July 13, 2017 @ 7:31 pm

God Rested. (And so should you.)

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Read Genesis 2:1-3

 

Due to my clumsy audio editing, I cut off the end of the sermon! (Sorry!) Included below is the "sock-o finish" (which is what my grandather used to call his conclusion!). 

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Talking about Sabbath, author Dallas Willard notes, that command is “Do no work. Just make space. Attend to what is around you. Learn that you don’t have to DO to BE. (Isn’t that lovely?) You don't have to DO to BE. Accept the grace of doing nothing. Stay with it until you stop jerking and squirming.”[i]

Work is good but rest is holy. Unplugging, stepping back, and making time to be with God. If something in this box helps you do that, then go for it. If it’s something else, do that instead.

Abide in Christ, stay connected to the vine so that you will bear much fruit in your life and in the life of this community of faith. And remember the last lines of the passage from John: 10 If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. 11 I have said these things to you so that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete.

In the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Amen.  

[i] https://www.goodreads.com/work/quotes/94278-the-great-omission-reclaiming-jesus-s-essential-teachings-on-disciplesh

 

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