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565 E William & Mary Dr. (765) 327-7157
Centerton, IN 46151 info@rest-ministries.org

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mug with pauseOK, you have hit life’s pause button…now what? Where do you start…what do you start?

Let us look to God’s Word to find His “Sabbath rest instruction sheets.” One primary specific teaching on Sabbath rest teaches us our personal retreat time (Sabbath rest time) is to be used to remember who God is and what He has done; remember how you have seen God reveal His many Names to you! When has God been your Deliverer, your Healer, your Strong Tower or any of the 700+ Names He exhibits in Scripture?

Deuteronomy 5 15 says, “Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the Lord your God delivered you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Therefore the Lord your God has commanded you to observe the Sabbath day.’

Our purpose in resting with God is to remember God’s amazing revelation of Himself through His works, His Word, His miracles and power! As we remember how God has revealed Himself, our natural response is worship! In addition to driving us to worship, reflecting on what God has done and who He is firmly bolsters our future faith!

The second Biblical purpose for Sabbath is found Exodus 20:11, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. Here, God refers back to Creation where man and God rested together…we often think this “rest” is used as we would think about resting up from being overwhelmed by our work if we had created the world…but let’s explore further.

God is God, He spoke everything into existence up to the point He created man; Man was only one day old and hadn’t done any work yet (such as working the garden, naming the animals or looking for a suitable helpmate)…neither one of them was physically tired! If this is so, why was there a “need” to rest?

This God ordained and God blessed time of divine rest was used as a time where God and man could rest TOGETHER so God could make Adam (man) complete. This “rest’ was specifically created so God could use it as a time for God to prepare man (Adam) for all that He had planned for him…so part of our spending time in the presence of God is to allow God to prepare us for what He has ahead for us!

WOW, the purpose of Sabbath rest and personal retreat is simply this:

  • Remember all God has done and who He is
  • Worship Him and bolstering our faith
  • Let Him fill and prepare us for what He has planned

And the coolest thing of all…God wants so badly to spend uninterrupted time with us that He provides in advance for our needs so we can hang out with Him! But…that is next week…

Looking for a place to take a sabbath rest? Check out Shepherd’s Gate Inn!


Chuck Lehman


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Last week I spoke of hitting life’s pause button and taking a break with God…I even used some “church-ology” by using the words Sabbath rest. When people hear the word Sabbath they immediately begin to focus on the question, “What CAN’T I do on the Sabbath?” We tend to focus on our perception of what the Sabbath is – a bunch of rules limiting us.

But in reality, true Sabbath has a lot more to do with freedoms than it does limitations! It isn’t about the “have-tos” but it truly is about the “get-tos.” It isn’t that you have to stop working and you have to do nothing. It is that you get to stop working; you have permission to do nothing, to produce nothing and just simply “be” in the presence of God! Authentic Sabbath rest isn’t about doing, it is about being!

In regularly pausing from the “normal” routine to be with God, we start to know, recognize and have relationship with God and understand He is Light. In doing so we now have a benchmark in the craziness of life; we now have a true beacon…our personal Guiding Light to run toward in the worst of storms and in the best of life as well! Learning this concept is key to living life as God intended; in fact Jesus Himself says it is the “one needed thing,” the only thing of importance!

In Luke 10:38-42, Jesus is a guest in the home of Mary and Martha. Mary chooses to sit at Jesus’ feet and hang out in His presence (take a Sabbath rest)…Martha chooses to plow through the work that “had” to be done. Martha rapidly hits the point of boiling mad and accuses Jesus of not caring…read the following passage.

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!” “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but indeed only one thing is needed. Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

Martha has the fantastic opportunity to spend time in the very presence of Jesus. Instead Martha chooses to first focus on other things…because of this choice, she is not filled by Jesus, she is not guided by Him, she is not empowered by Him…in fact she can’t even focus on Jesus! She is living and operating under her own power and strength. Martha could only focus on the size of the job she needed to do to please, feed and satisfy the fourteen other people in her house. Does this sound like we are reading about your life sometimes?

Instead, Mary had chosen to first focus on Jesus…Mary chose to spend time in the presence of the One who had the power to speak a blessing on the measly amount of food which was already on hand, feed the entire village and end up with baskets of food left over! Do you see the difference? Where we spend our time becomes where we focus, which in turn becomes what we fall in love with and put our trust in! Martha spent her life doing therefore she put her trust in what she could accomplish leaving no room for time with Jesus! Our choices of where we spend our time alters the course of our lives…just check out John 12:1-8 and see where you find Martha and Mary again!

Learn more about sabbaticals in our Personal Retreat Toolkit. Click here to learn more!


Chuck Lehman

REST Ministries / Shepherd’s Gate Inn


winter-snow-tree-blizzard“Just focus on the light and run toward the light!” Those were the words coursing through my head as I awoke from last night’s dream where I was in a blinding blizzard, about to loose my way in the robust, ranting squalls. Those words deeply impacted me…focus on the light and run toward it! As I pondered those words, chewing on every word like an old cow chews her cud, I was trying to extract every ounce of meaning for me. I realized we are quite good at running these days, however I think we more “run at” things rather than “running toward” something specific; the difference being the amount of focus.

We are very busy at our work; we run hard “at” our work. We play hard; we run hard “at” our play. Sometimes we even run hard at our worship, showing up ten minutes late to the service and checking out during the last point of the sermon! Let’s face it, we all run hard “at” something; seldom is there enough time to focus completely though! There is nothing wrong with running hard…as long as…

In order for our running hard to amount to anything, we need to balance running hard with
resting well! We have a friend who has an entire ministry built around that mantra; Run Hard,
Rest Well! The entire idea of establishing a pattern of work and rest is very Biblical; in fact
Sabbath rest rhythms gets its start in Genesis chapter one! The only thing that gives our work
significance is our resting; and modeled for us in Genesis one is the only way to rest well –
hanging out and resting with God!

Throughout the entire book of John, Jesus is frequently called by the name “Light.” Until we
decide to hit life’s’ pause button ceasing our work in order to focus on the Light and run toward
the Light, we will never rest well. And until we rest well we will never accomplish anything
more than running “at” things!

Are you weary and tired of running “at” things? I challenge you, try pausing one day per week
for a whole month to just focus on God (the Light). Spend four days that month running toward
the Light of God. I guarantee you will find more significance in life…not just your work! The
next several posts will explore what you can do as you “focus on the Light and run toward the

…Rest Well,

Chuck Lehman
REST Ministries / Shepherd’s Gate Inn


Matthew 25


The parable of the 10 virgins is infamous in Christian circles for being one of the most haunting of Jesus’ parables. For those that are not familiar with Matthew 25:1-13, the basic synopsis is: 10 virgins go to meet the bridegroom, it is nighttime so they need lamps. Half are wise and bring extra oil, half are foolish and only bring what they have. The bridegroom gets delayed, the virgins fall asleep, bridegroom arrives, foolish ask to share, the wise say, “get your own!” So the bridegroom brings the wise into his wedding banquet and tells the foolish that he never knew them.

Misty Edwards, a worship leader/songwriter for International House of Prayer has an entire song dedicated to this passage (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nj3SVa6RS1A). She brings up a good point. Sometimes, we get so busy in our lives trying to shine our lamps for Christ that we forget to bring along extra oil and our lights burn out. Even though what we are doing is good and sanctioned by God, if we forget our oil our flames will flicker out. Another scary thought is that we are also tempted to give our oil to those who forgot theirs, leaving everyone without enough to last through the journey. So the question for ourselves is not whether or not we have oil, but rather do we have enough? And what will it take to get more?


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Let’s face it, we all know that our marriages are under attack. That’s why we feel it is so important to host this particular retreat. Brent and Barb Miller from Rapha Restoration Ministries will be giving couples the tools they need in order to enhance and rejuvenate their marriages. If you would like to see that little spark come back into your marriage, sign up now! Click on the logo for more details!


If you read our April 2012 Newsletter article “Worth the Wait” your mouth will be watering for the Shepherd’s Gate Inn Cinnamon Rolls! (Click on our newsletter link to read this article) Here’s our recipe for you to try, or book a retreat and we’ll bake some for you!

Sourdough Cinnamon Rolls

1. Mix the following ingredients in plastic or glass container – never metal and allow to set for 12 hours or overnight
before proceeding to the next step.

1 pkg. dry yeast (2 1/4 t.)
1 1/2 c. warm water
3/4 c. sugar
3 T. instant potato flakes

2. After 12 hours, add the following ingredients mixing well:
1/4 c. sugar
1 c. oil
3 c. warm water
2 T. salt
12 c. bread flour

3. Coat the inside of a large clean bowl with oil and place dough into this bowl. Brush oil on the top of the dough ball.
Cover with a clean towel and let set for 4 hours until double.

4. After doubled, punch down and knead 3-4 times. Divide into 2 equal portions.

5. Roll each portion into a 12 x 9 x 1/2 inch rectangle and spread with each with 4 T. melted butter.

6. Mix together 1 1/2 c. brown sugar and 2 T. cinnamon. Divide equally and sprinkle over melted butter on each portion.

7. Roll each portion lengthwise like a jelly roll; pinching edges together to seal edges.

8. Using a piece of thread, cut each roll into 12 slices.

9. Grease 2 – 9 x 13 pans and place 12 slices per pan. Cover with towel and let rise for 4 hours or overnight.

10. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes.

11. Glaze while hot with the following: 1 c. powdered sugar, 4 T. melted butter, 2 t. vanilla, and enough milk to make the glaze spreadable.


Watch this refreshing personal testimony about God’s blessings by well known Christian author / speaker Francis Chan. It is an amazing story that God can recreate in you as well! Copy and paste the following link in your web browser: http://www.nationalchristian.com/1095

Prepare to have your thinking challenged and to be blessed!


Twenty-five minutes – 1500 seconds…not much time when you really think about it. It is only a few minutes more than we average checking Facebook daily. Twenty–five minutes isn’t even one half of our lunch hour. Many of us spend more time than that driving to and from our work each day.

As we think about it, there doesn’t seem like much of anything of importance could happen in just twenty-five minutes. After all it takes a full twenty-five minutes just to make a box of Uncle Ben’s Wild Rice! Now I like a good plate of wild rice as much as the next guy, but I would hardly classify it as top priority importance!

Pause and think for a moment. In the time it will take me to jot this blog – the very same time it takes to boil a box of rice, our country will lose one more of its most precious resources. In this past twenty-five minutes, we will have lost one pastor from ministry due to moral failure, burnout, breakdown or contention within the church.

This reality costs us one of our priceless clergy every twenty-five minutes, twenty-four hours a day / seven days a week / fifty-two weeks a year! By the time we celebrate the incoming new-year in this country, over 21,000 individuals in ministry will walk away from their calling in ministry in 2011; and many will walk away from their faith entirely!

And as tragic as that statistic is, 21,000 heartrending losses in the lives of those in ministry…the ripple effect to their families and faith community is immeasurable! Tragic, catastrophic and heartrending loses, because many of these losses could have been diverted and avoided with the proper proactive, preventive care.

Just one aspect of ministry REST Ministries specializes in is this type of proactive pastoral care for those in ministry. For more information on how you can assist in this crucial work of rescuing pastors in distress contact us at info@rest-ministries.org with the subject line rescuing pastors. Also be watching here for a link to a video on this subject in the near future!