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A word of encouragement for the new year

January 1, 2010

And without faith it is impossible to please him…

--Hebrews 11:6

There's just something about the start of a new year that inspires us to improve our lives, isn't there? Well, if you're serious about change, here's what I recommend: Stop doing things in your own power and put your whole faith and trust in Jesus Christ! 

Now you may say, "I'm not sure I can do that." But you can! Let me tell you a little story. 

Some time ago, a group of missionaries were down in the Hebrides Islands translating the Scripture. And they were struggling to find the word that would truly communicate the genuine, biblical meaning of faith. They were having a hard time trying to explain what it meant to place your complete trust in Jesus.

The missionaries went on a long journey with some of the islanders who were carrying heavy equipment. And at the end of that hard trek the natives just collapsed against a large rock and finally rested.

One of the missionaries observing the men got an idea. He said, "Tell me the words that describe what you just did… how you stopped laboring and rested against that rock?" They told him, and those were the very words they used to translate the word faith!

Believe in Jesus this way in this new year! Stop toiling and rest against the Rock of Jesus Christ in 2010!


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Dear Friend,

Do the words rested... peaceful... and refreshed describe you today? Or do the words stressed... rushed... and pressured better describe your way of life?
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