Monthly Archives: December 2012

Church of God in Christ 2013 Theme


God bless you and Happy New Year to all of our readers! Here is the theme for the Church of God and Christ per our international bishop, Bishop Charles E. Blake.

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Beginning Your Fast


On the first day of your Fast:

  1.  Seek Christ-likeness: Ask God to bring to your mind every sin and spiritual shortfall that keeps you from being Christ-like. There is a BIG gap between Jesus and each of us. Confess everything that God brings to your mind (1 John 1:7-9).
  2. Seek Reconciliation & Forgiveness: If God brings anyone to your mind “who has something against you…before you bring your gift [of fasting] to the altar,” Jesus says to “go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift” (Matthew 5:23).
  3. Seek Spiritual Baptism / Filling: “Offer your body as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God” (Romans 12:1). As Jesus taught us to do, pray, fast and “wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about” (Acts 1:4). Reaffirm to God your need to be continually immersed and “filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 4:31; Ephesians 5:18).
  4. Remember Your True Enemy: As you engage in spiritual fasting, do not underestimate the spiritual opposition you may face. “Our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against…the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms” (Ephesians 6:12). This is a universal principle and eternal truth: Prayer and fasting is the key to spiritual breakthrough.

Source: http://newchurchspecialties.org/media/public_documents/04_29_09_Spiritually_Preparing_to_Fast.pdf

 


Preparing for an Extended Fast


We are providing you with the following tips to help you prepare for an extended fast. We pray this information will be beneficial to our readers.

  1. Wean the Sweets: Cut down on caffeine, salt, sugar etc. If you cut them off all of a sudden, expect to experience headaches, stomach-ache and a general feeling of discomfort.
  2. Eat Less, Not More: A few days before your fast, begin to eat smaller meals. Resist the temptation to eat a big “last supper” the night before the fast. Cutting down your meals a few days before signals your mind, stomach, and appetite for the fast.
  3. Become a Herbivore: Eat plenty of fruits and veggies, drink plenty of water. You’ll also want to avoid fried foods and fast food in the few days prior to your fast.
  4. Rest: Sleep is essential to regaining your strength. Without your usual food intake, your body is not functioning at maximum. As such, you need as much rest as you can get, and sleep is one way to do that.
  5. Exercise Later: Remember, as you fast, you may experience weakness and lightheadedness, so physical exercise is not ideal at this time. Give your attention to spiritual exercise: prayer, meditation, scripture memorization, praise, worship, etc.
  6. Protect Your Fast: Matthew 6:16-18 “Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.  But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face; That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.” Your fast is between you and God, so, there is no need to broadcast it before the world.
  7. Direct Your Fast: Write down the reasons you are fasting and memorize them. You will need to have a clear goal in mind in order to be successful. Know why you are fasting.
  8. Focus: You will want to avoid your daily distractions. This may include: TV, internet, talking on the phone, etc. A fast should be very focused – specifically focused on spiritual things and the things that pertain to God.
  9. Plan Ahead: Write down a list of activities for you to do during your fast. Also, you will want to avoid temptation. If you are completely sustaining from food and drink, it is not a good idea to attend the company’s holiday party or family gathering.
  10. Break Your Fast Gradually: At the end of your fast, do not fall into the temptation of jumping right into the thick of things. Do not eat everything that you can get your hands on. Instead, break your fast as slowly as you can. Eat soft food at first and stick to more liquids. Work your way to your normal consumption gradually.

All information gathered from the following websites:
http://www.ehow.com/how_12684_prepare-body-fast.html
http://www.livestrong.com/article/3214-facts-preparing-body-fast/
http://newchurchspecialties.org/media/public_documents/04_29_09_Spiritually_Preparing_to_Fast.pdf
http://www.thelivingcentre.com/cms/mind/how-to-prepare-yourself-for-a-fast

 


Shiloh’s Annual 3-day Consecration


The time is upon us once again: Shiloh’s Annual 3-day consecration. Every year, we spend the last three days of the year (December 29th-31st) in a 3-day total fast. We spend this time setting our minds and bodies upon seeking the Lord’s will and rededicating our lives and purposes to Him. Last year, we gave you tips to prepare for a three day fast. We will start our fast on at 12:01AM on Saturday, December 29, 2012 and will continue until 11:59PM, Monday, December 31, 2012. We will have shut-in services at Shiloh Temple COGIC each day. The decision to have overnight shut-in will be at the discretion of our leaders.

Over the next couple of days, we will be giving you tips and instructions on how to prepare yourself for an extended fast.


Merry Christmas from Shiloh


We would like to wish all of friends a very Merry Christmas. We will return on December 26th with more encouraging words for you.

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Start Over


A little encouragement for you today… 

(Author Unknown)

When you’ve trusted Jesus and walked his way
When you’ve felt his hand lead you day by day
But your steps now take you another way,
start over.

When you’ve made your plans and they’ve gone awry
When you’ve tried your best and there’s no more try
When you’ve failed yourself and you don’t know why,
start over.

When you’ve told your friends what you plan to do
When you’ve trusted them and they didn’t come through
And now you’re all alone and it’s up to you,
start over.

When you’ve failed your kids and they’re grown and gone
When you’ve done your best but it’s turned out wrong
And now your grandchildren have come along,
start over.

When you’ve prayed to God so you’ll know his will
When you’ve prayed and prayed and you don’t know still
When you want to stop cause you’ve had your fill,
start over.

When you think you’re finished and want to quit
When you’ve bottomed out in life’s deepest pit
When you’ve tried and tried to get out of it,
start over.

When the year has been long and successes few
When December comes and you’re feeling blue
God gives a January just for you,
start over.

Starting over means “Victories Won”
Starting over means “A Race Well Run”
Starting over means “The Lords’ Will Done”
We need not just sit there … START OVER.

Read more: http://www.inspirationalarchive.com/1838/start-over/#ixzz2FiWE7Iwp


God is Able to Deliver


“The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished”
(2 Peter 2:9)

We are going to go through many trials and tribulations in this life. You can count on it. Matthew Henry said, “…if we will get to heaven, it must through many tribulations. It is therefore our duty to reckon upon and prepare for them.” When we are in the midst of a fiery trial, it can be difficult to see our way out. At such a time, we need our Heavenly Father to make a way of escape for us. The latter half of 1Corinthians 10:13 says, “…But God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above what you are able; but will, with the temptation, also make a way of escape that ye may be able to bear it.”

God knows how to deliver His people out of temptations. He is more than able to sustain in the midst of whatever we go through. He knows our frame and considers that we are weak. It is by the work of God that we are able to become conquerors and overcomers. When we lean on Him in our times of weakness, He will make us strong.

Yes, we are going to suffer many afflictions and trials on our journey to heaven. But God will deliver us from them all. As we continue on this journey, let us always bear in mind the Spirit-inspired words of Paul in Romans 8:18, “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.”


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