LLM: March 2015

Give Us Rest I grew up in a family with strict Sunday convictions. While other church ...

LLM: March 2015

Give Us Rest I grew up in a family with strict Sunday convictions. While other church members rushed to “beat the Baptists to the buffet,” we ate at home because we didn’t want to make restaurant workers cook our food instead of attending church or resting. We avoided Sunday football except for the church Super Bowl […]

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Sabbath: God’s Response to the Rat Race

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). What a wonderful promise our Lord gives — rest as response to life’s demands. The continuity of God’s character is boldly declared, emphasizing an essential weekly rhythm established at Creation (Genesis 2:2–3). An Old Testament prescriptive pace […]

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A Gift, Not a Burden

Great-grandfathers called it the Holy Sabbath. Grandfathers called it the Sabbath. Fathers called it Sunday. Today we just call it the weekend. The Sabbath is one of the Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:8–11), and it gets more discussion in the Old Testament than any of the other nine. Most Sabbath references in the New Testament are […]

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What’s Rest?

“Rest” is a great idea. What does it mean? Some of the most familiar and potent Bible passages use the words “Sabbath” or “rest.” God rested on the seventh day for some inexplicable reason. He went a step further and blessed the day of rest “and made it holy” (Genesis 2:2–3). He wrote about the […]

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The Sabbath

A tract against the Sabbath has been sent us. It is no wonder that haters of God and man seek to destroy the Sabbath. Where the Sabbath is not observed, irreligion prevails, and man is degraded. Nothing can be plainer than that the Sabbath was instituted at the beginning. “And God blessed the seventh day, and […]

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Loving Others and Discipling Deeply

We will place the same priority on discipling and serving as we do on our services of worship. By valuing and measuring holiness, service and obedience, we will increase the fruitfulness of the good news in our communities. — Uniquely Free Methodist, fmcusa.org/uniquelyfm Our General Conference 2015 Disciple Deeply leadership team (Pastors Bruce Cromwell of […]

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A Bigger, Better Light & Life

When you pick up Light & Life Magazine next month, you’ll find a new design with more in-depth articles. You may also notice a return to the standard magazine shape. Although Huey Lewis and the News thought it was “Hip to Be Square,” some readers say the magazine’s square format feels more like an advertising […]

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Five Years After Haiti’s Earthquake

A 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010, and killed more than 230,000 people — including Free Methodist World Missions missionary Jeanne Acheson-Munos, Volunteers in Service Abroad missionaries Gene Dufour and Merle West, and Friends of Haiti Organization caretaker Erlin Blot. FMWM missionary Jack Munos and VISA missionary Katie Zook were trapped for hours […]

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Has Life Got You Spinning?

My wife and I recently visited our son and his family. One morning, my son entertained our 18-month-old grandson, Jack, by spinning several wooden rings on the floor at once. When all the rings were spinning, Jack was truly mesmerized. My son eventually became weary of the activity and quit. Jack expressed his obvious displeasure, […]

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