As the Corona virus makes life interesting for all of us - and social distancing becomes the norm, we are not able to have our normal CSF meetings in Escalante 101 on Sunday nights.
So we will be going to an online format - using ZOOM. We will still be able to worship and pray together, only on line.
I am currently working on some online game options for game nights and we are still available if you need anything - just send me a message through this website.
With that being said - here is the link for this Sunday's CSF:Re-new meeting. We will meet on Zoom at 6pm. https://us04web.zoom.us/j/252800331
Stay healthy. We are praying for you!
Here are some thoughts about BIBLICAL FASTING
adapted from Prayer and Fasting and Biblical Fasting
God considers fasting important.
His Word, in fact, contains 92 passages mentioning it. Many of our heroes of the faith, including Moses, Elijah, Esther, Nehemiah, Daniel and Paul, fasted at crucial points.
Jesus both taught and modeled fasting. After being anointed by the Holy Spirit, He was led into the wilderness to fast and pray for 40 days (Matthew 4:2). During the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus gave specific instructions on how to fast (Matthew 6:16-18). Jesus knew the followers He addressed would fast.
Biblical fasting can be defined as abstaining from food for spiritual purposes. Simply going without food because it is not available or because of medical reasons is not biblical fasting. There must be a spiritual motivation to qualify a fast as Scriptural.
Reasons to fast:
1. SHOWING HUMILITY AND REPENTANCE
One reason we fast is to demonstrate humility before the sovereign Creator of the universe. God responds when we diligently and wholeheartedly seek Him (2 Chronicles 7:14). Sometimes this involves confession and repentance from sin. This was the case of the Ninevites when Jonah reluctantly told them God was going to bring judgment upon them (Jonah 3:5,10), 50 they called a fast and repented of their sin. Fasting demonstrates humility by acknowledging our dependence on God. In Psalm 35, David laments his enemies’ harsh treatment of him in contrast to how he cared for them when they were ill. He humbled his soul by fasting and praying for their recovery (Psalm 35:13).
2. SEEKING GOD’S FACE MORE FULLYA second reason we fast is to respond to God’s love toward us. It is as if we are saying to God, “Because You are righteous and holy, and loved me enough to send Jesus to die for my sins, I want to get to know You more intimately.” Jeremiah 29:13 says we will find God when we seek Him with all our hearts. We may want to take extra time to seek and praise God by missing a meal or abstaining from food for a day or more. When we deliberately set aside time for fasting, we are showing we want to seek God.
3. ASKING FOR SOMETHING YOU DESIRESometimes we fast to demonstrate our sincerity to God concerning something we truly desire. Ezra proclaimed a fast to ask God to protect His people as they journeyed to Jerusalem from exile. God responded by leading them safely to Jerusalem, delivering them from their enemies and ambushes along the way (Ezra 8:21 31). Although fasting may show our sincerity, it does not guarantee we will receive what we desire. Maybe our request is not within God’s will, or we may be asking with the wrong motives. David fasted for seven days when God struck with illness the child Bathsheba conceived by David. David repented of his adultery with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband. He humbled himself, fasted and prayed, but the child still died (2 Samuel 12:15-18). Through fasting we can determine the sincerity and correctness of our requests.
4. FASTING TO KNOW GOD’S WILLSeeking God’s will or direction is different from petitioning Him for something we desire. When the Israelites were in conflict with the tribe of Benjamin, they sought God’s will through fasting. The entire army fasted until evening, and “the men of Israel asked the Lord, ‘Shall we go out again and fight against our brother Benjamin, or shall we stop?”’ (Judges 20:26-28). Acts 13:1-3 implies that church leaders were seeking God’s direction for their ministry through prayer and fasting. The Holy Spirit responded by saying, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul forthe work to which I have called them.” In both instances, people fasted and prayed to determine God’s will.
Wrong Motivations in Fasting
Right Motivations for Fasting
Types of Fasts
There are three types of fasts commonly practiced by Christians:
Before the Fast:
Those planning for an extended fast (more than 14 days) should prepare mentally and physically by cutting down on food intake one week before the actual fast and take on a vegetarian diet to control cravings for food. You should reduce strong beverages like coffee, tea or coke as well. Drink plenty of water.
During the Fast:
Spend the time that you would normally use for meals to pray and seek the Lord. Keep a journal on what the Lord has been showing and speaking to you.
Continue to drink plenty of water. Apple or watermelon juices are great morale boosters. Sleep early--the first few days of the fast are usually the most challenging. Persevere through this period. Consult your doctor if you are unsure of any headaches or body reactions.
Ending the Fast:
Breaking extended fasts should not be done abruptly. Start by taking small portions of food or liquids. Pace yourselves to return slowly to your normal diet in about a week.
Do not have a big celebration feast when breaking a fast! Your body may not be used to the sudden increased intake and break down. Be cautious, and always consult your doctor if you are unsure of your physical condition.
This Sunday will be our first official CSF-reset of the year. We will meet at 6pm for some worship and prayer.
Come and meet our new team member - Hannah - who will be helping us with worship.
This week, our songs will be:
Heart of Worship
Here I bow
Build my life
Click on the songs to get the lyrics.
It is going to be a great night. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
This Sunday (Feb. 2) - is Super Bowl Sunday.
We will not be having our regular CSF-Reset meeting on Sunday night. Instead, we are helping Kalinda with a special Super Bowl party. She is sponsoring a game night with foster families. This will be at River of Life Church. If you are interested in helping her send us a message and she will get with you on time and things you may need to bring.
We will be back to normal on the following Sunday (February 9) - 6pm in Escalante 101.
A side note - Kalinda's elementary musical (Lion King Jr.) is happening next week also. There is a performance on Friday, Feb. 7, at 6pm and two performances on Saturday (1pm and 6pm). All performances are at Grand Junction High School and the cost is $7 for a ticket at the door. It is going to be amazing.
We are praying for your week. How are you influencing the world you live in for Christ?
Next week, classes will resume. Here are a few things we have put on our calendar so that you can start getting ready...
Wednesday, January 22nd - CSF Reflection (1pm - Mountain Grind)
- Every Wednesday from 1 to 2pm at Mountain Grind, we will be reflecting on the many ideas that you face every day in your classes and life. We will filter these ideas through scripture and see how God is moving on our campus. The first meeting we will be talking about "Influencers" - who is influencing you and how can you become an influencer of others.
Sunday, January 26th - First Presbyterian Mission Fair (8am to Noon - at 1st Pres.)
- We will running a table at the First Presbyterian Mission fair. We just need people to be there to talk about our group and what we do on campus.
Sunday, January 26th - CSF Refocus (6 to 7:30pm - Escalante 101)
- This will be our first refocus meeting of the semester. Life can get overwhelming through the week. We want to use this time to release the tension from the past week and refocus our hearts on Christ as we begin a new week.
Wednesday, January 29th - CSF Reflection (1pm - Mountain Grind)
Sunday, February 2nd - Kalinda's Super Bowl Mission night (TBA, River of Life Church)
Kalinda has been working with a group of Foster families to create a Super Bowl night. There will be places to watch the game and places to play games if you do not want to watch. Kalinda is asking us to be there to help with the different areas. THERE WILL NOT BE A CSF REFOCUS ON CAMPUS THAT NIGHT.
Wednesday, February 5th - CSF Reflection (1pm - Mountain Grind)
Friday and Saturday, February 7th and 8th - Lion King Jr. Musical (Grand Junction HS)
Kalinda's students will be performing Friday (6pm), and Saturday (1pm and 6pm). See her about tickets.
Sunday, February 9th - CSF Refocus (6 to 7:30pm - Escalante 101)
Wednesday, February 12th - CSF Reflection (1pm - Mountain Grind)
Sunday, February 16th - CSF Refocus (6 to 7:30pm - Escalante 101)
Wednesday, February 19th - CSF Reflection (1pm - Mountain Grind)
Sunday, February 23rd - CSF Refocus (6 to 7:30pm - Escalante 101)
Wednesday, February 26th - CSF Reflection (1pm - Mountain Grind)
We look forward to seeing you at all these events. Enjoy your last week of break. This semester is going to be awesome.
Congratulations for finishing the semester strong.
Enjoy your break and get some rest.
Our next meeting will January 16th (6pm in Escalante 101).
I am excited to hear about all your adventures through the holidays.
Stay safe and warm.
I am updating this website - so keep an eye on the calendar!