Abide & Rest

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

John 15 talks of “abiding” with God and “bearing fruit.” Clearly our Lord desires that we spend time in rest and service with our Creator. The rhythm of work and rest has proven elusive to many of us. I know many people who over-rest, and I know numerous others who work too much. Mentors who could offer living testimonies to me of how to find rhythm of rest and work with God in my own personal life have proven to be scarce. To find assistance with this dynamic I have reached out at a distance to others living and dead to inspire me.

Rev. Charles H. Spurgeon in his book  "The Treasury of David, Psalms 1-57" , said this:

“The Christian life has two elements in it, the contemplative and the active, and both of these are richly provided for. First, the contemplative, ’He maketh me to lie down in green pastures.’ What are these ‘green pastures’ but the scriptures of truth—always fresh, always rich, and never exhausted?...Sweet and full are the doctrines of the gospel; fit food for souls, as tender grass is natural nutriment for sheep. When by faith we are enabled to find rest in the promises, we are like sheep that lie down in the midst of the pasture..

The second part of the vigorous Christian's life consists in gracious activity. We not only think, but we act. We aren’t always lying down to feed, but are journeying onward toward perfection; hence we read, ’he leadeth me beside the still waters.’ What are these ‘still waters’ but the influences and graces of God’s blessed Spirit? God's Spirit attends us in various operations, like waters—in the plural to cleanse, to refresh, to fertilize, to cherish. They are ‘still waters’, for the Holy Spirit loves peace, and sounds no trumpet of ostentation in his operations.”

One way I receive God's promise to “abide” and “rest” is by listening to great preaching. I play podcasts, read sermons, watch you tubes, and most beneficial of all, I go hear sermons whenever I can. This Sunday you have the blessing to come and hear Pastor Gabe Jolly of Hopewell Baptist near Booneville, Mississippi. Trust me, he will lead you beside “still waters,” and then send you with inspiration to go bear fruit as your Great Shepherd “leadeth you”!

See Psalm 23  and John 15 for further reflection.

We have one service this Sunday at 10am.

On April 22nd we go back to our regular schedule of worship at 9am and 10:30am.

Prayer theme for the day---that more missional communities like God’s Grace community Church (GGCC) and Hopewell Baptist will seek to enter the other's culture in common mission.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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