Many things bringing mourning and grief have been happening recently on our campus, in this country, and in our world; amidst it all, may we not lose hope in the redemption and promise of a new earth that only Jesus will bring. May we be ever vigilant in praying and pursuing God, for our God is love, just, righteous, and holy. Our God cares for all His creation, including the least of these, and may we too, as His ambassadors, do the same: may we love one another and support one another in Christ-centered community.
“Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” –Isaiah 1:17
Miracles only happened in the Bible. Healing is all placebo. Prophecies are delivered by fakes trying to prey on the gullible. This is what we tend to tell ourselves anytime we hear about these supernatural phenomena because we simply cannot explain them and/or we don’t want to look foolish to the world. But God isn’t just in Heaven sitting on his throne made of clouds and twiddling his thumbs. He is actively performing miracles here on earth. He heals us in ways that we cannot begin to explain. And reveals himself by delivering visions and prophecies to us.
Thad Polk, a psychology professor at UMich involved in the IV faculty chapter will be speaking to us on this topic.
If you haven’t yet gotten plugged into one of our community groups, please join our Facebook groups and/contact a leader to get involved! Community groups are the heart of our chapter. They are a place for everyone, regardless of spiritual background, to learn more about Christianity and build fun community that loves and cares for one another and campus. This semester, we are studying scripture from the book of Revelation.
- Fireside CG: Tue., 7-9 pm@Fireside Café: Johnny Fan & Kai Luo
- Markley CG: Tue., 7-9 pm@Markley Hall: Harrison Feng
- Central CG: Tue., 7:30-9:30 pm @East Quad 1512: Mark Hwang
- Couzens Plant: Wed., 7-9 pm @Couzns: Rachel Liu
- North Campus CG: Wed., 7-9 pm @Bursley Hall: Amy Zhou
- Hill CG: Thu., 8:00-10:00 pm@Alice Lloyd Hall: Mira Kinebuchi
- South Asian Interest: please contact Melody Zhang
This past Saturday was the kick-off to 40 Days of Prayer, an event on our campus hosted by University Lutheran Chapel (home to Common Cup). For the next few weeks, people and students from different ministries in our community go to the prayer room to pray for things happening in our world, nation, and campus. Look out for daily posts about specific things to be praying for!
“And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. WIth this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” –Ephesians 6:18
Please also join us Mondays at 9 pm to pray for our South Asian friends and peers on campus as we work in sharing the gospel widely and being more pan-Asian!
Our relationship with God is and should be measured by so much more than our mere attendance at large groups, community groups, and church – God wants us to to know Him personally: “So that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us.” (Acts 17:27)
If you don’t already read the Bible regularly, check out the Bible Project’s 2017 reading plan that several people in the chapter are following. You can also browse through the wealth of topical plans from the Bible app.
Or, if you have questions about faith, explore them- here is a list of all the different faith-related books people in AIV have. Feel free to ask to borrow a book or invite a few friends to read with you!
Two great articles on the significance of Sabbath: Keeping the Sabbath: A Day of Worship, Celebration, and Rest & Why Keeping a Sabbath Should Be Your New Year’s Resolution
If you missed the event, watch the recording here!
AIV is a para-church ministry, which essentially means that we are not a church- our students attend various churches on campus. We coordinate rides to Knox Presbyterian Church and Grace Ann Arbor; here is also a list of other churches in the Ann Arbor area.