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 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.

Sabbath: Role Reversal

A couple of weeks ago at Christ Community Church, we briefly considered the fact that God took a Sabbath from his work before sin became an everyday part of the world. Since then, it’s humans that take the Sabbath, not God.

Here on the blog, we’re going to keep talking about Sabbath until more people are actually practicing it.

To motivate you to faithfulness in this area, we’ve got a number of different options.

A review on a book about why “Rest Works.”

Or, an excerpt from Sabbath in the Suburbs: A Family’s Experiment with Holy Time.

There’s a whole swath of good stuff to get you thinking (and doing) about the Sabbath over at The High Calling. Check out, “Reclaiming Sabbath Keeping.”

Sunday Follow-Up: When you are busybusybusy

On Sunday, February 9, Pastor Chelsey continued our series from Mark, “Who do you say I am?” with a message from Mark 6.45-52 (Jesus walks on water). You can hear that sermon on our current series website (or in the archives). One of the strong images in that passage is the disciples straining at the oars, trying very hard on their own to make it to the other side of the sea against an adverse wind. While they are straining, Jesus is aware of their struggles, as he spends the evening praying on a mountaintop.

Today, busyness and being in a hurry can be our way of ‘straining at the oars.’

In such a hurry

Here’s a review of a book called Crazy Busy: A (Mercifully) Short Book About a (Really) Big Problem¬† by Kevin DeYoung. You may find it worth your time!

Courtney offers a guide for busy moms to stay in the Word.

And Tim shares his reflections on why “Life is too short to be in a hurry.”

Photo by Sabrina M. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.

Give yourself a rest

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“Why do we need Physical Rest?”¬†Let Matt walk you through the many, many reasons.

The High Calling offers a number of different ways that rest plays a role in our spiritual (and therefore overall) well-being. They also link to a free online stress test to help you see how you’re faring.

What’s something to do once you’ve realized there isn’t enough rest in your lifestyle? Margaret says to find what makes you more alive.


This post is for adults and teens. It encourages rest, a reflection on lifestyle, and stress.

Photo by Oliver Kendal. Used with permission. Sourced by Flickr.