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OVERCOMING SELF & CHOOSE TO FAST
Of all the monthly focuses, this one on fasting is the most foreign to our culture today. the thought of actually denying ourselves is just not popular!
And yet, Jesus said there would come a day when his disciples would fast.
Biblical fasting usually focuses on food, but cutting out anything that gets in the way of spending time with God such as social media, internet browsing, watching TV, etc. honors God.
When fasting, turning to God through prayer & getting into His Word, the Bible, is as important as turning away from the things of this world.
FYI: Fasting from food without prayer is just dieting!
"then Jesus said to his disciples, 'Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.'" Matthew 16:24
Suggested READING LIST - March
Suggested Reading List: These are the books we think will help you grow in the area of a life of Dedication and life of Simplicity.
Fasting by Jentezen Franklin
Made to Crave by Lysa terKeurst
Download the YouVersion App & begin your day in the Word!
Recommended Plans for March: [choose the ones you want to do]
God and My Emotions [14 days]
21 Day Fast - Life.Church [21 days]
Awed by Christ's Resurrection [6 days of Decrease]
Length of Fasts to consider: 1, 3, 7, 21, 40 Day Fasts
Partial Fast: Sunrise– Sunset Sunrise – 1 PM
Types of Fast Complete Fast from Food or Daniel Fast – Cut out Meat, sweets & wine- eating only healthy proteins, fruit and vegetables.
Other Fasts to Consider Fast from TV, internet, Facebook, checking your phone every two minutes, certain food items, snacking between meals, complaining, pride, selfishness, gossip, being sarcastic etc.
New Classes – Starting in March Sign up in the Front Entry or call the office!
THE SHACK 6:30 – 7:30 PM - Wed. March 15 – (during WNA) Led by Pastor Mark Holland or 3:15 – 4:15 PM - Thur. Mar. 16 (Only if we get at least 6 signed up!) 5 Sessions!
Based on the movie in theaters March 3, The Shack, this 5-week study is designed to help people experience the life-changing goodness, grace, and presence of God. Using engaging scenes from the film, paired with relevant Scripture, these resources are an invitation to experience the ultimate truth about love, loss, and forgiveness.
FINDING I AM by Lysa TerKeurst6 :30 – 7:30 PM - Wed. March 15 – (during WNA) Led by Laura Hemenway
What is the deep cry of your heart? The ache in your soul that keeps you up at night? The prayer you keep repeating? Jesus not only cares about this deep, spiritual wrestling, but He also wants to step in and see you through it. Join Lysa TerKeurst on the streets of Israel to explore the seven I AM statements of Jesus found in the Gospel of John. Through this interactive, in-depth study we will be trading feelings of emptiness and depletion for the fullness of knowing who Jesus is like never before. This is the perfect study to empty ourselves and turn to Jesus during this Season of Lent.
FASTING by Jentezen Franklin
1:30 – 2:45 PM – Thurs. March 8 Led by Laura Hemenway 5 Sessions
Are you seeking healing? Does a loved one need salvation? Is your faith community searching for direction? Tap into the power of fasting and present your requests to the Lord! Offering simple suggestions, Franklin shows how abstaining from food will leave your spirit uncluttered so you are free to seek God's will in prayer and humility.