DAY 20 // POSTURE YOUR SOUL

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DAY 20 // POSTURE YOUR SOUL

NUMBERS 14:24
"But because my servant Caleb has a different spirit and follows me wholeheartedly, I will bring him into the land he went to, and his descendants will inherit it." 

 

It can be so easy to find yourself in a cycle of want, demand and entitlement - one of the obvious pitfalls of serving a powerful, almighty and sovereign God. Knowing that He wants the best for us and has wonderful plans and purposes for our lives, how could we not feel a little entitled as sons and daughters of the most high King? 

But herein lies the demarcation between being rightful heirs to the kingdom and being immature demanding children;our spirits. Do we only love God because of what He can give us? Or do we love God because of who He is? He has already given us the gift of Salvation and eternal life, so what more are we asking for? 

The people of Isreal complained and demanded so much from God even though He delivered them from Egypt and performed so many miraculous signs. They couldn't see that they got to jour­ney with Him and be a part of such a rich history. 

I love that He fulfills His promises and sometimes for split seconds I find myself asking, "should I be more ambitious?", "should I want more?", "should I be asking God for more?". But the overwhelm­ing peace of God arrests my soul in those moments, with the knowledge (and past experience) that I actually want for nothing because He has given me absolutely EVERYTHING. I want to be like Caleb and Joshua who followed God wholeheartedly! 

As the timing of this fast draws close to an end, I love that we've put aside this time to follow Him. To focus not on what our so-called dreams are, but to press into what HIS dreams are for us. And that in itself allows me to align my heart and posture my soul with gratitude and excitement! 

MARY TRAN // COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR

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DAY 19 // WHAT MATTERS MOST

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DAY 19 // WHAT MATTERS MOST

JOHN 6:25-2 7
"When they finally found him, they asked him, 'Teacher, how did you get here?' Jesus replied, 'Let me make this very clear, you came looking for me because I fed you by a miracle, not because you believe in me. Why would you strive for food that is perishable and not be passionate to seek the food of eternal life, which never spoils? I, the Son of Man, am ready to give you what matters most, for God the Father has destined me for this purpose."' 

This interaction happened the day after Jesus fed the five thou­sand, and the crowds had followed him to the other side of the lake. They had just seen Jesus do this amazing miracle the day before and they wanted to see more, but Jesus discerns that they're still seeking the wrong thing, they're missing the whole reason he came. They were looking for the next miracle instead of seeking what Jesus came to make a way for, a relationship with the Father, eternal life. 

I think so often it's easy to get caught up in this cycle of only coming into God's presence when we need a miracle or a break­through. When all along God just wants our hearts, He just wants a relationship with His children. Let me encourage you today to spend some time in the presence of your Father. For no other reason other than the fact that He's longing to be with you, long­ing to give you what matters most, an eternal relationship with Him. The beauty is that found within His presence, within this rela­tionship, is everything else you need. The miracle, breakthrough, anointing, and authority you're believing for will be the overflow of being with Him, He is the greatest gift. 

ANDREW HOLT // WORSHIP PASTOR

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DAY 18 // ABIDE IN HIS LOVE

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DAY 18 // ABIDE IN HIS LOVE

1 JOHN 4:12
"No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." 

Do you want love to be made complete in you? Brought to full maturity - brought to full expression in your life? 1 JOHN 4 tells us how simple God made it for us to be perfected in love. 

Love one another. He showed us this love first. His Son, "the Sent One", died in our place, taking our sin on Himself, covered us with His righteousness, and was resurrected by the power of His Spirit, whom He has given to us. God is love. As He is in this world, so are we. Abiding in perfect love that always casts out fear. Abiding in His perfect love that reveals His Good character and nature to­wards us. Abiding in perfect love that establishes trust. 

It is from this revelation of His love that we choose to love one an­other. And in choosing to love one another, our love is perfected! So beloved, let us love one another. (Note: declare and pray 1 Corinthians 13:4-13 in first person) 

MISSY CROSSON // PASTORAL CARE

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DAY 17 // BECOME FAMILIAR

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DAY 17 // BECOME FAMILIAR

Mark 6:1-6

“Jesus said to them “Only in his hometown, among his relatives and in his own house is a     prophet without honor.”  He could not do any miracles there…” 

There’s an expression that says “familiarity breeds contempt”.  Contempt is defined as “the feeling that a person or a thing is beneath consideration.”  That’s bad.  But familiarity isn’t in and of itself a bad thing.  It is defined as “a state of close relationship; intimacy”.  You can’t be close or intimate without familiarity.  Deep friendships and loving relationships are built around one’s familiarity with the other person, knowing their character and developing a sense of honor and respect for it.  Familiarity like this evokes and sustains love.  

So why does the saying go that familiarity breeds contempt?  The difference is whether or not our familiarity with someone is tied to honor and respect, or to boredom and laziness.  Respect and honor require effort, boredom and laziness require nothing.  It’s far easier to become bored with someone; the diligence needed to sow into and invest in the relationship is not required of you.  Like a child with a new toy, boredom easily follows ready access.  The initial excitement, awe, and wonder is often lost the longer we are around someone or something.  

So clearly there’s a good familiarity and a bad familiarity.  The people who rejected Jesus at Nazareth in Mark 6:1-6 were demonstrating the bad familiarity, the kind that leads to contempt.  They got bored with being around Him and felt He was “beneath consideration”, showing Him no honor or respect.  They left no room to be surprised by Him.  As a result, there was a very low ceiling to what Jesus wanted to do there.  “He could not do any miracles there…” (Mark 6:5). Their contempt for Him shriveled up the potential for them to see the miraculous.  Had they chosen to honor Him and not view Him with contempt, the things that Jesus would have done in there would have left them speechless.  Instead of boredom they would’ve been filled with awe and wonder.  Their lack of honor shut down a move of God before it even started.

In our relationship with God, there can be a good kind of familiarity.  It’s a fine line to walk, but with an infinite God the rules of familiarity are different.  We can honor, respect, and revere Him, deeply and intimately know Him, but also be acutely aware of the fact that there is still and always will be infinitely more to know.  You can be close to Him and still be surprised by Him.  You can be His friend and still be left in awe and wonder.  When we love and become familiar with an infinite and limitless God, our familiarity leads us to the conclusion that we will never have the capacity to fully know Him, which leads us into a life of awe, wonder, and most importantly worship.  

A good familiarity with God inevitably leads to expectancy.  A bad familiarity leads to contempt.

Over the course of this fast, ask yourself “have I become familiar with God in a good way or a bad way?”  Let’s desire to become familiar with God in a good way, in a way that invites in and leaves room for God to move. 

CASEY BROWN // TBCØ YOUTH

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DAY 16 // SURRENDER YOUR HEART

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DAY 16 // SURRENDER YOUR HEART

PSALM 139:23-24
"God, I invite your searching gaze into my heart. Examine me through and through; find out everything that may be hidden within me. Put me to the test and sift through all my anxious cares. See if there is any path of pain I'm walking on, and lead me back to your glorious, everlasting ways-the path that brings me back to you." 

Search me and know me oh God. This is one of my prayers each and every day. I love that this Psalm starts with the statement of God knowing everything about us and then ends with an invita­tion for Him to reveal what He finds (and already knows!) in that search. Oh how He longs for an invitation from His children. 

I know that as a human I constantly overlook my heart. At times, I genuinely have no idea what's going on in there, which is why on a daily basis I ask Him to show me. He is always faithful to answer. And what He shows us will never be condemning or shameful, but full of love and kindness. And the best news of all? This loving kindness leads us straight back to Him. 

If you want freedom in all areas of your heart, you need to start asking Him to reveal areas that need healing. Jesus said, "Ask and you will receive''. Let's be a people that surrenders our whole heart to Jesus, giving Him room to move and heal. All He needs is an invitation. 

NATALIE BROWN // YOUTH PASTOR

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DAY 15 // START IN HIS PRESENCE

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DAY 15 // START IN HIS PRESENCE

EPHESIANS 2: 10
"For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." 

God created you to do His good works. He created you to see things you never thought you would see, to do things you never thought you would be capable of doing. His plans for you were created way before you were born, just like with the Apostle John. His birth was prophesied before he ever came to pass, and he walked out his calling fully, in a way that truly changed history for­ever. But before he ever started walking out his calling, he was in the wilderness, in the presence of God. His revelation of Jesus came from his time in the presence. His assuredness in who God was came from his time in the presence. His ability to walk out his calling came from his time in the presence. 

We must, as God's children, always start in His presence. There, we will learn who He is. There is where He will reveal His myster­ies to us. We can try to prepare all we want with our own strength for the call God has for our lives, but if we first don't just seek Him, to know Him intimately, we'll never have the ability to truly walk out what He has for us. 

Take some extra time today to just soak in the presence of God. Seek His face. He has so much He wants to show you. 

CHRISSEY HANSON // GUEST SERVICES

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DAY 14 // THE PROMISE MAKER

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DAY 14 // THE PROMISE MAKER

PSALMS 138:8
"You keep every promise You've ever made to me. Since your love for me is constant and endless, I ask you, Lord to FINISH every GOOD thing that you have BEGUN in me." 

 

One of my favorite books of the bible to live in on a day to day basis is the Psalms. Maybe it is the rawness of King David's prayers or that He is my favorite songwriter in all the land. I have learned so much from these songs he left us. I have prayed into so many of them and love to sing them out. This Psalm is titled THE DIVINE PRESENCE. 

Something happens to us when we get into Gods DIVINE presence. Our perspective changes and generally we begin to see things in a greater light and with revelation power. Don't forget to take time today to really set apart sometime with Him. 

I know many of us are waiting on divine promises to be fulfilled. Those prayers and promises are very dear to our hearts and guess what? They are dear to His heart because He created them and I want to encourage you that He keeps every promise ever made. But during this time of fasting and praying my greatest prayer and hope is that we take time to simply fall in love with the promise maker more then the fulfillment of those promises. As David speaks of His love that is constant and endless that we will go after that and en­counter Him in new way's which will end up being a far greater reward then any promise fulfilled. 

It is in that place that we are reminded that it is God that is at work to finish every good thing that He has begun in us. I love that He never intended His children to be striving for things or doing, but simply believing Him and Being with Him. Take a deep breath with me and start this day with your heart in a posture of trust. Ask that His love revives Your spirit today. Ask Holy Spirit if there are any lies you are believing and come out of agreement with those and into the truth of what His word say's. I end with this thought: as much as you are delighting in the Lord during this fast: You are HIS greatest DELIGHT 

JAIME JAMGOCHIAN // PASTOR

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DAY 13 // TRUST IN HIM

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DAY 13 // TRUST IN HIM

JEREMIAH 29:11

 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future"

In the fall of 2012, I found myself at the end of a long road of heartbreak. After 3 pregnancy losses in 9 short months, I was convinced my body was broken and unable to carry a baby. I felt myself settle into the disappointment and the pain. I opted to live those days believing that God didn’t want me to have children, that for whatever reason, He didn’t believe I was equipped for it. I was living by a doctrine of lies, custom made by the enemy to feed on all my insecurities and keep me burdened by the chains of perceived failure. These were dark days. 

But in these dark days, God pursued my heart in a way I had never experienced before. No matter how far I ran, He was still beckoning me to Him. Once I finally stopped running away, I found myself leaning into His word in a way I never had before. The promises in the Word began to leap out at me as though I had never read them, despite all the heavy highlighting on the creased pages. The words had life and meaning; for the first time I was experiencing the LIVING WORD of God. 

Jeremiah 29:11 spoke to me so strongly in those days. The promise that God only wants to prosper me, never harm me ministered directly to my broken heart. These simple proclamations destroyed the web of lies the enemy had so expertly spun. And when I got pregnant for the 4th time, I began to speak these words out loud everyday. And my heart began to believe the promise. Despite the pain of the all-too-recent past, I began to be filled with unspeakable joy and excitement about my unborn child. I was living by God’s promises and finally releasing control over a situation that had nearly destroyed me. I chose to trust God. And I chose to trust that He was good. 

When we align our hearts with God’s promises, we begin to see a supernatural shift in our natural circumstances. The Bible is filled with the promises of God and when we come to Him with hungry hearts, seeking after truth, He delivers promises to us that will speak directly to the broken and hurting parts of our spirit. 

So, I encourage you to seek and find. Dig deep into God’s word and believe His promises. Speak them out over yourself, no matter how hard the words may be to get out. I promise you a heart-shift will follow. You will watch your testimony begin to take shape and watch miracles begin to happen. I am so blessed to be able to hug and kiss my miracle everyday. Her name is Emerson Rose and, as I constantly tell her, she is my favorite gift that God ever gave me. Praise God for His plans to prosper us, never to harm us. Praise God for giving us hope and a future! 

JESS TINNESZ // KIDS PASTOR

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DAY 12 // READ WITH HIM

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DAY 12 // READ WITH HIM

PSALM 16:8
"Because you are close to me and always available, my confidence will never be shaken, for I experience your wrap-around presence every moment." 

I love to read and I love to write. Each time I pour through a book, I find myself wanting to ask the author some questions. As I write myself, I often wonder, "Will they really understand what I was trying to say? Can they hear it in the same tone that I can?" 

But there's this book I read everyday and as I read it, the author Himself is reading along with me! He can tell me the nuances and the secrets that lie between its lines. He can show me the places He was whispering gently and the ones He meant to be more stern. I can ask questions and He will answer them! 

As I press into this fast, I'm finding myself more desperate for the book with all the answers and I'm loving the way it's author talks to me every time. God is SO excited to spend time with us. He's so excited to read The Bible alongside you. He's ready to show you some of its secrets and teach you what He has to say. Press in over the next few weeks and see how it comes alive! 

MAL CORWIN // KIDS PASTOR

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DAY 11 // LONG FOR HIS WORD

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DAY 11 // LONG FOR HIS WORD

2 TIMOTHY 3: 14-17
"There's nothing like the written Word of God for showing you the way to salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. Every part of Scrip­ture is God-breathed and useful one way or another-showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God's way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us." 

God's word is ALIVE! It is the key to transforming us into who God created us to be and how we are to live as sons and daughters of the King. It breathes life, gives revelation, guides and protects, and separates lies from truth. It brings hope and joy in times of sorrow, it lifts heavy burdens, and it fills us with supernatural peace in times of trouble. It gives wisdom and understanding on how to handle every circumstance. It is the heartbeat of God! It will saturate and satisfy every need that you have. It is alive and active, sharper than any two-edged sword. The best way to get to know God and his nature is to constantly be in His word. The best way to get breakthrough is to seek the Giver of breakthrough. 

We are always searching for answers and direction throughout our lives. Sometimes we forget that God's word is written for US, and we sometimes get overwhelmed by doing things in our own strength. We start functioning out of emotions instead of truth, and we forget that all the answers we need are already laid out for us in His word if we seek after them. He doesn't hide things FROM us, He hides things FOR us. 

I pray that we are a people who long for His word more than we long for food and water. I pray that His word becomes so in­grained in us that we can't go a day without it, and that our great­est desire would be knowing Him more intimately. I pray that we would live out of a place of first-hand revelation, not second hand. I pray that we would experience the life-giving TRUTH of God's word during this fast and that it would transform us in every area of our lives. 

STEPHANIE LACORTE // OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR

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DAY 10 // ANCHOR YOUR SOUL

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DAY 10 // ANCHOR YOUR SOUL

HEBREWS 6: 18-20
" ... Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can have great confidence as we hold to the hope that lies before us. This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary. Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the order of Melchizedek.' 

As I was reflecting on these verses in Hebrews this week, I couldn't get past the language used 'hope is a strong and trust­worthy anchor for our souls.' 

Historically anchors have been used as a symbol for safety, strength and stability. In the literal, anchors are designed to keep ships from drifting by wind or a strong current from their desired spot. When storms come, it is a strong and trustworthy anchor that keeps the ship from drifting, from hitting the rocks and en­sures it remains steady. 

We as believers have access to this kind of safety, strength and stability, but it requires action from us, as 'we hold fast to the hope set before us' which we know is the person and saving work of Christ. When we hold tight to Christ, His saving power, the prom­ises found in His word, and anchor our soul in His eternal promise of heaven, when the storms of life come, we don't easily drift away but instead remain steady in Him. 

As we enter into the second half of our fast, perhaps a bit weary, or still waiting on God to see certain promises fulfilled, I want to encourage us to hold tight to hope as the anchor of our soul as we spend time in His word, in prayer, having conversations with Him and in worship. 

STEPHANIE SOHNCHEN // EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO PS HENRY & ALEX SEELEY

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DAY 09 // HOLD ONTO HIM

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DAY 09 // HOLD ONTO HIM

Sometimes along life’s journey we shift our attention and focus from the Father and begin to lose our way. I’m comforted that while our actions or inaction can take our single-mindedness from the Father we can never loose our calling and promise in Him. I find myself in a season like this currently in my own life. The apostle Peter has resonated with me recently as he had several moments of losing his focus. In Mathew 14: 26-31 we see one example of this:

“When the disciples saw him walking on the water they were terrified. In their fear, they cried, “It’s a ghost!” But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage I am here!” Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you tell me to come to you, walking on the water. “Yes come,” Jesus said.

So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on water toward Jesus. But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”

In Matthew 26: 69-75 we see another:

“Meanwhile, Peter was sitting outside in the courtyard. A servant girl came over and said to him, “You were one of the those with Jesus the Galilean,” But Peter denied it in front of everyone. “I don’t know what you’re talking about,” he said. Later, out by the gate, another servant girl noticed him and said to those standing around, “This man was with Jesus of Nazareth.”

Again Peter denied it, this time with an oath. “I don’t even know the man,” he said. A little later some of the other bystanders came over to Peter and said, “You must be one of them; we can tell by your Galilean accent.” Peter swore, “A curse on me if I’m lying- I don’t know the man!” And immediately the rooster crowed. Suddenly, Jesus’ words flashed through Peter’s mind: “Before the rooster crows, you will deny three times that you even know me.” And he went away, weeping bitterly.”

Jesus had spoken to his disciples prior to Peter’s struggles and had spoken big plans over Peters life. Even his moments of doubt and lost focus on who Jesus was and what he was called to be a part of the fact remained that Peter still had a calling on his life and a promise that couldn’t be removed or lost due to his actions.

Matthew 16: 13-19

“When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” Then he asked them, “But who do you say that I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” 

Acts 2 further confirmed this promise to build his church through Peter. After the Holy Spirit fell in the upper room Peter went out and preached and 3,000 were added to the Church that day.

You see, even though Peter lost his focus, he never lost his calling and promise. If you find yourself in a similar situation as we enter this season of prayer and fasting as a church and feel lost or like your focus is shifted or lacking I would encourage you hold onto the calling and promises you have been given and lean into Holy Spirit and seeking the Father’s heart.

SEAN "BEAR" RICHRDSON // PRODUCTION MANAGER

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DAY 08 // LOVE ONE ANOTHER

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DAY 08 // LOVE ONE ANOTHER

GALATIONS 6: 1-3
"Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly re­store him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day's out. Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so com­plete Christ's law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived." 

It's important that we remember Jesus saved us from our sins too! He didn't come into this world to condemn it, but to save it; and if we are to be like Him, we must do the same. 
There's no need to shame those who've sinned or wronged us. The sin itself carries enough shame. God sent his Son to shame shame, to kill it with forgiveness, and so we must do the same! 

Love one another, help your neighbor through their valley, forgive them no matter what happened. If the one who is perfect can for­give us and restore us back to Him, we can surely forgive another and lead them into restoration! 

ANDY RUSHING // LIGHTING DIRECTOR

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DAY 07 // TETHER YOUR HEART

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DAY 07 // TETHER YOUR HEART

I KINGS 3:5
"God appeared to Solomon in a dream: God said, 'What can I give you? Ask.' 
Solomon said, '. .. now here I am: God, my God, you have made me, your servant, ruler of the kingdom in place of David my father. I'm too young for this, a mere child!'" 

 

I don't know the ropes, hardly know the 'ins' and 'outs' of this job. And here I am, set down in the middle of the people you've chosen, a great people - far too many to ever count. Here's what I want: "Give me a God-listening heart so I can lead your people well, discerning the difference between good and evil. For who on their own is capable of leading your glorious people?". God, the Master, was delighted with Solomon's response. And God said to him, "Because you have asked for this and haven't grasped after a long life, or riches, or the doom of your enemies, but you have asked for the ability to lead and govern well, I'll give you what you've asked for-I'm giving you a wise and mature heart." 

Has God placed you in a position of leadership or influence? Do you feel yourself saying, "I'm a little out of my depth here!"? 

I've found that God doesn't wait for you to feel qualified or confi­dent before He places you in new opportunities to lead others. Our weakness is HIS strength! God loves when our confidence is in Him and not in our own abilities. Solomon asks for a God-listen­ing heart so he can lead the people well! When your heart is teth­ered to the Holy Spirit, He will always guide you and tell you what to do next. A heart that listens to the leading of the Spirit will always be able to discern good from evil. A wise and mature heart is available to the God-listening heart! 

JOY STARLING // PASTOR

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DAY 06 // LISTEN TO WISDOM

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DAY 06 // LISTEN TO WISDOM

PROVERBS 8:1-2

"Listen as wisdom calls out!

    Hear as understanding raises her voice!

On the hilltop along the road,

    she takes her stand at the crossroads."

I love the imagery found in this Proverb! Wisdom standing at the crossroads calling out. As we journey through life all of us at some point will arrive at a crossroads moment. It's in these times we often need guidance, answers and new direction, all while feeling stuck in the stand still of decision. The good news is that wisdom has a voice and as you stop and yield long enough you will hear her loud and clear. 

My prayer during this fast is for those of you who find yourself at crossroads. I pray that you will find the answers you seek. God is wisdom and is ready to speak to you. Pull up, quiet your heart and listen, for wisdom is already calling out. 

CHARLES STARLING // CREATIVE PASTOR

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DAY 05 // COME TO HIM

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DAY 05 // COME TO HIM

MATTHEW 14:22-23

"Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.  Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified.

“It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.  

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

There's a great quote I read once which said: "Many people only 'tip-toe' through life ... so they can arrive at death safely!" 

I don't know about you, but at the start of this brand new year I've been given, I don't want to get to the end of it and find myself saying, "Was that it?" God's Word doesn't say '(Jesus) came that you might have meetings, and meetings more abundantly'. NO, it says, '/ came that you might have LIFE and LIFE more abundantly'! 

MATTHEW 14:22-33 illustrates one of my very favorite stories; Jesus and Peter walking on the water. Just like Peter, many of us have also seen Jesus do some incredible things, even in the lives of others as they stepped out in faith. But in seeing what God can miraculously do through others, has it been enough to get you out of YOUR boat? 

Sadly, many of us remain simply spectators and commentators of other people's miracles from the comfort of our own boat without ever experiencing God for themselves. You see, without experi­encing God, all you're left with is religion. The thing I love most about Peter is that he realized that even though he had been walking with Jesus and seen many incredible things, there was always FAR MORE to experience! Jesus simply said 'COME'. And what followed was that Peter had to get out of his boat to experi­ence the intentions of God. 

What areas in your life is Jesus saying to you 'COME'? I pray that this is the year where everything changes and you experience a whole new level of walking with God. 

TARN CROSS // PASTOR

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DAY 04 // PURSUE HIM

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DAY 04 // PURSUE HIM

JEREMIAH 29: 13

"You will seek Me and find Me
when you seek Me with all your heart." 

During this season of fasting, there will be many petitions brought before God, reflecting a broad range of genuine need; for heal­ing, provision, restoration of relationships, employment, etc. All of these things can weigh heavy on the heart, and we were not meant to carry them alone. In fact, our loving Father wants to carry them for us. 1 Peter 5:7 says "Cast your cares upon Him, because He cares for you." No loving earthly father would willingly stand by and watch a small child struggle and fall under a heavy burden they weren't capable of carrying, but rather shoulder the weight himself! 

God is all about relationship. Jesus died on the cross so that we could have direct personal access to our heavenly Father, in effect, restoring a wonderful, priceless, loving, kind relationship with Him. I know He loves it when we are intentional about creating time and space just to be with Him, as He loves being with us! There is no greater joy than simply being in His presence. Just being with Him. There is so much joy, peace, love, kindness in His presence and He longs for a more intimate relationship with all of us. As you fast, I would encourage you to put aside time in prayer to pursue Him with ALL your heart and you WILL find Him! 

MATT CROSS // PASTOR

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DAY 03 // BE REVIVED

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DAY 03 // BE REVIVED

HOSEA 6:2-3
"After two days he will revive us; 
on the third day he will raise us up, 
that we may live before him. 
Let us know; let us press on to know the LORD; 
his going out is sure as the dawn; 
he will come to us as the showers, 
as the spring rains that water the earth." 

Ok, so you've made it to day three! And you're probably dream­ing of pizza by now. Often after the first 48 hours this is can be the most physically challenging day of the fast. But don't give up. 

As a former physical education teacher I know that our bodies are physically adapting in ways that are uncomfortable. You are no longer using sugars as your first energy source but now fats are being broken down in your bloodstream and expelled along with many built up toxins and metals. Remember this-if you are experi­encing headaches, weakness and bad breath, it's all part of the transition, healing and cleansing of your body. 

The number three in the bible represents resurrection. As Hosea implores Israel to return to God, may the third day also represent for you a re-turning to the Father, a dying to old habits and un­healthy thinking. This time of prayer and fasting is resurrecting new life, intimacy and authority in Jesus Christ. Be revived like showers that water the earth and press on! 

PAUL BERGIN // ASSOCIATE PASTOR

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DAY 02 // WORSHIP IN THE DESERT

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DAY 02 // WORSHIP IN THE DESERT

PSALM 63: 1-8

"You, God, are my God,
    earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you,
    my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land
    where there is no water.

I have seen you in the sanctuary
    and beheld your power and your glory.

Because your love is better than life,
    my lips will glorify you.

I will praise you as long as I live,
    and in your name I will lift up my hands.

I will be fully satisfied as with the richest of foods;
    with singing lips my mouth will praise you.

On my bed I remember you;
    I think of you through the watches of the night.

Because you are my help,
    I sing in the shadow of your wings.

I cling to you;
    your right hand upholds me."

Have you ever found yourself in a place where it seems like the situation you are facing is trying to steal your attention? Looking back through Biblical his­tory, we find that David wrote this Psalm while he was in the Desert of Judah. He was on the run for his life - his pursuant the very king he had faithfully served. Not only was he on the run, but he had been followed by a crowd of disgruntled misfits who were looking for someone to emancipate them from the tyrannical king under whom they served. 


It would be easy for David to feel somewhat overwhelmed by his situation. to be distracted by the very real dilemma of his current position, compound­ed by the needs of the men who were pressing him to fight back against the king. In the natural, David was deep in the middle of a desert called "Judah". And while his natural habitation served to remind him of the reality of his situ­ation, there was another area of his life that was also under assault - his "spiri­tual" man. 
It's interesting that it is deep in the "Desert of Judah" that David writes this Psalm. "Judah" literally interpreted means "Praise", so not only do we find David in a natural desert, but we also see the opportunity for his "praise" to succumb to the situation at hand. 


But rather than giving in to his situation, David takes the opportunity to ac­knowledge that even though he's parched in the natural, he will use that trial to stir in him a desire to seek the Lord. He reminds himself of the times that God has met him in the past, and the demonstrations of God's power and glory he has encountered time and time again over his lifetime. 
Today, if you find yourself in a situation that somewhat resembles a desert ex­perience in your life; rather than being overwhelmed by the things that seek to distract you from God's goodness, why not take a few minutes and remind yourself of all the good things God HAS done for you over the past year .. . From the significant things down to what may be seemingly insignificant .. . and make the most of the opportunity to encourage yourself in the fact that God is FAITHFUL to be found as we seek Him out! 

HENRY SEELEY // LEAD PASTOR

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DAY 01 // SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM

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DAY 01 // SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM

MATTHEW 6:33

"But seek first his Kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

In the past I have found myself worrying about how we were going to pay our bills and how we were going to build our future. We always seemed to be in lack when we were younger and I couldn’t get out of the rut of worrying about everything. I found that my time and energy was used up daily in worrying instead of resting in my understanding of this verse. Jesus is always wanting to take us to a level of doing things his way, because it is the best way. Instead of worrying about finances and all of the practical needs that we face daily, He gives us the key in this verse on how to live in a place of blessing.

He asks the question in the verses prior to verse 33, "why do you worry about…” what he is saying here is that if he has the ability to clothe the flowers in a field and provide for the smallest bird in the air how much more will he look after his children. But it comes with a condition as most of Gods promises do.He says instead of worrying, SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM.  

What does that mean? He is saying seek me first and by seeking me you will discover my way of doing things (the right way according to Gods Kingdom) which is often opposite to our natural thinking, therefore, on this first day of the fast let’s decide to seek first His kingdom and his righteousness and before long you will begin to see all these things that we worry about be given to us as we put God first and we apply His truths to our lives in everyday practical ways and you will see a turnaround in your life over time as we consistently seek first His Kingdom.

ALEX SEELEY // LEAD PASTOR

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