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Soul Rest – Day 7: Sabbath

Genesis 2:3, “So God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation.”

Seeking to be generous toward others in anonymity reveals to us the true motivations of our hearts around our desire to give. We remember that God has given graciously […]

Soul Rest – Day 6: Give Generously

Proverbs 11:25, “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”

One of the great gifts of fasting, in any fashion, is that it shows us our dependence on specific things that may hinder us from communion with God. It also helps us to gain clarity in hearing the voice of […]

Soul Rest – Day 5: Fasting

PRACTICE FASTING OR WITHHOLDING
Joel 2:12, “’Yet even now,’ declares the Lord, ‘return to me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;’”

What we have realized together is that God intends for humanity to find both freedom and flourishing in our lives on earth. Many of us have believed the lie that God […]

A Note from the Pastor – The Unopened Gift

In our world there will always be something that breaks our hearts. One of the fractures we can avoid is the tragedy of the “unopened gift”. John Ortberg shared that when his grandmother died, his grandfather called Ortberg’s mother and said, “Kathy, I was going through some of your mom’s things in the attic when […]

Soul Rest – Day 4: What God Wants for Us

John 10:10, “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.”

We have established our anchor in the truth that God is our true source of rest. Even as we do this, though, we find ourselves wondering how this applies to our lives here […]

Worship Moment of the Week: On Call God [Read Time 3m]

Have we become a body of believers that expect God to be an “On demand God”? Church has begun to look like a drive-in, take out service, instead of stepping into His presence. Have we allowed our “need list” to trump His very existence in our lives? The truth is He doesn’t exist for us; […]

Soul Rest – Day 3: Focus on the Source

Psalm 62:5, “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.”

When we take the time to look inward to understand the condition of our hearts, sometimes what we find there can produce feelings of guilt, shame, and disappointment. Although this is completely understandable, this is not God’s intention for […]

Soul Rest – Day 2: Take Inventory

Psalm 139:23-24, “Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

Our first notable point of awareness after day one is how difficult it is to be still and silent, even for a short […]

Show Me Your Glory

Soul Rest – Day 1: Keep Still

Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”

In our fast-paced culture, we are constantly in motion. Whether it’s our always-packed calendar, always-racing mind, or always-connected technology, we aren’t very good at resting. At the root, many of us are […]