This Sunday in my message I’m going to suggest that It’s OK to Turn Off the News to engage in the biblical practice of Sabbath rest; more than that, it’s essential for our sanity and spiritual health. Last February I read an online article that helped me a lot titled, “How To Avoid Being Psychologically Destroyed By Your Newsfeed”. Particularly helpful to me at that time was her first piece of advice: “Recognize that there’s a difference between being immersed and being informed – Sure, you want to be aware of what’s happening in the world, but that doesn’t mean that you have to be plugged into your Twitter or Facebook feed 24/7. Give yourself permission to take breaks.” Permission to take a break – that is what Sabbath time is. It is giving yourself time to take a break, time to recenter and refuel one’s spirit. Jesus knew this. Scripture shows us that it was his regular practice to withdraw to a deserted place for time alone in prayer (see Mark 1:35-39 and Luke 5:15-16). May we learn from his example.
To listen to Pastor Ernie’s message, click on “It’s OK to Turn Off the News and Enjoy Sabbath Rest”