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Saturday’s Devotion

It’s Saturday in Autumn… that means Football and Family, falling leaves and cooler weather!  So today’s a great day to lounge or go to a craft fair, right?  But first – REST!

Today’s Scripture: Genesis 18:1-15. Click the link to read the scripture

What do you observe about today’s Scipture? What do you “see”? Who are the characters? What is happening in their situation? Are there any words or phrases that are being repeated? What about this passage stands out to you?

How you can you apply today’s Scripture in your life? What do you sense God saying to you through this Scripture or devotional time? Are there changes that you need to make in your life? Is God calling you to action?

Pray: What has God put on your heart during this devotional time to pray? Do you sense someone’s name, have you thought of a particular situation or current event that is being brought into mind? Is there a sin you need to confess? A blessing you can thank God for? Pray a part of this Scripture back to God, and close with a hearty, “Amen!”

Do: By acting on what we learn, we make God’s Word come to life. What activity can you do today that will bring life to the Word you’ve just read?

Connect: Spend time in conversation with someone around you or call/text/email Jason! What was the high point of your day? What was a low point? What does it mean to be created in the image of God? What about yourself or someone else reminds you of God? What is your favorite thing that God has created?

Review: I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

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Friday’s Devotion

It’s the end of the work week for some of us… that means time to celebrate the weekend!  But first – REST!

Today’s Scripture:  Genesis 4:1-26. Click the link to read the scripture

What do you observe about today’s Scipture? What do you “see”? Who are the characters? What is happening in their situation? Are there any words or phrases that are being repeated? What about this passage stands out to you?

How you can you apply today’s Scripture in your life? What do you sense God saying to you through this Scripture or devotional time? Are there changes that you need to make in your life? Is God calling you to action?

Pray: What has God put on your heart during this devotional time to pray? Do you sense someone’s name, have you thought of a particular situation or current event that is being brought into mind? Is there a sin you need to confess? A blessing you can thank God for? Pray a part of this Scripture back to God, and close with a hearty, “Amen!”

Do: By acting on what we learn, we make God’s Word come to life. What activity can you do today that will bring life to the Word you’ve just read?

Connect: Spend time in conversation with someone around you or call/text/email Jason! What was the high point of your day? What was a low point? What does it mean to be created in the image of God? What about yourself or someone else reminds you of God? What is your favorite thing that God has created?

Review: I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

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Thursday’s Devotion

It’s your daily REST time!  Ecclesiastes says that there is a time for everything – that means there is a time to rest!  Even if you’re drinking your first cup of coffee, getting ready to head to work – it’s time to take a brief moment to rest in the Word.

Today’s Scripture:  Genesis 4:1-16. Click the link to read the Scripture

What do you observe about today’s Scipture? What do you “see”? Who are the characters? What is happening in their situation? Are there any words or phrases that are being repeated? What about this passage stands out to you?

How you can you apply today’s Scripture in your life? What do you sense God saying to you through this Scripture or devotional time? Are there changes that you need to make in your life? Is God calling you to action?

Pray: What has God put on your heart during this devotional time to pray? Do you sense someone’s name, have you thought of a particular situation or current event that is being brought into mind? Is there a sin you need to confess? A blessing you can thank God for? Pray a part of this Scripture back to God, and close with a hearty, “Amen!”

Do: By acting on what we learn, we make God’s Word come to life. What activity can you do today that will bring life to the Word you’ve just read?

Connect: Spend time in conversation with someone around you or call/text/email Jason! What was the high point of your day? What was a low point? What does it mean to be created in the image of God? What about yourself or someone else reminds you of God? What is your favorite thing that God has created?

Review:  I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth.  I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead.  On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and the dead.  I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting.  Amen.

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Wednesday’s Devotion

Time to REST! Have you been finding time each day to rest? If not, now’s your chance!
Today’s Scripture: Genesis 3:14-24 Click the link to read the scripture.
What do you observe about today’s Scipture? What do you “see”? Who are the characters? What is happening in their situation? Are there any words or phrases that are being repeated? What about this passage stands out to you?

How you can you apply today’s Scripture in your life? What do you sense God saying to you through this Scripture or devotional time? Are there changes that you need to make in your life? Is God calling you to action?

Pray: What has God put on your heart during this devotional time to pray? Do you sense someone’s name, have you thought of a particular situation or current event that is being brought into mind? Is there a sin you need to confess? A blessing you can thank God for? Pray a part of this Scripture back to God, and close with a hearty, “Amen!”

Do: By acting on what we learn, we make God’s Word come to life. What activity can you do today that will bring life to the Word you’ve just read?

Connect: Spend time in conversation with someone around you or call/text/email Jason! What was the high point of your day? What was a low point? What does it mean to be created in the image of God? What about yourself or someone else reminds you of God? What is your favorite thing that God has created?

Review: I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

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Tuesday’s Devotions

Have you rested today?  If not, it’s a great time!  Just like Jason showed us in church – we are called to rest!  

Today’s Scripture:  Genesis 3:1-13. Click the link to read the Scripture

What do you observe about today’s Scipture?  What do you “see”?  Who are the characters?  What is happening in their situation?  Are there any words or phrases that are being repeated? What about this passage stands out to you?

How you can you apply today’s Scripture in your life?  What do you sense God saying to you through this Scripture or devotional time?  Are there changes that you need to make in your life?  Is God calling you to action?

Pray:  What has God put on your heart during this devotional time to pray?  Do you sense someone’s name, have you thought of a particular situation or current event that is being brought into mind?  Is there a sin you need to confess?  A blessing you can thank God for?  Pray a part of this Scripture back to God, and close with a hearty, “Amen!”

Do:  By acting on what we learn, we make God’s Word come to life.  What activity can you do today that will bring life to the Word you’ve just read?

Connect:  Spend time in conversation with someone around you or call/text/email Jason!  What was the high point of your day?  What was a low point?  What does it mean to be created in the image of God?  What about yourself or someone else reminds you of God?  What is your favorite thing that God has created?

Review: I believe in God the Father Almighty, creator of heaven and earth. I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended to the dead. On the third day he rose again; he ascended into heaven, is seated at the right hand of the Father, and will come again to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic* church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and the life everlasting. Amen.

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Monday’s Devotion

In case you missed it… Pastor Jason slept in church yesterday! Just to show us all how to REST…He also asked us to pick up a devotional and try to use it as part of our daily rest. So here’s today’s devotional:
Pray: Beloved Creator, everything in heaven and earth bears your signature. May we ever rejoice that you have made us, and that you have made us your own, through the loving-kindness of Jesus our Savior, Amen.
Read: Scripture – Genesis 2:4b-25. Click the link to be taken to the scripture
Reflect: God is hard at work crafting each aspect of the universe, sparing no detail. But even the Almighty Creator takes time to rest.  
Connect: Connect in conversation with others in your household – or call/text/email Jason! What was the high point of your day? What was the low point? What does it mean that you are created in God’s image? What about yourself reminds you of God? Wonder: What is God’s favorite thing that God created?
Bless: Close your devotional time with a blessing: May God continue to create and re-create with you each day, Amen.
Do: By acting on what we learn, we make God’s word come alive. Here’s an activity for you to try this week: donate time or money to a local organization that protects the planet in some way. Journal about your experience.  
Check back tomorrow for the next devotion on Genesis 3:1-13

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Student Service at Ronald McDonald House

The students of Christ Is Alive ministry are very active in service to their community in various ways.  One of the ways we come together as the body of Christ to love others is our cooking night at The Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City.

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This year, our night to cook is going to be on Sunday, April 23rd.  We will leave Ainsworth at 2:00p.m. and go up to Iowa City.  We’ll be frantically cooking the meal and having it ready to serve at 5.  Afterwards, the group will enjoy a meal together at Steak & Shake (also one of our favorite events!)

CIA is looking for donations of Tator Tots, Cream of Mushroom Soup, Canned Corn, Canned Green Beans, and Velveeta Cheese.  You can find a place to sign up in the back of both churches after Sunday’s Service.  If you want to support this mission, it would be greatly appreciated!  We also need drivers/adult support to carry out this mission.  You can be part of the beautiful body of Christ in mission by joining this event!  You can also bear witness to students doing ministry!

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If you would like to make a donation, but can’t be at the church before April 23rd, please contact AmySara Richardson via message, text, email or on her cell.  Your prayer support is also greatly appreciated!

All donations must be at each church by 9am and 10:30 am on Sunday, April 23rd.  Cash support is also welcome.

God bless you!