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"Rest" - 27m:10s

"Rest" - 27m:10s

Series: More Than Rules: 10 Commandments for a 21st Century

Scripture Reading: Exodus 20:8-11


This morning, we come to the 4th commandment, “Remember the Sabbath day.”  I found this story* and thought you might enjoy it as we prepare to talk about the subject of rest today.

One man challenged another to an all-day wood chopping contest. The challenger worked very hard, stopping only for a brief lunch break. The other man had a leisurely lunch and took several breaks during the day. At the end of the day, the challenger was surprised and annoyed to find that the other fellow had chopped substantially more wood than he had.  "I don't get it," he said. "Every time I checked, you were taking a rest, yet you chopped more wood than I did."  "But you didn't notice," said the winning woodsman, "that I was sharpening my ax when I sat down to rest."

We sometimes put so much effort into getting the job done, gritting our teeth and pushing through it, but don’t realize that sometimes we are less productive in our effort to push through because we are worn out.  We all need to “sharpen our ax” regularly; we aren’t Energizer Bunnies!  This morning, we’ll continue our series “More Than Rules” and look at the Biblical command to rest—what it is and why God gave it to us.

*Story taken from



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