Monday, March 1, 2010

A Month of Fasting

Oh boy...  What are we getting into now?!


Seriously.  What do Methodists need to know about Fasting?  That's not part of who we are, right?!

Hmmm...  Yep.  It is.  Sorry to spring this on you.

Fasting is a Spiritual Habit (or Discipline) that goes back thousands of years, across all faith traditions.  It's actually mentioned in the Bible more times than even something as important as baptism!  (Baptism - 75 mentions, Fasting - 77!)  And John Wesley, the founder of Methodism, had plenty to say about Fasting!  For a time, he wouldn't even ordain new Methodist Ministers unless they fasted 2 days a week!

So yes.  Fasting is a deeply spiritual practice.  It is a Biblical practice.  It is a Methodist practice.

It is also probably the most feared and misunderstood of our Spiritual Habits.

So I hope you'll stay in the conversation this month of March - go on a journey with us to open your mind and heart to how God can be at work in your life through the practice of fasting.  I bet you'll learn a lot - and be able to put aside some common misunderstandings!

Join us in worship on Sunday for your "Intro" to Fasting!

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