Your Place of Stress or Rest (63 of 70) by Jerry Watts

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Your Place of Stress or Rest (63 of 70)
Series: Mark - God's Message for Today
Jerry Watts
Mark 14:32-52

Do you know what stress is? Everybody in this room understands this term because it is seems to be so evident today. Little kids have stomach problems, teenagers have relational problems (peers), and everybody seems to have emotional problems if not a disorder of some kind. This week I 'attempted' to read up on disorders only to discover that I didn't have time because there were so many and the list is growing every day! Think OCD, ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, dependency, schizophrenic, and do I need to go on? You ask, ''Preacher, you making fun?'' The answer is no as I have emotional issues in my own family and of my own. Here's the point: While it may not be the entire cause, stress is one of the culprits to our emotional dilemma for the day. Everybody knows what stress is because most of us are closely acquainted with it.

Do you know what rest is? It's more than your favorite recliner or bed. In fact, many go to bed each night and get little rest. Rest is being able to be at peace in the midst of a world gone crazy.

Today, we continue our journey with Jesus toward the cross. Jesus knows what is ahead, He knows what is behind, and He turns a place of stress (in the face of Calvary) into a place of rest. Let's read and learn how He did it. He didn't abandon God's plan of the cross, but found peace. (Read)

It would be easy to simply tell the story of Gethsemane and how it impacted Jesus, but what I desire to do is to walk through this story and see how much we can learn from His experience.

Verse 32 begins like this, ''they went to a place.'' You recognize that word ''place'', it generally means a location like a garden, a house, or town. Certainly for Jesus and his disciples this was a location. However, many of us have come to the place in our lives where we were stressed out.

It wasn't a location, it was a state of being or state of ...


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