Mission Statement

Cyber Sabbath's goal is to begin to mend the division between Christ and the world (society) that Church has created through reflections, sermons and devotionals

Cyber Sabbath is a place for the stifled Christian voice to be heard. Media gives way to much time to the extremist - over looking the theologically educated and/or the moderates in favor of what sells their view point. Here, politics aside, a pastor reflects on God's voice in every day life.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

This post can be flushed...

Ok so I am going there...into the bathroom talk!

I have been surprisingly a tune to signs in bathrooms lately.  Maybe it is once again being pregnant and needing to use restrooms a lot or what.  What I mean by signs are home-made (either by hand or computer) signs with instructions on how to flush the toilet.  Some have read, hold handle down until water disappears or please make sure handle is all the up after flush.  Whatever the sign is, we in the first world country need to be reminded how to flush a toilet. 

And this got me thinking.  Really our regards for others has really went, well, down the toilet!  We are called to "do onto others what you have done to you" and yet we live isolated worlds with our own agendas. 

But we are called to be better.  We are called to think not only about others when they are in front of us, but when we are alone.  We are called to live better for others. 

So the next time you are alone, in a public restroom, remember that those moments in life still count.   Think about the next person.  Let's work together to actually bring our society up to one in which we live for each other and not just ourselves.  Imagine how much nicer it would be!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Living into the Life

So once again life and computer issues have cause a bit of a lack in my blogging, but also the summer and life has been a bit overwhelming, we have a lot going on. 

A year and a half ago when we resigned from one of our church positions due to the insanity that is church politics and of course due to the bullies who thrive in churches because people who stand up to them get kicked out, we were at a cross roads.  We, thankfully, had a house in which we could move but as we looked at the immediate prospect of income we knew that was going to be a temporary position and we would probably have to sell the house.  So we began the selling process, the moving process and the searching for job process.  Luckily for us, we got a 6 month severance package, looming for us was that as Pastors we don't qualify for unemployment, so we only had 6 months to find a supplemental income.

We question leaving the other church, we could have moved to PA and accepted a call to do just that.  But we didn't feel that was right.  Instead, we lived into what we preach - we lived into what God was actually calling us to do.  We felt we had to stay for at least 2 years with the congregation that had potential - and in fact just this year it grew 9% (not to mention it had growth last year).  But we didn't know it would, we trusted what God was calling us to do.

As a part of that trust, we took a giant leap into the unknown and embarked on a journey to renovate a home.  A home that was gifted to us for free, with the understanding that we fix it up.  And so we have for the last year and half worked on fixing up this house to be a place where we can call home. 
One way we feel touched by God is that even in our low points we find blessings.  We have found amazing deals for our house - including siding and windows.  We have come under budget in most areas without compromising on the quality - our windows are all argon filled and far surpass the min. requirement for our project and our area.  We have been gifted with finding treasures like the above the stove vent, new in box at a yard sale for $15!  What a bargain. 

Besides that we were blessed with another job - paying well although not the perfect job.  And at the end of the day we have time to spend with our children which is probably the biggest blessing.  We don't live lavishly, but right now all our extra money is going into the house, but we do live and life that we can be proud of and we go to bed, praying for God's guidance in our journey that has thus led us to not the life we thought we would be living, but the life that is truly blessed by our Sustainer - and what more can you ask for?

Many Pastors have told us out right they wouldn't have made the choices we made, they wouldn't have called the church people out - knowing that would have lost their job; they would have accepted the called in PA; they wouldn't have jumped on a chance to fix up an old house and spend the next two years pouring money into it...however, to me that means they wouldn't be living up to what they preach.

Each Sunday I encourage people to follow God's will, even if that feels opposite of our own.  I tell people to take risks to follow God for you never know the blessings that may come your way.  For sure, I am taking a deep lesson in that this year!  The blessings, not just financially but elsewhere too has really brought us to a deeper understanding of how God works in our life and what God is calling us to do.  Even if that call changes, or God leads us some place new, we know that to truly let God lead your life brings miracles and blessings beyond your imagination.