Heaven’s Appetizer

Heaven's Appetizer

If a hiker is nearing his destination at the top of the mountain, he stops feeling tired, even if he is in fact tired. Why? Because nearing his goal and reward takes precedence in his mind.

We continue to push forward in a pandemic world. But we’re tired. The end is not yet in view. So how do we keep going, and keep motivated, and keep energized, when we can’t yet see the top of the mountain?

In this sermon from October 10, 2021 on Hebrews 4:1-13, Pastor Ruttan explores the Sabbath-rest of God and how having something good to look forward to softens the blow of what you’re currenting going through. Not only should we fix our eyes on the eternal rest God offers, but we should think of the weekly day of rest and worship as “heaven’s appetizer” — something which whets our appetite for that great and glorious day, and which gives us motivation and energy to persevere through challenging times.

You can access the video or audio version of this sermon by the buttons provided in this post. In addition, Pastor Ruttan has been providing additional background to Bible passage that goes along with this sermon as a part of ‘The Pulse Podcast with Matthew Ruttan.’ You can hear that extra content by clicking here.


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