Friday, June 11, 2010


What a blessing Beverly and I received last night at her fundraiser. To see the way her ministry is affirmed by our community is so encouraging. And the sensitivity shown to us was gratifying. God has SO affirmed us being where we are.

I am preaching through the 10 Commandments right now. This week is the 4th Commandment, that pertains to the "Sabbath." When we approach Scripture as if it is a legal document rather than a call to know God, we end up as empty shells of what God intended for us. I think that is true when it comes to this commandment. In fact, the call to "Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy" is the main reason many will say, "We are not under the 10 Commandments any more." It threatens our "meeting on Sunday" doctrine.

Well, we meet on Sunday because it is resurrection day! But to throw out the Sabbath command because we don't meet on Saturday is to miss God's "health care plan" for His people. God knows how we operate. And He knows we need a day of rest. Not more activity crammed into another day, but a day of rest. A day to reorient ourselves to Him.

I don't do very well at this. Even in my leisure, I fill it with activities (often mindless ones like watching TV). What would a day of rest look like? I don't have it figured out yet, but I am going to make this my quest. I would love to hear from you.

Please pray for our group that left for Ecuador this morning. They will be gone for a week.


Anonymous said...

I remember a comment you made years ago regarding this "day of rest." You said we want Sunday to be a rest day, but we sure want there to be waitresses working when we want to eat out after church. How true! I enjoy your blog, don't often comment but we do think of you guys often and continue to pray for you and Beverly.

Wayne Mask

Jeff said...

I seem to recall hearing something about the Sabbath. This is one plan from God that I fail at miserably. I have Sabbath moments but no Sabbath day. I need to reflect on this and think about what it really means for me. I look forward to Sunday.