From the Editor: Thanking God For Rest

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We wrap up our “Productive” study with a session about rest. The Point of the session is, “Rest is a gift from God for His glory and our benefit.” We know that one of the 10 Commandments is “Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy.” So what does that mean? Does it just mean […]

Productive, Session 6: All Additional Resources

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Here are the magazine articles that were selected to go along with this session: For Users of Bible Studies For Life: Adults, Bible Studies For Life: Young Adults, and Bible Studies For Life: Adults (KJV)—A Sanctuary in Time For users of Bible Studies For Life: Senior Adults— Disciplines to Slow Down By Ronnie Floyd’s blog post, Thanking God For […]

Productive, Session 6: Additional Questions

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       The Point: Rest is a gift from God for His glory and your benefit. Introduction Is there a difference between a “Sabbath” and a “day off?” If so, what is it? Why is it so difficult to simply rest? How to your recharge your batteries after a busy week or semester? Have […]

Productive, Session 6: Discussion Option for Singles

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As you discuss the topic “Give Work a Rest” with the singles in your small group, be aware that many singles in the work force have a harder time maintaining a “work-life” balance than those who are married and/or with children. One line from the article Single Employees Want ‘Work-Life’ Balance Too could make a great discussion […]

Productive, Session 6: Current Events Connection

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To help introduce the point of this session, “Rest is a gift from God for His glory and your benefit,” share this story about one company that has made “nap pods” available for its employees. If you do not see the video below, click here to watch the clip on YouTube.  Ask: How would you […]

Productive, Session 6: Intro Option for Men’s groups

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To supplement your discussion of the introductory question, share some statistics from this article from the New York Times on the importance of rest and relaxation. Research from a variety of disciplines indicates that regular rest can boost productivity and improve job performance. Rest such as short afternoon naps, longer sleep hours, more time away […]

Productive, Session 6: Conclusion Option for Parents Groups

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As you bring this session to a close, re-emphasize the point: Rest is a gift from God for His glory and your benefit. Gather parents in a circle. Place some candles in the middle of the circle, light them and then shut the lights off. Tell parents that as you play the song “Word of […]

Productive, Session 6: Live It Out Option for Women’s Groups

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To conclude your Bible study and discussion, consider assigning this video as “homework” for the women in your group. It is a 45 minute clip from a women’s conference in which the theme verse was Matthew 11:28—”Come to me all who are weary, and I will give you rest.” If you choose to show a […]

Productive, Session 6: A Sanctuary in Time

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By Margaret Feinberg Reawaken to the wonder of rest.  Speeding through life at what I believed was a healthy pace, I ran out of gas without as much as a flicker from the fuel warning light. I completed projects and checked off to-do lists without hesitation until I woke up one Monday feeling like a […]

Productive, Session 6: Disciplines to Slow Down By

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by Deborah Christensen I used to live at top speed. Leaving the house at 8:00 a.m., I buzzed all day — from work to church and back to family — returning home with just enough energy to fall into bed.  The wear and tear of my life finally caught up with me. I smacked into […]