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This month we’ve been lifting up labor, and rest. Our Scripture today from 2 Corinthians 4:16 tells us not to lose heart, as our physical selves continue to age and “waste away”, we can still find hope in the renewal of our spirit: My prayer for you and I this morning is that we may find times of spiritual renewal where we can continue to shine the light of Christ brightly in our daily lives.
Sermon by: Pastor Jeremy Herrington
2 Corinthians 4:16
God wants to elevate us. God sent His son to “lift us up”. Moses “lifted up” the serpent in the wilderness that all would be healed, (an early reference to what would be seen later as Jesus on the Cross.) The word “rest” in the bible is “to stop and be lifted up”. Jesus says to us “come to me” so that we may be elevated. My wife watches cooking shows and when I walk by and crane my neck in they always seem to be elevating a dish. I’m not sure what that means in the culinary world, but I know what it is in the spiritual. Let’s take this Sunday to stop and be elevated. I’m sure I’m not the first preacher to run across this. I guess that’s where the term “rest up” comes from.
Sermon by: Pastor Jack Stephenson
Matthew 11: 28-30
At the end of time, our “labor” will cease but our works will remain. What is the difference? Are work and labor different terms with different meanings in the bible? Yes they are. We have to work every day. It’s work to do anything. But… is that a bad thing? Works remain in Heaven. But rest is eternal. I have a memory of the movie Snow White, a Grimm fairy tale come to life in the 1930’s, a tough time in America. Prosperity ended. Life was hard. Misery was rampant. In that context, Disney’s first fairy tale to be set to a movie showed as a centerpiece the song “Whistle While You Work” (its already in your head now isn’t it?).
Sermon by: Dr. John M. Stephenson