Rest as Release

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We are a culture of people who’ve bought into the idea that if we stay busy enough, the truth of our lives won’t catch up with us.
— Brene Brown
Sabbath is like receiving the gift of a snow day each week.
— Pete Scazzero

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Richmond's Renewal

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From the day we are born we are taught nobody cares and that nobody can help.
— Daquan Morton, age 17
So, why church? The short answer is because the Holy Spirit formed it to be a colony of heaven in the country of death… an appointed gathering of named people in particular places who practice a life of resurrection in a world in which death gets the biggest headlines: death of nations, death of civilization, death of marriage, death of careers, obituaries without end.
— Eugene Peterson

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Broken People

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‘You’re starving.’
The girl didn’t move, only said, ‘Uh-duh.’
’I’m starving, too,’ Olive said. The girl looked over at her. ‘I am,’ Olive said. ‘Why do you think I eat every donut in sight?’
’You’re not starving,’ Nina said with disgust.
’Sure I am. We all are.’
— Elizabeth Strout, Olive Kitteridge

Hope, Riches, Power

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Probably the most dangerous thing about college education, at least in my own case, is that it enables my tendency to over-intellectualize stuff, to get lost in abstract arguments inside my head instead of simply paying attention to what’s going on right in front of me. Paying attention to what’s going on inside me. As I’m sure you guys know by now, it is extremely difficult to stay alert and attentive instead of getting hypnotized by the constant monologue inside your own head. Twenty years after my own graduation, I have come gradually to understand that the liberal-arts cliché about ‘teaching you how to think’ is actually shorthand for a much deeper, more serious idea: ‘Learning how to think’ really means learning how to exercise some control over how and what you think. It means being conscious and aware enough to choose what you pay attention to and to choose how you construct meaning from experience. Because if you cannot exercise this kind of choice in adult life, you will be totally hosed.
— David Foster Wallace

The Vendor's Invitation

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Everyone will be forgotten, nothing we do will make any difference, and all good endeavors, even the best, will come to naught. Unless there is God. If the God of the Bible exists, and there is a True Reality beneath and behind this one, and this life is not the only life, then every good endeavor, even the simplest ones, pursued in response to God’s calling, can matter forever.
— Tim Keller

The Spirit Intercedes

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The Spirit, as an enlightening Spirit, teaches us what to pray for, as a sanctifying Spirit works and excites praying graces, as a comforting Spirit silences our fears, and helps us over all our discouragements. The Holy Spirit is the spring of all our desires and breathings towards God.
— Matthew Henry

Hearing God's Story

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Those of you searching for something larger, faster, and more significant, who feel that if you could just be somewhere else doing something else as somebody else, then your life would really matter—Jesus has come to confound you.
— Zack Eswine, Sensing Jesus
In Christ, you are accepted. But that acceptance no longer has to be earned or maintained; it is granted by grace and guaranteed in Christ. This doesn’t mean you stop working, but it does mean you now work in a totally new way. You no longer work for approval; you work from approval.
— Rankin Wilbourne, Union with Christ

We Have Access

But here’s the thing: pretty good people do not need Jesus. He came for the lost. He came for the broken. In his love for us he came to usher us into his foundness and wholeness.
— Tish Harrison Warren, Liturgy of the Ordinary: Sacred Practices in Everyday Life
From beginning to end, the Holy Scriptures testify that the predicament of fallen humanity is so serious, so grave, so irremediable from within, that nothing short of divine intervention can rectify it.
— Fleming Rutledge, The Crucifixion: Understanding the Death of Jesus Christ

Praying for a Pardon

Confession affects the heart with sin, and engages the heart against it. Every confession of the evil we do—is a new obligation not to do it any more. Confession of sin shows us more clearly our need of mercy—and endears God’s mercy more to us. How good and sweet is mercy—to a soul that has tasted how evil and bitter a thing it is to sin against the Lord.
— Joseph Caryl, 1645, “Confession of Sin”

Guest Sermon: 1 Peter 5:6-11

I have ascended to the highest in me, and look, the Word is towering above that. I have descended to explore my lowest depths, and I found Him deeper still.
— Bernard of Clairvaux
When we begin to glimpse the reality of God, the natural reaction is to worship him. Not to have that reaction is a fairly sure sign that we haven’t yet really understood who he is or what he’s done.
— N.T. Wright

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