Nothing Can Separate Us from God’s Love – Romans 8:35-37 Devotional

The end of the semester is quickly approaching. It’s easy to be overwhelmed by everything that’s due over the next two weeks – studying for exams, finishing projects, preparing for presentations, etc.

But the good news is that we’re never alone. God goes with us, wherever we go. 

It’s hard leaving friends behind in the summer, especially for those who are graduating. But we can be sure that God will be at the mission field, at home, at a full-time job, or at summer classes with us.

Romans 8:35-37 (NLT) says, Can anything ever separate us from Christ’s love? Does it mean he no longer loves us if we have trouble or calamity, or are persecuted, or hungry, or destitute, or in danger, or threatened with death? (As the Scriptures say, ‘For your sake we are killed every day; we are being slaughtered like sheep.’) No, despite all these things, overwhelming victory is ours through Christ, who loved us.”

Honestly, human love is very circumstantial. It’s easy to love those who love us and treat us well. It’s harder to love those who constantly let us down or ignore us. Sometimes we feel unloved by those closest to us.

But no matter what we’ve done in the past or what we will do is the future, God’s love for us is unchanging. Whether we have a six-figure salary or are struggling to make ends meet, God loves us. Whether we stay close to home or move to a foreign country, God loves us. Despite any mistakes we’ve made, God loves us.

My favorite part of this verse is the phrase “overwhelming victory is ours through Christ”. God not only loves us, but he also gives us victory. Victory over failures, victory over fear, victory over circumstances — overwhelming victory!

I hope that everyone has a great rest of the semester here at Cedarville and a fantastic summer break. I’m excited to see how God will work through each and every one of us this summer. And no matter where He leads, His love and overwhelming victory go with us!

DJ Spotlights | Alyx Vissing

Alyx Vissing: Freshman

Broadcasting Major with an emphasis in Audio/Radio with a minor in Music Tech

Ironton, Ohio

On-Air Shift: Monday’s 8-10am

What is your favorite…

Food? My favorite food would either be buffalo wings or tacos

Color? Pink. Light pink, something pale, like a blush.

Bible Verse?  My favorite Bible verse would either be Galatians 2:20 or Isaiah 53:5.

I like Gal 2:20 just because of the full illustration it gives of how our Christian life ought to be lived. That I am crucified with Christ so with the “I die daily” aspect, but also, nevertheless I live, but now Christ in me. I think it’s a really great picture of how our daily life ought to operate.

Then Isaiah 53:5 I feel like is a really beautiful picture of what the Gospel really is. Jesus dying for all of these things and just the depth of the pain that He went through and then at the end of the verse, the last line is “by His stripes, I am healed.” For me, that was always a beautiful picture. As a teenager, I went through a battle with self-harm and so that took on a new meaning as I grew older. The fact that not by my stripes, it wasn’t anything I did to myself, but because of Him I am healed through both of those things.

Resound song? Currently, the one I have listened to the most as of late is by Crowder. Let me see… All My Hope by Crowder! I love the tune of it, but the lyrics are always why I fall in love with the song and I just love the entire concept that ALL my hope is in Jesus. Just. The depth of that.

What got you interested in Resound? I have always loved music and was very interested in radio as a whole. This was a way for me to not only learn, but also to gain actual experience that I will continue to apply through my career.

Are you involved in anything else on campus? I am currently running unopposed for Sophomore Class Women’s Ministry leader and I am a news anchor for Cedars.

What are your hobbies? I love to sing, I write music, and I do a lot of stuff! I like anything creative, really. I guess if you could count talking as a hobby….

What is a goal you have for your life? I would love to either have my own live radio show and be a radio broadcaster or to be able to produce my own music.

Is there anything you want to tell people that you don’t get the chance to on the air? I would say really, just that, Resound is this amazing opportunity. That even though we may hear it in passing as we go through the lower SSC or just have it on in the background, it is such a safe place to be able to connect through all the things that we love through music and through Christ with other people. That to me is such a beautiful, intimate thing though something we get to experience casually within  our everyday life. I know I, personally, don’t appreciate as much as I ought to all the time and I appreciate the opportunity to get to share that with others.

DJ Spotlights | Seth Tew


Seth Tew: Freshman  Communications Major    Dayton, Ohio

On Air shift: Tuesday’s 1-3pm

What is your favorite….

…Food? That’s tough…. I really like Takis! Like, the little rolled tortilla chips. I love those little things. Oh! I also love craft soda.

…Color? Magenta. I liked purple, but I not, like, regular purple. I like brighter purple.

…Bible Verse? Bascially the entire book of Ezra and Nehemiah. But if I had to pick a verse, John 1:4, “In him was life, and the life was the light of men.”

…Song we play here at Resound?

Sticks and Stones by Kings Kaleidoscope.

Their new album is so Indy. It’s beautiful. They recorded half their album live in an airplane hangar with a full orchestra. That album, they broke down song structure and just reinvented it and threw in some hip-hop in to their alt-rock feel. What’s that soup that’s like a mix of everything…baba ganoush! That’s it! That song is a baba ganoush of awesomeness. The album is just this great, oh my goodness, every song I hear, I can’t quite comprehend it all and it makes me want to listen to it a million times over.

What got you interested in Resound? One of my favorite on air DJs Angela Schweinitz is from Cedarville and originally worked at Resound. I really like to be able to contribute musically so the music team was my first interest. I had been doing production all through high school and a friend said “Hey, you should be on the air!” so I said, “Okay” and here we are!

Are you involved in anything else on campus? That’s a funny question. I’m in AYO, I’m in TDK (honors program student org). I run a classic movie club with Delaney. It’s called Cinema Club and we just watch old movies. I’m on PSG, so I help do chapel sound stuff and I think that’s it!

What are some of your hobbies? I actively seek out new independent artists each week, so I try to find 2-3 new artists each week to listen to. I also produce and song write my own music. I love old and long books, too. Like, the classics. Oh, and I love soccer. I played soccer all through high school, but just don’t have the time for that right now…. If it’s a hobby, I love going to concerts.

What is a goal you have for your life? I would love to do media management for independent musicians. Help with recording, videography, social media presence, help with public image, photography, touring, booking, all of it. I want to work for myself while also offering support to bands. That would be a sweet spot for me.

Is there anything you want to tell people that you don’t get the chance to on the air? There’s always somebody doing something new and different in the music world and it takes a little time to find it. The Lord has allowed us to be so creative and when we think we are at the edge of creativity and there isn’t anything new to be discovered, we find something new to do and change and be different with. You just have to go find it and discover it.

One more thing, you should come to decide what good music is for you and use that to determine how you evaluate media. So many people listen to things and they don’t think about what they listen to. You don’t need to be super conservative and have a magic list and if something gets said you just stop listening. Come to an understanding to what it’s like to live in this world combined with who God has changed you to be. How does that work together? I’m not asking you to agree with my point of view of what music should be, but come to an understanding and let that guide your judgement.

Even If We Fall… Devotional from Proverbs 24:16

“For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.”

-Proverbs 24:16 (ESV)

 Have you ever had those times that were so embarrassing that you just wished you could be invisible?

I’ll never forget the summer before 4th grade. I was in 4-H and had won 1st place in the scrapbook division, so I was invited to an award show at the local fair.

There were so many honorees from various categories and we were all crowded together in the back of an open-air tent.

I was nervous and claustrophobic. I also have this horrible habit of judging people before I know them and was scared of the person next to me. I was just ready to get my trophy and leave.

After shaking hands and accepting the generous award, I forgot about the three steps at the bottom of the stage and completely wiped out!

There were hundreds of people there and I had fallen on my face!

In all honesty, it served me right. Judging someone without cause is never right and I truly didn’t watch where I was going.

It’s amazing how many times the Bible talks about falling.

It’s not really about being clumsy, but about being burdened by hardships or falling away from the faith.

In Proverbs 24:16, I love the fact that the righteous falls 7 times and gets back up.

In times of hardship, the wicked stumbles and that’s it.

But for the righteous, God gives them the strength to endure hard times and forgives mistakes.

Falling once at the award ceremony was humiliating. I can’t imagine doing it six more times.

Yet, God’s forgiveness is able to cover us no matter how many times we mess up.

God loves the wicked just as much as the righteous, but He will only help those who ask Him to.

Asking for God’s strength requires humility, but it’s so worth it.

So whatever difficulty you’re facing – illness, difficult assignments, job situations – remember that God is there.

Even if you mess up seven times in a row, He will give you the strength to rise.

You are God’s Masterpiece

Song Credits: “Masterpiece” by Danny Gokey

Danny Gokey’s latest single is a vulnerable and honest look at our understanding of God’s plan.

You can hear “Masterpiece” on Resound Radio.

I’ll be honest, the artistic process confuses me at times. It seems like the painter is just throwing blobs or smudges of paint on a canvas. But then, they somehow transform all of those smudges into a beautiful picture.

Although I don’t fully understand the art or science behind how these blurry lines lead to beautiful scenes, I’m nevertheless impressed.

 

God is the author of creativity and His process in our lives works a lot like painting.

We see the blurry lines, the scattered smudges of paint; and wonder how anything beautiful can come from that.

We see sickness, loss, and suffering and wonder how this can be good.

As Danny Gokey says in the first verse of Masterpiece…
And I can’t understand
Why I’m not fixed by now
Begged and I pleaded
Take this pain but I’m still bleeding

He goes on to say…
Heart trusts you for certain
Head says it’s not working
I’m stuck here still hurting

How many times do we have that struggle between our heart and our head!

We desperately want to believe that things will get better, but logically, our situation seems impossible.

Yet, that is all part of God making us His masterpiece.

As the chorus says…
You’re making a masterpiece
You shaping the soul in me
You’re moving where I can’t see
And all I am is in your hands
You’re taking me all apart
Like it was your plan from the start
To finish your work of art for all to see
You’re making a masterpiece

It’s so comforting to know that God already has the end results in mind.

He knows the messy smudges will lead to a beautiful, redemptive story.

He knows the outcome, while we’re stuck in the moment.

Solomon notes this in Ecclesiastes 3:11 (NLT):
“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.”

God is our Creator.

He has beautiful plans for our lives, even if we only see the messiness.

You are treasured and loved by God. You are His masterpiece!