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THROUGH THE DESERT

It is the beginning of Lent. Forty days – not including Sundays – that symbolize Christ’s journey into the desert wilderness, to be tested, shaped, and defined for his ministry. Likewise, this season is a time for personal reflection, prayer, confession, fasting and abstaining, a time for humility. All this and more is sought after, …

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FASTING AND THE MIND

“The best of all medicines are resting and fasting.” ― Benjamin Franklin The Bible talks about: a troubled mind (2 Kings 6:11) a depraved mind (1 Timothy 6:5) a sinful mind (Romans 8:7 NIV) a dull mind (2 Corinthians 3:14 NIV) a blinded mind (2 Corinthians 4:4 a corrupt mind (2 Timothy 3:8) No doubt …

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FASTING AND THE BODY

The Daniel Fast comes from the book of Daniel. We have two places in the book of Daniel, chapter 1 and 10 that give us the guidelines for this spiritual discipline. One is a 10 day fast, the other is 21 but both are limited to drinking only water, and eating pulse. What’s pulse? Pulse …

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ANCIENT ART OF FASTING

We are not accustomed to suffering. We live in a world of instant gratification; we avoid even the slightest discomfort. So when we hear someone talk about fasting, we place all sorts of assumptions that they are some health fanatic, Jesus freak, or who knows what else. But the reality is that fasting has been …

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Family Promise Ministry

Suzi Fouch spoke us with yesterday about Family Promise – a ministry to those who are in a state of homelessness. Family Promise is a new network in Hamilton County that is attempting to address the fastest rate of growing homelessness in our county, in the state. FP serves families within a network of committed …

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EPIPHANY – CHRIST THE KING

Epiphany Sunday was celebrated yesterday. Epiphany is always set on January 6th to conclude the 12 days of Christmas. Epiphany is celebrated two-fold: first as the wise men arriving to celebrate and worship the Christchild. It’s also the day that remembers Jesus’ baptism (and the invitation for believers to recall their own). Yesterday, I spoke …

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ISAIAH’S CHRIST THE PROPHET

Moses says, as it is recorded in Deuteronomy 18.15-18, “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your fellow Israelites. You must listen to him. For this is what you asked of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly when you …

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JESUS, THE NEW MOSES

Jesus’ birth changed the story of the world. It’s what we wait for both now, but also in the full restoration of the new earth and new heaven that will come at the Advent of Christ’s return. The Jesse Tree stories remind us of the prophetic (truth telling not fortune telling) voice and promises of …

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ADVENT 1: CHRIST, THE NEW ADAM

  Welcome to Advent! A season of waiting for what is “to come”…  Isaiah 11 will be our guide: Isaiah spoke of the coming A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;     from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.     The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—     the …

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CHRIST – A WAY TO LIFE

CHRIST – A WAY TO LIFE “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.”  John 3:16 John 1:1-18, 3:16 Reflection: Christ is born!  Hallelujah! Let us pray:  Heavenly Father, we thank you again for the greatest …