Roller Coaster Ride

When I decided to join our corporate fast, I really wanted to take a different approach as it pertains to my personal reason for fasting. In the past I have fasted for clarity, answers, and even direction. However, this time I asked myself what am I struggling with the most in this season of my life?


For me personally everything in my life recently has been like a roller coaster ride and nothing has been in my control lately. From health to finances and everything in between my recent journeys have been challenging. This is coming from a person who operates best when in control so you can understand this has been a state of crisis for me to say the least. It is difficult for me to let go and to really let God take the wheel during my personal storms in life but this is the time when I know it is most important to do so.



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Day #9!

Congratulations! We are 9 days into our corporate prayer & fasting at HCC. I’m so excited that we are taking this journey together! I trust you have been perfect throughout your fast without any temptations or slip ups. If that’s you congratulations, but this devotion is for those like myself who may have slipped up along our journey.

Galatians 6:9, Let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessings if we don’t give up. This verse doesn’t say you will never slip up or fall off the wagon, but it does say DON’T give up! 


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Flex Your Spiritual Muscles!

One of my favorite sections of scripture is from the very beginning of the book of James.

 

“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” -James 1:2-4

 

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Our Struggles are Temporary

One of my favorite Biblical characters is Solomon and this is one of my favorite stories about him, although it’s just a tale and not actually in the Bible.

One day Solomon called for his minister, Benamiah Ben Yehoyada because he had a task for him. “Benamiah,” Solomon said, “I wish to wear a particular ring for the Jewish festival of Sukkot. I need you to find this ring for me. Since I want to wear it for Sukkot, I need it in six months.”

“Your majesty,” replied Benamiah, “If it exists upon the Earth, I will find it, but I must ask what makes this ring so special?”

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Home

Sometimes I find myself reflecting on the journey that brought me to Harmony, or as I like to call it, home. My experience rebuilding my relationship and growing closer to Jesus was very broken and, at times, difficult to continue the path Jesus laid before me. Prayer was/is my greatest ally in communicating and growing in my personal relationship with Jesus. It was through prayer and reading scripture that He shared with me words of comfort, when I prayed for His strength, guidance and wisdom. 

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30 Hour Famine

Fasting as a spiritual practice helps people break free from the clutter of our world and focus on what matters to God. My first experiences with fasting was several years ago when I served as a volunteer with the youth group.  Each year we participated in the World Vision 30 Hour Famine and we fasted for, you guessed it, 30 hours straight. 

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Repair Diagnosis

The act of fasting reveals many things about me. I remember when I fasted for twenty-four hours without food; it was rough. The beginning of the fast went great, and I was energized and ready to receive spiritual power that would help me change the world. Little did I know that toward the middle of the fast, God would reveal the chains that I put myself in. About halfway through the fast, my stomach began to hurt, and I became very irritable. I was snappy and rude to my wife and generally angry. I began to reconsider my decision to fast and it was at that point that God had reminded me that I had not been praying in addition to not eating.

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Corporate Prayer

“Again I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything they ask, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.  For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”  - Matthew 18:19-20  (ESV) 

 In light of Harmony’s current emphasis on prayer and fasting, I was reading some different scriptures on the subject of prayer.  I know and have read many scriptures about the importance of prayer in our personal, individual relationship with Jesus, but I wondered what the Bible had to say about corporate prayer.  

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My Fasting Experience

I’m excited to kick off our 21 Day challenge with my own experience with fasting. Often in the Bible fasts are used as a way to grow near to God or hear his voice. Moses received the 10 commandments after a 40 day fast. Paul and Barnabas received their calling to ministry after fasting, and even Jesus fasted in the garden to hear His Father’s voice.

Life gets busy; juggling a family and my role as HCC Family Pastor can become overwhelming at times, and if I’m not careful I find myself focusing on the wrong areas in my life! I am using this 21 day challenge as an opportunity to focus on God’s calling in my life and how to share my faith with 40324.

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Harmony's 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting

Harmony Christian Church has been blessed over the last year in many ways, yet in other ways it has been a tough year, with Dr. Billy having multiple surgeries, as well as other stuff having health issues or issues with their families. It just seems like the enemy has been on the attack here.

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