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Have You Ever Been Tired?

Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

Life ChangeHave you ever been tired? I mean really tired. Like after running a few miles or playing a game of full-court basketball or walking a few miles or expending all of your energy in some physical exercise. Maybe we’re not in as good a shape as we used to be. Maybe it doesn’t take much to tire us out these days. I remember how we used to take honey or oranges just before a wrestling match to give us quick energy. Those three minutes on the mat were very draining – even when we were in top shape. We just might need a renewed measure of energy or rest – at times.

Have you ever been tired? I mean really tired. Like staying up all night to cram for a test the next day. Like spending an all-nighter watching your sick children or being sick yourself. Like pulling an all-nighter at work to make sure a project finishes or catching up for someone else. At times we just need a renewed measure of energy or rest. Continue reading

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May 15, 2019 Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Marriage, Outreach, Personal, Prayer, Theology, Vision | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Jesus Said – Come To Me

Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

RayMcDOk – Christmas is coming – ready or not. I mentioned yesterday in the sermon – I already opened my Christmas present from my wife. I love it and we are enjoying it already. She hasn’t opened her gift from me yet. We’ll probably have to install if while she is away after Christmas visiting our daughter.

Have you gotten your shopping done yet? It is easier if you don’t put so much pressure on yourself to buy too much. Remember – Christmas is not about how many gifts you get or give – but about Jesus. It is His birthday celebration – not ours. I urge people every year to not go into debt for Christmas – but to keep it simple and within your means.

Even with Christmas just around the corner – we are First Church have had a rough month or so. We had a number of deaths and a number of accidents (a number of hand injuries and falls). One of our oldest members is it he hospital fighting for his life. Another older member had a fall at home and is home healing. Our Administrative Board chair was among the deaths we have experienced. It has been a difficult time. Continue reading

December 12, 2016 Posted by | Advent Thought, Build, Christmas, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

God Wants to Give the Weary Rest

Matthew 11:28

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

20140530-104833-38913743.jpgYesterday I took a different path outside of my home during my walk. I usually walk to the left and cover 1.5 – 2.25 miles. There are some small hills – but the path I take is basically level and relatively easy to walk. Well, yesterday when I arrived at the top of my driveway I decided to turn right. Let me share that the community to the right is very hilly. The road goes down to a low area under the power lines but then it rises to the highest point in the community – and with a very steep climb. As I began the rise to the top of the community – my legs started to tire – and my breathing quickened. Numerous times I thought about stopping – turning back – or pausing long enough to catch my breath. I didn’t – I kept going.

As I arrived at the high point in the community I walked a little further until I came to the end of the road – at which point I turned around and started back. Yesterday the roads were wet from rain and there are leaves on the black top. Going down the steep hill was almost as hard as going up – in a different way. I had to step easy and I could feel my knees holding me back and was very aware of where I stepped. I made it to the bottom of the steep hill and walked level for a while in the low area – only to arrive at the smaller hill climbing to my home. This was an easy hill to walk down – but after the mile plus walk I had just finished – even the small hill took its toll on me. I arrived back home – my shirt soaked from the walk (I had a sweatshirt and a rain jacket on to stay warm and promote sweating – LOL). I was tired! I went inside – changed my shirt – sat down – and drank a protein shake. Continue reading

October 14, 2014 Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey, From the Pastor, Leadership, Theology | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Finding Rest in the Lord

Matthew 11:28

Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

I was at the gym the other day and saw a friend I hadn’t seen for a few years.  He is a former Terp football player and a great guy.  He was using the step machine and the sweat was pouring off of him.  I imagined that he was plenty tired.  I know I got tired today using the treadmill for an hour at a fast walk!  Have you ever been weary and tired while exercising or at any time?

I was talking to a pastor friend the other day and he was talking about being weary with some of the people in his church who were constantly negative and angry.  It didn’t seem to matter what they were talking about – some people in his church were simply negative about everything.  Have you had such an experience in your place of work, in your family, or in your circle of friends?

Recently we have been looking at several candidates for Youth Director here at Mt. Oak Fellowship and we have had some good ones apply for sure.  Some of them seemed nervous or anxious when we had Skype interviews with them this past Saturday.  Interviewing for a new job can be a stressful time.  Have you ever had an anxious moment?  Have there been times in your life when you weren’t sure of the next moment?

I visited a friend in the hospital recently and there was concern on his face as he faced major surgery.  I told him I would be concerned as well – and that I would be nervous – not about my eternity (or his) but about life and death.  Have you had major surgery or any surgery?  Were you nervous?  Are there other things in your life that make you nervous of anxious?

Have you ever been nervous – anxious – weary – tired?  Has life come upon you and given you reason to be concerned?

Peter writes; 1 Peter 5:7 – Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.  Jesus says; Matthew 11:28 – Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

In all we face in life we can turn to God for solace – for rest!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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June 28, 2011 Posted by | Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Faith Journey | , , , | Leave a comment

   

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