Hicksville Mennonite • September 22, 2021
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
Matthew 11:28 (NIV)
A song I heard recently on WBCL radio says, “weary traveler, restless soul, you were never meant to walk this road alone.” That’s such a good reminder! We certainly weren’t meant to walk our roads of life alone.
The song goes on to say, “When Jesus calls we’ll lay down all our heavy burdens. Carry on!” Jesus wants to go with us and lead us. Too often it seems that we lose focus and take our eyes off Jesus, His promises, and His word, and I believe that can certainly cause us to become weary. Jesus will help us through our weary days.
Brothers and sisters, if there is something in life that is making you weary and dragging you down, come to Jesus, just as He asks in today’s verse. I believe that when we don’t come to Jesus with our burdens that the enemy can attack us from several angles. Jesus desires to give you rest! Let’s be sure to think that idea through – Jesus WANTS, LONGS, DESIRES to give you rest! He wants us to bring our burdened, weary, and discouraged hearts and minds to Him.
By: Marcus Steury
Hicksville Mennonite • September 08, 2021
There are times in each of our lives when we face things that we may not know what the outcome will be. We get anxious when we don’t know what the weather will be like for work that day or maybe we are waiting on life changing results of a medical test. Many people worry about the stock market and their investments, along with many other things that have no bearing on our Christian life. Countless hours are spent worrying about things like this, instead of concentrating, trusting and focusing on God. Philippians 4:6 says “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” James 4:13-15 says “Go to now, ye that say, today or tomorrow we will go into such a city, and continue there a year, and buy and sell, and get gain. Whereas ye know not what shall be on the morrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor, that appeareth for a time and then vanishes away. For that ye ought to say, if the Lord will, we shall live and do this, or that.” The Bible also says in Hebrews 13:5 “Let your conversations be without covetousness; and be content with what you have; for he hath said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.” What a promise we have! Because of this promise, we need not fear the unknown. Our “unknown” future is known to God and he will never leave us. This week let’s purpose in our hearts to trust God in everything and allow him to work in our lives in the way that he thinks is best.
By: Elton Gingerich
Hicksville Mennonite • September 02, 2021
I was reminded again this week how fragile our lives are with the passing of a dear brother and friend. We will all miss you Merle. We do not know what tomorrow brings. James 4:14 NLT says, How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.
How great it will be; to hear our Savior’s voice say, “Well done thou good and faithful servant, and rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great.”
Scripture tells us in 1 Cor 2:9 NLT “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love him.”
Revelations 21:7 NLT “All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children. No more sorrow and God will wipe every tear from their eyes. The wall is made of jasper, and the city is made of pure gold, as pure as glass.
Friends be faithful and endure for we are fragile and will die if Jesus tarries, but because of the salvation of Jesus Christ we will be raised in power and receive a spiritual body just like those who have went before us.
By: Pastor Steve Eicher