Tag Cloud
A&F advent anointed aroma Baby baptism Barnabas bells Belong Bible blessing branches bride bridezilla carols change childlike faith children Christ christmas church coffee come alongside comforting coming alongside community confession counter-cultural Creation cross Crucifixion dangerous worship Daniel david & bathsheba death devotional different living disciple discipleship distinctive dream dying Easter eat together elisabeth elliot Elohim Emmanuel Emmanuel. Incarnation encourage encouragement enough eternity evidence ex nihilo Examine eyes failure faith family family tree Father Father's love Fear feeling down following Jesus food forgiveness frontline generations generosity genesis giving glory God God is our Father God speaks God with Us God's glory God's goodness God's Help God's people God's Word Good Friday Good Shepherd gospel grace greed growth grumbling Hallow Halloween hard-heartedness harvest heart help holidays Holiness Holy Spirit Hope humility hunger I AM idols image image-bearers imagination Immanuel incarnation interruptions involvement jars of clay Jesus Jesus as Lord John John's gospel kingdom kingdom come knowing God life light listening to God Lord love loving Mark maturity meals meaning Meditate Messiah messy miracle missionary Moses mourning music mystery need needs neighbours no longer olympics one another opportunity ordinary peace Pentecost perspective ponder praise pray prayer Prince of Peace psalm Psalm 133 psalm 23 Psalm 62 psalm 84 Reassurance reconciliation recreation reflection rejoicing relationship remaining repentance rest restoration resurrection revelation rhythm Romans 8 roots running running the race Ruth sacrifice salvation saunter scandal seeing self-worth serve sexual sin sharing signs sin singing soul Sovereignty spiritual disciplines stars stewardship still sunday sustains table thankful thankfulness thanksgiving the Cross time tongue Tragedy transformation Trinity trsut trust Truth unity universe vine weakness Word words work worldview worship worth Yahweh Zechariah

Theme for the Year


Folks, I’ve been so invigorated and challenged by some of the reading I’ve been doing on the Sabbath. And I have two quotes to share…..really just to get you thinking … pondering …. responding.

The first I shared on facebook, but in case you’re not on that, let me share again:

 "If you're concerned that by embracing regular Sabbath rest you're in danger of coming under harsh legalism, simply ask yourself how not observing Sabbath rest is going for you. It's not rest that threatens to oppress you, but your refusal to." (p48, The Art of Rest, Adam Mabry)

If you struggle with rest, have you ever thought that your refusal to rest might actually be crushing you…enslaving you, even.

And then the second quote is from Rabbi Joshua Heschel’s book, Sabbath. He writes: “If we want to enter the holiness of the Sabbath day, we must learn to understand that the world has already been created and will survive without the help of man. Six days a week we wrestle with the world, wringing profit from the earth; on the Sabbath we especially care for the seed of eternity planted in our soul.”

Now, I don’t want us to get hung up on the whole day thing….but more to focus on rest. We each need to work out what godly rest looks like for ourselves…how do we incorporate this kind of rest into our lives. And, and this is where Heschel’s quote is helpful, how do we include soul-care in that rest?

How do you care for your soul? In the midst of scurrying around from one meeting to another; in the frenzy of thoughts that occupy your mind; in the onslaught of messages that we absorb from the world around us….how do you make time to care for your soul?

Worth thinking about.

PrintView Printer Friendly Version

EmailEmail Article to Friend

Living out our calling »