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February 16, 2021 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

How to get the most out of Lent

This Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, the season of the church calendar comprised of the 40 days (minus Sundays) leading up to Easter. Most people, if they are aware of Lent at all, know that traditionally some people give up something like ice cream or Facebook for Lent as a reminder of Jesus’ sacrifice for our sins. But I believe that most people have a deficient understanding of the heart of fasting. So, before you decide to stop eating chocolate for Lent, consider this perspective: I do not believe that giving up chocolate for Lent is Biblical fasting. That is called dieting....Keep Reading

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February 2, 2016 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

The kind of fasting God desires

One of the ministries our church supports is Isaiah 58. This ministry, originally started by Ray and Linda Labbe over 20 years ago, consists of volunteers who prepare food and drive it to New Britain in a big blue van to serve the hungry and homeless every Saturday (except the first Saturday of the month), while sharing the gospel and love of Christ with them. The name of the ministry comes from God’s words to the prophet Isaiah about fasting and justice. In this passage, the Israelites complain that God is not responding to their fasting and pursuit of God. God’s reply is that while they are fasting by the letter of the law, in that they are abstaining from food, they are simultaneously exploiting their workers and treating each other with violence while they fast. God exhorts them that true fasting should involve not only abstaining from food or humbling oneself, but also seeking justice and sharing with the hungry and needy....Keep Reading

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October 28, 2014 by Eric Stillman 0 comments

Do not let yourself be mastered by anything

One of the most neglected spiritual disciplines is the discipline of fasting. While typically thought of in connection to food, the discipline of fasting is a way of setting aside something that is not necessarily a bad thing in favor of an even better thing, namely seeking God in a more fervent manner. Sometimes we fast because we are facing a big decision and want to seek God in a more determined way. Other times we fast because we are struggling through a difficult time and need to depend on Him in a greater way. But other times, fasting ‘" whether from food or something else ‘" can be a way of ensuring that we are not being mastered by anything, as Paul says in 1 Corinthians 6:12....Keep Reading

Posted in: Discipleship Tags: Discipleship, Fasting