More Than a Sabbath

SabbathWe love this series from The High Calling a few years ago. Take the time… perhaps even on a Sabbath, to read how Sabbath principles can be lived.

More Than a Sabbath: My Fast From Producing

More Than a Sabbath: My Fast from Ladder Climbing

More Than a Sabbath: My Fast from Competing

More Than a Sabbath: My Fast from Earning

More Than a Sabbath: My Fast from Consuming

More Than a Sabbath: How to Fast the Other Six Days

Sabbath’s Rest to Delight

Here are two clips we watched on Sunday morning to consider how we might delight as a way of resting on Sabbath. We learned from Exodus 20 that we ought to rest as God rested in the creation story (Genesis 2.1-3). God’s rest at the beginning was a rest that included delighting!

Pure Joy on the Streets of Brighton and Madeline + Train.

If our lives are too busy so that we are too exhausted to dance and laugh and play on the Sabbath, then our lives are truly out of balance.

Sabbath Matters

SabbathWe started a new series at Christ Community Church on the Sabbath. You can listen along on our website, but we’d love to have you join us in person sometime!

Here’s a humorous, but very serious, ‘test‘ as to whether or not you need Sabbath in your life from Pete Scazzero.

This post encourages us to think about our children’s need for rest and that, as parents, we are not powerless to the demands of society for them. It also share the important lesson that Rhodes Scholar and Basketball player Clay Christiansen learned about the Sabbath: “life is just one series of extenuating circumstances not to do what is right.”

Also, Sabbath takes practice. Take it from this chaplain!

Look forward to more posts on the Sabbath in the weeks to come. Until then, may you enter into God’s rest.

Emotionally Healthy Pathway 4

Building on the previous week’s discussion of the “walls” we encounter in our maturation, this week we considered the possibility that great growth and transformation can happen in times of pain, grief, and loss (including coming to terms with our limits).

Pathway 4 to Emotionally Healthy Spirituality is “Enlarging Your Soul Through Grief and Loss.”

Here are 8 limits common to all of us.

In “On Grief and Growing Up”, Lee helps parents understand that what they feel guilty about may actually be grief over their kids growing up…

And, get a glimpse of one family’s journey to have their soul enlarged through the grief of losing a young mom.

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Pathway 3

Emotionally Healthy SpiritualityWe’re continuing to learn how Jesus invites us to a healthier place emotionally and spiritually in all circumstances. This week, we considered how the hardest places in our life’s story can also be the places of great growth with Christ as we Journey Through the Wall.

To think a little more about what the wall is, read through “Deep in the Dark: Abiding During the Dark Night of the Soul.”

Or, learn these spiritual lessons from newborns… you might be surprised at how useful they are!

And to continue to think about what happens to your way of thinking because you’ve journeyed through the wall, here’s a short piece from Think Christian.

 

Pathway 1 to Emotionally Healthy Spirituality

The first pathway of Emotionally Healthy Spirituality (as laid out by Pete Scazzero) is Know Yourself that You May Know God. We started the conversation on Sunday by Current Sermon Series again to the story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. Here are some things to help you keep up the good work!

Consider the dangerous messages about feelings and emotions our culture has given us– especially for men and young boys. Is there a more God-honouring way?

Use this exercise to help you think through whether an idea is the truth about who you are, or a lie that is trying to bind you into a life and identity that doesn’t belong to you.

And here’s a meaningful prayer exercise you can use to help you think through your inner thoughts and daily activities in order to know yourself and God better.

 

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality Week 1

Emotionally Healthy Spirituality.jpgWe’re doing a churchwide series using material from Peter & Geri Scazzero called Emotionally Healthy Spirituality. During this first week, we thought about the cost of emotional and spiritual immaturity by looking at Saul’s struggle in 1 Samuel 15. We closed our worship time asking the Holy Spirit to bring to our attention our areas of immaturity.

One of the ‘symptoms’ of emotionally unhealthy spirituality (as outlined by Pete in his book) is “Ignoring the emotions of anger, sadness, and fear.” Our links today provide some ideas on what to do instead of ignoring them.

Learn from David’s approach to fear and anger in “Two Quick Remedies for Anger, Hurt, and Fear.”

The Institute for Faith, Work & Economics helps us think through common fears that workers experience.

Finally, for those of us who carry sadness and regret about the past, there’s “How to Live with Regret” by Bill Lokey.

Sunday Follow-up

On Sunday, one of our missionaries, Caleb Brownhill, shared a message from Romans 12 and Genesis 3 about being transformed from the patterns of this world to the ways of God. You can listen to that message on our current sermons media player.

We’ve provided some further reading on three of the main ideas Caleb helped us understand as we seek to grow in Christian maturity.

First, the shift from the selfish life to the God-centred life requires a hard look within. Read more in “The Antidote for Selfishness is You.”

Second, recognize when you’re shifting the blame. We’ve linked to this article before, but it’s that good: “Blame-Shifting Away our Sin.”

Third, journey towards maturity. What does maturity look like? When it comes to how we see and treat ourselves, St. Bernard has some thoughts: “When Love Grows Up”.  And just in case you think that spiritual maturity is all about seriousness, be encouraged by “God and Laughter.”

Some (possibly) new questions to ask when you read the Bible

All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, so that everyone who belongs to God may be proficient, equipped for every good work.

2 Timothy 3.16-17

Notice that the list above doesn’t include comfort- which is the primary reason many of us turn to the Scriptures. Though the Holy Spirit comforts us through the word, we are invited to experience the many facets of the power of the Bible. Below are links to three different sets of questions or practices to help enrich your study of the Bible.

7 Arrows for Bible Reading

Three Principles to enrich your spirituality through the Bible’s images, stories, and ideas.

Key Questions for Interpreting the Bible Today