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Reflecting on Your Past as You Prioritize Your Future
Reflecting on Your Past as You Prioritize Your Future

By: James Gordon
The clock and calendar are little different from the scrape marks on the prisoner's wall - recording time's passing. With a new year only days away, it's a time to reflect on your days passed and prioritize your days to come.

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When We Need to Reinterpret the Rules
When We Need to Reinterpret the Rules

By: Terrell Carter
Some Christians adopt a strict adherence to understanding and applying God's law in only one way. As a result, they miss out on what God wants to accomplish in their midst.

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5 Ways You Can Avoid On-The-Job Burnout
5 Ways You Can Avoid On-The-Job Burnout

By: Stacy Sergent
Our society encourages and praises workaholism, but working too much and neglecting our own needs inevitably leads to burnout. Here are five ways you can care for yourself on the job.

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Labor Day: Thinking About Work from Christian Perspective
Labor Day: Thinking About Work from Christian Perspective

By: Bill Tillman
Labor Day. Little is said about it from biblical, theological and ethical perspectives. This allows the culture to shape our attitudes on work and money. It's time for churches and ministers to add their voices.

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Catholic Bishops Call Attention to Work, Family Issues
Catholic Bishops Call Attention to Work, Family Issues

By: EthicsDaily Staff
Calling attention to widespread poverty facing middle and rural America, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a Labor Day letter focused on the challenges facing U.S. workers and families.

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10 Suggestions to Ensure You Vacation Well
10 Suggestions to Ensure You Vacation Well

By: Renée Embree
How do you handle vacation? When was the last time you took one? Play and vacation look different for all of us, but we need it. It's good and holy. Here are 10 suggestions to vacation well.

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Why You Treat 'Rest' Like a Four-Letter Word
Why You Treat 'Rest' Like a Four-Letter Word

By: Matt Sapp
Many of us have no trouble seeing our work as something that we do to honor God. But we forget that rest is something we do to honor God, too. So take a break. And don't feel guilty about it.

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Sabbaticals Prepare Pastors for New Season to Bloom
Sabbaticals Prepare Pastors for New Season to Bloom

By: Michael Helms
Gardeners understand that giving the land time to rest every few years is good for the garden. Similarly, a sabbatical prepares a pastor for a new season of ministry ahead.

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Our Workaholic Busyness Keeps Us from Sabbath
Our Workaholic Busyness Keeps Us from Sabbath

By: Guy Sayles
Many of us acquiesce to the fearful lie that our worth is inseparably bound up with our work. It's an insidious form of bondage that keeps us from the command and invitation to observe the Sabbath.

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How You Can Stop Being 'Scrooge with a Stopwatch'
How You Can Stop Being 'Scrooge with a Stopwatch'

By: Guy Sayles
Many of us have a troubled relationship with time. Sabbath, however, invites us to another way of inhabiting time, allowing us to rest in the profound awareness that our worth comes from our identity as God's children.

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How Evangelicals Abandoned Organized Labor
How Evangelicals Abandoned Organized Labor

By: Heath W. Carter
These are the worst times for organized labor, represented by only 7 percent of private sector workers. But you'd be hard-pressed to find evangelicals making this an election-year issue. That wasn't always the case.

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Labor, Wages Often Overlooked as Sermon Topics
Labor, Wages Often Overlooked as Sermon Topics

By: Zach Dawes
Working conditions, treatment of employees and balancing labor with rest are poignant topics as Labor Day nears. The Bible says much about labor and wages, but they're often overlooked sermon topics.

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Discovering God's Purpose in Purposelessness
Discovering God's Purpose in Purposelessness

By: Stephen Holmes
Where is God's purpose when we watch sports or enjoy vacation? There is no need to connect vacation with purpose; trusting in God, we can dare to take time and space to relax, to rest, to enjoy.

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Observing Anew the Fragility of Creation
Observing Anew the Fragility of Creation

By: Molly T. Marshall
We cannot claim to be persons of faith if we are not concerned about the impact of our patterns of living upon future generations and the kind of ecology they will inherit.

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Brueggemann: Churches Should Be Source of Greater Honesty
Brueggemann: Churches Should Be Source of Greater Honesty
By: Sarah Stone
In an illusionary world that operates by euphemisms, the church should be the place where honesty is practiced, theologian Walter Brueggemann said at Catalyst Live in England.
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Why Every Christian Needs a Little Reverie
Why Every Christian Needs a Little Reverie
By: James Gordon
Reverie allows you to be lost in your own thoughts, to take time to rest the mind and slow the body. It's an important part of our Christian walk, but we're often too busy to bother with it.
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How to Reset the Margins of Your Life
How to Reset the Margins of Your Life

By: Michael Helms
Like the pages of books, your life needs margins. Without them, you overextend yourself. Building margins into your life is a matter of choice and discipline, regardless of how much or how little you have.

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5 Lessons Learned from Taking a Tech Sabbath
5 Lessons Learned from Taking a Tech Sabbath
By: Elizabeth Evans Hagan
Do you check your social media apps first thing when you wake and last thing when you go to bed? You may need a tech Sabbath. Here are 5 lessons learned from being unplugged.
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Does Standing Up for Convictions Enhance Your Witness?
Does Standing Up for Convictions Enhance Your Witness?
By: Leroy Seat
It's great to stand up for your convictions. But it also depends on what those convictions are and whether standing up for them enhances or detracts from your Christian witness.
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Spiritual, Physical Dangers Await You When You Hurry
Spiritual, Physical Dangers Await You When You Hurry
By: Ron Rolheiser
We may not hoard money, but we do hoard experience. We constantly hurry what we're doing in order to to be available to do something else. Hurry, however, is an obstacle to spiritual growth.
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3 Ways for Clergy to Manage Their Communications
3 Ways for Clergy to Manage Their Communications
By: Edward Bolen
In our 24/7 world's unlimited opportunities to stay connected and share information, clergy must learn how to manage the growing challenge to network with their congregations and beyond.
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Loosening the Bow
Rest and worship one day a week will make a profound difference in the living of this great faith we have received through Christ. A warm and endearing Jewish blessing is to remind one another on the Sabbath: Shabbat shalom! Sabbath peace! Shabbat shalom!
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Will Your Church Connect with Sunday Workers?
Will Your Church Connect with Sunday Workers?

There's one factor that pulls some millennials away from church. Many, including millennials, work on Sundays. Does your church have a be-the-church mindset or go-to-church mindset?

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Isn't It Time You Took a Digital Sabbath?
Isn't It Time You Took a Digital Sabbath?
We're accessible any time thanks to today's technology. The down side is we can't disconnect mentally and emotionally when we need to. That's why you need a digital Sabbath.
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Great Themes of the Bible: Sabbath
Don’t look at the Sabbath as another rule that we all have to keep or else God is going to be mad at us. Think of it as one of God’s great, wonderful gifts to us.
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Why God Wants You to Give It a Rest
Why God Wants You to Give It a Rest
We serve a God who loves us enough to make rest a commandment. So what are you waiting for? Turn off your cell, log off your laptop, take out your ear buds, turn off your TV – and rest.
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What Black-Friday Bargains Will Cost Your Family
What Black-Friday Bargains Will Cost Your Family
Sure, you could spend a relaxing holiday with your family, but you'd miss out on a great deal on flat-screen TVs. That's the siren call of conspicuous consumerism on Black Friday.
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Rabbis Distribute Special Shabbat Guidelines for Hurricane
NEW YORK (RNS) Observant Jews are permitted to sidestep traditional Sabbath rules on electronics and listen to the radio as Hurricane Irene bears down.
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Pennsylvania Debates Whether Thou Shalt not Hunt on the Sabbath
HARRISBURG, Pa. (RNS) Two of the most influential forces in conservative lobbying are poised to go head-to-head this fall over this difficult issue.
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Do Not Disturb: Ensuring Your Minister is Rested
Do Not Disturb: Ensuring Your Minister is Rested
Our frantic lifestyle often leads to exhaustion. It's not unusual to see sleepy members in a church service. And healthy churches recognize that their ministers need time for renewal and recharging.
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Christian Women Prefer Sunday Services to Shopping, Study Says
(RNS) Protestant and Catholic women in the United States have grown unhappier since stores have stayed open on Sunday.
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Resting Easy
So, my friends, Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Doing so might save your career. More importantly, it will save your soul.
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Lord’s Supper Meditation: On Waiting Til Tomorrow
The most important question is not whether Jesus would go to church, but how would he be treated if he did? By you and me?
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Even Columnists Need to Take a Sabbath
Even Columnists Need to Take a Sabbath
The Sabbath is a time of rest and reflection. It's a chance to connect with God and a time to reflect on what it means to be a human being in this world God has made.
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Renewing Ourselves So We Can Help Others
Renewing Ourselves So We Can Help Others
It's easy to become overwhelmed by the sufferings of others. But in order to restore ourselves, we must give ourselves permission to take a break from direct care for others' needs.
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Sound of Silence: Can We Truly Escape Technology?
Sound of Silence: Can We Truly Escape Technology?
Nothing equals the spiritual value of an intentional silent retreat. Can we find a place where we can escape phone calls, emails, texts, voice messages and Internet service?
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