INTENSIFIED SPIRITUAL FOCUS

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table set with foodMark 2:20 But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast in that day.

After a full week of graduations & state track I’m back this weekend to pick up our Cross Training series again. One problem with celebrations is that they often involve too much eating. It doesn’t take long to feel the effects of stepping the wrong direction with our food. Without discipline we can lose the energy and focus we need to embrace the life God has given us.

While looking at a single plate with enough meat loaf for three people at the Cheesecake Factory I remember my mom saying, “don’t spoil your dinner.” At the time she was talking about getting candy bars at the local Seven Eleven on our walk home from school, but too much of a good thing can interfere with the best things remains a life lesson.

John 6:35 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst.

This Sunday we are going to talk about this on a spiritual level. One neglected but valuable spiritual exercise the Bible assumes is Fasting. In invite you to join us this week as we discover together how intentionally stiff-arming the bread this world offers to make space for the Bread of Life can seriously intensify our strength in Christ.

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Intentional Spiritual Rest

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hand holding cupExodus 20:8-11 “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.”

Psalm 130:5 I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope.

Our national anthem ends proclaiming that we are the land of the free and the home of the brave, but we have become slaves to the most hectic schedules on the planet. How can we continue growing in spiritual strength in a crazy busy and demanding world? Even though I want this more than most things, I sometimes dread seeing posts like this because our schedules are so full we can’t take time for one more thing even if it can help us. The burden of reading more things I don’t have time to work out seems worse than not reading it in the first place.

If this is you take heart. All I’m going to suggest is that you take a break. A specific renewing kind of break. It is not cookie cutter but if you get the principle below & find even the smallest of starting points, you will find your energy returning very soon. The key is an ancient principle God gave his people at the beginning. He first called it “Sabbath Rest.”

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Give God Joy

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JM ensenada worship 2015In this series we learned how we choose joy no matter what we face. Last weekend’s lesson flipped the script.

Proverbs 10:1 notes that “a wise son gives joy to his father, but a foolish one brings grief to his mother.” The question of the week is IF we are in fact God’s kids, do we give Him joy? While there are several ways mentioned in the Bible, the letter to the Philippians closes with three. Check them out and see how you are doing.

1. God has Joy When We Give to Share in Jesus’ Ongoing Mission.

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