Fasting Discipline

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Fasting Discipline

Fasting has never been high on the list of Baptist disciplines. Feasting, yes. Fasting… maybe if we’re in a real bind. Jesus certainly warns us about fasting for attention (Matthew 6). That doesn’t get us out of the practice; I have just ignored the discipline. Prior to Easter, most Christians forego something like chocolate. Other […]

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Fasting – part 2

Fasting – part 2

By now, hopefully you’ve skipped at least one meal—or tried to do so. It’s ok if you sneaked a cracker. The point is that you tried, and you’ve learned that you can live off 2 meals in one day. What do you do during the time you’d normally eat? In Celebration of Discipline, Richard Foster […]

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Fasting – part 1

Fasting – part 1

Jesus fasted for 40 days after baptism. In the Sermon on the Mount, he instructed his disciples how to fast. During Lent, most Christians abstain from something (like chocolate) as part of the season of preparation for Easter. Fasting is a part of the Christian life. In prison, Paul knew how to be content when […]

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Versing

“Dad, who’s Florida State versing today?” “Versing?” I asked. “Is that what you said?” “Yes, versing,” Drake replied. Drake heard the word “versus,” normally used for “Florida vs. Florida State.” By the sound, he turned the word into “verse.” When he heard the sports commentators describing two teams competing against each other, he heard, “Florida […]

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EQUIP

When churches want to multiply their impact in a community, they start small. Just ask our friends who go across the world as missionaries. After moving to a new place, they meet neighbors, attend schools, and eat meals. As they go, they share faith and life together with others. Now, we’re on mission here in […]

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Above the Routine

There’s nothing like the start of a school and college semester. Life seems to get back into a routine and overwhelm simultaneously. Grades, reports, schedules, conflicts, viruses– you name it. And that’s just for second graders. Before we get back to the grind, we need to think very practically about our relationship with Christ. If […]

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Ministry With College Students

With 80,000 college students flooding Leon County in the Fall and Spring, we know the fields are white unto harvest. If we visit the FSU, FAMU, or TCC campuses, we’ll find a variety of spiritual perspectives. According to Stephen Lutz, students today express their faith in five different ways. I’ve adapted his categories below: Committed. […]

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Versus

Versus

We live in a world of competing priorities. All of them are good things. Do I want the Honda or the Ford? Minivan or Sedan? Florida or Florida State? Public, Private, or Home Schools? Swim or Dance? Assisted Living or Independent? Each one can seem both overwhelming and mundane at the same time. When you […]

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Back to Missions

I love going back to school. I followed a school calendar for 25 years, and I think my body still recognizes when it’s time to purchase a backpack. Our church realizes how important this season is for us programmatically and missionally. This Sunday as we promote SMBS classes, we commission and bless educators and students. […]

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Back to School

Back to School

We send Parker and Drake back to school next week. The summer break is over, but we’ve learned even more about ourselves and our boys this summer than ever before. This is one of the growing years. If you’ve paid attention to our pictures, you know that Parker has grown about 6 inches in 6 […]

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