Fasting Discussion

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Posted by Randall on Nov 6th, 2012 in Fasting Posts

Food is only one thing which can get in the way of our relationship with God. In this on-going discussion, we talk about ideas, wants, beliefs, and habits which can block God from working in our lives. Postings will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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Jesus, What Do I Do?

Posted by Randall on Feb 26th, 2013 in Christian Living, Prayer

Jesus, What Do I Do? I’ve never been fond of religious jewelry and trinkets, except for an occasional classic cross. When WWJD became popular, I saw some value in the phrase as a reminder of what we are to be about, but I didn’t run out and buy a bracelet, coffee mug, or T-shirt. Through the years though, I’ve become …

Take Up Your Cross

Posted by Randall on Feb 21st, 2013 in Christian Living, Prayer

Take Up Your Cross ‘Take up your cross’ is a central concept in practical Christianity and daily discipleship. And yet for many of us, it is not what we wake up and begin the day thinking. I confess that when my feet hit the floor this morning, ‘take up your cross’ was not my first thought. Since I set the …

Chief of Sinners

Posted by Randall on Feb 19th, 2013 in Christian Living, Fasting, Prayer

Chief of Sinners This is one of those days when I didn’t really want to write, but when I decided to start this blog, I promised to post at least on Tuesdays and Thursdays. And I want to be faithful to those who are starting to follow what I write. Hopefully this topic of the ‘chief of sinners’ will be …

Listen to God

Posted by Randall on Feb 14th, 2013 in Fasting Posts

Few Christians would dispute that they need to listen to God, but Oswald Chambers wrote in the February 12 writing of My Utmost for His Highest that we frequently do not listen to God. ‘We don’t consciously and deliberately disobey God—we simply don’t listen to Him.’ Rather than to listen to God, Chambers goes further to say we prefer to …


Posted by Randall on Feb 11th, 2013 in Fasting Posts

It is fitting that I write about heaven on a rainy grey day. All I see around outside is wet and grey and dreary, but I know that above the clouds, the sun is shining brightly. This day is a metaphor for life.  Even if my life is the best that can be had, it is still dreary by comparison …

Answered Prayer: How to Get There

Posted by Randall on Feb 7th, 2013 in Fasting Posts

So we’ve discussed: concept of God, believing is seeing, what to pray for, how to pray, and how often should I pray. If we have been reading and starting to apply our discussions we will start to grasp what Oswald Chambers writes in yesterdays reading in My Utmost for His Highest. ‘You must be willing to be placed on the …

How Often Should I Pray? The Value of Persistence in Prayer: Prayer V

Posted by Randall on Feb 5th, 2013 in Fasting Posts

God heard me the first time, didn’t he? Yes. So why do I need to ask again? And again? How often should I pray? Persistence in Prayer is Important for these reasons: 1. Persistence in prayer, in coming to God over the same question or problem and reading his word, will cause ancillary distractions and personal deception to drop off …

How to Pray, Prayer IV

Posted by Randall on Jan 31st, 2013 in Fasting Posts

So we’ve talked about our concept of God, believing is seeing, and what to pray for. I find that many people when they ask how to pray are looking for a structure or framework. Matthew 6:9-14 and Luke 11:2-4 are good frameworks or structures for how to pray. I’ve been practicing the ACTS method for so long, I don’t remember …

What Do I Pray For? Part 3

Posted by Randall on Jan 29th, 2013 in Fasting Posts

As I write this I’m reflecting upon the recent dashing of some of my hopes and the recent loss of a friend to cancer who was a young father. So, do I still believe in prayer and intercessory prayer, yes. Just because things don’t turn out the way that we think they should does not mean God doesn’t answer prayer. …

Consecrated Life or Distracted Life: Did Jesus Lie to Us?

Posted by Randall on Jan 26th, 2013 in Fasting Posts

Today’s reading in My Utmost for His Highest by Oswald Chambers combined with my daily readings in II Chronicles, Matthew, Psalms, and Proverbs is particularly convicting. If I am to live the consecrated life instead of the distracted life, I would do well to reflect upon Matthew 6:30, daily if necessary. Chambers writes for January 26: ‘Did Jesus Christ lie …

What Would Jesus Do? WWJD?—Wrong Question

Posted by Randall on Jan 25th, 2013 in Fasting Posts

What would Jesus do, WWJD? It is a phrase that many use to remind themselves of a better path. Anna learns early in Food in God’s Place that the best question is, ‘Jesus, what do I do?’ Anna began to make a list in her head: pray more, remember to ask more… “Anna, said Jesus.” “Yes.” “Stop it. Talk to …

The Daniel Fast, Still Not Biblical Fasting

Posted by Randall on Jan 25th, 2013 in Fasting Posts

The ‘Daniel Fast’ is a marketing term created by linking two words found in the Bible. It is a misleading label given to a dietary choice that Daniel makes for a period of time. The term Daniel Fast is further misleading in that it can dilute or confuse the purpose of fasting. As I wrote last week about the Daniel …

What Do I Pray For? Part 2 of Prayer III

Posted by Randall on Jan 24th, 2013 in Fasting Posts

We know from Matthew 7:7, that if we ask, we will receive. We know from Hebrews 11:6, that God rewards those who earnestly seek him. But we also know from James 4:3, that motives are considered by God and prayer is not about ‘just getting what I want.’ The key is in Hebrews 11, the key is the relationship, seeking …

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