He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water. John 7:38

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Are We Listening?

Pastor Joe Robbe | Portland Mount Hope Church

From time to time I like to ask discerning Christians that I know, “What’s God been saying to you lately?” If you ask enough people, you will notice common themes begin to emerge. It seems as though God is speaking similar things to many within the church today. The question is, “are we among those hearing what He is saying?”

Some reading this may question the whole idea of God speaking to people today. The truth is that God is speaking, at least to those who are willing to listen. I would like to share a few different ways God chooses to speak to us.

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The God of Beauty

Pastor Joe Robbe | Portland Mount Hope Church

My wife and I were recently up north for a conference and saw leaves beginning to turn their autumn color. October in Michigan is a month where God shows off the beauty of His creation. I hope everyone reading this will take time in the next few weeks to enjoy the fall colors. It’s far too easy, in our busy lives, to allow the passing of a season without ever noticing the beauty woven into it.

Why do you think people enjoy walking through the woods or along the beach? I believe it is because they sense the calming presence of God amidst the beauty of His creation. The Bible tells us in Romans 1:20: “For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made…”. Think about it, whenever we go for a walk where God’s creation is on display, He’s ready to reveal Himself to us in amazing ways!

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