Fasting    
Why fast?
According to Dr. Miles Monroe, Bahamas Faith International Ministries,

Fasting is a conscious international decision to abstain for a time from the pleasure of eating in order to gain vital spiritual benefits.

All the greatest men and women in the Bible fasted, Moses, David, Nehemiah Jeremiah Daniel Anna Paul Peter and even Jesus Himself fasted.

Dr Monroe said that fasting is one of the pillars of the Christian faith. And that it is mentioned one-third in Scripture as much as prayer.  Yet most believers put fasting in the background of their experience as believers.

Dr. Monroe set out some guidelines to help the believers understand what fasting is and why God says we must fast. 

 

1.            In the same way that we practice reading the Bible and prayer, we should also practice the habit of fasting;

2.            Fasting is a time set apart to seek the face of God.  It means abstaining from other things that you find pleasure in for the purpose of giving your heart to God in prayer

3.            Fasting means putting God first, focusing all your attention on Him alone - not on His blessings, but on God Himself.  It shows how much your love and appreciates Him

4.             It is a time to foster a sensitive environment for the working of prayer. It is done by enabling us to see the fulfillment of God's Word and purposes for us as individuals and as the body of Christ.   Often times when the enemy was challenging the people of God, the Israelites would commit themselves to several days of fasting.  They would say, in effect, "We will fast until the Lord tells us what to do".

5.            Fasting is a form of intercession for others Dr. Monroe said that fasting goes beyond just prayer. 

 

Fasting takes prayer into a completely different realm:

Dr. Monroe added that we need to understand the value and significance of emptying ourselves of food and filling ourselves with God.  Fasting enables us to increase our spiritual capacity. It exerts discipline over our physical appetites.  It brings the body under subjection to what the Spirit desires.  Most of the time our bodies control us.  When we fast, our spirit increases its control over our bodies.

Fasting allows us to receiving guidance, wisdom, instructions and knowledge from God.  There are many key points on fasting and I have just touched on just a few.   As Dr. Monroe said again, that sometimes prayer alone is not enough to accomplish God's purposes. Jesus at one point explained to His disciples that certain things only comes through prayer and fasting (see Matt. 17:21)

 

Read more on "Fasting" from Dr. Miles Munroe book "Understanding the Purpose of Power of Prayer"

God richly bless you as we put into practice the art of fasting and prayer.

 

Book Review by Winsome Edwards on Dr. Miles Munroe "Understanding the Purpose and Power of Prayer"

Veal Scaloppini

By Juliet Spencer

 

INGREDIENTS:

  • 2 ½ LBS BONE VEAL SHOULDER

  • ½ CUP PLAIN FLOUR

  • 1 ½ TEASPOON SALT

  • ¼ TEASPOON BLACK PEPPER

  • ½ CUP MINCED ONION

  • ½ CUP SALAD OIL

  • SPRIG OF THYME

  • 1 CLOVE OF GARLIC  - CRUSHED

  • ¾ CUP CANNED SLICED MUSHROOM

  • 1 LARGE CAN OF DRAINED TOMATOES

  • 1 CUP TOMATO JUICE

  • 1 TEASPOON BROWN SUGAR

  • 1 GREEN BELL PEPPER – CHOPPED

 

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. CUT VEAL INTO 1 1/2” CUBES

  2. SEASON FLOUR WITH SALT AND PEPPER

  3. ROLL CUBES LIGHTLY IN SEASONED FLOUR

  4. BROWN WELL ON ALL SIDES

  5. FRY MINCED ONION LIGHTLY IN OIL

  6. PLACE VEAL IN A 2 QUART CASSEROLE DISH

  7. ADD ALL INGREDIENTS

  8. COVER AND BAKE IN A MODERATE OVEN FOR 90 MINUTES UNTIL TENDER

 

SERVES 6 PEOPLE

PORK MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR VEAL

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Bible Verses

Jeremiah 17:14 - New International Version

Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise.

 

Proverb 30:10 - New Living Translation
Never slander a worker to the employer, or the person will curse you, and you will pay for it.

 

2 Timothy 2:24 - New International Version
And the Lord's servant must not be quarrelsome but must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful.

 

Joshua 24:14-15

  14“Now, therefore, fear the LORD and serve Him in sincerity and truth; and put away the gods which your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. 15“If it is disagreeable in your sight to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves today whom you will serve: whether the gods which your fathers served which were beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you are living; but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

 

Proverbs 23:17

Do not let your heart envy sinners, but live in the fear of the LORD always.

 

Ecclesiastes 12:13

Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.


Proverbs 11:13 - English Standard Version
Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.

 

Psalm 103:1-5

1Bless the LORD, O my soul,
         And all that is within me, bless His holy name.

2Bless the LORD, O my soul,
         And forget none of His benefits;

3Who pardons all your iniquities,
         Who heals all your diseases;

4Who redeems your life from the pit,
         Who crowns you with lovingkindness and compassion;

5Who satisfies your years with good things,
         So that your youth is renewed like the eagle.

 The Army of the Lord 

A friend was in front of me coming out of church one day, and the preacher was standing at the door as he always is to shake hands. He grabbed my friend by the hand and pulled him aside.
      
      The Pastor said to him, "You need to join the Army of the Lord!"
      
      My friend replied, "I'm already in the Army of the Lord, Pastor." Pastor questioned, "How come I don't see you except at Christmas and Easter?"
      
      He whispered back, "I'm in the secret service."

 Money Goes To Church 

A well-worn one dollar bill and a similarly distressed twenty dollar bill arrived at a Federal Reserve Bank to be retired. As they moved along the conveyor belt to be burned, they struck up a conversation.
      
      The twenty dollar bill reminisced about its travels all over the county. "I've had a pretty good life," the twenty proclaimed. "Why I've been to Las Vegas and Atlantic City, the finest restaurants in New York, performances on Broadway, and even a cruise to the Caribbean."
      
      "Wow!" said the one dollar bill. "You've really had an exciting life!"
      
      "So tell me," says the twenty, "where have you been throughout your lifetime?"
      
      The one dollar bill replies, "Oh, I've been to the Methodist Church, the Baptist Church, the Lutheran Church ...."
      
      The twenty dollar bill interrupts, "What's a church?"

 Church Gossip 

Mildred, the church gossip and self-appointed arbiter of the church's morals, kept sticking her nose in the other members' private lives. Church members were unappreciative of her activities, but feared her enough to maintain their silence.
      
      She made a mistake, however, when she accused George, a new member, of being an alcoholic after she saw his pickup truck parked in front of the town's only bar one afternoon.
      
      She commented to George and others that everyone seeing it there would know what he was doing.
      
      George, a man of few words, stared at her for a moment and just walked away. He didn't explain, defend, or deny; he said nothing.
      
      Later that evening, George quietly parked his pickup in front of Mildred's house... and left it there all night!

 The Cleaning Woman 

There was a little old cleaning woman that went to the local church. When the invitation was given at the end of the service, she went forward wanting to become a member. The pastor listened as she told him how she had accepted Jesus and wanted to be baptized and become a member of the church.
      
      The pastor thought to himself, "oh my, she is so unkempt, even smells a little, and her fingernails are not clean. She picks up garbage, cleans toilets - what would the members think of her." He told her that she needed to go home and pray about it and then decide.
      
      The following week, here she came again. She told the pastor that she had prayed about it and still wanted to be baptized. "I have passed this church for so long. It is so beautiful, and I truly want to become a member."
      
      Again the pastor told her to go home and pray some more. A few weeks later while out eating at the restaurant, the pastor saw the little old lady. He did not want her to think that he was ignoring her so he approached her and said, "I have not seen you for a while. Is everything all right?"
      
      "Oh, yes," she said. "I talked with Jesus, and he told me not to worry about becoming a member of your church."
      
      "He did?" said the pastor.
      
      "Oh, yes" she replied. "He said even He hasn't been able to get into your church yet, and He's been trying for years."

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God is...

Sovereign – highest or supreme

Eternal – He has no beginning and He has no end

Omniscient – He knows everything from before the beginning of time. Nothing takes Him by surprise

Omnipotent – He is all powerful. Nothing is impossible for Him to do

Omnipresent – He is infinite and everywhere. No one and nothing is hidden from Him

Immutable – He never changes. He is the same yesterday, today and forever

 

These attributes exclusively belongs to God and cannot be found in created being.

Righteous – It is impossible for Him to do anything wrong

Just – It is impossible for Him to do anything that is unfair.  He shows no favoritism

Love – His love is perfect and given without merit

Veracity – He is absolute truth.  The truth shall make you free

These are attributes of God and lesser amount can be found in devoted children of God e.g telling the truth, loving people, and doing right thing etc.

Hear -  Romans 10:17

Read - Revelation 1:3; 

Study - Act 17:11; Proverbs 2:1-5; 2 Timothy 2:15

Memorize - Psalm 119:9,11; Deuteronomy 11:18

Meditate - Psalm 1:1-3

Smoke Alarms and 

Top Tips for Fire Safety

http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire

Did you know that if a fire starts in your home you may have as little as two minutes to escape? During a fire, early warning from a working smoke alarm plus a fire escape plan that has been practiced regularly can save lives. Learn what else to do to keep your loved ones safe!

  1. Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, inside bedrooms and outside sleeping areas.

  2. Test smoke alarms every month. If they’re not working, change the batteries.

  3. Talk with all family members about a fire escape plan and practice the plan twice a year.

  4. If a fire occurs in your home, GET OUT, STAY OUT and CALL FOR HELP. Never go back inside for anything or anyone.

    Know What to Do Before, During, and After a Fire http://www.redcross.org/get-help/prepare-for-emergencies/types-of-emergencies/fire

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long. Psalm 25:5

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