We 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.
Last Sunday, our thanks to Peter Sinclair, who walked us through basics of Sabbath.
Marva Dawn was one of the theologians used to help us understand what God intends. To hear some of we heard on Sunday in Marva’s own voice, watch this video. The book is called Keeping the Sabbath Wholly: Ceasing, Resting, Embracing, Feasting.
You can also watch stories of people who have taken up the command to remember the Sabbath day and have found that it has changed their lives.
And for fun, here’s another layer to the conversation in the arena of modern Sabbath.
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!
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.
What if we recognized having a “case of the Mondays” as a symptom of a larger problem? Cap explores what Sabbath rest signifies for our well-being.
On Sunday we talked about how Pharaoh’s way of slavery in Egypt was meant to dehumanize and control the Israelites. God’s gift of liberation and Sabbath was the gift of freedom to discover their God-given purposes. In “Healing a Life of Fear with Creativity,” Ken applies a similar line of thought to our lives today.
In 2014, Regent College offered an online forum on Sabbath called “Freedom in the Busy.” You can watch the video of the livecast or question & answers from leaders, including Ann Voskamp and Mark Buchanan, free of charge.
We 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.
The final pathway of our series on growing an emotionally healthy spirituality is to go “the Next Step and Develop a Rule of Life.”
This discipline has been used in the church from some of its earliest times, but is perhaps most widely connected to life in monasteries and other intentional faith communities. Bottom line: They intentionally guide your growth towards God.
Need to be inspired to understand the power of a rule of life? Consider Mother Teresa.
Already practice a few spiritual practices? Use this reflection to help you think through changes.
Finally, wondering what a rule of life in a community can look like for ‘normal’ people? Check out Awakening of Hope.
We’re entering the home stretch of our journey of discovering emotionally healthy spirituality. This week we learned from Jesus as he talked with a lawyer about who should be considered a “neighbour” as we love God and our neighbours. (Luke 10.25-37)
To be able to have an extended definition of “neighbour” is a sign of “Growing into an Emotionally Mature Adult” (the sixth pathway).
And here’s something to work through as a family.
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.
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.”
Over the last two Sundays at CCC we laid the foundation for our exploration of what modern discipleship looks like. First, we focused on what it means to become a disciple, then, we came to understand how important community is for discipleship. You can hear either of those messages on our current series.
To think more deeply about how our personal spiritual formation is also good for others, read “Defining Spiritual Formation: For the Sake of Self and Others.”
Knowing how to live as a community is as simple as looking at Scripture’s “one another” passages.
And what might our discipleship look like if we integrated it into our daily living? Here’s one remarkable story of a woman who created a community out of her neighbourhood.