Pastor Chuck Rarina Starts a New Series of New Hope Church; Keep Calm and Keep the Sabbath

Pastor Chuck Rarina Starts a New Series of New Hope Church; Keep Calm and Keep the Sabbath

By Frances Gonzalez-Boyd

 

 

 

Pastor Chuck Farina took his church congregation back to the bibical days when the book of Exodus and the ten commandments were written in a sermon he preached. He shared in his sermon and new series, Keep Calm and Keep the Sabbath, a perspective from the past to today, while touching base on some good points. Exodus 20:8-11 Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your anyimals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.’ “We live in the most fast-paced period of history. People literally fly from one continent to another. We cure diseases that have been plagued every generation before us. The phone in my pocket has an entire biblical library, a camera, and thousands of songs on board. It seems as if everyone is working harder. We are all too busy. And we dont’t juist work at one thing anymore. We drive cars and talk on the phone. We talk on the phone andshop in the cloud…and fix dinner…and watch the news. These are incredible times, and yet it would seem that something is missing. In the last twenty years, studies show that work is up 15 percent and leisure is down 30 percent, and things are only going to get worse.” Farina said. Technology has beat many people in a race that they cannot keep up with. It is a fact that the extent of communication devices continue to take over society, and becoming a number one idol, instead of putting God, our creator first. How much time do people actually make for God, and also attend a church service. Farina shares more as he discusses the facts. “The problem is, its hard to see something that’s not there. Something is missing from our lives—something that until now had been safely passed along, generation upon generation. What’s missing is a Rhythm of life established thousands of years ago, a rhythm of stopping all commerce and work one day out of seven. What is missing is a day of rest when we make time to hear the voice of God.” He said. “Just a short while ago, almost everything in society stopped one day a week. Gas stations, banks, and grocery stores locked their doors at night and on Sundays. No more. We are no longer a society that goes to sleep at night or conducts business six days a week. Now we go 24/7.” Pastor Farina shared. “Sabbath was meant to protect the worker and to set the stage for a celebration of God.”