...and bringing the two together
VOLUME 45 the week of Oct 15, 2017 NUMBER 39
From Your Minister: Busy, busy, busy, occupied and preoccupied. Force down a meal, and just keep going. In Mark 6, the apostles were in just such a way, but didn’t even have time to eat! Jesus, said, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” What wise words! I’ve always loved quoting Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” Well, the NAS says, “Cease striving and know that I am God.” But the note in the column says, “Let go, relax.” How can we know he is God when we are frantically acting like we are? Quiet, rest, still, relax, let go, meditate-- they’re all words from God. Just do it!
Quote for the Week: If there be anything that can render the soul calm, dissipate its scruples and dispel its fears, sweeten its sufferings by the anointing of love, impart strength to all its actions, and spread abroad the joy of the Holy Spirit in its countenance and words, it is this simple and childlike repose in the arms of God. ~S.D. Gordon
If God is spending work upon a Christian, let him be still and know that it is God. And if he wants work, he will find it there--in the being still. ~Henry Drummond
In place of our exhaustion and spiritual fatigue, God will give us rest. All He asks is that we come to Him...that we spend a while thinking about Him, meditating on Him, talking to Him, listening in silence, occupying ourselves with Him - totally and thoroughly lost in the hiding place of His presence. ~Chuck Swindoll
Rest time is not waste time. It is economy to gather fresh strength... It is wisdom to take occasional furlough. In the long run, we shall do more by sometimes doing less. ~Charles Spurgeon
Bible Gem for the Week: Acts 13:52 And the disciples were filled with joy and with the Holy Spirit.
Family News: Brady Bryce is with us today from Abilene, TX. He is Bruce and Wanetta’s nephew and is guest instructor at the Nor Cal preachers’ retreat that Bruce goes to each year near Mt. Aukum. Welcome! The retreat is Monday - Wednesday.
It was wonderful having Helen Taylor back with us. We’re glad she’s on the mend!
Slow Down by Kenny Westmoreland
Bible Thought: "So they went away by themselves in a boat to a solitary place" (Matthew 14:26 - 27)
For a number of years, a little white chapel has stood on the side of a highway near Monticello, Kentucky. It is a miniature church building, complete with a steeple, several benches, and a pulpit. I've stopped by and visited on several occasions. The chapel's most unique feature is a large sign out front, inviting drivers to ``stop, pause, pray.''
In a way, this sign "speaks" to me; however, I'm guilty of hearing only a portion of the message. The admonition to pray comes through loud and clear, but I'm sorely lacking in the "stop" and "pause" department. I stay quite busy and find myself burning the candle at both ends far too often. I realize this to be a common dilemma in today's world and that I'm not the only one.
Alli Worthington notes that "we have to start breaking busy before the busy breaks us." People - especially God's people - must have those times to simply stop or pause as a way to refocus. Even Jesus knew His physical limitations and took care of Himself (Mark 6:30 - 32). Think of the positive impact it would make in today's world if people only heeded this advice.
Sing: "Peace, Perfect Peace"
Prayer: Father, help me to value the importance of physical rest. May I never take it for granted.
In Jesus' name, Amen.
Prayer Time: More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of. ~Alfred Lord Tennyson Wanetta’s dad, I.B. Pence, went to be home with our Lord early Tuesday evening. Please pray for the family. Wanetta and J.J. have gone to be with Wanda and Mark in Las Vegas. Gwen Nelson has been quite ill and hospitalized. She’s now home and is requesting our prayers. Bruce and Wanetta's sister in law, Sue Pence is planning to move to Carson and would appreciate prayer in locating an affordable place to rent. Earline Parish’s granddaughter Claire and baby River are now at home in the Bay Area and improving. Remain in prayer for: Lillie Allen, Gary Crowder, Pearl Curtis, Norma Feletar's brother Terry, Kevin Fosnaugh, Mitch Goodman, Marjorie Hendersen and son in law Wyatt, JJ Hubbard, Jo Ella Jones, Terry Lake, Millie McGarry, Louise Millard, Bessie Mae Miller and her sister Kay who is suffering from arthritis, Jim Oberschelp’s son in law, Grecia Ramirez, and her step dad who is now home. Susan Sheehan, the Schriker family in North Carolina, Helen Taylor, the Van Grimbergens, and Ken Warren. Let’s also be in prayer for our mission work in Venezuela with the Griffins. Let’s be praying for those suffering from the mass shooting in Las Vegas, the continuing wildfires, and the catastrophes around the world. Philippians 1:4 always offering prayer with joy in my every prayer for you all…
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