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We are Called to be Holy

By Jarod Dyess

Imagine preparing your family to attend a fancy wedding of a family member. You and your spouse are running around frantically trying to get your clothes laundered and ironed. He picking out the right tie, she finding the perfect shoes and jewelry for her outfit. You notice your children are outside playing. In all the chaos of making sure you have the gifts wrapped, you forgot to start getting the kids ready. You call for you better-half to call them inside and to begin stripping their grass stained pants and mud covered shirts. All of your own attire is on hold as you push them into the showers to get cleaned up. For a moment you have some time to yourself to continue your routine.

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What is Fasting all About?

By Jarod Dyess

For many years fasting to me was like something that only people in the days of biblical times did. In my family it was definitely unheard of. Isn’t this what “Super Christians” do, if the were such people? On the contrary, scripture teaches fasting not as something only for leaders or elders, but for every believer. In fact, in Matthew 6:16, Jesus doesn’t give instruction about “if you fast”, he says “when you fast”.

Let’s define fasting: Voluntarily abstaining from enjoying a gift from God, usually food, for Spiritual purpose.

This concept is so strange to us since it is completely counter-cultural. We are accustomed to eating all the time – when we’re hungry, when it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner time, for a snack, to share fellowship, when we are stressed or bored or for comfort, and even just because there is food in front of us – It’s America’s greatest pastime…Sadly, we often over look eating for simply the sustainability of our bodies. Continue reading “What is Fasting all About?”

The Daniel Fast

By Curran Rappe

Consecrate a fast; call a solemn assembly. Gather the elders and all the inhabitants of the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord. – Joel 1:14

Fasting is beneficial for Christians for many different reasons: to strengthen prayer, to seek God’s guidance, to express grief, to seek deliverance, to repent and return to God, and to create a deeper longing for God and for Jesus’ return, to name just a few. Continue reading “The Daniel Fast”

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