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Ed Sutton

Sabbath at Risk among SDA's ?

One Adm from one SDA Forum wrote this.  

"Many of us seem to be forgetting how to prepare for the Sabbath. We used to clean the house on Friday, prepare the Sabbath food, polish our shoes, press our Sabbath clothes, put away secular reading, turn off the radio and TV, have sundown worship. And of course on Sabbath morning we would go to Sabbath School and church.


Unfortunately these days only around 50 percent of the members are present for services on any given Sabbath, and many of these don't arrive until just before the preaching service begins.


If we continue down the road we're on, within a short time the average Adventist will keep the Sabbath in the same way most other Christians keep Sunday. If things continue as they are trending, the Sabbath could soon be at risk among many."


I agree it is a common problem and it is a relationship problem in nature.  If we don't love the day He inhabits ( makes holy) can we say we love Him ?  Actually NO. 


Someone else posted two links

But actually obtaining love from God and for God and for Sabbath is a Divine set of gifts - not something we manufacture.  Start with Christ's Object Lessons p-384-385. 

For those who do not use dairy ( all recipes can be veganized .) 

John 6:51  I am the living bread which came down from heaven: if any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world.

52  The Jews therefore strove among themselves, saying, How can this man give us his flesh to eat?

53  Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

54  Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

55  For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed.

56  He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.

57  As the living Father hath sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eateth me, even he shall live by me.

58  This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your fathers did eat manna, and are dead: he that eateth of this bread shall live for ever.

59  These things said he in the synagogue, as he taught in Capernaum.

60 ¶  Many therefore of his disciples, when they had heard this, said, This is an hard saying; who can hear it?

61  When Jesus knew in himself that his disciples murmured at it, he said unto them, Doth this offend you?

62  What and if ye shall see the Son of man ascend up where he was before?

63  It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.        Look this up in Desire of Ages - Chap's 39-41   

 Chap. 39 - "Give Ye Them to Eat" p-364-371  , Chap. 40 - "A Night on the Lake" p-377-382 , 41 - "The Crisis in Galilee"  p- 383-394




Yes, this resonates with me.

I remember as a kid starting to get ready for the Sabbath starting after lunch on Fridays.

We'd vacuum, polish, dust, take baths, get food cooked etc. to be ready to greet the Sabbath.

Being a kid, I thot that was just what all SDA families did.......

But growing up, I found out that was unusual.

Then getting older, moving away, travelling, living on my own etc., I found myself living a very different life too.

I vacuum and dust maybe once every 2 months or so, never polish, usually try to cook before Sabbath, and take my showers on the Sabbath.

Something has been lost.



Yes, eating the flesh and drinking the blood of Christ is just as important now as it was when Jesus commanded it nearly 2,000 years ago.




I was not raised Adventist and came in late in life so I had no one to ask or to learn from...

when I first came in, it took me 6 months to retrain myself to get everything done before Sabbath and to not feel guilty...

I was still working full time and Saturdays were my days to clean house and do all the shopping for the next week...  There were times when I just didn't clean or shop.  And, unfortunately when we were early in the church one couple would always just drop in on the Sabbath after church and make me feel really guilty that I had not cleaned the house and had no food for to serve them.  cry

After 6 months, I learned that I must do a little something each day to prepare for the Sabbath and then, it worked for me.  Sometimes I was shopping for food around 11 at night to just get everything done.  But I noticed that there weren't any crowds and I was always first in line.  So that was pretty cool.  aww

One of the hardest things for me still is to not to do any dishes on the sabbath or clean a spot or pick up a scrap on the floor... I'm so accustomed to doing these things that it is hard not to on the Sabbath.

It saddens me so to hear of Adventists who openly break the Sabbath by going out to eat and force others to do their work for them.  And to conduct workshops and have meetings where things discussed are not of a Sabbath nature.  There is one evangelist who even tells all that it is okay to have your own pleasure on the Sabbath.  That's in direct contradiction to the bible in Isaiah.  

I'm sure that there are even thoughts that we have that should be captivated and deleted on the Sabbath.  Thoughts of work and things to come...  

why is it so hard for us?  Are we just not there yet?  Do we not have the indwelling of the divine nature yet?

Ed Sutton


That's just it - preparing for the Lord of Sabbath REQUITES the abiding in Christ daily - so each step toward the 24 hours of time - corresponds to each step of daily relationship, Christ in us, and us in Christ, then Sabbath will be different for us, like a wedding is different for the couple getting and just got married than for the guests, who are not going on the honeymoon. 

Sabbath is our weekly honeymoon with Jesus / or are we so divorced each other day of the week we feel awkward in His presence during those hours ? 

Ed Sutton





"Sabbath is our weekly honeymoon with Jesus / or are we so divorced each other day of the week we feel awkward in His presence during those hours ?

That's pretty powerful, Brother!  Has got me thinking....

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