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Terrie Carpenter

About Terrie Carpenter

Terrie Carpenter began her journey at age 40, after a hurricane the news named Charley blew her world away in 2004. God introduced Himself to her then in a way that left her unable to deny Him any longer. On a quest for the answers to life’s difficult questions, she opened a Bible and God began to open her eyes. You can find out more at Terrie’s Facebook Page – “Lost Sheep Oasis”

Sabbath: Why Saturday? Why Not Sunday? – By Terrie Carpenter

Many of my Christian friends have asked me why I observe Sabbath on Saturday, when Christian churches hold service on Sunday. For a couple of years now, I’ve always answered that I can’t find where it was changed in the Bible. It’s become apparent to me my answer might not be sufficient for some, because their pastor tells them it’s an incorrect answer. But, dear friends, the Bible stands! So, let’s check it out together, shall we?

Bible Study Time: Select an online Bible program you’re comfortable with, being sure it has a keyword search feature. Next, look at any calendar, making sure we’re in agreement that Sunday is the first day of the week…Saturday, the seventh. Okay.
I’m searching the King James Bible, because it’s the most common Christian Bible.

First Search: Let’s begin by searching the phrase,”first day of the week.” The phrase came up only twice, other than finding the tomb empty. The first instance is in Acts. Paul stops in to have dinner and fellowship with the disciples and talks until midnight because he is leaving in the morning. This is not referred to as Sabbath here, nor is it a large gathering, although there were many believers at the time. It was the disciples, a term most often used to describe the original ones.
Acts 20:7 “And upon the first day of the week, when the disciples came together to break bread, Paul preached unto them, ready to depart on the morrow; and continued his speech until midnight.”(KJV)

The second time the phrase appears: Paul is writing to tell the Corinthians to lay aside money on the first day of the week, each as God had prospered them, so they wouldn’t have to gather money when he arrived in town. Again, no mention of the day being the Sabbath…or of a “church meeting.” 1 Corinthians 16:2 “Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him, that there be no gatherings when I come.” (KJV)

Second Search: Because many call Sunday “The Lord’s Day,” I searched that phrase and found only one occurrence.
Revelation 1:10 (John speaking) “I was in the Spirit on the Lord’s day, and heard behind me a great voice, as of a trumpet,” (KJV)
Giving Christianity the benefit of doubt, I also searched “The day of the Lord.” In EVERY instance, that phrase referred to “end of days.” So what John was saying is that in the vision God was giving him, he was seeing “end of days” via the Holy Spirit.

It’s become apparent to me my answers may not be sufficient for some, because their pastor’s are telling them it’s an incorrect answer. But, dear friends, the Bible stands! 

Starting With The Bible!
We started with the Bible and let God lead from there. It can be easy to look at a list of “do’s and don’ts” and get hung up on achieving a goal or looking like others who keep the Sabbath.

Third Search: I keyword searched the phrase “seventh day” and got 48 scriptures. I could list them, but I’m not sure there’d be space here due to limits, and to the amount of Scripture my next search produced! “Sabbath” got 146 Scriptures!

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Does it sound like the God you know? Jesus taught about Sabbath, He observed it. If the day had changed, don’t you think His teaching might have included that?
Colossians is a book about, among other things, false teachings. Verse 16 reminds believers “…Let no man therefore judge you in meat, or in drink, or in respect of an Holy Day, or of the new moon, or of the Sabbath days.” Each of these things God gave guidelines for, and expects us to observe them. In fact, after Christ’s return, we will still observe them, under his reign! (See Isaiah 66)

Do a search on the “Constantine Creed,”         
but not in the Bible- you won’t find it there!
It was written long, long after Christ died…

And so my friends, for me, God Himself would have to
stand in front of my eyes to convince me His day is Sunday, not Saturday. No man will be able to do it. I think it’s part of the deception God warned about in 2 Timothy 3. God told us to test everything. Authenticity is my heart’s desire.

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Don’t Give Up! – By Terrie Carpenter

Finding the Sabbath truth is an exciting time in the life of a believer! We check each Scripture that pertains to the day, and then we double check them just to be sure. We peruse the New Testament with a careful eye, looking for when the day may have been changed, but don’t find it because it’s not in there! Finally, upon diligent seeking, the truth is affirmed in our spirit by our Heavenly Father’s Holy Spirit. We are filled with joy at the new revelation, and resolve to begin observing the Sabbath for ourselves, and to share this truth with others. Our joy is often dashed, however, when our exciting news is received with less than enthusiasm. Our family, friends, coworkers and even our church congregation often do not understand the change in us. They can even be less than loving in their attitude toward us. Often, with growth in our journey with our God, the going will get tough! But do not fear obedience. Our Heavenly Father will walk you through it.

The first place it might get tough is with your family. Sabbath is a relatively new concept, and many will associate it with being Jewish or with rejecting the perfect work of our Messiah when He was crucified. We have been shown that Sabbath is for all of God’s children, but many don’t understand yet in their own journey. As we prepare to share the Sabbath truth with our loved ones, we can reduce the toughness by being ready for their questions. We have to do the Scripture study and have it on hand. Then we have to speak with the love of God in our tone. We shouldn’t highlight the “wrongness” of not observing Sabbath, but illuminate the “rightness,” the rest, the peace, and the commandment. Draw near in prayer to God, for He is faithful to answer your questions. He will help you to speak right words. We must give our loved ones time and walk out our talk! We may come across a loved one who has a hostile attitude toward our new obedience. This kind of trial can only be laid on the altar, with complete faith that God will work it out. Even when we face a hostile attitude, God would have us keep our own attitude loving and peaceful. It’s helpful to pray that God will soften their heart. We’re warned in the Bible that following Him will cost us something. How else could it be worth anything?

Many loved ones and friends might not understand when we don’t attend certain engagements or activities that fall on the Sabbath Day. Each occasion requires our prayerful consideration. Several events have an alternative solution. For instance, instead of just declining an early dinner party invitation for Saturday, we can find out if we could drop in after sundown to join the fun. Instead of not going to our nephew’s 2:00 p.m. birthday party on the Sabbath, we could take him out the previous evening for ice cream and cake (complete with candles and singing) and a movie. We can explain why we won’t be at the party and assure him that his birthday is important to us. This is an area where we can get creative. Again, some things just won’t pan out, and we give those to God.

At work, we face a whole different kind of battle. Trying to get the boss to reschedule our week if he’s used to us working the Saturday shift can be work in itself. Again, this is an area where we seek God and His will. We have to give our employer time to adjust the schedule if he can, or we may face what seems to be an impasse. We have to keep walking in love while our Father in Heaven works on our behalf. New employment might become necessary, or we may have to keep to our old schedule altogether. I have found that when I step out in obedience, my Father opens the right doors and makes the necessary adjustments come to pass. While we wait on God, we can spend our lunch break sharing the Sabbath Truth with our friends in our workplace. Then, we face each challenge individually as it comes.

Our church congregation challenges may prove to be the most difficult. The Sabbath doctrine is a very personal one. We must cling tightly into our prayer life for direction and be able to discern God’s “voice” from our own, or even from the voice of the enemy. Some are greeted with encouragement and support from their church families,and others, like myself, are excommunicated from their congregation. It isn’t that our brethren hate us, it’s that they haven’t yet had the truth revealed to them from On High. Again, we must be patient and loving. In the event that our church family should make us unwelcome in their fold, it will become necessary for us to trust God to set us up within a like-minded church family. We can be encouraged to remember that our Savior had the same problems with the religious leaders in His Day. We can be sure He hears our prayers and even our frustrations because He’s been there!

Tough times in the life of any believer will come and go. This is the way of our fallen world. We need not despair, though, because we have an advocate praying for us in Heaven who has already overcome the world.  The blessings of keeping the Sabbath will always outweigh the tough times we’ll face in doing so! As we walk through our valleys, we keep our Heavenly Father first, we press into Him for guidance and we exercise the fruits of the Spirit in us when dealing with those who are bringing us grief.  We can be encouraged in Scripture by Isaiah, who tells us that, when our Messiah reigns on Earth, all of God’s family will gather and celebrate Sabbath together!

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