Eastwood Baptist Church in Tulsa https://eastwoodtulsa.org A Place to Believe, Belong & Be Loved Wed, 18 Mar 2020 22:11:04 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 https://eastwoodtulsa.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/cropped-EW-web-icon-512x512-32x32.jpg Eastwood Baptist Church in Tulsa https://eastwoodtulsa.org 32 32 Virtual Church https://eastwoodtulsa.org/virtual-church/ Wed, 18 Mar 2020 21:44:38 +0000 https://eastwoodtulsa.org/?p=14478 Welcome to Virtual Church During this time of social distancing, we welcome you to Eastwood Virtual Church. Join us on our online platforms as we worship, study the Bible, and pray together in this online community. Sunday’s worship at 10:45am and other services throughout the week. Please join us on one of the platforms below. Select […]

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Welcome to Virtual Church

During this time of social distancing, we welcome you to Eastwood Virtual Church.
Join us on our online platforms as we worship, study the Bible, and pray together in this online community. Sunday’s worship at 10:45am and other services throughout the week. Please join us on one of the platforms below.

Select online platforms.

Live Stream on Website

Facebook Live

YouTube Live

Streaming from your computer, phone or tablet?

Apple TV
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Amazon Fire
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“Fear not for I am with you.” Isaiah 41:10

A scared world needs a fearless church! AW Tozer

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Coronavirus Response: An Update https://eastwoodtulsa.org/coronavirus-response-an-update/ Sat, 14 Mar 2020 23:21:41 +0000 https://eastwoodtulsa.org/?p=14474   Hey church family! We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and are in communication with state and local officials. At this time, our Sunday morning schedule will remain unchanged.  We will still gather for Sunday School @ 9:15am and worship @ 10:45am. If you are sick, stay at home.  If you are in […]

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Hey church family!

We are continuing to monitor the COVID-19 situation and are in communication with state and local officials. At this time, our Sunday morning schedule will remain unchanged.  We will still gather for Sunday School @ 9:15am and worship @ 10:45am. If you are sick, stay at home.  If you are in an at-risk category, it is okay to miss church. Please do not feel pressure to attend.

If our state and local officials ask that public gatherings be suspended, we will do as asked. 

If you do not feel comfortable getting out in a public setting, please join us for worship online at 10:45am on our website, Facebook page or YouTube channel.

Watch our Live Stream on these platforms:

Website >> https://eastwoodtulsa.org/live-stream

Facebook >> https://facebook.com/eastwoodtulsa

YouTube Channel >> https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCV6e5aG9qTtyIkmXkUBSU_g

We will keep you updated if we have to cancel our services in the future.

Eastwood Tulsa

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Protection in Dangerous Times https://eastwoodtulsa.org/protection-in-dangerous-times-2/ Thu, 05 Mar 2020 16:44:00 +0000 https://eastwoodtulsa.org/?p=14464 With growing fears of the COVID-19 virus (Corona Virus), many are asking what we, as Eastwood, doing to protect our members and guests while they are in our facility. We are taking aggressive measures in our cleaning and sanitizing methods throughout the week. Most of our members are only here on Sunday, yet our facilities […]

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With growing fears of the COVID-19 virus (Corona Virus), many are asking what we, as Eastwood, doing to protect our members and guests while they are in our facility. We are taking aggressive measures in our cleaning and sanitizing methods throughout the week. Most of our members are only here on Sunday, yet our facilities are used literally every day of the week. Because of that, our top priority is to create and keep a healthy and safe environment for everyone.

All in-house cleaning supplies are EPA-registered disinfectant products which demonstrate virucidal claims against flu, and viruses. We also enact measures to disinfect surfaces commonly touched by hands.

• Doorknobs, light switches, handrails
• Computer keyboards and desks
• FLC tables and chairs, faucet handles, etc.

We are in partnership with Aspire Group (the homeschool group that uses our facilities on Monday and Wednesday) in doubling our efforts to clean all restrooms and commonly used areas thoroughly. Though our facilities are aged, and some restrooms are in great need of updating, rest assured they are being cleaned and sanitized.

You may have heard that Life.Church Pastor Craig Groschel is now in quarantine for the Corona Virus to be observed and not to share with others. We certainly need to pray for him and his family, as well as the Life Churches, many of which are in our community. When there is such growing fear, we have to remember that we are still the people of God! And He has given us great and precious promises. One of those promises is clearly laid out in Psalm 91. This psalm describes the position we have with our Father God and the protection He gives. I encourage you to pray these scriptures over you and your family. As well as, pray these scriptures over Eastwood and our entire country and those who have contracted this virus.

Psalms 91:1-10 NLT
1Those who live in the shelter of the Most High
will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

2This I declare about the LORD:He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;
he is my God, and I trust him.

3 For he will rescue you from every trap
and protect you from deadly disease.

4 He will cover you with his feathers.
He will shelter you with his wings.
His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

5 Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night,
nor the arrow that flies in the day.

6 Do not dread the disease that stalks in darkness,
nor the disaster that strikes at midday.

7 Though a thousand fall at your side,
though ten thousand are dying around you,
these evils will not touch you.

8 Just open your eyes,
and see how the wicked are punished.

9 If you make the LORD your refuge,
if you make the Most High your shelter,

10 no evil will conquer you;
no plague will come near your home.

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Hymns of Faith – Revive Us Again, 1863 https://eastwoodtulsa.org/hymns-of-faith-revive-us-again-1863/ Tue, 25 Feb 2020 20:06:33 +0000 https://eastwoodtulsa.org/?p=14461 “Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” Psalm 85:6 William Paton Mackay, 1839-1885 In his own words, here is the testimony of Scottish doctor William Paton Mackay, author of Revive Us Again. My dear mother had been a godly, pious woman, quite often telling me of the Savior, and […]

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“Will You not revive us again, that Your people may rejoice in You?” Psalm 85:6

William Paton Mackay, 1839-1885

In his own words, here is the testimony of Scottish doctor William Paton Mackay, author of Revive Us Again.

My dear mother had been a godly, pious woman, quite often telling me of the Savior, and many times I had been a witness to her wrestling in prayer for my soul’s salvation. But nothing had made a deep impression on me. The older I grew the more wicked I became.

One day a seriously injured (laborer) was brought into the hospital. The case was hopeless. He seemed to realize his condition, for he was fully conscious, and asked me how long he would last. I gave him my opinion in as cautious a manner as I could. “Have you any relatives whom we could notify?” I continued. The patient shook his head. His only wish was to see his landlady, because he owed her a small sum, and also wished to bid her farewell. He also requested his landlady send him, “The Book.”

I went to see him on my regular visits at least once a day. What struck me most was the quiet, almost happy expression constantly on his face. After the man died, some things about the deceased’s affairs were to be attended to in my presence. “What shall we do with this?” asked the nurse, holding up a book in her hand. “What kind of book is it?” I asked. “The Bible of the poor man. As long as he was able to read it, he did so, and when he was unable to do so anymore, he kept it under his bed cover.”

I took the Bible and – could I trust my eyes? It was my own Bible! The Bible which my mother had given me when I left my parents’ home, and which later, when short of money, I sold for a small amount. My name was still in it, written in my mother’s hand.

With a deep sense of shame, I looked upon the precious Book. It had given comfort and refreshing to the unfortunate man in his last hours. It had been a guide to him into eternal life, so that he had been enabled to die in peace and happiness. And this Book, the last gift of my mother, I had actually sold for a ridiculous price. Be it sufficient to say that the regained possession of my Bible was the cause of my conversion.”

Taken from “Then SINGS My Soul” by Robert J. Morgan

Lyrics

This beloved song which has been sung by millions, praises God and concludes with a request for spiritual revival.

Stanza 1

“We praise Thee, O God, For the Son of Thy love, For Jesus who died, And is now gone above.”

Refrain:

Hallelujah, thine the glory!
Hallelujah, Amen!
Hallelujah, thine the glory!
Revive us again.

Stanza 2

“We praise Thee, O God, For Thy Spirit of light, Who has shown us our Savior, And scattered our night.”

Stanza 3

“All glory and praise To the Lamb that was slain, Who has borne all our sins And has cleansed every stain.”

Stanza 4

“All glory and praise To the God of all grace, Who has bought us, and sought us, And guided our ways.”

Stanza 5

“Revive us again, Fill each heart with Thy love; May each soul be rekindled With fire from above.”

Doctrine Found in Revive Us Again

  • Jesus is the only begotten Son of God whom He gave to save all people. “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16
  • Jesus died for our sins so that we might have redemption. Romans 5:8
  • He is now gone above to reign at God’s right hand and wait the time for His second coming. Acts 1:9-11.
  • The Spirit of light is the Holy Spirit whom the Father sent in Jesus’s name. John 14:26
  • The Spirit has shown us our Savior because He testified of Christ in the written word. John 15:26
  • The Spirit has also scattered our night because He revealed to the apostles all the light of God’s truth. John 16:13
  • Jesus Christ is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. John 1:29
  • It was prophesied that He would come to bear our sins. Isaiah 53:4-5
  • Jesus has cleansed every stain because His blood was the purchase price of our redemption. 1 Peter 1:18-21
  • Our God is a God of all grace. 1 Peter 5:10
  • All of God’s spiritual blessings, the sending of His Son, the revelation of His word, and the offer of salvation–are the results of His wonderful grace. Romans 3:24-26, Ephesians 2:8-10
  • He continues to guide His people by the word of His grace. Acts 20:32
  • Some have objected to the idea of asking God to “revive us again,” because they think that necessarily implies that we have fallen away from God, are spiritually dead, and need to be brought back to life. However, the fact is that all of us have undoubtedly experienced periods of discouragement or other such problems from which we need to be revived or renewed in our service to God. Habakkuk 3:2
  • Every Christian needs to have the inward man revived or renewed every day. 2 Corinthians 4:16
  • The fire from above, which will accomplish this, is the word of God in our hearts. Jeremiah 20:9

CONCLUSION

The chorus repeats this combination of praising God and asking for revival.

“Hallelujah! Thine the glory! Hallelujah! Amen!
Hallelujah! Thine the glory! Revive us again!

As we sing songs like this, we certainly need to be expressing our worship and devotion to God with thankfulness for all His blessings, even as we ask Him to “Revive Us Again.”

Taken from “HymnStudiesBlog”.

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Beloved – The Treasured Songs of our Faith in Jesus https://eastwoodtulsa.org/beloved-the-treasured-songs-of-our-faith-in-jesus/ Fri, 07 Feb 2020 15:42:38 +0000 https://eastwoodtulsa.org/?p=14450 Through the month of February, we are going to be looking at some of the most beloved songs of faith. The Lord has given us a large treasure trove of rich, meaningful songs that have sharpened generations in their Christian walk. Worship in the Bible The Apostle Paul admonished the church at Ephesus in their […]

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Through the month of February, we are going to be looking at some of the most beloved songs of faith. The Lord has given us a large treasure trove of rich, meaningful songs that have sharpened generations in their Christian walk.

Worship in the Bible

The Apostle Paul admonished the church at Ephesus in their worship:

“Don’t be drunk with wine, because that will ruin your life. Instead, be filled with the Holy Spirit, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts. And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Ephesians 5:18-20

And also to the church at Colossi:

“Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” – Colossians 3:16

Singing Songs of Praise to God

Singing psalms, hymns, spiritual songs, making music to the Lord in our hearts, in so doing, we teach and admonish each other. That is the command here. A psalm merely is just singing songs of praise to God. A hymn is not a song in the hymnal; rather, it is a declaration of faith or creed that gives glory to God. A spiritual song consists of a new, spirit-led song; a song of worship; or a song of intimate express between you and the Lord.

One such spiritual song was written by Issac Watts When I Survey the Wondrous Cross, published in the songbook Hymns and Spiritual Songs in 1707. Watts diverted from the usual writing style of hymns that was standard for his day, which was to sing paraphrased scripture. Watts expressed his meditation of Christ’s passion on the cross and the significance of the price Jesus paid.

When seeing such an expression of love, it only moves us to respond in some way. Watts expressed in the first stanza:

“When I survey the wond’rous cross, on which the Prince of Glory dy’d,

My richest gain I count but loss, And pour contempt on all my pride.”

Not only do these words give adoration to God for the sacrifice of His Son, but also express our spirit’s desire to be conformed to the image of Christ (Romans 8:29). If you and I were there on Golgotha’s hill that day, seeing Jesus on that cross and the suffering He went through, would our expression be any different? Would we not see all of our gains as truly nothing? Would we not also lay down our pride as contemptible before His selfless act of love?

Standing The Test of Time

The beauty about this song is not in its age or that it has stood the test of time being sung for generations. No, it’s true beauty is how the Lord used Watts to pen words that resonate in the heart of every believer as we survey the cross of Christ. Rarely do we take enough time in our corporate worship times to honestly sit and think about what we are singing. It is a shame, really. Corporate worship is not about the music itself. It is about what we express from our hearts to the Lord together. Words of this hymn and spiritual song and so many others help to unite our hearts in worship and lift our praises to God. Not only do we receive strength from each other, but also God Himself gives us what no one else can provide -His Presence!

As you come into a worship service, do not worry about the music style but focus on the words that express praise and worship to the Lord. Let those words ring in your heart and it will be much easier to lift your voice in song.

When I Survey the Cross

When I survey the wond’rous Cross
On which the Prince of Glory dy’d,
My richest Gain I count but Loss,
And pour Contempt on all my Pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
Save in the Death of Christ my God:
All the vain Things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his Blood.

See from his Head, his Hands, his Feet,
Sorrow and Love flow mingled down!
Did e’er such Love and Sorrow meet?
Or Thorns compose so rich a Crown?

His dying Crimson, like a Robe,
Spreads o’er his Body on the Tree;
Then am I dead to all the Globe,
And all the Globe is dead to me.

Were the whole Realm of Nature mine,
That were a Present far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
Demands my Soul, my Life, my All.

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This is My One – Jack https://eastwoodtulsa.org/this-is-my-one-jack/ Mon, 30 Dec 2019 20:38:05 +0000 https://eastwoodtulsa.org/?p=14430 The post This is My One – Jack appeared first on Eastwood Baptist Church in Tulsa.

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For Sharon Lyons, the one she prayed for consistently, passionately, and faithfully, was her husband, Jack. She lived in such a way that testified of her new life free of sin and death through her faith in Jesus Christ. Jack saw the change and peace in Sharon since she confessed her sin and need of a Savior and asked Jesus to forgive her and make her new. He just didn’t know how to attain it. Watch Jack’s testimony in this quick 10-minute video of forgiveness when he thought he was unforgivable!

Jack’s story is full of love, grace, and forgiveness. Even in the dark times.

This year’s theme is “Who’s Your One?” emphasizing praying for, witnessing to, and inviting one person in your life to faith in Jesus Christ. As a church body, we are naming our One that we will commit to pray for and share our faith with. The 30-Day Prayer Guide will guide you in specific prayers for your One while the 40-Day Devotional will encourage you as you lead your one to Jesus. Download these free resources here. https://eastwoodtulsa.org/my-one

Join us as we commit to pray for and share the gospel with one person!

Who’s Your One?

“Pray also for me, that the message may be given to me when I open my mouth to make known with boldness the mystery of the gospel. For this I am ambassador in chains. Pray that I might be bold enough to speak about it as I should.” Ephesians 6:19-20 #WhosYour1

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Podcast Special Series Advent 2019 https://eastwoodtulsa.org/podcast-special-series-advent-2019/ Wed, 18 Dec 2019 20:29:36 +0000 https://eastwoodtulsa.org/?p=14425 Episode 65 – Advent Week 1, HOPE So many people feel a sense of hopelessness or even depression during the holiday season, but Jesus’ coming gives us a reason to have hope in every situation. Join the conversation! Episode 66 Advent Week 2, PEACE Jesus is the Prince of Peace, but how do we experience […]

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Episode 65 – Advent Week 1, HOPE

So many people feel a sense of hopelessness or even depression during the holiday season, but Jesus’ coming gives us a reason to have hope in every situation. Join the conversation!

Episode 66 Advent Week 2, PEACE

Jesus is the Prince of Peace, but how do we experience His peace in our crazy world? Join the conversation!

Episode 68 – Advent Week 3, LOVE

“Fear is an early casualty if you [know God’s] true love. It’s kicked out the door.” –Pastor Gordon on the phrase “perfect love casts out fear” from 1 John. Join the conversation!

If you have a question or a topic you’d like us to discuss, or if this podcast has been a help to you in some way, please write to us at eastwood@eastwoodtulsa.org. And finally, we invite you to join us live next Sunday at 10:45 am in Tulsa, or at 11 am online. Once again, thanks for joining us for the Eastwood Tulsa Podcast.

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My One https://eastwoodtulsa.org/my-one/ Tue, 17 Dec 2019 23:34:23 +0000 https://eastwoodtulsa.org/?p=14407 The post My One appeared first on Eastwood Baptist Church in Tulsa.

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Imagine if every believer could answer that question with the name of a person who is far from God—a person for whom they’re praying and with whom seeking to share the gospel. That’s the intention behind Who’s Your One. We believe God’s people don’t merely need another method for evangelism—what they need is a white-hot passion to see people who are far from God experience the new life He offers through Jesus Christ.

Starting this coming New Year, our church and countless others will prioritize personal ownership of the Great Commission as we each intentionally pursue one person with the hope of the gospel. At times, it seems the mission is simply too complex and too vast for churches like ours and people like us. While we can’t do everything, we can do something. We can all take responsibility for one. And, because of God’s power and the work of His Spirit, each of our ones can add up to make a significant impact for God’s kingdom.

Who’s Your One?

30 Day Prayer Guide

Prayer is at the center of every great evangelistic movement, and every movement is made up of people. Use this guide over the next 30 days to pray for someone you know who needs the hope of the gospel.

http://bit.ly/WY1Prayer

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40 Day Devotional

Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

You can prepare for this special moment in someone’s faith journey by downloading and starting the #WhosYour1 40-Day Devotional today!

http://bit.ly/WY1Devo

Who's Your One Map

Who’s Your One Map

Imagine the impact if every Christian had ONE person they prayed for and shared the gospel with. Who are you committing to pray for? Put them on the map!

http://bit.ly/WY1Map

40 Day Who's Your One Devotional on You Version

40 Day Devotional on You Version

Did you know that the 40-Day Devotional is on the YouVersion Bible app? Download it today at http://bit.ly/WY1DevoYouVersionBible

Whos Your One Tour Broken Arrow

Who’s Your One? Tour

#WY1Tour stops in Broken Arrow, OK May 3 & 4, 2020! Join Johnny Hunt and others for a time of teaching, worship and prayer as we ignite your passion for evangelism.

https://events.whosyourone.com/tour_stop/broken-arrow/

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fast https://eastwoodtulsa.org/fast/ Tue, 17 Dec 2019 19:50:57 +0000 https://eastwoodtulsa.org/?p=14394 Fasting – a definition: To glorify God by abstaining from food and/or drink, normal activities, or pleasure with the intent that God would intervene in our lives personally, corporately, nationally, or globally. Examples of Biblical purposes for fasting: After receiving devastating news about yourself, other believers, or God’s work. 1Kings 21:27-29; 2Chron 20; Neh. 1:1-4; […]

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Fasting – a definition:

To glorify God by abstaining from food and/or drink, normal activities, or pleasure with the intent that God would intervene in our lives personally, corporately, nationally, or globally.

Examples of Biblical purposes for fasting:

  1. After receiving devastating news about yourself, other believers, or God’s work. 1Kings 21:27-29; 2Chron 20; Neh. 1:1-4; Ezra 9:1-5; Esther 4:3; Daniel 6:18
  2. During a time of personal or corporate confession of sin and repentance. 1Sam. 7:6; Neh. 9:1; Jer. 36:1-9; Joel 1:14, 2:12; Jonah 3:5
  3. Because of a difficult spiritual task for yourself or others. Exodus 34:28; 2Chron. 20:3 Esther 4:16
  4. To get specific instruction/direction/answer from God. Daniel 10:3; Ezra 8:21-23
  5. When praying, interceding, for the sins of God’s people. Daniel 9:1-20; Joel 2:1-18
  6. When dealing directly with demonic forces. Daniel 10; Mat. 17:21; Mark 9:29
  7. To seek the Lord for any reason. Ex. 34:28; 1Sam. 1:7; 2Sam.2:15; Acts 10:30; 1Cor. 7:5
  8. Before or after choosing/sending spiritual leaders. Acts 13:2-3; Acts 14:21-23
  9. When you are afraid. 2Chronicles 20:3
  10. By doing what is right. Isaiah 58:3-6
  11. During times of grief. Judges 20:26; 1Sam. 20:34; 31:13; 2Sam 1:12; 1Chron. 10:12; Mat. 9:15; Mark 2:20; Luke 5:35
  12. In suffering for or serving the Lord. Matthew 4:1-2; Luke 2:37; 2Cor. 6:5, 11:27

Instructions for Biblical fasting:

  1. Keep your external appearance the same as always when in public. Mat. 6:16-18
  2. Fast to God, for His glory, not for personal recognition. Mat. 6:16-18
  3. Make sure your actions do not negate your fast. Isaiah 58:3-6
  4. Don’t fast at inappropriate times. Mat. 9:15; Mark 2:19; Luke 5:34

 

Effects from fasting Physical and Spiritual (Biblical and Personal):

  1. It humbles us. Psalm 35:13
  2. It hurts. Psalm 69:10
  3. It makes us weak. 1Sam. 28:20; Psalm 109:24; Matthew 15:35
  4. It causes you to hunger at some point. Mat. 4:2
  5. An involuntary fast can make you sick or die Acts 27:33-35
  6. It keeps us from becoming a slave to our body and its desires. 1Cor. 9:27
  7. It gives you clarity of focus, thinking, insight into Scripture/prayer
  8. It makes you feel physically stronger (after a longer fast)
  9. You can feel light headed, anger easily, become frustrated, etc.

Different types of fasts, Biblical or Personal:

  1. Total fast from any food and water.

-Moses, Ex. 34:28                   40 days

-Esther, Esther 4:16                  3 days

-Elijah, 1Kings 19:8                40 days

-Jesus, Matthew 4:1-2             40 days

  1. Total fast from food but drinking only water.
  2. Total fast from solid foods but drinking juices.
  3. Partial fast from certain foods/meat/wineDaniel 10:2-3
  4. Fast from entertainment and food Daniel 6:18
  5. Fasting from normal activities/pleasures1Cor 7:5
  6. Fasting from personal hygiene Daniel 10:2-3
  7. Fasting from sleep (voluntary/involuntary)
  8. Involuntary fasting because of task/situationMatthew 15:35; Mark 6:36, 8:1; Mark 3:20, 7:2
  9. Therapeutic fast—Fasting for medical reasons
  10. Involuntary fasting because of famine/lack of food

Different lengths of Biblical or Personal fasts:

  1. 1 day – Jeremiah 36:6; Biblical fast days set for Jewish people (4th, 5th, 7th months of Jewish year)
  2. 2 days [times] – Luke 18:12  (Not necessarily in succession but in the same week, a neg. example)
  3. 1 particular meal (breakfast/lunch/dinner) -All night, Daniel 6:18
  1. 3 days – Esther 4:16
  2. 7 days – 1 Chronicles 10:12; 1Sam 31:13
  3. 14 days – Acts 27:33-35
  4. 21 days – Daniel 10:2-3
  5. Many days/long time – Nehemiah 4:1; Acts 27:21
  6. 40 days – Exodus
  7. A time of your choosing 1 meal a week etc.; an unspecified period of time. – 1 Corinthians 7:5
  8. 1 day a week throughout the year (52 days a year)
  9. A “tithe” of your year in fasting (35 days, not necessarily in succession)

Suggestions/Help:

  1. If you have never fasted before start slowly with one or two meals
  2. Drink plenty of liquids
  3. If you drink coffee regularly and you fast coffee you will probably get a headache
  4. Fasting may cause you to get a headache anyway, with or without coffee.
  5. If you are a diabetic eat the minimum, don’t fast food or choose something else to eliminate
  6. If you have any questions check with your Dr.
  7. Spend the time you would spend preparing food or driving to and from the restaurant in prayer.
  8. Clear your schedule from eating out with friends
  9. If someone finds out you are fasting don’t make a big deal about it. It is fine to share with other ebc members and fellow fasters.
  10. Fast some activities that takes your time: TV, internet, newspapers, magazines, etc.
  11. Read the Bible in place of your other activities if you are not fasting from food
  12. Turn off your phone while you are praying
  13. Fasting is voluntary but Biblical. Jesus said, “When you fast…” not, “If you choose to fast…”
  14. Don’t say “no” until you try. Remember God will give you grace to fast and He will give you the length of time too; ask Him.

“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31

SCRIPTURES ON FASTING

Ezra 9:5 NKJV – At the evening sacrifice I arose from my fasting; and having torn my garment and my robe, I fell on my knees and spread out my hands to the LORD my God.

Nehemiah 1:4 NKJV – So it was, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned [for many] days; I was fasting and praying before the God of heaven.

Nehemiah 9:1 NKJV – Now on the twenty-fourth day of this month the children of Israel were assembled with fasting, in sackcloth, and with dust on their heads.

Esther 4:3 NKJV – And in every province where the king’s command and decree arrived, there was great mourning among the Jews, with fasting, weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

Esther 9:31 NKJV – to confirm these days of Purim at their [appointed] time, as Mordecai the Jew and Queen Esther had prescribed for them, and as they had decreed for themselves and their descendants concerning matters of their fasting and lamenting.

Psalm 35:13 NKJV – But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing [was] sackcloth; I humbled myself with fasting; and my prayer would return to my own heart.

Psalm 69:10 NKJV – When I wept [and chastened] my soul with fasting, that became my reproach.

Psalm 109:24 NKJV – My knees are weak through fasting, and my flesh is feeble from lack of fatness.

Jeremiah 36:6 NKJV – You go, therefore, and read from the scroll which you have written at my instruction, the words of the LORD, in the hearing of the people in the LORD’s house on the day of fasting. And you shall also read them in the hearing of all Judah who come from their cities.

Daniel 6:18 NKJV – Now the king went to his palace and spent the night fasting; and no musicians were brought before him. Also his sleep went from him.

Daniel 9:3 NKJV – Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes.

Daniel 10:2-3 NKJV- In those days I, Daniel, was mourning three full weeks. 3I ate no pleasant food, no meat or wine came into my mouth, nor did I anoint myself at all, till three whole weeks were fulfilled.

Joel 2:12 NKJV – “Now, therefore,” says the LORD, “Turn to Me with all your heart, with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning.”

Matthew 6:16 NKJV – “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

Matthew 6:18 NKJV – …so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who [is] in the secret [place]; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.

Matthew 17:21 NKJV – However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.”

Mark 2:18 NKJV – The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?”

Mark 9:29 NKJV – So He said to them, “This kind can come out by nothing but prayer and fasting.”

Luke 2:37 NKJV- and this woman was a widow (Anna) of about eighty-four years, who did not depart from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day.

Acts 10:30 NKJV – So Cornelius said, “Four days ago I was fasting until this hour; and at the ninth hour I prayed in my house, and behold, a man stood before me in bright clothing,

Acts 14:23 NKJV – So when they had appointed elders in every church, and prayed with fasting, they commended them to the Lord in whom they had believed.

1 Corinthians 7:5 NKJV – Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control.

2 Corinthians 11:27 NKJV- in weariness and toil, in sleeplessness often, in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, in cold and nakedness—(Paul)

SCRIPTURES ON FAST

2 Samuel 12:23 NKJV – But now he is dead; why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

1 Kings 21:9,12 NKJV – She wrote in the letters, saying, proclaim a fast, and seat Naboth with high honor among the people; 12 They proclaimed a fast, and seated Naboth with high honor among the people.

2 Chronicles 20:3 NKJV – And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.

Esther 4:16 NKJV – “Go, gather all the Jews who are present in Shushan, and fast for me; neither eat nor drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will fast likewise. And so I will go to the king, which [is] against the law; and if I perish, I perish!”

Isaiah 58:3-6 NKJV – ‘Why have we fasted,’ [they say], ‘and You have not seen? [Why] have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’ “In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exploit all your laborers. 4 Indeed you fast for strife and debate, And to strike with the fist of wickedness. You will not fast as [you do] this day, to make your voice heard on high. 5 Is it a fast that I have chosen, a day for a man to afflict his soul? [Is it] to bow down his head like a bulrush, And to spread out sackcloth and ashes? Would you call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the LORD? 6 “[Is] this not the fast that I have chosen: To loose the bonds of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, and that you break every yoke?

Jeremiah 14:12 NKJV – When they fast, I will not hear their cry; and when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I will not accept them. But I will consume them by the sword, by the famine, and by the pestilence.”

Jeremiah 36:9 NKJV – Now it came to pass in the fifth year of Jehoiakim the son of Josiah, king of Judah, in the ninth month, [that] they proclaimed a fast before the LORD to all the people in Jerusalem, and to all the people who came from the cities of Judah to Jerusalem.

Joel 1:14 NKJV – Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly; Gather the elders [And] all the inhabitants of the land [Into] the house of the LORD your God, and cry out to the LORD.

Joel 2:15 NKJV – Blow the trumpet in Zion, Consecrate a fast, Call a sacred assembly;

Jonah 3:5-8 NKJV – So the people of Nineveh believed God, proclaimed a fast, and put on sackcloth, from the greatest to the least of them.

Zechariah 7:3 NKJV – and to ask the priests who were in the house of the LORD of hosts, and the prophets, saying, “Should I weep in the fifth month and fast as I have done for so many years?”

Zechariah 7:5 NKJV – “Say to all the people of the land, and to the priests: ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh [months] during those seventy years, did you really fast for Me–for Me?

Zechariah 8:19 NKJV – “Thus says the LORD of hosts: ‘The fast of the fourth [month], the fast of the fifth, the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be joy and gladness and cheerful feasts for the house of Judah. Therefore love truth and peace.’

Matthew 6:16 NKJV – “Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.

Matthew 6:17 NKJV – But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,

Matthew 9:14 NKJV – Then the disciples of John came to Him, saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?”

Matthew 9:15 NKJV – And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast.

Mark 2:18 NKJV – The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were fasting. Then they came and said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John and of the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?”

Mark 2:19 NKJV – And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them they cannot fast.

Mark 2:20 NKJV – But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them, and then they will fast in those days.

Luke 5:33 NKJV – Then they said to Him, “Why do the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?”

Luke 5:34 NKJV – And He said to them, “Can you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them?

Luke 5:35 NKJV – But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days.”

Luke 18:12 NKJV – I fast twice a week; I give tithes of all that I possess.’

Act 27:9 NKJV – Now when much time had been spent, and sailing was now dangerous because the Fast was already over, Paul advised them…

SCRIPTURES ON FASTED

Judges 20:26 NKJV – Then all the children of Israel, that is, all the people, went up and came to the house of God and wept. They sat there before the LORD and fasted that day until evening; and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.

1 Samuel 7:6 NKJV – So they gathered together at Mizpah, drew water, and poured [it] out before the LORD. And they fasted that day, and said there, “We have sinned against the LORD.” And Samuel judged the children of Israel at Mizpah.

1 Samuel 31:13 NKJV – Then they took their bones and buried [them] under the tamarisk tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

2 Samuel 1:12 NKJV – And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son, for the people of the LORD and for the house of Israel, because they had fallen by the sword.

2 Samuel 12:16 NKJV – David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground.

2 Samuel 12:21-2 NKJV – Then his servants said to him, “What [is] this that you have done? You fasted and wept for the child [while he was] alive, but when the child died, you arose and ate food.” And he said, “While the child was alive, I fasted and wept; for I said, ‘Who can tell [whether] the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?’

1 Kings 19:8 NKJV- So he (Elijah) arose, and ate and drank; and he went in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights as far as Horeb, the mountain of God.

1 Kings 21:27 NKJV – So it was, when Ahab heard those words, that he tore his clothes and put sackcloth on his body, and fasted and lay in sackcloth, and went about mourning.

1 Chronicles 10:12 NKJV – all the valiant men arose and took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons; and they brought them to Jabesh, and buried their bones under the tamarisk tree at Jabesh, and fasted seven days.

Ezra 8:21-23 NKJV – Then I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava, that we might humble ourselves before our God, to seek from Him the right way for us and our little ones and all our possessions. 22 For I was ashamed to request of the king an escort of soldiers and horsemen to help us against the enemy on the road, because we had spoken to the king, saying, “The hand of our God is upon all those for good who seek Him, but His power and His wrath are against all those who forsake Him.” 23 So we fasted and entreated our God for this, and He answered our prayer.

Isaiah 58:3 NKJV – ‘Why have we fasted,’ [they say], ‘and You have not seen? [Why] have we afflicted our souls, and You take no notice?’ “In fact, in the day of your fast you find pleasure, and exploit all your laborers.

Zechariah 7:5 NKJV – “Say to all the people of the land, and to the priests: ‘When you fasted and mourned in the fifth and seventh [months] during those seventy years, did you really fast for Me–for Me?

Matthew 4:2 NKJV – And when He had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterward He was hungry.

Acts 9:9 NKJV- And he (Paul) was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

Acts 13:2 NKJV – As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.”

Acts 13:2-3 NKJV – As they ministered to the Lord and fasted, the Holy Spirit said, “Now separate to Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” 3 Then, having fasted and prayed, and laid hands on them, they sent them away.

HEBREW:

צוּם a prim. root; to cover over (the mouth), i.e. to fast

צוֹם

צֹם

GREEK:

νηστεύω from 3523; to abstain from food (relig.):— fast.

νη̂στις from the insep. neg. particle νη (not) and ἐσθίω (to eat); not eating, i.e. abstinent from food (relig.):— fasting.

νηστεία abstinence (from lack of food, or vol. and relig.); spec. the fast of the Day of Atonement, fasting

“Radical prayer goes to the root, the heart, the center. The word radical itself comes from the Latin radix, which means root. Radical prayer refuses to let us stay on the fringes of life’s great issues. It dares to believe that things can be different. Its aim is the total transformation of persons, institutions, and societies. Radical prayer, you see, is prophetic.” Richard Foster “Prayer”

 

 

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What is Hanukkah? https://eastwoodtulsa.org/what-is-hanukkah/ Tue, 17 Dec 2019 18:49:22 +0000 https://eastwoodtulsa.org/?p=14376 As we celebrate Christmas this year, let’s not forget about the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. Each year these two celebrations fall very close to one another. Hanukkah 2019 will begin on the evening of Sunday, December 22, and ends on the evening of Monday, December 30. Hanukkah, also spelled Chanukah, means “dedication.” It is also […]

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As we celebrate Christmas this year, let’s not forget about the Jewish celebration of Hanukkah. Each year these two celebrations fall very close to one another. Hanukkah 2019 will begin on the evening of Sunday, December 22, and ends on the evening of Monday, December 30.

Hanukkah, also spelled Chanukah, means “dedication.” It is also known as the “Festival of Lights.” It is celebrated with a lighting of the menorah, prayers, and special foods. Actually, the highlight of each night is the lighting of the candelabrum. As a follower of Jesus (Yeshua in Hebrew), this should remind us that Jesus is the light of the world!

Why do Jews celebrate Hanukkah? Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the temple after its defilement under Antiochus. In the second century, the Holy Land was ruled by Syrian-Greeks. They attempted to force the people of Israel to accept Greek culture and beliefs. A small, but faithful band of Jews, led by Judah Maccabee, defeated a stronger and larger Greek army and reclaimed the Temple in Jerusalem. Tradition says that a miracle occurred when they lighted the seven-branched menorah in celebration. A one-day supply of oil lasted eight days.

There is a reference to Jesus walking in the temple in the winter at the Feast of Dedication.

“Now it was the Feast of Dedication in Jerusalem, and it was winter. And Jesus walked in the temple, in Solomon’s porch. Then the Jews surrounded Him and said to Him, ‘How long do You keep us in doubt? If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.’” John 10:22–24 (NKJV).

We remember that Jesus came to His own, and His own did not receive Him (John 1:11). Let’s be sensitive and open to a great opportunity to share Jesus with the Jewish people. The above text shows us that Jews were expecting a Messiah. They did not believe Jesus was the One sent by God. They still don’t believe that He is the Messiah today.

We have been lighting the Advent candles leading up to the celebration of the birth of Jesus. It should be easy to connect the dots to Hanukkah and remember the Jewish people during the holidays. If you have a Jewish friend, look for a Hanukkah card at Hallmark. Send the card with a greeting and tell them you are praying for them. It might open a door for future witness.

If you are interested in learning more about the festival of Hanukkah, check out the following links:

https://www.hebrew4christians.com/Holidays/Winter_Holidays/Chanukah/chanukah.html

https://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/default_cdo/jewish/Hanukkah.htm

https://jewsforjesus.org/jewish-resources/community/jewish-holidays/hanukkah/

If you are a “foodie” check out the recipes at the following sites:

https://www.chabad.org/recipes/recipe_cdo/aid/102819/jewish/Chanukah-Recipes.htm

But remember, a lot of Hanukkah food is fried, in memory of the miracle of the multiplying of oil. I guess if you rationalize your holiday eating habits, this is a great excuse for eating more fried food.

Pastor Gordon Small

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