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July 29, 2015, 11:01 AM

Side by Side -- Pastor John and Blanche Heidengren -- July / August 2015

Side by Side – Pastor John and Blanche Heidengren

What does the Bible say about “rest”?  Its summer and a good time to ask this question. The word “rest” means “peace” or “ease” or “refreshment”. The Bible speaks quite highly of “rest”. God rested after 6 days of creation. The 10 Commandments made resting on the Sabbath part of the Law. One day of rest in every seven days. God is very serious about rest.  God wants us to rest because it doesn’t come naturally to us. To rest, we have to trust that God will take care of things for us. From the beginning (Genesis 3), when we decided that we would start making all the decisions, mankind has become more tense and less able to relax.


For the Christian, the ultimate rest is found in Christ.  He invites all who are “weary and burdened” to come to Him and cast our cares on Him. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) It is only in Him that we find our complete rest—from the cares of the world, from the sorrows that plague us, and from the need to work to make ourselves acceptable to Him.  This summer, don’t just take a vacation – build some “rest” into your weekly routine.

- Pastor John


Have you ever struggled with worry?  I have battled this and thankfully, I have learned from the Word of God that I don’t have to answer the door “when worry knocks,” but can resist it in the name of Jesus.  Yes, God give us a wonderful alternative, verbally handing it to Him in prayer and letting HIM “answer the door.”  The Apostle Paul writes in Philippians 4:6-7, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let you requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”   There’s something amazing about the peace that comes after I start declaring that I am not going to worry about an issue, but am going to put it in the Hands of the One Who can and will work it all out for my best and for His Glory.  After I’ve prayed and thanked God for giving me the assurance that He will work it out, I like to picture two armed guards on either side of my head making sure that nothing returns to try and steal my peace that God has given me about the issue at hand.

A few other encouraging verses come to mind as well:  “Cast your cares on Him, for He cares for you.”  (1 Peter 5:7)  Yes, HE CARES!  And even more than that, He cares for YOU and ME!  Another favorite: “This same God who takes care of me will supply all your need from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus.”  Phil. 4:19 NLT.  So when worry knocks at the door, let’s let Jesus answer it for us!     - Blanche


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