9-8-2015 Labor Day

The Central Labor Union desired a rest day for workers in 1882, which became a Federal Holiday in 1884. Under Moses’ Law, God told Israelites: “Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD your God. In it you shall do no work” (Deuteronomy 5:13-14 NKJV). Men originated a yearly rest day, God had a weekly rest day. Solomon said: “Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God” (Ecclesiastes 2:24 NKJV). A “Labor Day” that doesn’t remember God is wasted. Jesus said: “Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life” (John 6:27 NKJV).

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#god, #labor-day, #rest

Rest is for those who Work

All sales and cookouts aside, Labor Day was meant to be a day off for those who actually labor. And it was designed to be a celebration and a guaranteed day of rest for workers during a time in the American culture when a workweek’s amount of vacation was an extremely rare, if not non-existent, perk enjoyed by the few!

Just as in the past, labor today can be done in different ways and in various amounts, but just as in the past, without the actual labor what’s the rest for?

Perhaps this is a point with a spiritual application? Undoubtedly it is!

To God’s people there is a time coming when we will inherit, not just a “day” of rest, but an entire “land” of rest in Heaven; but what would this rest be without the labor that works toward it?

While spiritual labor can surely be done in different ways and in various amounts, there is no point to rest if there’s no labor to begin with! This is a point, among several others, to keep in mind when we read verses such as:

There remaineth therefore a rest to the people of God. For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” (Hebrews 4:9-11 – KJV)

Rest is meant to be for those who work, and in the midst of a section of God’s word that says we are saved by grace we find that God’s people are meant to look for the work that he has given us to do (Ephesians 2:10). For the heavenly land of rest will only be entered by a living, a trusting, and yes, a laboring faith that seeks a rest in Canaan that can be counted on.

There is indeed rest for the weary, God will keep his word, but we must be weary of those who promise rest without the labor – for they existed among God’s people in the past and they continue to do so today.

For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.” (Matthew 20:1 – NKJV)

#faith, #labor, #labor-day, #land-of-rest, #rest, #spiritual-application, #spiritual-canaan

Labors! by Carl Hanson

Today (Monday, September 2) is marked on our United States calendars as “Labor Day”. Also celebrated by our Canadian neighbors to the north, this holiday always falls on the first Monday of September. Though initially established for the purpose of honoring the WORKFORCE, for some it has become a day to get some extra work done around the house or yard, while for others it merely provides a long weekend to just get away and relax.

What would this world be if there were no WORKFORCE? Though the WORKFORCE is associated with a variety of occupations, some may be seen as more significant than others even when the level of pay may not seem to say so. There is significant work done for little pay (i.e. providing care for the young and the elderly) while high salaries are paid for work that may not be so significant (i.e. professional athletes). There are those in society who have found the salary matters not when they understand the benefit their works provide. In that they find great satisfaction and their labors are a joy to carry out.

In view of all the things people stress over and get caught up in — including over-focusing on the physical while missing the significance of the spiritual — Jesus exhorted. . .

“(27) Do not WORK for the food that perishes, but FOR THE FOOD THAT ENDURES TO ETERNAL LIFE, which the Son of Man will give to you. For on him God the Father has set his seal.” (John 6:27 ESV)

We know the body needs food to be sustained and the Lord noted that as well. (note Matthew 6:11 & 31-32) However, many were following Him because He had fed them, rather than because they were acknowledging Him as the Messiah. Though feeding hungry folk is a significant thing, the nourishing of the soul is an even more significant work.

In his letter to the church at Corinth Paul wrote. . .

“(58) Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. ALWAYS GIVE YOURSELVES FULLY TO THE WORK OF THE LORD, because you know that YOUR LABOR IN THE LORD IS NOT IN VAIN.” (1 Corinthians 15:58 ESV)

Regardless of the occupation we may prepare for and take on to support ourselves and our families, there is LABOR IN THE LORD on many levels for all of us to do. In doing so, we become a worker with God! (2 Corinthians 6:1) I submit to you there is no grander WORKFORCE than that!



“teEn-MAIL” is sent out daily by Carl Hanson, preacher for the Church of Christ in Port Townsend, Washington, USA, located at 230 A Street, Port Townsend, WA 98368. Come visit us if in the area.

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Happy Labor Day!

Happy Labor Day to all. We had a cookout this afternoon at my sister’s house, with our parents, and all our kids and grandkids. In Brazil “Workers Day” is May 1st. Do  you see a difference in emphasis between “Labor” and “Workers”?

• Polishing the Pulpit was a great experience for The Missus, The Maiden, and me. The Maiden stayed the weekend, The Missus and I, the whole week. I have something up on BNc about it.

• In great connected America, our hotel was without wifi the whole week. The events center where PTP was held couldn’t keep all 3,200 attendees connected during several days. Technology is great when it works. I actually didn’t miss being unconnected, too badly, since our days were filled with good things.

• Is the Saturday before Labor Day Walmart’s best day of the year? The Missus, The Maiden, and a DIL stayed there there for a long time …

• Temps were in the low- to mid-90s this afternoon in Arkansas. I stayed indoors in the air conditioning and and had them feed me the burgers through the door.

• Christians’ thoughts inevitably turn to their Lord with every theme, and Labor Day is no different. What a privilege to work in the kingdom of God! What a difference that saints make, through the Spirit of God, as they bring others to eternal salvation! Our service in the body of Christ is yet another sign of grace.

#corollaries, #family, #labor-day

Joy in labor

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Labor-Day-themed article, “Work Is Good”

Many modern societies like the U.S. are turning toward a philosophy of entitlement, expecting the government to guarantee basic personal needs. Governments encourage such attitudes. The more money they can generate through taxes, tariffs and fees, the more power they accumulate.

God created man as a creature of work. Before the Fall, Adam and Eve were given the responsibility of tending the garden of Eden. After the Fall, man’s work became onerous and difficult, and this area of his life, as were all others, was adversely affected. But the inherent goodness of work was not changed.

Read the rest of the article HERE.

#employment, #every-good-work, #labor-day, #work

Thank you, Lord, for the cycles of life,…

Thank you, Lord, for the cycles of life, from the day’s routine of work and rest, to the growth from birth to death.

#labor-day, #prayer

Happy Labor Day?

Can we say that? Seems the holiday isn’t so important that it normally elicits such warm greetings, nor are there great preparations ahead of time, except for travel or a meal. No Labor Day decorations grace the American house.

In spite of that, we wish all a blessed holiday period. Seems traffic and posts at TFR are low, an indicator that people are away from the computer and the Internet. Not a bad thing, and we pray the time is used for rest and family and thoughts of life and God.

#holidays, #labor-day