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THE E-NEWSLETTER OF CHRIST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH August 4, 2017

Rest for Your Soul

Over the last few weeks a particular passage has managed to surface in a number of conversations. Interestingly, it seems to coincide with my current sermon series on Pride.

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. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

Let’s take note of several truths in the words of Jesus.

First – The Invitation with a Promise. “Come to me...I will give you rest.” Rest, real rest, the rest that you need – that you so deeply want – can only come from Christ. There are many counterfeits in our world today that offer this same invitation – to “Come.” But the invitation is hollow and will never satisfy your longing for soul rest. Only Christ can do that.

Next, we hear The Instruction with a Promise. 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.”
First we come, then we must “yoke” ourselves to Christ; the word picture is vivid. Again, the emphasis we see here is on Jesus, and only Jesus. But there is something also contained here that I think we sometimes overlook – while “pulling with Christ” there are things for us to learn, and we can only learn them from Jesus. Why are these life lessons from Christ so meaningful? Because they come from His character – His heart! Jesus is gentle and lowly in heart – He is the humble Christ. The Promise? The same as uttered before – rest! But in this case Jesus expands the implication of that rest to our very souls. Which, upon reflection, tells us something about Christ’s understanding of those things that He refers to as “labor” and “heavy laden.” Namely, that it is our soul laboring; it is our soul under burden. And only Jesus can supply the rest we need!

Finally, we see The Incentive with a Promise - My yoke is easy, and the burden is light.” Why do I “hitch” myself to Christ for the “rest needed in my soul?” Because I know it is both easy and light. Clearly, the Lord Jesus is saying this in contrast to our “pulling” alone. Our yoke is not easy, and our load is not light – and our souls do not find rest.

Child of God, if this resonates with you today then I pray for you, what I pray for myself - that we will hear our Savior’s call ”to come, to take, to learn - to rest.”

For Our Soul’s Rest

PB

Jesus, I am resting, resting in the joy of what Thou art, I am finding out the greatness of Thy loving heart!

CPC MINISTRY INFORMATION

SUNDAY'S SERMON
Title:
“The Pride of Pedigree” Text: Philippians 3:1-11 Pastor Bob Clark

SUNDAY SCHOOL – we are taking a summer break from Sunday School classes and will resume in the Fall

GIVING TO COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS – At the Welcome Center you will find a list of items being collected for Tools for Schools. Please pick up a list of needed items at the Welcome Center. There is a box in the foyer marked for these donations to be given to Charles Elementary School for students in need. Thank you for giving.

NURSERY AND JR. CHURCH MINISTRY OPPORTUNITIES – There are many opportunities to minister to our Covenant Children at CPC. Volunteers are needed for both Sunday School and Worship times in the Nursery, PreK–K Jr. Church and 1st & 2nd Grade Jr. Church. Volunteers are scheduled on a rotation and all teaching materials will be provided by the church. If you are interested in volunteering in our Nursery or Jr. Church, please contact the church office 765.966.4017 or email office@knowingchirst.net.

DEACONS’ FUND OFFERING – We will be collecting the Deacons’ Fund Offering for the Mercy Ministries of the Church next week.

MEN’S PRAYER BREAKFAST – Saturday, August 12th at 8:00 a.m. at the church

ICE CREAM SOCIAL – Sunday, August 13th at 4:30 at CPC. The Missions Committee will provide hamburgers, hotdogs, drinks and ice cream. Please bring a side dish to share. All donations will support our sponsored orphanage in Gonaives, Haiti.

CIRCLE U HELP CENTER – CIRCLE U FOOD DELIVERY - If you would be interested in being part of a CPC Ministry Team that would assist Circle U with the distribution of food one Saturday a quarter please contact Lance Fowler at lance@mats.org. Please plan to arrive at 1:30 p.m. in order to distribute the food from 2:00-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 26th


THE CHURCH IN THE WORLD

 From the Field: With an Eritrean Family

We sit in the living room of a modest apartment outside a major East African city. “Mary” sits on a stool fanning coals while we talk. She is brewing coffee for us in the traditional Eritrean way. The aroma quickly fills the room.

Mary doesn’t speak English, so her daughter, “Hope”, 20, and son, “Amos”, 19, tell us the story of their father’s imprisonment. It’s been over ten years since they’ve seen him, when they fled Eritrea and journeyed through many countries before finding refuge in their current location. They recount how vulnerable they

were and God’s providence and protection as they walked 10 hours through the desert and were at the mercy of strangers.

I’m amazed at the maturity and faith of Hope and Amos. Their father is imprisoned for his ministry as a pastor. Even though life has been difficult for the family in his absence, Hope and Amos tell me how proud they are of their father for his courage and sacrifice.

I can’t help but think of my own children while talking to Hope and Amos. I have a daughter and son almost their same ages. Just a few days before sitting down with the family, I was receiving text messages from my children for Father’s Day. Even though we were apart on Father’s Day while I was ministering in Africa, I knew, Lord willing, I would return home. Hope and Amos’s father will not likely be coming home soon, or maybe at all. He has been imprisoned for 13 years.

We pray together as I fight back the tears. I pray their father will be released soon. I pray he’ll be there for Amos’s graduation. I pray he’ll be there when Hope gets married. I pray he’ll be there with his wife Mary to play with their grandchildren. I pray that our heavenly Father will continue to sustain this family with his grace.

As we hug and say goodbye, I assure this dear family that believers around the world are praying for them. I know you are.

[Editor’s note: Around 3,000 Christians are imprisoned in Eritrea. They’ve been held without charges or trial, some since 2002. Few have ever been released. Earlier this year, the Eritrean government initiated a new round of arrests, detaining more than 55 believers in the month of June.]
Write to Haile Nayzgi in prison.

Posted: July 28, 2017

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