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Pastor’s Letter, September, 2019

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We know what it is to be busy in today’s world, but do we know how to find rest for our souls? Jesus issues this invitation in Matthew 11:28, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” We understand that “rest” includes sleep, inactivity after labor, relief from anything that troubles or disturbs, tranquility, quietness and stillness. How good that sounds! However, we have so many demands and pressures cast upon us that sometimes we feel like if we rest we will rust. Some feel guilty when they relax. We need to remember, though, that we will break the bow if we keep it always bent. We need to find ways to keep things balanced in our lives and souls so that we will stay refreshed and ready for action.

The Scriptures speak in Hebrews 4 of a promise of entering God’s rest. The author of Hebrews exhorts us in Hebrews 4:11-12 with these words, “Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest…even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.” This great verse reminds us that the best kind of rest comes as we submerse ourselves in the Word of God. If you want to find rest all around, even in the midst of life’s difficulties…First, go to God when you are confronted with a problem. Bring all your problems to the Lord. Second, put your problems into the hands of Someone who can do something about them. Third, trust God with the outcome. He knows all things, our knowledge and perspective is very limited. It’s a peaceful place to be able to trust God to do what He deems best. Fourth, don’t feel like you have to get even with an enemy (let God take care of the situation). Fifth, take God at His Word. When you make God your first priority all throughout the day, everything else comes into proper alignment. God Bless you. Pastor Keith Short

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