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Sunday, 17 March 2019

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Isaiah 58 God's Chosen Fast

The practice of fasting
is present in both the Old and New Testaments.
Jesus teaches on fasting saying "when you fast..."
and not 'if ' you fast.
There are some practical instructions found in the bible
about the motives and means of fasting...

Part 1
Lent involves a spirit of penitence for some. 
But in light of the sacrifice of Christ, this is unwarranted.
But fasting still has a place in modern Christian practice.

Part 2
What happens to people as they draw near to God? 
There is bad news and there is good news...

Part 3
If we were to consider the bible like a compass: 
A point of reference that demonstrates which way is north,
Then Prayer and fasting may be considered
a means of remembering… take the compass out of our pockets and refer to it... navigate according to true north... adjust our paths.

Part 4
In fasting, as we deny our fleshly desires for food,
we are reminded…

Part 5
Fasting just might be
the lost spiritual discipline of the 21st Century Church

Sunday, 3 March 2019

Ephesians Chapter 4 and Spiritual Disciplines

As an annual remembrance of the significance of Easter comes around, many people begin to speak about the season leading-up to Easter called 'Lent'.  Often we will hear a friend or neighbour ask a question something like: 'What are you giving-up for Lent'?

In the Christian church since the reformation, there is a recognisable resistance to religious acts that claim to bring reward or benefit.  After all, the bible does teach in the Letter to the Ephesians: "we are saved by grace through faith and not by works."

And yet James admonishes us to live out what we believe, to live differently because of faith, when he writes: " doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves."

What is the significance of exercising any practical discipline in the pursuit of a spiritual goal?  Is there any realistic benefit, spiritually, to our efforts to live life a certain way?

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Part 6