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The Lost Art of Fasting (3 of 4)
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
All right ... now that we've enjoyed a good meal ... I want to talk to you tonight about the lost art of Fasting! Last week we learned that there are several kinds of fasting.
For instance .. there is a Normal fast. That's when you abstain from food for a certain amount of time. There is also a Partial Fast. That's when your fast is limited to certain kinds of food. Then there is an Absolute Fast. That's when you refuse food and drink. Then there is a Corporate Fast. That involves a group of believers. And then there is a National Fast ... when an entire nation fasts.
We then learned that a fast can be for one day ... one night ... three days ... seven days ... and forty days. Now for several weeks we've been learning about prayer from Matthew 6. And in the Bible you find those early Christians not only praying ... but praying and fasting!
Now .. that's what Jesus is talking about in Mark 2. Let's look there for a few minutes tonight as we learn about ...
Look again at verse 20, "But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days." You ought to underscore that phrase, "and then they will fast."
Now I want to ask you a question: Should You Fast? Does God want you fasting? Now .. you ask, "Pastor, why would you want to bring up a subject like that on Wednesday night right after I've eaten more than I should?" I'll tell you why! Because these are desperate times!
We're seeing a rise of humanism across this country. The Family is not only being torn apart ... the government is trying to redefine it. Immorality is being proudly paraded in the streets. We don't even have enough jails to house all the criminals. Americans are murdering 4,000 babies a day through abortion.
I think of the lostness of our city! Think about your family members and neighbors that are lost. If they died today they would die and go to ...
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