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Topic: Rest

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God Gives Us Himself

Several years ago, I missed my oldest daughter’s birthday. A conference for work overlapped with her big day. My wife made it special for her, and I called to chat. My daughter enjoyed the gifts and food and celebration. But when a loved one is absent, it’s just not the […]

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Why Do We Struggle to Rest?

Rest is necessary and important physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We know that’s true. We know we need rest. Yet, we continue to resist it. Why? The fourth commandment directs us to observe the Sabbath, to rest one day a week. The nation of Israel regularly got themselves into trouble because […]

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The Two Types of Rest You Need

She balanced spinning plates on the sticks in her hands, on her forehead, and in her mouth. The petite Chinese performer twisted her body like a rubber band, magically keeping everything in place. We watched with anticipation as the plates whirled—if one of them slowed down, even for an instant, […]

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Four Steps to Get Your Work Done Well

Thousands of books offer advice on how to prioritize, simplify, and get work done. And yet, long before the experts hit the scene with their Rolodex, DayTimers, and Gantt Charts was our God. He modeled how to complete the work, and once the work is completed, how to rest. If […]

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The Myth of the Busy Life

Find your life-balance—that statement that always seems impossible to attain. We often try to compartmentalize our lives: work life, home life, social life. But the lines overlap, despite our best attempts, especially when we become exhausted by our rat race. Controlled by tight schedules, busyness has become the badge of […]

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Break Free from the Comparison Trap

Comparison is a sneaky enemy. It may start small, under the guise of admiring a friend’s new job or social finesse. Then a question creeps in: Why don’t I have that? A coworker receives recognition for a job well done, and you wonder why your work hasn’t been recognized in […]

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Turn My Eyes from Looking at Worthless Things

Turn my eyes from looking at worthless things, and give me life in your ways. (Psalm 119:37) This verse stopped me in my tracks. How often am I looking to “worthless” things instead of looking to Christ? Unfortunately, a lot more often than I would like to admit. I am […]

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The Purpose, Practice, and Person of Sabbath

Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female […]

The Joy of the Lord and the Playfulness of Man

Play is something that we do for the sheer love of the activity. Playing a game, going dancing, enjoying a dinner party with friends, and going hiking can all be wonderful, playful pursuits. What does God think about our playfulness? Is God playful? As I was preparing to speak about play at […]

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The Wasteland of More What

More. Within each human spirit, a whispery voice urges, “More.” And the chronic itch that we can’t reach is more of what? Philosophers say more knowledge. Hedonists say more pleasure. Scientists say more answers. Merchandisers say more stuff. King Solomon asked that question: More what? And he tried all those […]

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Are You Wrapped Up in Spiritual Performance?

I know a lot of men who get wrapped up in performance — work, sports, even community service or church attendance — competitiveness in any arena. But it’s not just men. For some of us Christians, we are no more vulnerable than in the arena of spiritual performance. I am […]

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Run Hard, Rest Well in the Gospel

Individual piety is both a learned and nurtured activity, out of which a person can run hard and rest well in the gospel. The intention for every Christian is to run hard and to rest well (John 15; 1 Peter 5:5-6). However, these two devotional practices are often misapplied. Neither […]

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Five Reminders for the Stressed, Weary, Busy, and Burdened Soul

Do you ever feel like you just aren’t enough? Like there isn’t enough of you to go around and no matter how much effort you pour out, there is always something lacking? I do. Some days I wonder why I am feeling so overwhelmed and anxious, and then it hits […]

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Come Just As You Are | Video

Since the beginning of time, man has wrestled with the idea that we are flawed individuals. Hard as we might try, we are incapable of attaining perfection. Even the seemingly best among us occasionally think dark thoughts, make bad decisions, hurt the people we love, and turn a blind eye […]

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Trust God in the Dark

The following excerpt by A.W. Tozer is a beautiful declaration of the infinite wisdom and providence of God, from his book The Knowledge of the Holy.  If you are struggling with the difficult circumstances of your life; if you are struggling with fear; if you are struggling to trust that Christ […]

Why is Godliness with Contentment Great Gain?

“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6 Godliness is a God-centered life. It grows, not through the pursuit of a process, but through the presence of a person. Jesus Christ is the mystery of godliness (1 Timothy 3:16). His presence in your life is your hope of becoming […]