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True Sabbath

I was amused as I prepared for this morning, because it can be challenging for a Christian pastor to preach about Sunday as Sabbath or a day of rest. It is the primary and most visible workday of our week, but we also had the Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly this week.

The Sabbath, thankfully, is not restricted to a certain calendar day of the week; however, we are still called to take a day of sabbath (rest) weekly.

  • The Israelites and modern Jewish adherents observe Friday (sundown) until Saturday (sundown) as Sabbath.
  • Muslim adherents observe Friday as Sabbath.
  • Christian adherents tend to observe Sunday as Sabbath.

Thus, I was amused as I prepared because Saturday is often my sabbath and the Indiana-Kentucky Synod Assembly was Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Thus, the Sunday a year that sabbath rest is our scriptural focus there was no sabbath rest at hand for me. I wonder if other clergy found it amusing as well.

We, as people of faith, have this mandate or commandment to ‘take a weekly day of rest’, BUT how many of us hold to it?

I literally see two hands. It is interesting to note, it is the youngest among us who are receiving their sabbath rest. (These were ages 3 and 7).

As I pondered our lack of sabbath rest, a song came to mind. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on June 5, 2018 in Sermons, Uncategorized

 

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Remember Sabbath! Stop, Rest, be Restored!

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Our texts this week are Isaiah 58 and Luke 13.

In Isaiah, we are told to feed the hungry, to satisfy the needs of the needy, and to honor the Sabbath.

In Luke, Jesus is teaching in the synagogue and he heals a woman who had been crippled by a demonic spirit for eighteen years. The leader of the synagogue is annoyed by this and argues that this man had six other days in the week to heal and that he should not have healed this woman on the Sabbath. Jesus calls him a hypocrite and says how many of you would not untie your ox to get your ox water, essentially saying making that your ox’s needs are met. How much more important is it for the needs of this woman, this daughter of Abraham, your sister in faith, for her to be heal, for her to be released on the Sabbath.

Sabbath literally means to stop.

I felt awkward preaching about Sabbath, because as a pastor and as an American, I tend to be a workaholic. We are a nation of workaholics. I know the Sabbath and I know the important of the Sabbath, and yet I am horrible about keeping Sabbath. I am horrible about taking┬árest. I am horrible about giving myself the time to be restored. Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 22, 2016 in Sermon Summaries

 

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