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Fasting, Normal?

Someone recently sent me a message asking such a GREAT question: “When is it appropriate to fast?”.  I love that question for several reasons: -This person already understands that fasting is GOOD and NORMAL in Christian life. -They clearly want to undertake this practice and do it right. Let me share the passage that gripped … Continue reading

Fasting to Feast

I like eating.  Who doesn’t, really?  I can definitely say that I have been feasting during this holiday season!  It seems like from Thanksgiving through New Years all I do is EAT!  And, the food is GOOD! 🙂  There have been so many goodies around my house this season, it’s crazy!!  I can say, I … Continue reading

The Rewards of Fasting

  Matthew 6:4,6,18: “your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.”   Many times we believe that as we “serve the Lord” we just have sort of “grin and bear it”.  We believe a lie that we should never expect that God would give us something.  But, if God promises us … Continue reading

It’s GOOD News!

It’s funny. Sometimes when we are on the MSU campus giving out free water in the summer or the Finals Kits as a part of I Love My City in the Spring, people always seem to be hesitant and sometimes ask, “So, what’s the catch?”. A lot of times, groups/organizations/business give out “free” stuff to … Continue reading

Where Do You Find Delight?

[Day 28 of my church’s 40-day REND 960 season of fasting & prayer] In the opening verses of Isaiah 58, God speaks to His people about hos they seem to want to “be near” Him and seem to want to “know His ways”. This would seem to be a good thing, except that He confronts … Continue reading

Affection-Based Obedience

[This post is part of a 40-day season of fasting and prayer called “Rend 960” that my church is doing] Affection Based Obedience John 15:12 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you.13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. 14 You are my friends if you … Continue reading

No Longer Servants

[This post is part of a 40-Day season of fasting and prayer my church is doing called “Rend 960”] Day 14 John 15:15 No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known … Continue reading

Breakthrough to Joy!

[this post is part of a 40-day season of prayer and fasting that my church is doing called “Rend 960”] Nehamiah 8:10 …. the joy of the Lord is your strength.”   I Peter 1:8 Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible … Continue reading

More Righteous than the Pharisees

[This post is a part of a 40-day season of fasting and prayer that my church is doing called “Rend 960”] Matthew 5:20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds  that of the scribes and Pharisees, you  will never enter the kingdom of heaven.   Have you noticed that Jesus has a way of saying some crazy … Continue reading

Fellowshiping with the Spirit

2 Corinthians 13:14  The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and  the love of God and  the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all.   How often are you aware of the fact that GOD’S Spirit is living INSIDE of you? It’s a radical and stunning truth! Friendship with God (as referenced in the previous post/email) … Continue reading