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The Connect Devotional - a daily devotional with CCC

The connect devotional is a great way to stay connected spiritually to what our community is learning about God right now.  It is in step with the current sermon series, studying the scripture through the lens of life application.

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Connect Devotionals: July Vacation!

Thank you to all our readers! Our writing team very much enjoys crafting these daily readings for the beloved community of Chatham Church. It's a joy and privilege to serve in this way, and we deeply appreciate the positive comments and feedback we receive from you. We'll take a brief break for the rest of July, but we'll be back at it come early August. We're already m...

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Walk and Talk

The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend (Exodus 33:11). A friend and I started regular "walk and talks" in January of this year. We take turns meeting in each other's neighborhoods, and for an hour or so we walk, talk, and solve the world's problems...at least for that day! :) What started as a way for each of us to get out of our houses mid...

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Conversation Starters

Whenever the people saw the pillar of cloud standing at the entranceto the tent, they all stood and worshiped, each at the entrance to their tent.The Lord would speak to Moses face to face, as one speaks to a friend (Exodus 33: 10-11). How are you doing? Let's catch up! Do you want to grab a cup of coffee? Mind if I join you? Can we go for a walk? We should grab lunch! He...

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A Superior Strategy

And the Lord said to Moses, "I will do the very thing you have asked,because I am pleased with you and I know you by name" (Exodus 33:17). God, knowing I would be going into a potentially challenging situation, recently moved a close friend of mine to pray for me. My friend, coming off a similar situation, also knew it would be challenging. Since she loves me, and has an ...

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Presents or Presence

"If Your presence does not go with us" (Exodus 33:15) Don't you hate the separation that occurs when you've done something that upsets a close family member? The family is still intact, physically, but emotional distance shrouds everything. It's hard to enjoy any of the trappings of family - meals together, financial provision, movie night - when one person is distant. Ye...

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Face to Face

The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend (Exodus 33:11). Happy Monday! A new week and a new Scripture passage to dive into. This week, as we continue to Make Room in our lives for God, we'll spend some time with Moses. We'll consider again, as we have over the past few weeks, the practices of prayer. (Remember Jonah praying from inside ...

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Stepping into the Gap

"I looked for someone among them who would build up the wall and stand before me in the gap on behalf of the land so I would not have to destroy it, but I found no one." Ezekiel 22: 30 Ezekiel is a dark chapter in the Bible and is difficult to work through, but since it is summertime let us start with Jimmy Buffett. Please indulge me. In one of his biggest hits Jimmy Buff...

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God Isn't Hulk-Mom, But...

"I looked for someone to stand up for me against all this, to repair the defenses of the city, to take a stand for me and stand in the gap to protect this land so I wouldn't have to destroy it. I couldn't find anyone. Not one. So I'll empty out my wrath on them, burn them to a crisp with my hot anger, serve them with the consequences of all they've done. Decree of God, the...

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Mind the Gap

"I looked for someone among them [to] stand before me in the gapon behalf of the land so I would not destroy it." Ezekiel 22:30 If you've traveled to London and ridden The Tube, you've heard that robotic voice warn, every time the doors open, Mind The Gap! It's a serious warning for our protection - the gap between the platform and subway is often substantial. No one want...

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Stand-ers in the Gap

I looked for someone to stand up for me against all this, to repair the defenses of the city, to take a stand for me and stand in the gap to protect this land (Ezekiel 22:30a). Are any of us under the illusion that the world is on track to achieve tranquility and human flourishing all by itself? In fact, was there ever a time in history it could have been saidtaking all f...

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