Start the New Year in Power

Posted in New Year, Prayer by PCraig on December 27, 2012

Here’s the ways I’m suggesting to start off 2013:

  • Join in a 21 day Daniel Fast (basically a veg, nuts & fruit diet)
  • Come to a Night of Prayer on Jan 2 for 1 hour of prayer starting at 7 p.m.
  • Begin reading the New Testament through on Jan 1.  Use the Scripture Journals ($5 each) to record what God says to you as you read it daily.  The daily reading plan included in the Journals will guide you in this process.
  • Attend the series on prayer, Sync Up, that begins on January 6 for 3 weeks to strengthen your communication with God.

If you want to get where you’ve never been, you’ll have to travel a way you’ve never gone.  I believe that 2013 will be a great year for you and us as a church family.
Pick up a brochure on fasting and a Scripture Journal from the iCenter this Sunday to help you on this path.  Follow this blog each day through the 21 day fast.  I will be joined by John Money on providing daily encouragement and instructions as we go through the time of fasting.  John is a living witness of what God will do in you by fasting.

I’m so excited about the spiritual growth that is going to take place as we take these steps toward knowing God better in the New Year.  Don’t let this opportunity pass you by.  Get on board the journey to a powerful 2013!

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Joyful & Triumphant

Posted in holiday, Joy, Victorious Living by PCraig on December 19, 2012

There’s a line in O Come All Faithful that says, “joyful & triumphant,” yet many probably don’t feel that way at the holiday season or perhaps any season.  When Jesus said that He came that we could have life to full, I really believe He meant all of us.  That God would bless us everyone.

What causes us to feel defeated?  Here are some examples:

  • Financial worries
  • Marriage strife
  • Children going astray
  • Pressures at work

The message of Christmas is more than a baby was born in Bethlehem.  It’s about a divine invasion to restore you and I back to our Heavenly Father and empower us with His internal presence.

No matter what you’re going through, what you’ve lost or how deep your hurt, Jesus has been born and that’s reason for joyful triumph.  He has won so you can win also!

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Slow It Down

Posted in Hearing God, Margin, New Year, Rest & Refreshing, Solitude, Stress by PCraig on December 13, 2012

Slowing down.  Doesn’t that sound good?  Then why don’t we do it?  I think some of us are addicted to the adrenalin rush of feeling important; running from meeting to meeting, talking on the phone in our cars, texting while walking, and over-booking ourselves.  Many of us have a need to look important and busyness, we think, gives that appearance.

The problem is that God has mandated we take time in our week and reflect upon Him (called a Sabbath – see the 10 Commandments).  Also, Jesus seems to suggest a daily getting before God to request His assistance in our lives (“Give us THIS DAY our DAILY bread”).

Here are just a few things taking time to slow down will do for you:

  • Calm your nerves (your family & co-workers will thank you)
  • Centering or regaining balance to your life
  • Greater focus
  • A word from God (you can’t hear Him well on the run!)
  • Reflection on what’s important (realigns priorities)
  • An awareness of beauty around us (creation, people, our blessings)

Especially during this season, let’s make sure we take time to delight ourselves in the Lord.  In the New Year, I’m encouraging us to all make a daily practice of reading the New Testament through slowly and with contemplation.  By picking up a Crossroads Scripture Journal at the iCenter, you can have a plan to slow down and hear from God in 2013.  I hope you’ll join me!

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Making Room For God

This past weekend, I shared a very important message on how can obtain a spiritual breakthrough.  If you weren’t able to be with us I encourage you to listen to the podcast:

The topic was fasting and how it can make room for more of God in our lives.  When we get rid of the clutter by fasting and focusing on God, the other things of life grow strangely dim.

So, here’s what I’m suggesting:  to do a “Daniel” fast.  The reason I call it that is because there was a character in the Old Testament, named Daniel, who fasted for 21 days from the Kings rich foods and meat.  The Bible says that he focused on vegetables.  At the end of his 21 days, an angel actually spoke with him and a spiritual breakthrough came.

I’m asking for everyone at Crossroads to join me in a Daniel type fast from Jan 1-21, 2013.  You can form your own list, but here are some things to believe God for during those days:

  • Your own spiritual breakthrough
  • Bad habits to be broken
  • Hearing God speak clearly & giving direction
  • Your entire family to come to God & be saved
  • Our community to come to God & be saved
  • Our nation to come to God & be saved (revival)
  • Our church to experience God like never before

What do you need God to do in your life, family or circle of influence?  What might happen if you put God first in a fast in the New Year?  Let’s find out together!

NOTE:  Be sure to watch for more blogs about this in the coming weeks.  During the 21 days of fasting, John Money and I will be writing instructional and encouraging blogs to help you stay motivated for a spiritual breakthrough.  Nothing is impossible for God!

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