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Holidaze: Amazed by Joy - Friday

Posted on Fri, Dec 09, 2016

He has helped his servant Israel and remembered to be merciful. For he made this promise to our ancestors, to Abraham and his children forever.  Luke 1:54-55
 
I had a friend in my fifth-grade class who I thought was the epitome of cool. He would come to school and amaze me with stories about the toys he had, the things he did, the places he’d been. He bragged often that his parents were rich. And he promised me on more than one occasion to deliver, soon, a new action figure, a new cassette tape, you name it. I believed him far longer than I should have. I would get excited, thinking about how cool it would be to finally have this or that. But eventually that sense faded as I realized he wasn’t going to deliver on his latest promise… since he hadn’t delivered on any of them. Boooo! It’s true that a promise is only as dependable as the person who makes it.
 
People who keep their promises are a valuable gift. And yet, even those dependable people are still human and could fail you, maybe even at a critical moment… because not one of us is perfect. It doesn’t have to be malice. It might just be negligence. Or even simple forgetfulness. But a promise made to you by another person will be broken at some point.
 
We all need someone steady in our life. Someone we can depend on. And it’s going to take someone who is, well, perfect. And only One fits that bill. God. He is the One who can and will keep promises. We’re reminded in today’s scripture that He promises His people help and mercy. And He will keep His promises. 
 
This fact leads us right back to the ground we’ve travelled this week. A place of praise. Of gratefulness. Because God put on skin. Came and lived among us. Died to save us. Rose to prepare a place for us. And will return to bring us home. It’s a promise you can depend on.
 
 

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Holidaze: Amazed by Joy - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Dec 08, 2016

He has filled the hungry with good things… Luke 1:53a
 
You wouldn’t know it looking at me now, but I was on the High School wrestling team. During my sophomore year, I was a strapping 135 pounder. Toned, strong, and agile for a little guy. But that year, it got me nowhere. I got whipped every single match except one. The next year I was up to 145 and I won some, lost some. But in my senior year, I was a massive (ha!) 155 pounds and won every match except one the first half of the season, taking third place in a tournament along the way. 
 
But even though I’d finally started winning, I wound up hating wrestling. Because I couldn’t eat. I felt like I was always starving myself to make weight that week. And so, in the middle of my winningest season so far, I quit because I wanted to eat hot dogs for lunch. That, specifically, was my reason for throwing in the towel. Hot dogs. 
 
My experience cutting weight for wrestling naturally produced in me the assumption that losing weight meant I had to be hungry to accomplish the goal. But through the past six years, on a journey toward being healthier and feeling more whole, I’ve learned otherwise. I discovered you really need to eat plenty of food for an eating habit to be sustainable. You just have to make sure you fill the tank with the right things. Which, sadly, does not include hot dogs.
 
Some people think that moving closer to God is like denying themselves things they really enjoy. Like hot dogs perhaps? But it’s less about what you can’t do and more about what you can. It’s about your freedom in Christ. It’s about getting filled up with some really good, really filling, really compelling “get to’s” as opposed to being bummed out with a bunch of “have to’s”. God satisfies more than the richest feast. (Psalm 63:5a, NLT) He truly fills the hungry with good things. 
  • Ask God to fill your life with things that truly satisfy. Here’s how: Pray and then don’t try to answer that prayer yourself. Let Him do what only He can do.  

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Holidaze: Amazed by Joy - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Dec 07, 2016

His mighty arm has done tremendous things!  Luke 1:51a
 
I’m a proud papa as I report to you today that my boy is a Star Wars fan. I remember my first Star Wars action figures, reading the picture books before I’d even seen the movies, watching The Empire Strikes Back in the theater when it first released. So my son is following in my footsteps. 
 
He thinks Darth Vader is the coolest. And it’s absolutely hilarious when he breathes like Vader. He’s so tiny and you can barely hear him, but if you listen closely enough, it sounds like he’s ominously whispering the French phrase, Faux Pas… It makes me fall over laughing. I love it! I can just imagine the imposing Darth Vader, terror of a galaxy far far away, in his black helmet, boots, and gloves, sitting in a Parisian corner café nibbling a Croque Monsieur and ordering another Espresso.
 
One reason he thinks Darth Vader is so cool is that he can simply stick out his arm and the person across from him is suddenly immobilized, helpless. In fact, my sweet little boy occasionally tries to “Vader” me - to avoid going to bed, to get a few more minutes playing a game or watching a show. I played along for a while but he’s perplexed these days, wondering what’s happened to the power in his formerly powerful arm. 
 
But the pretend-power of the force flowing through his little arms is nothing compared to the mighty arm of God. Once you’ve experienced the power of God’s arms - to protect you, to hold you, to crush the work of the enemy in your life - you won’t think of any other arm as powerful again. When He shows up and flexes His muscles, amazing things happen. Memory-making things happen. 
  • Recall a time when you’ve seen God’s mighty arm at work. Take time to recount the experience in as much detail as you can. Can you encourage someone by telling that story today?

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Holidaze: Amazed by Joy - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Dec 06, 2016

...the Mighty One is holy, and he has done great things for me.  Luke 1:49
 
My wife was recently given an extravagant gift by some friends of hers. A trip to the Bahamas. My reaction to this was rather silly. First, I moped and felt sad for a while. I thought it was because I wanted to take her on a trip like that and could not provide it for her. Then I started feeling jealous. She was going to be out of the country with her girlfriends while I stayed home with the kids. But, in the end, I realized all my emotions came down to the fact I am chronically self-centered and ungrateful. 
 
When self-centeredness and a lack of gratitude crept in, I became extremely forgetful... You see, when I stopped to think about it, I started remembering and recounting my past year. I’ve been blessed to take a ten-day mission trip, go on a four-day retreat, head off for two long-weekend trips for running in the mountains with my buddies. And I’m worried about my bride taking one measly cruise? Really? 
 
All of us can develop a dangerous case of near-sightedness when we don’t see things from God’s perspective of thankfulness. I hope next time my first response to any blessing my wife receives will be gratefulness and celebration. Because, truly, what do I have to complain about… ever!? Which one of my first-world problems wouldn’t much of the world’s population trade with me to have the opportunity to navigate? And not only that - what about the hope that belongs to me in Christ? I have absolutely everything I really need. 
 
God has been so generous me. And to you, too. So let’s copy Mary’s example and express thanks today.
  • Look around and consider God’s blessings. What can you be grateful for today?
  • Take time to say thanks to the Lord. Then look for a chance to pass along encouragement you’ve received, share a good attitude that stems from thankfulness, or even give someone a tangible gift from the overflow God has given you.

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

Holidaze: Amazed by Joy - Monday

Posted on Mon, Dec 05, 2016

...how my soul praises the Lord. How my spirit rejoices in God my Savior! Luke 1:46b-47
 
I love Jesus and I love His birthday. So this year I’ve decided I’m not going to dislike even one single Christmas song. Not the songs I’ve heard one too many times over the years. Not even those which have grated on my nerves in the past. “Really? What about...?” Oh, yes - even that hippopotamus song. (Now, I still might turn that one off, but I won’t technically be disliking it by doing so.) 
 
Jesus’ birthday moves people to sing. Even those who don’t know Him are swept up into the celebration in their own way. It’s like all of creation overflows with a powerful sense compelling them to celebrate and sing! Hence... that hippopotamus song. But the songs of Christmas, whether it’s Joy to the World, Handel’s Messiah, or Glenn Miller’s In the Mood, all bring me back to the celebration - and ultimately praise - of the One whose birth this time of year is all about: Jesus.
 
And as we all know, praise is about so much more than just music. I find myself praising Him in both good and difficult circumstances. I’ve praised Him on a forest trail, on a mountain top, and at the birth of my children. I’ve praised him for answered prayer, for healing, and for His peaceful presence in times of grief. But nothing brings out my voice in praise like the heavens… walking outside on a crisp fall morning to see the stars strewn across the sky. 
 
All of it moves me to an expression of worship, whether it be gratefulness, hopefulness, contentment. The invaluable currency of our praise is never wasted when it’s spent on Jesus. He - and He alone - is worth it. 
  • How do you tend to express worship to God? What brings you to a place of praise? What takes your breath away or moves you to sing? 

Will Briggs
Care Pastor

ASAP: Patience - Friday

Posted on Fri, Dec 02, 2016

 The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want. Psalm 23:1
 
I have a “want” problem and Amazon Prime does not help! With one simple click, I can buy something I want, but rarely need, and it will show up on my doorstep within 48 hours. It’s pretty amazing. I can even trick myself into thinking I’m being super patient because I’m waiting a couple of days for this item rather than driving to the store and buying it right now. Oh the rationalizing games I play in my mind!
 
David wrote a beautiful song that we can read in Psalm 23. The opening line punches my “want” problem square in the teeth. Right off the bat, I’m reminded that Amazon does not carry what I need and what I really want. I can find every single thing I need in the Lord, my Shepherd and what He provides is all I should want. 
 
There’s nothing wrong with buying things. But, when my “want” of things consumes my thoughts and drives me to satisfy it as soon as possible, I have a problem.
 
We’ve learned all week that patience can be grown when the right seeds are sown. The final seed we should sow to grow as patient people is the seed of delayed gratification. Delayed gratification is a discipline that will grow out of our inner contentment. Inner contentment comes when we truly lean into the Lord as our Shepherd who provides all we need - and want.
 
Take the next 30 days and commit to sowing delayed gratification. When you see something you want, make yourself wait 5 days. At the end of the 5 days, you’ll likely find you really didn’t want that thing after all. Patience will begin to sprout every single time you delay that gratification.
 
Review all of the seeds we’ve planted this week. Keep these seeds watered as we move out of this week by practicing them daily.

Chris Hahn
Lead Executive Pastor/ Elder

ASAP: Patience - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Dec 01, 2016

But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. Luke 5:16
 
When I graduated from High School, I received the book “Too Busy Not To Pray” as a gift. As a young man getting ready to jump into the “real world” this book had a profound impact on me. Bill Hybels helped me plant the seed of prayer in my life so that I would be prepared to navigate the push and pull of life’s demands. 
 
In the book, Hybels says, “Busyness is the unrivaled archenemy of spiritual authenticity." We often use the excuse that we’re too busy to do some very important things and we’d all agree that our busyness contributes to our lack of patience. The antidote to the dangerous poison of busyness is prayer and that’s the fourth seed we must plant in our lives if we want to grow patience. Patience can be grown when the right seeds are sown.
 
Jesus’ ministry life was busy with a capital “B”! He was constantly being asked for things. When He wasn’t being pulled in 100 different directions, He was being falsely accused of some wrongdoing. His stress level could have been off the charts. But we don’t ever see Him react impatiently. We do see Him consistently retreat to be alone and pray. Jesus understood what Hybels wrote about. He understood the importance of prayer and that He was too busy NOT to pray.
 
Here is the secret to developing a prayer life that will produce patience: Pray. Start praying by simply praying. You don’t have to bow your head and close your eyes. Simply whisper a conversation with God throughout your day, all day long. He hears every word you say to Him. 
 
Today, every time you see the color blue, whisper a simple prayer to God, asking Him to help you grow as a patient person. Change colors each day just to shake it up!

Chris Hahn
Lead Executive Pastor/ Elder

ASAP: Patience - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Nov 30, 2016

Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.  Matthew 4:4
 
If there’s one thing that tries my patience, it’s when people are inconsiderate. You know who they are. They take too much time in the pick up line after school. They take 13 items through the “12 items or less” lane. They don’t put the equipment back in the gym after they use it. They drive 25 mph in a 25 mph zone. I mean really, who does this? Come on people!
 
You know who does this? People. Do you know why? Because they’re people. You know who else is a “people”? Me. Guess what? So are you. You’re a “people” too. And the problem with people is that we are imperfect people who do dumb things sometimes. 
 
My impatience problem with people is just that - my problem. When my world revolves around me, me, me, I begin to see people as a problem. And THAT’S a problem. 
 
I tend to see people as a problem when I’m not taking the time to read God’s Word and allow it to guide my thoughts and actions. But when I’m consistent with being in the Word, I see people differently because God sees people differently. I’m much more patient with people when I plant the seed of God’s Word in my heart. Patience can be grown when the right seeds are sown and God’s Word is the next seed we should plant in our hearts. 
 
If you don’t have a consistent time in God’s Word, check out some of the great reading plans offered by YouVersion. Start a short one today to develop the habit and notice how patience begins to grow in your life. 

Chris Hahn
Lead Executive Pastor/ Elder

ASAP: Patience - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Nov 29, 2016

The fruit of the Spirit is…patience. Galatians 5:22
 
My son Carter and a couple of his teammates snuck onto their high school football practice field in the middle of the night their sophomore year to do a little planting. They figured it’d be nice during breaks in their football practice to have a snack, so these fellas planted a small apple tree to the side of the field with the expectation that during their senior year, they’d eat apples at practice. They had no clue how long that growth process was going to take! 
 
As that tree grows, the expectation is that it will grow apples rather than bananas or pears. It’s an apple tree and apple trees produce apples! 
 
Patience can be grown when the right seeds are sown. Yesterday we planted the seed of stillness which will help produce patience. Another vital seed to plant is the Holy Spirit. Paul teaches us that when the Holy Spirit is leading our lives, patience is a fruit that He will produce. The Holy Spirit is a gift from God to us when we fully surrender our lives to Jesus. If you’ve not fully given your life over to God, maybe today is the day to do that. Give us a shout and we can help. 
 
As an apple tree produces apples, so the Holy Spirit will produce patience in us as we give Him control of our lives.
 
In prayer, invite the Holy Spirit to take complete control of your heart, thoughts, and motives. Verbally give Him the reins and then allow Him to take over. 
 
To learn more about who the Holy Spirit is, check these out.
 
 

Chris Hahn
Lead Executive Pastor/ Elder

ASAP: Patience - Monday

Posted on Mon, Nov 28, 2016

Be patient, then, brothers and sisters, until the Lord’s coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop, patiently waiting for the autumn and spring rains. James 5:7
 
Do you ever pray for patience? Most of us do. If so, you’ve probably discovered that God has a sense of humor. Rather than gift wrapping patience and handing it to us, He gives us situations where we have to be patient. We’ll be fine if You want to just give us patience, Lord! 
 
James used the example of a farmer as someone who models patience. A farmer’s job is to create the right environment for seeds to grow, then he just waits until the seeds do what seeds do. 
 
Our job in cultivating patience is to prepare our hearts by creating the right environment for God to do His thing. Patience can be grown when the right seeds are sown. This week we’ll look at some seeds we can sow to grow in patience.
 
The first seed we should sow is the seed of stillness. Our days are filled with demands, noises, images, and distractions. All of these things cultivate impatience, and the best defense is a good offense. So we need to still ourselves to prepare for the craziness. 
 
For the next 5 days, commit to waking up 5 minutes earlier than normal. Find a quiet place and sit completely still for 5 minutes. Don’t pray. Just sit. Take deep breaths and listen. Allow God to speak. Let the rest of your day flow from this time of stillness. Patience will begin to sprout when we plant the seed of stillness at the beginning of our day. 
 
For more on the discipline of stillness and silence check out this video.

Chris Hahn
Lead Executive Pastor/ Elder

ASAP: Action - Friday

Posted on Fri, Nov 25, 2016

Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God.  Exodus 20:8
 
Shabbat Shalom. You’ve been reading the phrase all week. More than a greeting, our Jewish friends use this as a blessing. Peace to you as you rest in the Sabbath. Those who honor this holy ordinance receive God’s blessing. It’s the Sabbath life. 
 
You and I were designed for Sabbath life. It is a mark on us, registering us as children of the Most High God. God’s people are marked people, friends. Set apart. They look more like Him and less like the rest of the world. 
 
So when our culture calls us to run after fortune, fame, accomplishment, status, and self-service, we can answer with a resounding, “No thanks. I’m running hard and fast after Jesus.” 
 
God’s people are marked by following His established precepts. It sets them apart from any other people. In covenant theology, it’s known as a “mark on the body.” Ancient covenants were often sealed when the partners made a cut on their wrists, mingling blood with their covenant partner. They would then rub dirt on the wound to make the resulting scar obvious, marking them as being in a covenant relationship with another. 
 
I feel the hair on the back of my neck standing up, friends. Somebody else we love has scars, doesn’t He? And we… we’re His… wait for it… we’re His Body. The Body of Christ, friends, are those who bear the mark of Christ, the precious Holy Spirit. 
 
Ephesians 1:13 declares, “And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit.”
 
It is Sabbath rest that will prepare and enable you to carry out the mission He has for your life, friends. Pull in tight. Ride high on His shoulders. All will be made clear. 
 
Shabbat Shalom, friends. 
 
Listen to this as you close out the week.   

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

ASAP: Action - Thursday

Posted on Thu, Nov 24, 2016

She is clothed with strength and dignity … she laughs without fear of the future. When she speaks, her words are wise … she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household … Her children stand and bless her … Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord will be greatly praised … Proverbs 31:25-31
 
I loved how my sweet Little Mama approached the holidays. I can see her flitting about the kitchen, singing, “The bird, the bird, the bird, bird, bird,” as she stuffed and basted the turkey. Oh my, could that woman cook! But instead of being overwhelmed at the largesse of her tasks, she always had a smile and a song. 
 
It’s because she got it. She honored her Sabbath, and on the other side wasn’t simply more energy. There was more gratitude, kindness, forbearance. And, goodness, did she ever need that with five kids, one of which was the hair-on-fire kind! 
 
When the Lord began to teach me about the true value of Sabbath rest, He led me to a verse in Deuteronomy. 
 
“Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in him, for he shields him all day long, and the one the Lord loves rests between his shoulders.” (Deuteronomy 33:12)
 
All my striving and fingers-to-the-bone working. All my restlessness over unfinished action lists. Jesus just wants to hoist me up on His shoulders and carry me around. He’s a good, good Father. 
 
So, friends, I’m trading my pride for a ride. At least once a week. Sabbath rest has become my favorite of times. Out of it, I can work and work hard. Now there is peace in the painstaking tasks, wisdom where once worry prevailed. There is hope as I receive help for my times of need. 
 
On the other side of discipline, there is a deepening. That schedule we keep can be manageable. We can say “yes” to the best and “no” to the things we need to eliminate. Our text today assures us that the Proverbs woman worked out of her rest, and not the other way around. 
 
And now, I’m off to baste that turkey! Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! 
 
...The bird, the bird, the bird, bird, bird ...
 
Shabbat Shalom, friends. 
  • Gratitude is life-giving. Thank God today for giving you life. 
  • Listen to this as you reflect. 

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

ASAP: Action - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, Nov 23, 2016

She selects wool and flax and works with eager hands. She is like the merchant ships, bringing her food from afar. She gets up while it is still dark; she provides food for her family … She considers a field and buys it … she plants a vineyard. She sets about her work vigorously … She sees that her trading is profitable … her lamp does not go out at night … She opens her arms to the poor … She makes coverings for her bed; she is clothed in fine linen and purple… She makes linen garments and sells them ... Proverbs 31:13-24
 
Goodness, that babe is busy! I need a nap just reading all that! 
 
I get her, that Proverbs gal. It’s my nature to run 90-miles-an-hour with my hair on fire. I’m the Action List Queen. I have always figured that when I die, I’ll go skidding sideways into the casket with a trail of sparks and smoke behind me. You know what I’m talking about? 
 
I’ve prided myself on being energetically committed to, well, pretty much everything. And there it is. The real reason I avoided acknowledging my workaholism for so long. Pride. And if you look closely at your unwillingness to press pause, I bet you’ll find it peeking out around the corner of your life, too. Ouch. Hurts a little, doesn’t it? 
 
I want others to notice that I’m flyin’ high, takin’ care of business. I can be counted on when you need something done. Pride. 
 
When my husband looks at me at the end of the day, “Honey, will ya just light somewhere?” He noticed I’m busy, I’m a hard worker. Pride. 
 
When I go unnoticed though my effort is great, I can sulk and pout. Pride.
 
Today, I’ll be busy preparing a feast for my family. There will be pecan pie, sweet potato casserole, yeast rolls, and gravy. All from scratch. Busy, busy, busy. 
 
Yet there has taken place something new. God is teaching me to disown my pride and move on to maturity. On the other side of God’s discipline, there is a deepening. There is peace in the pursuing Jesus before all else. I pray it will be so for you as well. 
 
Shabbat Shalom, friends.
  • Before the food and the football, determine to focus on what God has done, and how you need Him to continue teaching you.
  • Settle your heart, and listen to this.

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

ASAP: Action - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, Nov 22, 2016

And God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from the work of creating that he had done. Genesis 2:3
 
Sabbath. Shabbat, in Hebrew. It was Shabbat that set apart the children of Israel from the rest of the ancient world. No other culture took a day off from the grind of existing, from the toil of survival. Yet God wanted His people to look different in many ways, didn’t He? 
 
He wanted His people to look like Him, not like the rest of the world. Ooooh, I feel a preachin’ comin’ on, y’all! 
 
So important was Shabbat, that He made it one of the Ten. One of the things He felt encapsulated His essence, and enabled His people to live life to the fullest. We must remember, friends, that God’s precepts -- all of His precepts -- are for our protection and provision. Always. 
 
Shabbat falls fourth in the deliverance of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17), only behind no other gods, no idols, no misuse of My name. Hmmm. I’m thinking God thinks pretty highly of this Sabbath thing. 
 
Once a week, every single one of us needs to press pause. And in that pause, we need to press into the chest of God. Pull in so close you can feel His heartbeat. Why? Because He created you to be refreshed in Him. 
 
It’s about now I need to confess I am new to honoring a Sabbath in my life. I am a recovering workaholic. A person who God has been teaching His Sabbath concept to for the past few years. I have been somewhat resistant, and truthfully, a little dense in grasping the propensity of the need for Sabbath rest in my life. But it’s been one of those things about which I feel the Lord saying to me, “Oh, precious daughter, you can bend your knees or I can break them. But either way, you’re going down.” 
 
Tomorrow, we’ll examine one of the main barriers to observing Sabbath in our lives. You might not like hearing it. I certainly didn’t. But we’ll turn quickly to the benefits of Sabbath, so our toes don’t get too bruised.
 
Shabbat Shalom, friends. 
  • Today, ask God to speak to you about what might be keeping you from setting apart a Sabbath for Him. Listen closely. 
  • Listen to this and pull in tightly to the Father’s heartbeat.

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

ASAP: Action - Monday

Posted on Mon, Nov 21, 2016

God blessed them and said to them... Genesis 1:28
 
It started with Adam and Eve, you know. Workaholism. They thought they were doing the right things. Things the Lord commanded them to do. Good things, right? Here they were, smack dab in the middle of the Garden, just the two of them. With a mission from God. 
 
“Be fruitful and increase in number…” 
“Fill the earth and subdue it…” 
“Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air…” 
“And over every living creature that moves on the ground…” 
 
The mission was HEE-YUGE! (Sorry, I couldn’t resist!) What did God say next, there in the beginning? 
 
“Jump on it?” 
“Hop to it?”
“Shake a leg?”
“Get moving?” 
 
Nope. Basically, He said, “Take a nap.” Rest. 
 
Work from your rest, people. But you and me? We’ve been doing just the opposite since about Genesis 3. We’ve been working, working, working. Until we fall down. Crashing in physical, mental, and emotional exhaustion. Taking an hour or two, a day or so, and then we’re hot on the trail again, aren’t we? 
 
We rest from our work instead of working from our rest. One will perpetuate exhaustion. The other, fulfillment.
 
Don’t miss the point. It’s not just about napping. It’s about tapping. Tapping into the Source of your life, energy, and purpose. It’s Sabbath. 
 
In Sabbath, taking a determined, dedicated rest with God, you and I will find both rest and renewal. This week, we’ll examine why we miss this mark so often. And maybe, just maybe, find the God who wants to refresh our souls, and thus, our work. 
 
Shabbat Shalom, friends. 
  • Pick a day of the week this week to set aside one hour of Sabbath rest. (And going to church doesn’t count.)
  • During this Sabbath, you can read the Bible, listen to worship music. You can even prop your feet up. 
  • Ask God for a steady heart to lead you to a steady life. 

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader


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