Friday Fast (With a Few Notes on Why)

Fast from all food or caloric drinks until 5 PM.Why fast?  There are a host of reasons (Jesus did it to name one), but one of the key benefits of fasting is that it give us a spiritual hardiness.  Fasting provides a conscious and regular way to say no to our desires, in this case for food.  By learning to say no in order to open ourselves to something better (the Bread of Life), we prepare ourselves for the million nos that must come in our life in order to say yes to all of the good things G … [Read more...]

Memorize Monday: Romans 12:9-21

In what will be a recurring exercise, we will take Monday to memorize a passage of scripture.  This week our passage is Paul's classic portrait of the Christian life in Romans 12:9-21.  Write this passage on a note card or print it off--find some way that works for you to keep the scripture with you wherever you go.  During any down time in the day, look at the passage and memorize it.  There are several apps for smart phone users that can also help with memorization.Suggested Reading:  "C … [Read more...]

Rest Day

Whether lifting weights or training for a marathon, rest is critical to physical exercise.  Why would the same not be true of spiritual exercise?  Take a day to not worry about keeping up with your prayers and meditations, with keeping feasts or fasts, and just rest.  If you end up praying or reflecting, fine, but just keep from striving for anything. … [Read more...]


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