Posts Tagged ‘Rest’


Posted: January 30, 2020 by keystoneyouth in Tate and See Lessons
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Attention Funnel: 10 Best Foods

Series Introduction:

  • Why do you eat a Donut? You eat a donut because it tastes good. The combination of dough, sugar, icing, and other ingredients hits your tongue and activates thousands of taste buds that send signals to your brain saying, “This is fantastic!” I’m guessing you’ve never ate a donut because someone told you that you have to. You eat a donut because you believe it’s going to taste good.
  • Over the next four weeks we’re going to be talking about what is commonly referred to as spiritual disciplines. I’m guessing a lot of you have heard that term before…. and I’m curious what it brings to mind. Perhaps you immediately think of reading your bible and praying. And then maybe you feel guilty because you think, “I don’t do those things enough. I know that I should, but I don’t.” Or maybe you just think of a spiritual checklist that you are supposed to accomplish.
  • Here’s the idea that I want to pop into your head over the next week… I want you to think of spiritual disciplines like eating a donut.
    • In Psalm 34:8 David calls us to “Taste and see that God is good.” That’s where the title of this series comes from.
    • I want you to practice the habits we talk about over the next 4 weeks because I think they are some of the ways God gives us to taste and see that he is good.
    • Christianity is not a checklist to maintain, it’s a relationship to enjoy. And God gives us specific ways that we can pursue enjoyment of Jesus. He gives us means to activate our taste buds and bite into his goodness.
  • Now, the donut metaphor breaks down a little bit, because you might think… “Kyle it’s not hard at all to eat a donut.” But it can be very hard to practice the spiritual disciplines. That’s where the “See” part comes in. I want to give you one more way to think of them.
  • Think of them as a pathway, like a hiking trail.
    • During my time in college, my friends and I would go hiking to a place called the Pinnacle in Hamburg, often to camp out at the top of the mountain. The hike was not an easy one. It was about 3.5 miles of uphill hiking carrying all of our supplies. There were moments where I thought, “Why am I doing this?” Why didn’t I just stay at home on my couch?” But then we would get to the top of the hike, and I would remember why: Because the views were incredible! You can see for miles and miles. And there was nothing like being up there as the sun went down or rose the next morning.
    • We went through the discipline of hiking so that we could take in the amazing views.
  • The same idea is true of the disciplines we’ll talk about. They are not always easy or convenient. Sometimes they are difficult and even frustrating in the moment. But they lead to incredible views. They help us to see God more clearly and enjoy Jesus more fully.
  • I’m going to give you what I’ll label as four pathways. This is not by any means an extensive list. There are all sorts of ways to taste and see that God is good. But these are 4 pathways that I think are really good ways for us to taste and see that God is good.
    • DISCLAIMER: Please know that I am not putting these before you as an expert in these areas, but as someone who is continuing to try to find my way.
  • The framework for this series will be each week we’ll ask “What’s the pathway?” And we’ll answer that by laying out a specific spiritual discipline. Then we’ll ask “What’s the point?” And I’ll try to show from scripture what the purpose of the discipline is. And finally, we’ll ask, “What’s the practice?” Where I’ll try to give you some specific ways to put this discipline into practice.
  • And all while, I want you to keep these two images in mind… tasting a donut, and taking a hike to see some incredible view.


Rest for the Weary

Posted: October 25, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Peace In The Storm Lessons
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Attention Funnel: Top 10 Odd Places to Sleep


  • I’m convinced that many of us have lost the art of resting.
  • We tend to devalue sleep… as if it’s better to sleep less.
  • And we don’t know how to take a break from all the work and distractions in life.
  • We can’t stop and just be… we always need to be doing something. And technology opens the door for us to always be doing something.
  • I think our inability to rest is often something that adds to our anxiety, fear, and stress. We feel that life is a constant storm of busyness, because we fail to take advantage of the good gift of rest that God has given to us.
  • I want to look at a passage tonight where Jesus and the Pharisees clash over what it means to rest.

 Big Idea: Rest is a good gift from God.

Passage: Mark 2:23-3:6

 Main Points:

  • God’s commands are rooted in relationship.
  • Rest is an act of trust and dependence in God.
  • True rest takes work.
  • Jesus provides rest for our souls.


Stressed Out

Posted: October 13, 2016 by keystoneyouth in Peace In The Storm Lessons
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  • I would love to give a survey right now and ask you all to rank how stressed you feel… on a scale of one to ten.
  • Research would say that a majority of you would write down a 5.8 out of ten. Which might seem okay, until you realized that’s the highest average of any age group.
  • A survey taken by the American Psychological Association found that as of 2013 teenagers were the most stressed-out group in the United States…
  • 55 percent teens said they experience Moderate Stress (somewhere between a 4 and 7). 27 percent of teens said they experience extreme stress (8-10) during the school year, and only 18 percent said they experience low stress (1-3).
  • You may be skeptical of statistics, like me… but there is some other evidence that teens are really stressed out.
  • One of the most common answers I’ve heard from teens to the question, “How are you doing?” is “I’m stressed” or “I’m Busy.”
  • And one of the most popular songs from 2015 was a song called Stressed Out – By Twenty-One Pilots.
  • The Song didn’t just become popular because Twenty-One Pilots were trending… it’s because people can identify with it
  • The whole point of the song is that life is overwhelming and Tyler and Josh are stressed out.
  • Phrases like… “Now I’m insecure and I care what you think,” “Wish we could turn back time to the good old days,” “Out of student loans and tree-house homes we would all take the latter”
  • People can identify with that! We’re stressed out and we wish we could go back to a life that was much more simple
  • Tonight I want to look at a short story out of the book of Luke in order to tackle this topic of stress – The Story of Mary and Martha
  • I want to show you some of the ways we often cause ourselves undo stress, along with some ways of dealing with stress, and ending with the one thing that is most important for us to do.

Big Idea: Stress often arises from our priorities and performance.

 Maint Points:

  • There are many good things for us to spend our time on.
  • There are good and bad ways of dealing with stress.
  • A performance-based identity multiplies stress.
  • There is one thing we must do.

Passage: Luke 10:38-42  (more…)

EXILE Lesson #4: Happiness

Posted: November 12, 2015 by keystoneyouth in EXILE Lessons
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  • Everyone wants to be happy
  • One of the greatest feelings on this earth is the feeling of happiness.
  • There’s not much better than happiness?
  • Think about the best day you had in the past couple weeks… I would guess it was a good day because you were happy most of the day.
    • Your hair was done just right.
    • Everybody was laughing at your jokes.
    • You got back that Math Test that you thought you did terrible on only to find out that you got a 97 on it!
    • That girl who you secretly have a crush on smiled at you… TWICE!
    • You hit a buzzer beater in overtime at your basketball game… and guess who was watching… that girl you have a crush on… guess who just got a 3rd smile… you did.
    • Your parents tell you your allowed to stay out an hour past curfew because you killed it on your math test.
    • Then your driving home and your song comes on… your belting out Bad Blood as you pull into the driveway.
    • You walk inside and open the Freezer only to find DOUBLE DUNKER Ice Cream
    • #Blessed #Bestdayever #nofilter #3smilesinoneday
  • Maybe you’ve had a day like that recently.
  • But here’s the problem… usually for every great day we have like that… there’s also the reverse… a terrible, horrible, no good day. Where everything that can go wrong does go wrong… #shedidntevennoticemetoday
  • See in this world happiness often revolves around our circumstances… when things go well we’re happy and when things go bad we’re unhappy.
  • Which presents a problem for exiles… if happiness is rooted in circumstances… then exiles better prepare for a life of a lot of unhappiness.
  • Why?? Because circumstances for exiles are rarely ideal.
  • This morning, I want to show you that happiness, or joy as I’ll refer to it from here on out, does not need to be rooted in circumstances.
  • And I’ll argue that exiles actually have a joy that can’t be broken.

 Big Idea: Exiles have a joy that cannot be broken.

 Passage: 1 Peter 1:1-12: 4:12-16

 Main Points:

  • Christian joy is rooted in a future reward.
  • Christian joy is Christ-centered.
  • Christian joy is confounding.


EXILE Lesson #1: Homelessness

Posted: November 12, 2015 by keystoneyouth in EXILE Lessons
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  • Old Pictures of Senior High Leaders


  • Sometimes people seem strange in old pictures… whether it’s because they are acting strange… or because they have changed so much that they seem strange… or because the fashions have changed so much that what they are wearing seems strange. They seem so strange that sometimes they belong to a different time and world.
  • Tonight I want to show you how Christians may sometimes live and appear as strangers in this world because they are ultimately living for another world… another home

 Big Idea: Christians live as strangers in this world because they are looking forward to a future home.

Passage: Hebrews 11:8-22

Main Points:

  • God’s promises are mainly for the future.
  • Christians long for a future home.
  • Christians live like strangers in this world.


The Essence of Work–Purpose & Partnering

Posted: September 22, 2013 by Brandon Fisher in Redeeming Work Sermon Series
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Redeeming Work:  Connecting Our Work with God’s Work

Part 1:  The Essence of Work—Purpose & Partnering

Purpose:  Connect our work with God’s work.

Goal:  Alleviate the stress of work by understanding it’s place in God’s story.

Main Points:

  • What Work Is:  Work is an invitation to join God in his mission in the world.
  • What Work Needs:  Work needs rest to be a blessing.