NLIC Weekender (11/7/2013)

New Life in Christ Weekender
A short reminder of events happening this weekend.

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Dear New Life in Christ Family,

I am currently reading Kevin DeYoung’s book CrazyBusy (when I have time to that is) and am planning to speak about busyness at our men’s breakfast this week.  It is the most relevant and even stomach-turning book I have read in a long time … especially when I think about my life and the pace of life most of us experience.

DeYoung comments,

“Busyness is like sin: kill it, or it will be killing you. Most of us fall into a predictable pattern.  We start to get overwhelmed by one or two big projects.  Then we feel crushed by the daily grind.  Then we despair of ever feeling at peace again and swear that something has to change.  Then two weeks later life is more bearable, and we forget about our oath until the cycle starts all over again.  What we don’t realize is that all the whole we’ve been a joyless wretch, snapping like a turtle and as personally engaging as a cat.  When busyness goes after joy, it goes after everyone’s joy.” (28)

 Have you ever experienced the cycle DeYoung describes?  I know I have on more than one occasion.  In the parable of the soils, Jesus describes the great threat to our over-busy lives by talking about the seed thrown among the thorns, “And others are the ones sown among thorns. They are those who hear the word, but the cares of the world and the deceitfulness of riches and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it proves unfruitful.” – Mark 4:18-19

 Many of us need to repent of the busyness that steals our joy, makes us unbearable, separates us from God, and covers up the rot of our souls.  And as we repent, by faith we turn to Christ, for he offers rest in this life if just we stop our activity long enough to take advantage of it. 

 “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

 This is why our habits of rest are important.  The Lord’s Day is a critical day of rest for us.  We need to time to commune with God through the Word of God, the sacraments, and prayer.  We need time to read our bible personally and participate in family devotions.  We need to time to pull away from our financially-necessary work and give to others through ministry.  These are not optional activities for us to take advantage of at our convenience.  They are necessities for us if we are going to avoid spiritual decay and walk in the life Christ promises.

 May we rest well as we enter the Lord’s Day this Sunday.

 Faithfully Yours,
Pastor Sean

PS Thanks for your responses to my inquiry of the value of the Weekender last week.  I received a number of very encouraging responses.

[Event List] 

 Friday

Creation Club (7:30 PM) – Creation Explored – Apemen: “Missing Links” and the Bible? – This meeting will feature the Creation Ministries International DVD titled “Apemen: Missing Links and the Bible”. The presentation will look at fossil evidence related to the “apes to the man succession”. Learn why both scientifically and Biblically why there are no “missing links.” Bring your questions and comments.

Saturday

Men’s Breakfast
Men, trust me … you shouldn’t be too busy for this one!  We want to invite you to the men’s breakfast this Saturday morning at 8 AM.  It’s great food, great fellowship, and this month I’ll be sharing a chapter from Kevin DeYoung’s book CrazyBusy.  We all need help in building that necessary margin into our lives.

  • 8:30 Women’s Ministry Committee / 10:00 am Women’s Ministry Training (room 219)
  • 9:30 am Christmas Cantata Choir Rehearsal (music room)
  • 11:00 am Praise Team Rehearsal (sanctuary)
  • 12:00 pm Christmas Cantata Orchestra Rehearsal (room 100)
  • 1:30 pm Christmas Big Band (room 100)

Sunday

  • Sunday School – 9 AM
  • Worship Service – 10 AM – Pastor Sean Preaching while Pastor Doug and the missions committee are at the PCA’s missions conference.
  • Young Adult Potluck – Young adults are invited to lunch at the home of Jonathan and Veronica Allison at 1 PM (9300 Timberlake Road, Fredericksburg VA, 22408).
  • Evening Service – 6 PM – Rich Leino preaching
  • Junior and Senior High Youth Groups – Sunday at 7 PM
  • Come to Pray – Corporate Prayer at 7 PM.

 And … Next Monday –  Veterans Day
Be sure to thank a Veteran for preserving our freedoms by fighting in our nation’s foreign wars.

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