by Pastor Alan Duce | March 15, 2011
Types of Fasts:
1. A Normal Fast--Luke 4:2
1. Jesus Expects it of us--Matt. 6; Matt. 9:14-15
2. To Strengthen Prayer--Matt. 17:21; James 1:6b
3. To Seek God’s Guidance--Judges 20:28
4. To Express Grief--I Sam. 20:34
5. To Seek Deliverance or Protection--2 Chron. 20; Ezra 8:21-23
6. To Express Repentance and a Return to God--Joel 2:12
7. To Express Concern for the Work of God
8. To Overcome Temptation--Matt. 4:1-11
9. To Express Love and Worship to God--Luke 2:37
- Reason(s) to fast
- Duration of the fast
by Pastor Alan Duce | December 28, 2010
My office computer is very old and has been threatening to crash for over a year. The technology committee and office staff have been encouraging me to get a new computer before my old one completely crashes and I lose a lot of important files. I’ve been putting it off as long as possible to save money and because I’m comfortable with the old computer; setting up a new computer is a hassle.
The New Year reminds me of my computer dilemma. I’m going to have to get a new computer soon. The New Year is coming whether I want it to or not. The New Year is either an amazing opportunity for new beginnings and new opportunities or it’s the hassle of creating and pursuing resolutions.
I like the fact that New Years follows immediately after the celebration of the birth of Christ. It reminds me that this season is all about newness and welcoming God’s new dreams for our lives.
by Pastor Alan Duce | November 17, 2010
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by Pastor Alan Duce | January 31, 2010
Sunday January 24
I talked about tithing in the morning sermon. I’ve had lots of great follow-up conversations since then. Some folks have asked some very specific questions about the biblical teaching on the subject.
Dr. Ira Lieberman, a Jewish Christian who is part of our church family, summarized Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) teaching on tithing and it’s attached here.
Of course, this doesn’t include New Testament teaching on giving. That will need to be part of our continuing conversation.