Author Archives: Sabbath Thoughts

About Sabbath Thoughts

My name is Mike Gaston. I am a former missionary, a Shepherding Pastor at Heights Church in Prescott, AZ, a happy husband, a spoiled father of two daughters, a proud grandfather, and a recently-convinced pursuer of the benefits of intentional, regular, contemplative, Christ-centered rest. This blog will allow me to share thoughts about Sabbath, as well as thoughts about God and the Christian life that come out of my restful Sabbath moments.

Good Wednesday at the Gurley Street Grill

Something cool seems to happen whenever my friend Ron and I eat lunch at the Gurley Street Grill in downtown Prescott. It happened yesterday, for the second time in three months, and it sheds light on a holiday that we’re … Continue reading

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Stunned – and Inspired – by an Honorarium

“Don’t come with me – this is for you,” said my translator last Sunday. I wasn’t sure I had heard him right. I was feeling a little scrambled, having just preached in English, from French preaching notes and a French … Continue reading

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Better than the Best

It wasn’t the kind of setting where the thought would normally come to mind. But that’s what made it all the more striking. As I drove to the trailhead of a Sabbath hike a couple of weeks ago, a song … Continue reading

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The War on Christmas – From Within!

To the barricades, Christians! Our most important holiday is under attack. We must mobilize to defend ourselves and our traditions, and the time has now come to turn our guns inward. We have recently discovered that some of our most … Continue reading

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A Place Where Dirt Used to Be

I admit to having a bit of a crush on the Grand Canyon. I never dreamed that I would live close enough to go there for the day. Truth be told, more than once I have made the 2-hour drive … Continue reading

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Vin Scully, King David, and Prayer

It’s not my intention for this post to make people jealous, but I realize that it’s possible. In fact, it’s highly likely. I guess I’m OK with that (secretly, maybe VERY OK #sorrynotsorry). Vin Scully is a Los Angeles civic … Continue reading

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A Beautiful Death

It’s still hard to believe that I can take day trips to places like this. My wife and I used to save vacation time so that we could travel to places where Fall matters. Los Angeles doesn’t provide much along … Continue reading

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