Category Archives: Rest

Helping the Weak

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We live in a time of showing off strength. The gym shows strong people. The workplace has strong people. The biggest movies that will eventually come to the big screen are about strong people.

But not all are strong. There are weak people. Some are weak in will, and need help resisting the spirit of the age. Some are weak in knowledge, and need help strengthening their knowledge of God and His Word.

Believers who are strong are directed to help the weak. We are to train the weak. Strong believers are tasked with bolstering the weak.

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And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with them all. 1 Thessalonians 5:14

Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ. Colossians 1:28

As for the one who is weak in faith, welcome him, but not to quarrel over opinions. One person believes he may eat anything, while the weak person eats only vegetables. Let not the one who eats despise the one who abstains, and let not the one who abstains pass judgment on the one who eats, for God has welcomed him. Who are you to pass judgment on the servant of another? It is before his own master that he stands or falls. And he will be upheld, for the Lord is able to make him stand. Romans 12:1-4

The faith that you have, keep between yourself and God. Blessed is the one who has no reason to pass judgment on himself for what he approves. Romans 14:22

These verses encourage us in bearing with those who are weak. Throughout our Christian life will be those who demand their rights. We must determine if we our rights will stand in contrast and break fellowship, or give us an opportunity to serve like Jesus. The King of Glory stooped to wash dung off the disciples’ feet. My Great God and Savior gave Himself on the cross for my willful sin. My Lord gave me life to serve His people.

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May the service of those at Cornerstone uplift those who are weak. May we bear well with the burdens of those who are fainthearted. May we help those who are immature in Christ to grow to maturity. This is not a speedy process. Some children walk before their first birthday, but none of my kids did. Like children, serve those who seem weak to you well. Care for them, bolster them, and help them mature in Christ.

Wow, Lord, you are shakin’ it up!

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God has really shaken things up! It is amazing how things have changed in the last week. The passage Frank preached on Sunday, Psalm 103, continues to be true (as it has always been true). Especially apt is Psalm 103:19 “The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all.” He is not surprised by the disruption to our normal schedules, even when we are besides ourselves.

Disruption is affecting even our Sunday morning. I have joked in the past that it would be nice to have church in our pajamas; I didn’t think it was about to happen. We will be live streaming Sunday’s service on our YouTube page. Please subscribe to this page to be informed when live streams are happening. We will begin with prayer at 9:15 am and the Sunday service at 10 am. If you want to catch up on past sermons, visit www.cornerstoneofutah.com/sermons.
Please do not attend the facility Sunday morning. An advisory board meeting  will be held Saturday to determine the best course of action for the next couple of weeks. We will follow the recommendations from our state and national government limit gatherings and cooperate with social distancing.
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We are praying the Lord will use this time to impact our community with the gospel of the glory of Christ. The “Hello Neighbor!” flyer is an intentional way to connect with your neighbors.
I encourage you to make use of the church app to stay connected while we practice social distancing. We bear each other’s burdens and lessen anxiety when we stay in contact. The pastoral team is available if you need to talk, pray, get books from the church library, or need connection.
I hope you have a peace that passes all understanding.

 

Restful

You wake up. You stretch. You realize that wonderful truth, it’s your Saturday. A day off. A time of rest. Relaxation.

Except, is it really relaxing and restful?

We are a weary people. Though we can make dinner in minutes, we are burdened and wore out. The deadlines, schedules, chauffereuring of kids build up our inability to rest. Sure, we find time to binge Netflix and keep Redbox movies a few days longer than we intended, but we are not finding true rest.

We can see restlessness

  • In the faces of the fellow parents in the drop-off line,
  • In the teen’s face at Old Navy,
  • On every dad who takes his kids to the park, but is not with them,
  • In marital spats,
  • In the need to be constantly entertained,
  • And in the dreaded stillness of quiet.

There is more to our weariness than staying up to late, having too much work to accomplish, or being tired. This is not how you were made to function. You need rest. You are going to burn out. Who is going to suffer?

You don’t need more “me time.” You need quiet time that turns your focus to Jesus. He said,

Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

Take Him at His word. Learn from Him. Find the gentle, humble Rest Giver who offers refreshment of your soul. The rest has always been an offer to those who follow God. Why not read Psalm 103 and note any verses that lead you into His rest.