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by Mark Earley
Only a few hours of technological abstinence had passed, but
already Mark felt twitchy. His laptop lay abandoned, but almost
as badly as a nicotine addict wants a cigarette, he was itching to
go online, make a phone-call,
send a text-message, do something.
But then something odd happened.
With the uninterrupted time, Mark found himself better able to think,
to reflect, and perhaps strangest of all, to experience a feeling of calm
that had gone AWOL from his modern life. The New York Times columnist
Mark Bittman is one of a whole host of people discovering what some are
terming a "secular Sabbath."
Men and women who have not darkened the door of a synagogue or church
for years are finding a need for a day of real rest--disconnecting from the
almost omnipresent technological advances of Blackberries and wireless Internet.
Bittman is not the only one lamenting what America lost when
the culture of Sabbath observance became a thing of the past.
Judith Shulevitz in Slate Magazine waxes poetic about the loss
also: "The texture of that day off is hard to conjure up now, because
contemporary life offers little like it," she says. "For 24 hours, we
stayed home and ate huge family dinners, went to church, or set
off on afternoon drives . . ."
She goes on to admit, "We had fewer choices, but that lack of
choice may have been more liberating than we realized, because
having the option of working or shopping often brings with it the
nagging sense that if you're not working , you should be . . . "
It is not surprising--is it?--that the people of all walks of life are
discovering a need for Sabbath rest once again. As it says in
Exodus 23, God intended that man and even animals should be
"refreshed" by keeping the Sabbath. Rest was woven into the fabric
of creation. And what we find as we take time off from the rhythms
of work is--as the old Hebrew saying goes--not that we keep the
Sabbath, but that the Sabbath keeps us.
That is a reality Americans can understand. We are starved for rest
as never before, getting an average of just six-and-a-half hours of sleep
a night, a 25-percent drop since the early 1900s. To make up for it,
we rev up on Red Bull, Starbucks, No-Doz, sodas--you name it. No
wonder people are craving the physical and mental health benefits
of a day of rest.
But here is the opportunity you and I have. We know that not only
is the Sabbath meant for refreshment, but it is also a much deeper,
grander sign of our need for spiritual rest. Back in Exodus 31, God
called the Sabbath an "eternal sign." He created it--along with many
other things--as a reminder of our need for Him.
So consider how you and your family might rediscover the Sabbath.
And as our secular friends discover their need for rest--or suffer from
lack of it--let us use it as an opportunity to talk about how the soul
itself will be, as St. Augustine put it, restless until it finds its rest in God.
Mark Earley, 50, former State Senator (1987-1997) and Attorney
General of Virginia (1998-2001), became president of Prison
Fellowship on February 1, 2002.
As President and CEO of Prison Fellowship USA, Earley oversees
the national ministry founded by Charles Colson in 1976, which has
since spread to 108 countries in addition to the United States. Prison
Fellowship's core commitments are Fellowshipping with Jesus, Visiting
Prisoners, and Welcoming Their Children. In line with these commitments,
PF works with thousands of churches and volunteers across the U.S.
to disciple prisoners and prepare them to re-enter the community; to
minister year-round to prisoners' children through Christmas, camping,
and mentoring programs; and to help redeem the culture by embracing,
defending, and applying a clear biblical worldview.
You can contact Mark via the Prison Fellowship website at: http://www.pfm.org
Creation Q & A
Question: Why start at the beginning?
A: Mission organizations like New Tribes Mission, for instance, found
a problem when presenting the gospel to many pagan cultures.
At first, they thought they were reaching these people by telling them
about Jesus and the message of the Cross. But after some time, they
started to realize that these people did not understand the message at
all. Commitments they thought they had did not turn out to be real.
To deal with this, New Tribes developed an approach called Chronological
Teaching. It was obvious that these pagan cultures had no Christian basis.
"They had no knowledge of the foundations of the gospel in Genesis. How
could they understand what Christ did on the Cross if they didn't know
about the Fall--and sin--in the Garden?
Once they started from the beginning of Genesis and taught through the
Old Testament--and then presented the message of Christ--what a change
they saw! Many were truly converted now that they really understood the message.
This same approach needs to be used in our own society. The reason many
don't understand the gospel today is because they've been indoctrinated
in evolution and humanism. They need to start at the beginning, too.
For more information, see Creation Evangelism and the Great Commission at:
and the free online book (with free study guide) Why Won't They Listen? at:
Click on the Bible above or visit the web site listed below!
This new addition to our web site will give you an article on the leading news in the
Creation/Evolution controversy each day.
This section also includes a rotating Question and Answer feature and a weekly
Creation Comic strip from the people at AnswersInGenesis.org.
Be sure to come back and visit each day for an informative article that will
help you keep up to date on the latest news in this controversial area!
Thought For The Day
"The past should be a springboard not a hammock."--Iverne Ball
Verse for the Day
"...but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind me, and
reaching forth unto those things which are before." --Philippians 3:13
Kid's Thought For The Day
This woman and her son are in a nice restaurant. There's quite a bit of food left
over, so the woman tells the waiter, "Please put the meat in a bag for
The son jumps up, "Wow, Mom, are we getting a dog?"
Parent's Thought For The Day
MICHELANGELO'S MOTHER: "Can't you just paint on walls like other children?"
Coach's Thought For The Day
"...For an athlete to function properly, he must be intent. There has to be a
definite purpose and goal if you are to progress. If you are not intent about
what you are doing, you aren't able to resist the temptation to do something
else that might be more fun at the moment."--John Wooden
Creation/Evolution Thought For The Day
"I myself am convinced that the theory of evolution, especially the extent
to which it's been applied, will be one of the great jokes in the history
books of the future. Posterity will marvel that so very flimsy and dubious
an hypothesis could be accepted with the incredible credulity that it has."
--Malcolm Muggeridge (world famous journalist and philosopher),
Pascal Lectures, University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
Writer's Thought For The Day
"What is written without effort is in generally read
without pleasure." --Samuel Johnson
Deep Thought For The Day
"My friends accused me of being a hypochondriac,
which made me think: What if I 'am' a hypochondriac,
in addition to all these other ailments I have?"
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