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FASTING

Posted: January 30, 2013 in Books, Faith, Life, Ministry, People, Spirituality

When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. (Matthew 6:16-18 NIV)

The only fast that God actually required of the Jewish people was on the annual day of Atonement (Leviticus 23:27). The Pharisees fasted each Monday and Thursday (Luke 18:12) and did so in such a way that people knew they were fasting. Their purpose, of course, was to win the praise of men. As a result, the Pharisees lost God’s blessing.

It is not wrong to fast, if we do it in the right way and with the right motive. Jesus fasted (Matthew 4:3); so did the members of the early church (Acts 13:2). Fasting helps to discipline the appetites of the body (Luke 21:34) and keep our spiritual priorities straight. But fasting must never become an opportunity for temptation (1 Corinthians 7:7). Simply to deprive ourselves of a natural benefit (such as food or sleep) is not of itself fasting. We must devote ourselves to God and worship him. Unless there is devotion of the heart (see Zechariah 7), there is no lasting spiritual benefit.

As with giving and praying, true fasting must be done is secret; it is between the believer and God. To “make unsightly” our faces (by looking glum and asking for pity and praise) would be to destroy the very purpose of the fast. Our Lord here laid down a basic principle of spiritual living: Nothing that is truly spiritual will violate that which God has given us in nature. God usually does not tear down one good thing in order to build up another. If we have to look miserable to be considered spiritual, then there is something wrong with our views of spirituality.

(…exert from The Bible Exposition Commentary: Matthew-Galatians by Warren W. Wiersbe)

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REVOLUTION

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:15pm (Doors open at 6:30pm)

NORTHchurch

Over the past month, the REVOLUTION staff has spent a lot of time researching, praying, and thinking through every aspect of our ministry. But more than anything, we have spent a lot of time dreaming for the future of REVOLUTION.

Habakkuk 1:5 has been jumping off the pages of our Bibles: “Look around…and be amazed! For I am doing something in your own day, something you wouldn’t believe even if someone told you about it.”

God has given us some seriously ridiculous dreams for REVOLUTION in 2012.

Here are 3 of them…

1. YOU WILL DIVE INTO THE BIBLE LIKE NEVER BEFORE.

Last night, I personally challenging every single REVOLUTION student and leader to participate in the PROJECT 3:45 Bible plan. I’m a big believer in having a plan. A wise man once said, “He who fails to plan, plans to fail.”

In an average of just 3 minutes and 45 seconds a day, 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, you will be able to read the complete New Testament in one year. Can you commit to give 3 minutes and 45 seconds a day to God through PROJECT 3:45?

2. YOU WILL BE AT REVOLUTION EVERY TIME THE DOORS ARE OPEN.

Let me be crystal clear about this, the church is a big deal. The local church is the hope of the world because it is the only vehicle God established to carry the message of Jesus Christ to the world.

My challenge to our students is to not make church optional. To commit to being at REVOLUTION every single Wednesday.

3. YOU WILL SEE AT LEAST ONE OF YOUR FRIENDS ACCEPT JESUS AT REVOLUTION.

There’s nothing more satisfying, nothing more addicting than seeing somebody you’ve invested in start a life-long relationship with Jesus.

At REVOLUTION, we are addicted to sharing Jesus. We are addicting to telling others what God has done in our lives. We are addicted to inviting people to have a life to the full relationship with God. We are addicted to seeing people get saved. No matter how big we get, no matter how many lives are changed, we will not be satisfied until every person on this planet knows Jesus.

And that starts with 7 simple, yet profound words that could change someone’s life: WILL YOU GO WITH ME TO REVOLUTION?

And if you consistently ask the people around you those 7 simple, yet profound words…

  • Your friend that hasn’t been to church in two months – will show up again.
  • Your friend that is hooked on some bad junk – will be set free.
  • Your friend that is hurting on the inside – will find hope and healing at the cross of Jesus.
  • Your friend that is living in darkness – will step into the light and find salvation.

God can take one invitation and start a revival. (What a crazy thought!)

My prayer is that all 3 of those dreams come true in 2012.

 

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SANTA WENT DOWN TO OKLAHOMA

Posted: December 20, 2011 in Life, Ministry, People

 

***HUGE THANKS TO NORTH POINT COMMUNITY CHURCH IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA FOR THIS UNBELIEVABLE CREATIVE IDEA.

REVOLUTION CHRISTMAS

Posted: December 13, 2011 in Friends, Life, Ministry, People

Love this picture…

LITTLE DRUMMER BOY

Posted: December 12, 2011 in Faith, Life, Ministry, People, Spirituality

So honored to be a small part of this special performance of “Little Drummer Boy” at NORTHchurch on Sunday, December 11, 2011.

And yes…I did play an iPad and a tambourine.

Enjoy.

 

***HUGE THANKS TO CHURCH ON THE MOVE IN TULSA, OKLAHOMA FOR THIS UNBELIEVABLE CREATIVE IDEA. YOU GUYS ARE ROCK STARS.