Pastor Paul's Perspective

Keeping Sundays Sacred

New Resolutions for 2019

Happy New Year!  Goodbye 2018 and Hello 2019!

(that's "by the way" for you non-cool folks) -- where has the past 18 years gone??? And what even happened to year 2000???

I digress . . . 

With a new year comes both the opportunity to reflect on the past and renewed optimism for what lies ahead.

For some (like me), resolutions at the start of a new year give us goals to focus on for the next 365 days. Goals that, if we accomplish them, we are better for it, and if we fail . . . well, there's always 2020 . . . 

I always set some personal goals for the new year - resolutions, if you will. For the past two years I've had the same 3 goals, which I've written down and carry around with me. Here they are, taken directly from the piece of paper in my wallet:

1. Don't worry, be happy.
2. Cheer more, coach less.
3. No control freak!!!

I think the reason these goals haven't changed from one year to the next is because I had an "epic fail"!!! 

Yep--strike out. 0 for 3.

So, one more year for these 3 goals and back into my wallet they go. And yes, this year is going to be different. I hope. 

Well, those are my personal resolutions, but I also have a group goal this year for us as a church. It's a resolution for all of us and here it is:

Keep Sundays Sacred - Be in church on Sundays.

This Sunday, January 6, at 10am, I will be preaching about God's view on setting aside a day to celebrate Him. 

Ok - stop it . . . 

Some of you are saying, "I celebrate God everyday".
Good for you!

Others are saying, "I don't need to go to church to celebrate God". Good for you too!

And still others may say something like, "I can have my God-time wherever--on the boat, golfing, with family, etc." Squeezing Him in on Saturday for an hour or so of church so I can have "ME time" on Sunday. (That last one was intentionally sarcastic - sorry. )

Others of you who are deep in your theology are saying, "The real Sabbath was on Saturday and the 4th commandment was never taught by Jesus specifically." Good for you! You're wrong, but good for you.

Now that you're either laughing or all fired up and mad, can I encourage you to come out this Sunday and hear from God's word why we should keep Sundays sacred and be in church?

Consider this as a big picture:

  • God rested by setting a day aside after His 6-day work week
  • Jesus rose from the dead on Sunday, which moved the Christian Sabbath from the last day of the week (Saturday) to the first day of the week (Sunday)
  • Pentecost in Acts 2 was on a Sunday. Yep, that's right.


And there is more . .  

But consider this - throughout Scripture, God makes a big deal about setting a day aside and accomplishing something great on Sunday.

And, as a final thought, check out Hebrews 10:23-25 where it talks about the value of meeting together on the Lord's Day and also about the danger of not meeting together.

Hope to see you Sunday as we keep Sundays sacred!

Pastor Paul

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