Sunday Preview

June 28, 2012

Today definitely feels like a Phoenix summer day. I’m reminded of the scene my friend described one hot summer day when a dog was chasing a cat and they were both walking!

My sermon this Sunday is designed to prepare you not only for a good vacation, but for a healthy pace for the rest of your life. It is called, “Even God Rested (and you’re not God!)” In this message we are going to take a look at Scriptures about rest from one end of the Bible to the other.

In Hebrews 3 & 4 we are exhorted to “strive to enter God’s rest.” To enter God’s rest means we live our lives without being tormented, or driven by fear, anxiety and uncertainty. It is not easy to get delivered from the fear and anxiety that plagues people in our culture. It takes maturity to understand what is legitimate for us to be concerned about and what things we can let go of. It is a spiritual discipline for responsible people to know when to take action and when to rest. We want to work hard at our jobs, but at the same time find a pace of life that allows us to be physically, mentally and spiritually healthy.

Ecclesiastes says that life is a vapor, meaning that it is fleeting. We want to enjoy every day as a gift from God and be as productive as possible. We don’t want our days tainted by unhealthy pressures. Jesus can teach us to find rest for our souls so that we can experience the fullness of life each and every day. Serving God, and helping others allows us to grow as we go in a fun and fruitful way.

I believe we are going to have some great services this weekend. Unless you are resting on vacation, I hope to see you there.

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