others to solve our problems whether it’s Covid-19 or relationships or finances or illness.  You name it, someone is feeling that way today because of these and other situations they are in.  Colton Dixon, from American Idol sings a song called “Miracles” that speaks to this.  He sings that miracles are more than a coincidence and that they happen from above.  Of course, as Christians we know that miracles do happen because God loves us.  The greatest miracle of all was that he sent Jesus to die for our sins so that we can live forever with him.  And the God who was willing to go that far for us is capable of providing miracles.  That’s the message of hope I have for your this Friday.  On our own we will want to give up but with God’s help miracles happen.  It might be a small one like making it through another week, it might be the biggest miracle of all, Jesus dying on the cross for us and being raised from the dead as proof that what he suffered covers our sin.   Jesus’ mother Mary, was in tough situation, pregnant and not married, still a virgin when the Angel came to her in Luke 1.  She asked the angel, “How can this be?”  The angel talked about how the Holy Spirit would come upon her and the power of the Most High would overshadow her.  The same Holy Spirit and the power of the Most High are with you too.  In Luke 1:37, the angel explains it all with these words, “For nothing is impossible with God.”  That would be the answer to Colton Dixon’s question is our song as well.  “How can miracles happen?”  “Nothing is impossible with God”, right?  So on another dismal Friday during Covid-19, be encouraged.  A miracle happened in your life when God claimed you.  Covid-19 will over someday even if God has to perform a miracle.  In the meantime, listen to the song, and be ready to answer the question, “How can miracles happen?”  “With God, nothing is impossible.”

URL for “Miracles” Miracles - Colton Dixon (Lyrics)

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