God’s grace be with you.
Summer is usually the time for family vacations and time spent on porches just relaxing. The warm weather invites us to slow down and enjoy the blessings of God surrounding us…sometimes alone, and sometimes with family and friends. As you take time to “re-create,” and honor the Sabbath rest, perhaps you will allow these thoughts from the famous preacher, C.H. Spurgeon, to inspire you and settle you on the true foundation of Christ in whom we find our true rest of body, mind, and spirit.
Spurgeon writes: “I remember well a minister, whom I much respect, saying to me, ‘I wish I could feel as you do. You have certain fixed principles about which you are sure, and you have only to state them and enforce them; but I am in a formative state; I make my theology fresh every week.’ Dear me, I thought, what a hopeless state for progress and establishment! If the student of mathematics had no fixed law as to the value of numbers, but made a new multiplication table every week, he would not make many calculations. If a baker were to say to me, ‘Sir, I am always altering the ingredients in my bread, I make a different bread every week,’ I should be afraid the fellow would poison me one of these days. I would rather go to a man whose bread I had found good and nourishing. I cannot afford to experiment in the bread of life. Besides, there is an intellectual unrest in all this kind of thing which is escaped from when we come to love the Word of the Lord as we love our lives. Oh, the rest of knowing within your very soul that the truth you rest upon is a sure foundation!”
Concerning restless minds, Spurgeon writes: “A mind on wheels knows no rest; it is as a rolling thing before the tempest. Struggle against the desire for novelty, or it will lead you astray as the will-o’-the-wisp deceives the traveler. If you desire to be useful, if you long to honor God, if you wish to be happy, be established in the truth, and be not carried about by every wind of doctrine in these evil days, ‘Be ye steadfast, unmovable.’”
And on rest at home, he writes: “Home is the place of special rest. At home we are unloaded of all the world’s huge load. The advocate takes off his gown, and says, ‘Lie there, Mr. Barrister, and let the father come to the front!’ The tradesman takes off his apron, the warrior his harness, the bearer his yoke, for he is at home; and if a man may rest anywhere on earth it must surely be in his own habitation. Is not our God our rest? O beloved, is there indeed beneath the sun any repose for a poor soul except in God? There remaineth a rest for the people of God, and that rest is God Himself. ‘Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the Lord hath dealt bountifully with thee.’”
(These quotes are from Barbed Arrows: Illustrations from the Quiver of C.H. Spurgeon, Christian Publications, Inc., Harrisburg, PA, pp. 179-181. NOTE: No date of publication can be found in the book I have. Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a Victorian, Calvinistic, Baptist preacher in the 1800’s and is known as the “Prince of Preachers.”)
The Lord bless you and keep you. The Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you. The Lord look upon you with favor and give you peace. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen
Be safe and have fun as you rest and relax.
PASTOR AWAY ON CONTINUING EDUCATION
Reminder…Gwen and I will be in Wichita, KS, July 20-26, 2019 for my Police Chaplaincy Annual Training Seminar. Pastor Sarah Lee-Faulkner will be our guest preacher/worship leader for Sunday, July 21st. While he is away, Pastor Randy Marbuger will be covering for him in emergencies (717-364-9971 / Church) or call LaVerne (724-744-3632) for additional information.
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