What’s Up with Fasting?

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I recently asked the West Campus congregation to join me in a couple of days of prayer and fasting for our church, and there were a handful of people that responded and showed up. Even still, I notice that there’s often some resistance to this sort of thing. I even feel it myself. I have a tendency to be very productivity focused, and well… prayer often doesn’t feel like a very productive thing to do.

So I thought this topic might be a good thing to open up for discussion. Specifically, what’s the deal with fasting? Is it like a starvation protest where we twist God’s arm and get Him to do what we want Him to do?

What about prayer? Why do you think churches and people don’t pray more often? Why does an hour of prayer seem impossible to most of us? Do you prefer to pray alone or with a group? Is it difficult to keep you attention focused?

I’d love to hear what you guys think, so please post your comments.

Why the Blog?

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Each week I find myself engaged in interesting conversations. Sometimes they make me laugh, and other times they make me reflect on life. I love these conversations, and I often think, “I wish more people could be a part of this discussion.”

That’s why I’m starting this blog. I want to open up some discussions into a realm where people can contribute the conversation. Some of us will ask questions, and some of us will provide responses, while others will silently participate. Whichever category you find yourself in, I hope that you’ll find this blog to be a place where we learn and find ourselves drawn nearer to Christ and the eternal hope of His grace.

So, as we begin, I want to set a few ground rules. The views stated in this blog do not necessarily reflect Southcliff West, Southcliff Baptist Church, or even the views of our staff. No rude or divisive posts will be allowed, and the moderator (Kyle) reserves the right to delete comments which are not deemed appropriate. If you’ve got a topic or a question you’d like to see posted here, please send me an e-mail, and I’ll consider it.

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