Before getting into full time Christian ministry, I worked part time at an electronics store selling computers, TVs, and other nifty gadgets. I was “programmed” to always recommend and stress the importance of surge protectors to go along with the customer’s purchase. Being the good boy I am, howbeit reluctantly, I gave the speech and sent many people home with a device that I was convinced was a total WASTE! I maintained that mindset for the next couple years until the unthinkable happened — POWER SURGE!
The problem of sin has brought the consequences of the curse – one of which is that the ‘new’ never lasts (or costs too much to keep new). New houses lose their magic after a mortgage payment or two. The new car smell generally wears off after about two weeks. Honeymoons don’t last forever. Even in the spiritual realm, the newness of conversion and church wears off all-too-soon! The only exception is what God does in the lives of His children. 2 Corinthians 5 speaks about how God seeks to renew us, if we will allow Him. During my sabbatical, I made this a serious matter of prayer…
The Day of Atonement (aka: Yom Kippur) - each year, on one single day, the high priest was able to access the Holiest Place (to sprinkle blood on the mercy seat). On this day a priest would place all of the sins of all the Hebrews onto a goat and send him into the wilderness... the scapegoat. (Read about this day in ch. 16)
What Would Jesus Do... with regard to vacations, hobbies, sports, amusements, break-times, fun & relaxing activities? For the answer, we take a trip back 6,000 years... Since Creation Week, God has taught that a scheduled, consistent period of rest is a good thing. God put down his paintbrush, He rested hands from forming and his … Continue reading WWJD: Pleasurable Pastimes?