Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Sermon Series: Vision!

Do you have clear VISION
... for your life?
... for your marriage?
... for your children?

Join us to DISCOVER
God's Vision for YOU!

Sundays in February!
8:30AM, 10:00AM, & 11:30AM

(Services typically last one hour.)

Live, or LIVE Streaming:

"Put yourself in a position 
where you can receive 
God's vision!"

"Give Jesus your past, 
let Him build your future!"

"Move intentionally in the direction
of what moves you emotionally."

"A Vision for Your Family!"
Get a vision today that will
establish your family's tomorrows!

A Vision for Your Finances!
"When I am debt-free, 
I am free to pursue 
what God has called me to!"

A Vision for Your Health.
"When I'm healthy, I honor God, 
and I'm able to help people!

Friday, January 03, 2014

21-Days of Prayer & Fasting

21 Days of Prayer & Fasting
Mon, Jan 6 - Sun, Jan 26

Pray daily.
~With your family.

Read the Bible Daily.
~With your family.

Fast, something meaningful.
Use that time to pray
and read your Bible.

Attend the Wednesday Prayer Meetings
~Wed, Jan 8 at 7PM
~Wed, Jan 15 at 7PM
~Wed, Jan 22 at 7PM

Attend the Friday "Acts 2 Experience"
~Fri, Jan 10 at 7PM
~Fri, Jan 17 at 7PM
~Fri, Jan 24 at 7PM

Give Generously.
~Tithe to your church.
~Bless someone with 
a random act of kindness.

Thoughts About Fasting:

Fasting is a powerful way to quiet the voice of our "flesh," so that we can better hear the "voice of the Holy Spirit."

It is a way to identify with Jesus' declaration that "Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God." (Matthew 4:4)
But is "not eating" the only way we can fast?

Not eating, and only drinking water, is one way to fast, but it is certainly not the only way. When Daniel, the Old Testament prophet, "fasted" in Daniel 10, he "ate no choice food; no meat or wine touched [his] lips." (Daniel 10:3)

I thinking missing a meal, (or three), to pray and declare dependance upon God is still an important Christian discipline, but I also want you to consider some additional ways to fast.

You may consider fasting:
- Television - Pray, read your Bible, spend time playing with your children instead.
- Social Media - Pray, read your Bible, and write someone a hand-written letter instead.
- Secular Music - Listen only to Christian radio.
- Smoking, Drugs, or Alcohol. - If you're normally inclined to do any of these...

These are all ideas with one goal in mind. Quiet your carnal, "fleshly" desires and distractions, and open your eyes and ears to what the Spirit of God is wanting to say to you through prayer and the Word of God.

So perhaps you should consider doing a 24 hour food fast, drinking only water, (or only water and juice). Start at 6PM one day, and finish at 6PM the next. Try doing that one day a week during our 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting.

Or you may want to do several days of fasting food, only drinking fruit or vegatable juices for two to three days, (or more).

Or you may decide to do a "Daniel fast" and only eat fruits and vegatables for one or more weeks of the fast. 

Go ahead, challenge yourself! (This is really between you and Jesus!)

But if you can't finish a food fast, and need to break the fast before you wanted to, don't beat yourself up! At least you tried, and hopefully you'll learn something about yourself.

And certainly, if you have health issues, you can still participate in the fast by doing some of the "non-food" fasting we mentioned.

What are some other ideas you have when it comes to fasting?